Courses in Christianity, Buddhism and Islam form the core offerings in the department. Students examine cultural and social expressions of those religions (sacred texts, rituals, instances of ecstasy and enthusiasm, reflective writings, institutions) at a particular period, over time, and in relation to broader historical, philosophical and ethical issues.

In addition, a number of elective courses are offered that focus on a particular theme, issue, or tradition not covered in the core offerings:

  • Gandhi
  • Rationality and Religious Belief  
  • Hebrew Prophets
  • Religion in Ancient Egypt 

Martyn Smith (Professor of Religious Studies)