The Department of Religious Studies’ Senior Experience is a one-term senior seminar (usually taught in the Spring Term) that examines approaches to the study of religion selected from a school of thought or a more eclectic group of authors. Additionally, students are required to participate in an informal departmental colloquium, in which student work is presented and discussed by majors, minors, and faculty. Students pursuing double majors, double degrees, and education certification are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors and relevant departments to plan and negotiate their overall Senior Experience as early as possible, especially if they are interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary capstone that integrates their interests in both majors, or combines their student teaching with a project in their major.
Recent Senior Experiences include:
A Comparative Study of Islam: Black Americans, Arab Americans and the Problem of Assimilation
The Contemporary Phenomenon of LaVeyan Satanism
An 11th-Century Shi’a Reception of a Nahj al-Balagha Sermon
“Without cruelty there is no festival ...”: Friedrich Nietzsche on Buddhism, Christianity and the Problem of Suffering
Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan Identity as Constructed in the March 10th Statements of the 14th Dalai Lama