Do you want to know why we have religion anyway?

Introduction to Religion

Faculty: Stephen Prothero
MWF 1:00PM-2:00PM
Religion matters. It makes meaning and provides structure to life, addressing fundamental questions about body, spirit, community, and time. But what is it? How does it work in our world? This course explores religion in ritual, philosophical, experiential, and ethical dimensions.

Death and Immortality

Faculty: Stephen Prothero
MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM
Examines death as religious traditions have attempted to accept, defeat, deny, or transcend it. Do we have souls? Do they reincarnate? Other topics include cremation, ancestor worship, apocalypse, alchemy, AIDS, near-death experiences, otherworld cosmologies.

Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Religion

Faculty: Christopher Lehrich
TR 11:00AM-12:30PM
Origins and history of the academic study of religion. Different constructions of religion as an object of study and the methods that arise from them. The role of the humanities and social sciences in understanding religions place in history and contemporary experience.
For RN majors only- Fall semester only