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The academic study of religion is an integral part of the liberal arts. The aims of the curriculum are two: to introduce students to the various religious traditions of the world—Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, for example—and to acquaint students with a variety of recognized methodologies employed in the study of religion—philosophical, social scientific, and historical. The department’s courses serve both to develop in students the capacity for critical assessment of religious thought and action, and to provide an adequate grounding for independent, analytic inquiry into the history of religious traditions.

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The Present Life of Blasphemy: Kanye West in American Popular Culture

Thomas Lamb Eliot Lecture on Religion Is Kanye West the problem or the solution? Is Kanye a self-hating misogynist or a sui generis artist—or both, or...

11/8 4:30pm
American Sutra: Buddhism and the WWII Japanese American Incarceration

The mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II is not only a tale of injustice; it is a moving story of faith. In this pathbreaking...

12/4 5:30pm

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