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BA in Religion

BA in Religion

Boston University

Charles River Campus, Boston, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
  • Degree BA
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Scholarships No
The Department of Religion offers a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary, and critical approach to religion that explores the variety of religious experiences and expressions. In addition to courses that introduce the various religious traditions of the world and their histories, the department provides opportunities to explore the nature of religion; the powers and limits of interpreting religion; patterns of religious behavior; the effects of religion on society; and philosophical reflections on religion. Students majoring in Religion gain a basic knowledge of the major world religions, their histories and texts, and an advanced knowledge of at least one religious tradition, as well as a critical understanding of major theoretical approaches to the study of religion. The resulting “religious literacy,” understanding of religious motivations, and broad capability in critical thinking that graduating majors in Religion take into the world prepare them for careers in international work, social services, media, law, government, and education and set them apart as noteworthy applicants for business and related fields. The department offers three categories of courses with increasing degrees of focus: Introductory courses (at the 100-level) give students one-semester overviews of religions of the world (currently divided into “East” [RN 103] and “West” [RN 104]) or of ways to think about religion in culture and human experience. Courses in particular religious traditions offer students the opportunity to learn about the history, literature, and politics of Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Japanese religions, Sufism, Shamanism, earliest Christianity, Zen Buddhism, mystical Judaism, and others. These are at the 200- and 300-level. Those at the 300-level involve smaller classes and more in-depth discussions. Courses in themes, approaches, and ideas in the study of religion introduce the subject in relationship to experiences like sacred space or death; issues like Evil, gender, tolerance, and violence; materials like film or the works of great writers like Dante, Maimonides, or Rumi; or particular interpretations, like anthropology or psychology. These courses also tend to be at the 200-level or above. Courses at the 100- and 200-level welcome freshmen, and, while 300- and 400-level classes sometimes recommend a prior course, ambitious freshmen and sophomores are usually welcome, especially after taking an introductory course. It is always worthwhile to seek out the professor.

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