The study of religion provokes questions about ultimate authority, the meaning of life, truth, the good, the supernatural, the special destinies of particular human groups, and other matters of profound concern. A major in Religion will provide the student with a critical perspective on various answers to these questions and their significance to different communities.
The major in Religion is designed both to expose students to the methods and issues involved in the study of religion and to introduce students to the beliefs, practices, and values of specific religions. Each student can fashion his or her own sequence of study within a basic pattern. Students must take REL 200 (What is Religion?), one 300–level seminar or tutorial, and REL 401 (Issues in the Study of Religion), as well as six electives. The course catalog offers further details on the major.
In light of COVID-19 era reductions to student course load, our faculty are committed to helping students find paths through the major, including an increased flexibility in counting related courses toward the major. Please speak to the chair for more information about pathways through the major.
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Department of Religion
Williamstown, MA 01267