Undergraduate College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences Summer/Autumn 2012-2013 by DePaul University

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general information faculty liberal studies requirements departmental program requirements religious studies majors 1 standard concentration 2 religion and culture concentration 3 religion ethics and social justice concentration 4 jewish studies concentration 5 women and gender studies in religion concentration religious studies minors general electives course listing course listing by category college of liberal arts social sciences undergraduate studies academic departments and programs of study religious studies general information general information the department of religious studies offers students the opportunity to engage in the academic study of religion because our era is characterized by a resurgence of religion in the public sphere we see that religion has become central to contemporary culture politics identity and conflict in every part of the globe at the same time our world is marked by an emerging pluralism as globalization migration and technology bring diverse religious communities in closer proximity and create new religious communities as well drawing on a host of academic disciplines religious studies challenges students to encounter the traditions of the world in all their rich diversity and also prepares them to facilitate the important conversations of our day further students may find that the study of religions can help them respond not only to political social and environmental challenges but also to existential questions faced by all peoples a truly interdisciplinary field the study of religion at depaul develops broad cultural literacy and intellectual skills in the critical analysis of history anthropology literature philosophy sociology theology the visual arts psychology and gender studies in this way a religious studies major or minor is positioned to pursue a wide variety of careers as well as to become a bridge between the specialist s perspectives on religion and the wider world that is often in need of these perspectives in addition to academic careers religious studies majors have worked in the fields of law social work regional and international business governmental and non-governmental service secondary school teaching and service in religious communities religious studies at depaul expresses the university s distinct identity which respects engaged pluralistic inquiry in all religious issues and traditions the department is committed to depaul s catholic vincentian and urban heritage mission and identity and to its goal of establishing the university as a model of diversity the department s course offerings reflect the diversity of the city of chicago and of the students who attend depaul in the department of religious studies students can not only study multiple religious traditions but also explore a range of topics and questions related to these traditions in various parts of the world because of the interdisciplinary character of our department and of the field in general students can approach these traditions and questions from multiple methodological and disciplinary perspectives the study of religion includes not only the traditional areas of sacred texts myths rituals and doctrines but also the ways in which political social and economic forces shape these phenomena for religious communities the twenty-five full-time faculty constitute one of the largest and most diverse undergraduate departments of religious studies in the united states this size and diversity enables us to offer courses in a wide range of geographical regions and historical periods the research and teaching interests of the faculty include south and east asia africa and the african diaspora north and meso-america the middle east and europe and focus on judaism christianity islam hinduism buddhism confucianism taoism shinto as well as native american african american and latino/a religious traditions the department of religious studies sponsors the center for interreligious engagement it also has a close working relationship with the catholic studies and islamic world studies programs given the complexity of the subject matter in their work the members of the department draw upon anthropology art history biblical studies economics environmental studies ethics gender studies history linguistics literature political science philosophy psychology sociology and theology in addition to excellence in teaching the faculty also maintain high standards for research and are actively engaged in presenting at major academic conferences and publishing their work in high-ranking professional journals beyond work with texts students may also study religion through the media of film and video music the visual and dramatic arts and the internet the department emphasizes comprehensive learning in writing synthetic and analytic thinking and oral communication skills students can go beyond their course work with further learning opportunities such as the senior thesis independent study study abroad and internships and service learning both locally and internationally the department offers five concentrations standard this concentration exposes students to a variety of religious traditions elements and issues additional work within the concentration allows the student to continue exploring a broad range of topics or to concentrate in one area religion and culture this concentration explores the relationship between religions and cultures specialization in a particular area asia the americas europe the middle east or africa and the african diaspora is complemented by work in a variety of cross-cultural issues such as religious expressions in literature arts narratives texts rituals spiritualities and doctrines religion ethics and social justice this concentration examines the idea of social justice and other ethical concerns in various religious traditions in both theoretical and practical expressions jewish studies this concentration offers students the opportunity to examine varieties of biblical rabbinic modern and contemporary judaism women​s and gender studies in religion this concentration offers students the opportunity to explore contemporary scholarship regarding religious traditions and issues of sexuality and gender.