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Comparative Religion Major

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

The program in Comparative Religion is known for its unusually large range of course offerings in the religious traditions of both the East and West. The faculty has particular strength in history, anthropology, and sociology. Participants in the program have an opportunity to enroll in small classes and interact with a faculty that puts emphasis on maintaining close contact with students. Comparative Religion has four tracks: History of Religions-Western Emphasis; History of Religions-Eastern Emphasis; Religion and Society; and Religion and Symbolic Expression. The program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Religion.

Major Requirements

Course # Title Credits Quarter
JSIS 201 The Making of the Twenty-first Century 5 Winter or Spring
JSIS C 201
JSIS C 202
Intro to World Religions: Western Traditions
Intro to World Religions: Eastern Traditions
5
5
Autumn
Winter
JSIS C 380 Theories In the Study of Religion 5 Spring
Textual Canons Minimum 5 credits in this Rubric.
See list: Textual Canon Rubric List
5 Varies
Historical Traditions Minimum 5 credits in this Rubric. See list:
Historical Traditions Rubric List
5 Varies
Social Contexts & Cultural Forms Minimum 5 credits in this Rubric. See list:
Social Contexts & Cultural Forms Rubric list
5 Varies
Additional Rubric Electives No more than 20 total credits in one rubric applied to major. Full Rubric List 20 Varies
3- 400 level coursework Minimum 15 credits in Rubrics must be 3-400 level    
  Total Credits: 55

Admission to the Major

Any undergraduate admitted for study as a matriculated student in the College of Arts and Sciences may declare Comparative Religion as a major.

Honors Program

Comparative Religion offers an honors program for students with a high level of scholarly achievement (3.5 GPA in the courses for the major). In addition to fulfilling the same basic requirements as other majors, honors students must complete two years of a scriptural language and write an honors essay under faculty supervision.

Comparative Religion Electives

Textual Canons

Course # Title
JSIS A 461 / ASIAN 494 Ramayana in Comparative Perspective
JSIS C 212/NEAR E 231 Introduction to the Quran
JSIS C 220 Introduction to the New Testament
JSIS C 240/NEAR E 240 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
JSIS C 322 The Gospels and Jesus of Nazareth
JSIS C / HSTAM 367 Medieval Jewish History
JSIS C / HSTEU 368 Modern European Jewish History
JSIS C/NEAR E 430 Scripture and Law in Islam
JSIS C 449/NEAR E 305 The Biblical Prophets
JSIS C 456 Perceptions of the Feminine Divine in Hinduism
JSIS C 458 The Babylonian Talmud
JSIS C 489 / HEBR 496  Special Topics Hebrew & Jewish Studies ( when topic is Rabbinic Oral Traditional Texts)
JSIS C 490  Special topics in Comparative Religion (when topic has textual or literature focus)
ARAMIC 421 Biblical Aramaic
ARAMIC 451 Targumic Aramaic
ARAB 431, 432, 433 Advanced Arabic
ARAB 454 Quran and Its Interpretation
ARAB 455 Ritual and Legal Texts
ARAB 462 Sirah and Maghazi Texts
ARAB 470/HEBR 470 Stories of the Prophets
ARAB 472/HEBR 472 Quran and Bible Masorah
ASIAN 203 Lit & Culture of Ancient & Classical India
ASIAN 206 Literature & Culture of South Asia from Tradition to Modernity
ASIAN 263 Great Works of Asian Lit
ASIAN 441 Buddhist Literature
EGYPT Introduction to Hieroglyphic Egyptian
EGYPT Introduction to Sahidic Coptic
EGYPT 422, 423 Readings in Coptic Texts
ENGL 310 The Bible as Literature
HEBR 403 Rabbinic Literature
HEBR 414 Elementary Biblical Hebrew I
HEBR 415 Elementary Biblical Hebrew II
HEBR 426 Biblical Hebrew Prose
HEBR 427 Biblical Hebrew Poetry
HEBR 428 Inscriptions from Biblical Times
HEBR 431 Book of Job
HEBR 432 Book of Proverbs
HEBR 433 Book of Ecclesiastes
PRSAN 456 Sufism: Thought and Expression
SNKRT 491, 492, 493 Vedic Studies
SNKRT 494
 

Historical Traditions

Course # Title
JSIS 484 when topic is: Religion in Japan
JSIS 594 when topic is: Sources of East Asian Buddhism
   
JSIS A 404/ANTH 447 Religion in China
JSIS C 145 Introduction to Judaism
JSIS C 211/NEAR E 230 Introduction to Islam
JSIS C 305 Religious Thought Since the Middle Ages
JSIS C 327 Eastern Christian Traditions
JSIS C 352 Hinduism
JSIS C 354 Buddhism
JSIS C/HSTAM 367 Medieval Jewish History
JSIS C/HSTEU 368 Modern European Jewish History
JSIS C 400 Jewish Mystical Tradition
JSIS C 410 Law in Judaic Experience
JSIS C 358 Modern Jewish Thought
JSIS C 408 The World of the Early Church
JSIS C 409 The Age of St. Augustine
JSIS C 412 Gnosticism and Early Christianity
JSIS C 413 Modern Christian Theology
JSIS C 435 Life of the Prophet Mohammad
JSIS C 445/CLAS 445 Greek and Roman Religion
JSIS C 452/ART H 452 Art, Religion, & Politics in the Early Christian Per. 300-700 AD
JSIS C 454/NEAR E 307 Israel the first six centuries BCE
JSIS C 455 The Kings of Monarchic Israel
JSIS C 456 Perceptions of the Feminine Divine in Hinduism
JSIS C 457/NEAR E 306 Introduction to Biblical Interpretation
JSIS C 472 Seminar: Topics in Early Christianity
JSIS C 495 Topics in Early Judaism
JSIS C 590 Comparative Religion Special Topics: Graduate Seminar
JSIS C 264/MUSIC 264 Sacred Music in the European Tradition
JSIS C 328 The Emergence of Christianity
JSIS C 405 Scripture in Judaism
JSIS C 459 Topics in the Buddhism of Tibet
ANTH 315 Southeast Asian Civilization: Buddhist and Vietnamese
ANTH 317 Anthropology of Tibetan Civilization
CHID 498A Shadowing Nietzsche: Of Gods, Suffering and Redemption
CLAS 320 Greek and Roman Private and Public Life
CLAS 322 Intellectual History of Classical Greece
CLAS 430 Greek and Roman Mythology
CLAS 445 Greek and Roman Religion
C LIT 518 Colloquium in Medieval Studies (when topic has religion focus)
ENGL 311 Modern Jewish Literature in Translation
HEBR 428 Inscriptions from Biblical Times
HSTCMP 209 History of Christianity
HSTAFM 370 History of the Expansion of Islam
HSTEU 368 Modern European Jewish History
HSTAA 336 American Jewish History Since 1885
HSTAM 276 Celtic Civilization
HSTAM 360 Medieval Christianity
HSTAM 367/JSIS C 367 Medieval Jewish History
HSTAM 370 The Vikings
HSTAM 472 Intellectual & Religious History of the Later Middle Ages
HSTAS 201 Ancient Indian Civilization
HSTEU 402 The Reformation
HSTEU 464/JSIS C 468 The Jews in Spanish History
HSTEU 465 Jews of Eastern Europe
HSTCMP 466 The Sephardic Diaspora: 1492-Present
NEAR E/JSIS C 451 The Biblical Song of Songs
NEAR E/JSIS C 449 Biblical Prophets
NEAR E/JSIS C 454 Israel: the First Six Centuries BCE
NEAR E/JSIS C 455 Kings of Monarchic Israel (no longer offered)
SNKRT 495 Studies in Indian Thought

Social Contexts & Cultural Forms

Course # Title
JSIS 484 Special Topics in East Asian Studies (when topic is on religion & culture e.g. Lay Buddhism)
JSIS 485 Special Topics in South Asian Studies (when topic is on religion & culture)
JSIS 486 Special Topics in Southeast Asian Studies (when topic is religion & culture)
   
JSIS A 101/ NEAR E 315 Israel: Dynamic Society and Global Flashpoint
JSIS A / HSTAS 241 Japanese Civilization
JSIS A 315/ANTH 315 Southeast Asian Civilization
JSIS A 461/ASIAN 494 Ramayana in Comparative Perspective
JSIS A 462/HSTAS 466 Islam, Mysticism, Politics & Performance in Indonesian Culture
   
JSIS B 404  Political Economy of Religious Institutions
JSIS B 406 / POL S 432 Political Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism
JSIS B 407  Political Islam and Contemporary Islamist Movements
   
JSIS C 205 Religion, Violence and Peace: Patterns Across Time & Tradition
JSIS C / HSTCMP 250 Introduction to Jewish Cultural History
JSIS C 254 American Religions
JSIS C / HSTCMP 269 The Holocaust: History and Memory
JSIS C / POL S 307 Religion and World Politics
JSIS C / ENGL 312 Jewish Literature: Biblical to Modern
JSIS C 320 / ANTH 322 Cross-Cultural Study of Death
JSIS C /ANTH 321 Anthropology of Religion
JSIS C 329 Religion, Identity, and Cultural Pluralism
JSIS C 356 / ANTH 352 Buddhism and Society
JSIS C 360 / CLAS 360 Jews, Greeks & Romans in the Ancient World
JSIS C 409 / C LIT 410 The Age of St. Augustine
JSIS C 432 Ritual Territory in Islam
JSIS C 435 Life of the Prophet Muhammad
JSIS C 449 / NEAR E 305 The Biblical Prophets
JSIS C / ART H 452 Art, Religion & Politics in Early Christianity
JSIS C / ART H 453 Art, Religion & Politics in Byzantium
JSIS C 462 Antisemitism as a Cultural System
JSIS C 490 Special Topics in Comparative Religion
JSIS C /ASIAN 580 Seminar in Hinduism Studies
   
JSIS C 264 / MUSIC 264 Sacred Music in the European Tradition
JSIS D 443 / ANTH 446 Class and Culture in East Asia
JSIS D 477 The Catholic Church in World Politics
   
AIS 475 Special Topics in Indian Studies (when topic is on religion)
AIS 435 Spiritual Encounters: Native Spirituality in the Contact Era
ANTH 310 Native North American Society
ANTH 313 Peoples of Africa
ANTH 314 Island Civilization of SE Asia
ANTH/JSIS C 321 Anthropology of Religion
ANTH 322 / JSIS C 320 Comparative Study of Death
ANTH 330 / JSIS C 329 Religion, Identity and Cultural Pluralism
ANTH 352 Buddhism and Society
ANTH 375 Comparative Systems of Healing
ANTH 402 Societies of Eastern and Southern Africa
ANTH 412 South Asian Social Structure
ANTH 418 Indian Heritage of Mexico and C. America
ANTH 421 Belief, Ritual and the Structure of Religion
ANTH 424 Hunter-Gatherer Societies
ANTH 429 African Religion and Ritual
ANTH 447 Religion in China
ANTH 527 Anthropological Perspectives on Ethnicity (when religion focus)
ARAB 456 Islamic Political Theorists
ART H 202 Survey of Western Art, Medieval/Renaissance
ART H 204 Survey of Asian Art
ART H 309 Special Topics: Art History (when topic is religious art & culture)
ART H 311 Chinese Art
ART H 315 Buddhist Art of East Asia
ART H 306 Indian Art of South Asia
ART H 316 Japanese painting
ART H 317 Chado: Japanese Esthetics
ART H 321 Arts of Japan
ART H 330 Tribal Art and Philosophy
ART H 337 African Art and Society
ART H 351 Early Medieval & Byzantine Art
ART H 352 High and Late Medieval Art
ART H 400 Art History and Criticism (when topic is religious art & culture)
ART H 413 Selected Topics in Chinese Art: "Arts of the Song (960-1279)"
ART H 419 Chinese and Japanese Architecture
ART H 438 Sub-Saharan Art
ART H 451 Topics: Early Christian & Byzantine Art/Arch.
ART H 452 Art, Religion and Politics in Christ. 300-700
ART H 453 Art, Religion and Politics in Byzantium 700-1453
ART H 454 Romanesque Art
ART H 455 Special Studies in Gothic Art and Architecture
ART H 509 Seminar in Art History (when topic is religious art & culture)
ART H 511 Seminar in Chinese Art: "Taoist Art" (5)
ART H 515 Japanese Esoteric Buddhist art and ritual contexts
ART H 551 Early Christian/Medieval Art
   
ASIAN 206 Literature & Culture of South Asia from Tradition to Modernity
   
CHID 498 Special Topics in Comparative History of Ideas (if on religion)
   
CLAS 324 Greek And Roman Athletics
   
C LIT 280, 281 The Medieval World
   
ENGL 210 Literature of the Ancient World
ENGL 211 Medieval and Renaissance Literature
ENGL 326 Milton
   
HSTAFM 261 The Crusades: Middle Eastern Perspectives
HSTCMP 310 Science and Religion in Historical Perspective
HSTAFM 461 History of the Middle East: 622-1300
HSTAFM 462 History of the Middle East: 1258-1798
HSTAFM 463 History of the Middle East: Since 1789
   
HSTAM 314 The World of Late Antiquity
HSTAM 331 Early Middle Ages
HSTAM 332 Central Middle Ages
HSTAM 333 Late Middle Ages
HSTAM 403 Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age
HSTAM 315 The Byzantine Empire
   
HSTAS 211 History of Chinese Civilization
HSTAS 212 History of Korean Civilization
HSTAS 401 History of Ancient India
HSTAS 402 History of Medieval and Mughal India
HSTAS 431 Tibetan History
HSTAS 451 Chinese History: Earliest Times to 221 B.C.
HSTAS 452 Chinese History: 221 B.C. to A.D. 907
HSTAS 453 Chinese History: A.D. 905 to 1840
HSTAS 462 Southeast Asian History to 1800
GWSS 435 Gender and Spirituality
HSTEU 305 European Witch Trials
HSTEU 401 The Italian Renaissance
HSTEU 409 The Catholic Church in Europe, 1914-Present
MUSAP 389 Non-Western Music Performance (when genre is religious music)
MUSIC 445 Special Topics in Ethnomusicology
(when topic is religion & culture, e.g. Spirit Possession, Shamanism, Tibetan music, African Religion)
MUSIC 512 Seminar in Ethnomusicology
(when topic is religion focus, e.g. Spirit Possession)
MUHST 310 Perspectives in Music History (when topic is religion focus, e.g. Sacred Music in the Lutheran Tradition
NEAR E 230 Introduction of Islamic Civilization
NEAR E 220 Introduction to Ancient Near East
NEAR E 230 Themes in Near Eastern Literature
NEAR E 251

Jewish Life in Literature and Film

NEAR E 306 /JSIS C 457 History of Biblical Interpretation
PHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 267 Introduction to Philosophy Religion
PHIL 345 Moral Issues of Life and Death
PHIL 346 Personal Values and Human Good
PHIL 434 Philosophy of Thomas Aquinas
PHIL 440 Ethics
PHIL 456 Metaphysics
PHIL 467 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 469 Existentialist Philosophy
PRSAN 451 Introduction to Persian Literature: A Survey
PRSAN 452 Modern Persian Literature: A Survey
PRSAN 455 The Persian Ghazal
RUSS 321 Russian Literature and Culture to 1800
   
SCAND 330 Scandinavian Mythology
SCAND 332 Folk Belief and World View
SCAND/HSTAM 370 The Vikings
   
SOC 357 Sociology of Religion
SOC 445 Religious Movements
SOC 554 Seminar in the Sociology of Religion
   

Additional Rubric Electives

Course # Title
JSIS C 145 Introduction to Judaism
JSIS C 199 Study Abroad - Comparative Religion
JSIS C 201 Introduction to World Religion: Western
JSIS C 202 Introduction to World Religion: Eastern
JSIS C 205/NEAR E 285 Religion, Violence and Peace: Patterns Across Time & Tradition
JSIS C 207 Comparing Religions
JSIS C 211/NEAR E 230 Introduction to Islam
JSIS C 212/NEAR E 231 Introduction to the Quran
JSIS C 220 Introduction to the New Testament
JSIS C 240/NEAR E 202 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament)
JSIS C 254 American Religions
JSIS C 264 Sacred Music in the European Tradition
JSIS C 305 Religious Thought Since the Middle Ages
JSIS C 307 Religion and World Politics
JSIS C 320/ANTH 322 Comparative Study of Death
JSIS C 321/ANTH 321 Comparative Religion
JSIS C 322 The Gospels and Jesus of Nazareth
JSIS C 327 Eastern Christian Traditions
JSIS C 328 The Emergence of Christianity
JSIS C 329/ANTH 330 Religion, Identity, and Cultural Pluralism
JSIS C 356/ANTH 352 Buddhism/Society: Theravada Buddhism South Asia
JSIS C 352 Hinduism
JSIS C 354 Buddhism
JSIS C 358 Modern Jewish Thought
JSIS C 360/CLAS 360 Jews, Greeks, & Romans in the Ancient World
JSIS C 380/CHID 380 Theories In the Study of Religion
JSIS C 399 Study Abroad – Comparative Religion
JSIS C 400 The Jewish Mystical Tradition
JSIS C 405 Scripture in Judaism
JSIS C 408 The World of the Early Church
JSIS C 409 The Age of St. Augustine
JSIS C 410 Law in Judaic Experience
JSIS C 412 Gnosticism and Early Christianity
JSIS C 413 Modern Christian Theology
JSIS C 430 Scripture and Law in Islam
JSIS C 432 Ritual and Territory in Islam
JSIS C 435 Life of Prophet Muhammad
JSIS C 445 Greek and Roman Religion
JSIS C 449 Religious Movements: Sociology of Cults and Sects
JSIS C 452 Art, Religion and Politics in the Early Christian Period, 300-700
JSIS C 454/NEAR E 307 Israel: The First Six Centuries BCE
JSIS C 456 Perceptions of the Feminine Divine in Hinduism
JSIS C 457 The History of Biblical Interpretation
JSIS C 459 Topics in the Buddhism of Tibet
JSIS C 462 Anti-Semitism As a Cultural System
JSIS C 495 Seminar: Topics and Issues in Judaism
JSIS C 472 Seminar: Topics in Early Christianity
JSIS C 493 Honors Thesis
JSIS C 490 Special Topics in Comparative Religion
JSIS C 497 Field Archaeology
JSIS C 501 Approaches to the Study of Religion
JSIS C 502 Religion in Comparative Perspective
JSIS C 504 Religion and Culture
JSIS C 598 Colloquium in Comparative Religion
JSIS C 520 Seminar on Early Christianity
JSIS C 528 Christian Theology
JSIS C 530 Religion and Literature
JSIS C 580 Seminar in Hinduism Studies
JSIS C 590 Special Topics
   
JSIS  499 Undergraduate Research
JSIS 600 Independent Study or Research
JSIS 700 Master's Thesis
   
  Revised 8/7/2014

Comparative Religion Minor Requirements

30 credits, to include the following:

  1. JSIS C 201 (5) and JSIS C 202 (5)

  2. 15 additional credits in approved JSIS religion courses or joint-listed equivalents

  3. 5 additional credits chosen from approved JSIS religion courses or from an approved list of electives*

*For a list of approved electives, follow this link

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