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MemChu by Ian Terpin, University Communications.

Religious Studies

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School of Humanities and Sciences

Designed to engage students existentially and to assist them in thinking about intellectual, ethical, and sociopolitical issues in the world's religions.

What You'll Study

The department offers a Bachelor of Arts major, minor, and honors program in Religious Studies, and a major with the Philosophy Department in Religious Studies and Philosophy. Undergraduate courses in Religious Studies are designed to engage students existentially and to assist them in thinking about intellectual, ethical, and sociopolitical issues in the world's religions. The department's faculty seek to provide tools for understanding the complex encounters among religious ideas, practices, and communities, and the past and present cultures that have shaped and been shaped by religion. Courses therefore expose students to: leading concepts in the field of religious studies such as god(s), sacrifice, ritual, scripture, prophecy, and priesthood; approaches developed over the past century, including the anthropological, historical, psychological, philosophical, and phenomenological, that open religion to closer inspection and analysis; and major questions, themes, developments, features, and figures in the world's religious traditions. The department encourages and supports the acquisition of languages needed for engagement with sacred texts and interpretive traditions as well as study abroad at Stanford's overseas centers where religions can be observed and experienced in their contemporary contexts.

Degrees Offered

  • BA
  • Minor
  • Honors
  • Coterm

More Information

Exploratory Courses

RELIGST 1

Religion Around the Globe

RELIGST 119

Religion and Conflict

RELIGST 11N

The Meaning of Life: Philosophical, Aesthetic, and Religious Perspectives

RELIGST 12N

Perspectives on the Good Life

RELIGST 158

Spiritualism and the Occult

RELIGST 3

The Religious Life of Things

RELIGST 4

What Didn't Make the Bible (CLASSICS 9N, HISTORY 112C, JEWISHST 4)

RELIGST 55

Exploring Zen Buddhism

Related Links

Ho Family Foundation Center for Buddhist Studies at Stanford