The Religion Studies Program is dedicated to the study of sacred texts such as the Bible, and other writings and expressions of religious history and human imagination.

Respecting the secular nature of the college, and recognizing the traditional separation of church and state, we approach the study of religion with the highest standards of fairness and academic discipline.

For our students, we seek to open all texts with a well-integrated critique based on literary, historical, and social analysis, as we seek to expose the core genius in various religious traditions, especially as they have contributed to the shaping of the general culture.

Please send any questions or suggestions about the Religion Studies Program to Professor Eric Thompson.

Course Schedules

Fall 2021

Course Outlines

RELS 1       Introduction to Religious Studies
RELS 2       World Religions (also known as Comparative Religions)
RELS 3       History of God
RELS 6.66  History of Satan
RELS 7       Wisdom Religions of Asia
RELS 8       Buddhism
RELS 15     Islam
RELS 21     The Hebrew Bible
RELS 22     Early Christian Literature
RELS 32     Religion in America


Religious Studies (AA)