"Our students tell us that when you are studying one course at a time, the moment of insight -- the 'aha experience' when everything seems to come together -- happens more quickly because your brain isn't split into four or five different compartments (one for economics, one for Spanish, one for chemistry, etc). When the mind is totally focused on a single subject, the light bulb can, and does, go on more quickly."

-- Joseph Molleur, Associate Professor of Religion 

Curriculum

The curriculum in Religion provides a broad comparative framework for the exploration of major world religious traditions. These investigations are further enriched by drawing upon insights and approaches from related disciplines in the social sciences and humanities.

Our flexible degree requirements allow students a great deal of freedom in charting their own paths, and the following table shows some of our diverse course offerings:

 Religion Department Courses 

Religions of the World
Jesus in the Gospels
Feminist Theology
Biblical Hebrew
Contemporary Judaism
The Islamic Path

 

The Hindu Vision
The Buddhist Way
Religions of Mongolia (in Mongolia)
Religion and the Artistic Imagination

 Courses in Related Departments 
Ritual Arts of the African Diaspora (Art)
Saints and She-Devils (Art)
Classical Mythology (Classical Studies)
  Milton (English)
Asian Philosophy (Philosophy)
Philosophy of Religion (Philosophy)

Off-campus courses

Professor Steven Sacks has traveled to many countries both as a student and a teacher of religion. In recent years, he's led the following off-campus courses: Religions of Mongolia in 2008 and 2011, Islam and Postcoloniality in Contemporary Morocco in 2009,  Religions of Laos in 2010, and Religions of Ethiopia in 2012.

Future trips are being considered to Japan, Israel, and India. And our One Course At A Time schedule also makes it easy for students to participate in other Cornell international opportunities, such as art history in Rome, anthropology in the Bahamas, or archaeology in Greece.

Curriculum Details