Studying the interdisciplinary Religious Studies minor, students will explore various depths, dimensions and meanings of global religions. Both Western and non-western cultures are studied at Suffolk, from ancient cultures to modern times, the curriculum is designed to help students understand the power of religious ideas and practices.
Foundation courses in Eastern and Western religious traditions are taken by all students. After that students will pick four courses about religion from across different disciplines including English, History, Government, Philosophy and Sociology. Students can also choose to pursue research or field study via a separate study course.
Electives include Classical Mythology, Politics / Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Eastern Philosophy, Buddhism, Native American Religion, Women in Spirituality, Chinese Philosophy, African Philosophy and Religion, Reason and Revelation and Independent Study.
Bircham University’s Religion program is the study of the world's major religious traditions, including Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism, the religions of China and Japan and Islam. This program concentrates on the academic study of religion, with special consideration to: common aspects of religious experience; the collaboration of religion and culture; theoretical analysis of religious conviction and experience; religious manifestation in myth, ritual, symbol and social organisation; and religious reactions to archetypal problems of human experience. If requested, this program may be modified to concentrate on the study of a single major religion.
Subjects covered on this course include: World Myths & Beliefs, Religion, Judaism & The Old Testament, Christianism & The New Testament, Catholicism & The Christian Church, Islamic Tradition & Fundamentalism, Hinduism & Buddhism, Religions of China & Japan, Indian Philosophies, Religions in America, Comparative Religion, Contemporary Religious Thought, Philosophy of Religion, Spiritual Wellness, Philosophy of Ethics & Law and Metaphysics. Subjects account for 3 academic credits each.
The Religion course is available at Specialist, Expert, Bachelor's, Master's & Ph.D. (Doctoral) Degree program levels.