Religion is a topic that is fascinating to study and important to understand. To study religion is to study the beliefs and practices through which groups of people have tried to make sense of their experiences in the world.
In virtually all cultures, religion has developed as a powerful dimension of social, political and economic life. Religion also has had enormous impact on literature, the arts and human thought. A brief glance at today’s headlines will show how religion permeates every corner of human affairs.
The Department of Comparative Religion is a humanities department in the College of Arts and Science. Our mission is to study all world religions: their history, their relationships, and their impact on the individual and society.
As a major, you’ll enjoy flexibility in designing a program of study that enhances a broad liberal arts education. You may explore how Marx, Durkheim, Freud, Eliade, Foucalt, Doniger and others have shaped the study of religion. You may examine common themes among religions in different parts of the world. You may trace the development of a particular religion over time. You may study the cultural aspects of religions in different times and places. You may study religion together with such fields as psychology, literature, philosophy, anthropology, women's studies, black world studies, or science to see how these fields influence and enrich each other.
More than 700 students enroll in religion classes each semester. Many of these classes fulfill Miami Plan foundation, thematic sequence and senior capstone requirements.
The department offers the following programs:
|undergraduate major (Bachelor of Arts),|