Religious Studies

Bongeunsa Buddhist Temple, Seoul, South Korea

Featured Course:

Women, Gender, & Religion

What do religions teach about women, and how do women experience religions?

What is the academic study of religion?

To seek an understanding of religion is to try to understand the complex ways that people imagine themselves, organize their worlds, and relate to the “sacred” or the “other” – including human beings, divine beings, and non-human beings.

Religion can be viewed in terms of prayers, texts, communities, and rituals, but it can also be about money, power, the environment, family, or gender.

Religions thus lend themselves to multiple methods of inquiry – from humane studies like theology, history, anthropology, and literary criticism, to scientific studies like sociology, economics, psychology, and even evolutionary biology.

At Alma College, the study of religion includes a diversity of voices and perspectives. Our conversations are enriched by “insiders” – who may be well-informed or devout religious practitioners – as well as “outsiders” – including atheists, agnostics, or religious people who are studying religions other than their own. We make no assumptions about our students’ religious commitments or past experiences; our only requirement is that students enter conversations fully, inquisitively, and respectfully.

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