Field of Emphasis

The field may be any cross-cultural theme (such as the study of ritual, myth, or ethics) in which three courses are available, a cultural period (such as the religious interaction of medieval Europe or modern Asia), or the study of a single religious tradition (such as Christianity or Buddhism). Courses available in religious traditions include the following:

  • Buddhism: Buddhism: East Asian Languages (Chinese), 120. 122, 130. Additional courses: East Asian Languages (Chinese) 140. South Asian 127, 140. Recommended: Students intending to do graduate work in Buddhism should study Tibetan, Chinese, Sanskrit or Japanese.
  • Hinduism: South Asian 121. 127, 140, 141, 155. Additional courses: History of Art 136A-136B-136C. Recommended: Students intending to do graduate work in Hinduism should study Sanskrit.
  • Judaism: Near Eastern Studies 131, 132, 133, 134, 137. Additional courses: (Hebrew) 101A-101B, (Hebrew) 102A - 102B, (Hebrew) 103A- 103B, Near Eastern Studies 130A-130B, Religious Studies 120A. Recommended: Students intending to do graduate work in Judaism should study Hebrew.
  • Islam: Near Eastern Studies 140, 141, 142, 143A-143B, 144. Additional courses: History 109A, Near Eastern Studies 121A-121B, (Arabic), 209A-209B. Recommended: Students intending to do graduate work in Islam should study Arabic.
  • Christianity: Religious Studies 120A, or History 185A, Religious Studies 120B or History 156A, History 185B or 156A, Religious Studies 115. Additional courses: Classics (Greek) 105, English 107, English 110A-110B, History 108. Italian 109, Italian 130, Near Eastern Studies 131,132, 134, Philosophy 182, 184, Religious Studies 190 (when topic is Christian). Recommended: Students intending to do graduate work in Christianity should study Latin, Greek or German.