The academic study of religion contributes to the formation of global citizens by giving them fundamental capacities of intercultural literacy.
The skills and capabilities that students develop in the academic study of religion are therefore broadly applicable and are intimately related to the goals of other areas of study at Bucknell, not only in the humanities but also in management, the sciences, and engineering.
We teach environmental material (Environmental Ethics courses, Religious Naturalism course, American Religions courses, Religious Philosophy courses, Buddhism courses, and others); in the past, members of the Religion department had appointments in Biology and Religion and they started the Environmental Studies program. The Religion Department organizes conferences with biologists (e.g., Creation).
We teach several courses that are related to classics (Bible course, Judaism course, Major Jewish Books course, Christianity courses, Buddhism and Hinduism courses). We share the end of the year party for our students. At least one faculty member performs research in late antiquity that also requires knowledge of Latin and Greek.
Several members of the Religion Department teach courses in Comparative Humanities that are not cross-listed with Religion.
We offer courses in Buddhism, Japanese and Chinese religions as well as Introduction to Asian Religions are cross-listed with East Asian Studies. Majors in Religion often study Japanese or Chinese in East Asian Studies.
We teach literature based courses; one member of the Religion department has an M.A. in English and in American Studies; we often utilize literary theories; we work with members of the English department on conferences (e.g., Water Conference, Spring 2012)
Members of the Religion department are on the board of Environmental Studies; we teach environmental material (Environmental Ethics courses, Religious Naturalism course, American Religions courses, Religious Philosophy courses, Buddhism courses, and others; in the past, members of the Religion department had appointments in Biology and Religion and they started Environmental studies); members of the Religion department work together with faculty and administrators in Environmental Studies on conferences and speakers.
Several members of the Religion department teach film courses (Hinduism in film, Judaism in film, Israel in film, Holocaust, American Religions, and others). Members of the Religion department are on the board of film studies. We organize film presentations. Presently, a member of the Religion department is the Interim chair of the Hilltop film committee.
The Department of Religion works with members of the French departments on Committees (Hilltop film committee); the Religion department utilizes French philosophers and French literature in several courses.
We teach several classes that are related to historical events (American Religions courses, Law courses, Holocaust course, Jerusalem course, Israel course, Christianity courses, Bible course, and others).
Several courses are cross-listed with International Relations (e.g., Israel).
The first ever Jewish Studies appointment at Bucknell was in Religion; the Religion Department had the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair in Jewish Studies (2002-2007); the department created a Minor in Jewish Studies (2004); a faculty member teaches Jewish Studies courses and is internationally involved in Jewish Studies. A Fulbright Scholar in Jewish Studies from Israel (Sephardic Judaism) was housed in Religion (2011-2012).
Members of the Religion Department teach law classes (e.g. Religion and Constitutional Law, Introduction to Jewish Law).
The Religion departments rotates at least one course with Philosophy (Philosophy of Religion); we cross-list other courses (Islamic and Jewish philosophy) and members of the Religion department teach courses in religious philosophy, ethics, etc. We have the end of the year party for our students with Philosophy.
Integrative Perspective courses will be taught in Physics/Religion. The Religion Department organizes conferences with physicists (e.g., Religion and Science).
The Religion Department and Political Science regularly organize the "Sturm Dialogue", an endowed lecture.
Many of our majors pursue a double major in Psychology and Religion. There are overlapping research interests.
Several courses are crosslisted with gender studies (e.g., the male body in Judaism course, women in Judaism, and others).
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