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This program provides an opportunity to study expressions and representations of the sacred across several eras, from the prehistoric to the modern, and in several cultures. Topics include the following: religious artifacts and sites; behaviors, relationships, roles and institutions associated with the sacred; secularization in modern cultures; sacred thought worlds of peoples in their own terms; religious conflict and tolerance in pluralistic societies; and religious and ritual systems in socio-cultural context as they change through innovation, revitalization, resistance, and myriad other processes. The focus is on the sacred in different cultures and political contexts from religious studies, anthropological, and sociological perspectives. One objective is to show that, on the one hand, the sacred is necessarily constituted socially and culturally, and on the other hand, the meanings of any particular expressions of the sacred are not necessarily exhausted by socio-cultural analysis. The sacred in cross-cultural perspective program offers an interdisciplinary minor; the program does not offer a major.

interdisciplinary, 6 courses
One course in religious studies and one course in either anthropology or sociology at each of three levels: 100, 200, and 300/400 level from the following lists. (Other courses may be substituted by petitioning the program coordinator.)

Religious Studies Courses
REL Any 100-level course
REL 210 Hinduism
REL 211 Buddhism
REL 213 Death and Dying
REL 215 Japanese Religions
REL 217 Gurus, Saints, Priests and Prophets
REL 219 Introduction to Islamic Tradition
REL 228 Religion and Resistance
REL 232 Rethinking Jesus
REL 236 Gender and Islam
REL 237 Christianity and Culture
REL 238 Liberating Theologies
REL 241 Rastaman and Christ
REL 243 Theology of World Religions
REL 254 The Question of God/Goddess
REL 263 Religion and Social Theory
REL 272 The Sociology of the American Jew
REL 273 Foundations of Jewish Thought
REL 278 Modern Judaism
REL 281 Unspoken Worlds
REL 283 Que(e)rying Religious Studies
REL 305 Tongues of Fire: Pentecostalism Worldwide
REL 306 The Perfectible Body
REL 312 New Heavens, New Earths
REL 315 Japanese Religions
REL 336 Islam and the West
REL 365 Loss of Certainty

Anthropology Courses
ANTH 102 World Prehistory
ANTH 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 206 Early Cities
ANTH 208 Archaeology of Japan and China
ANTH 213 Cultures of India
ANTH 220 Sex Roles: A Cross Cultural Perspective
ANTH 222 Native American Religions
ANTH 282 North American Indians
ANTH 290 Pharaohs, Fellahin, Fantasy
ANTH 296 African Cultures
ANTH 297 Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
ANTH 306 History of Anthropological Theory
ANTH 326 Patterns and Processes in Ancient Mesoamerican Urbanism
ANTH 352 Builders and Seekers

Sociology Courses
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (selected sections by permission of instructor)
SOC 244 Religion in American Society
SOC 255 Social Problems in Modern Western Societies: Ireland in Comparative Perspective
SOC 370 Religion, Politics and Life Style: What is Sacred in Modern Western Societies?

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