CoursesBrandeis offers a variety of courses in religion for both its undergraduate and graduate students. They strive to teach students about the traditions, culture, and vocabulary within the various religions around the world. Although many of them can be found under religion-specific departments, some of them can also be found scattered throughout several different programs and majors. For more information, please see Jung Kim’s research paper (pdf) and PowerPoint presentation on the topic.
The largest number of courses about religion offered at Brandeis University focus on Judaism. Since the first official school year in 1948, Brandeis has had courses that cover Judaism from several different perspectives. Some classes focus on the history of Judaism while others discuss the contributions and effects Judaism has had on people and cultures. With an extensive range of different topics and a seemingly endless number of courses, Brandeis offers a comprehensive and thorough experience for those who want to learn more about Judaism.
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The first course on Islam at Brandeis was offered during the 1950 -51 academic year. Since then, Brandeis has steadily increased the variety and number of courses offered about Islam. Today many of these courses are offered through the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Program. Courses range from the history of the Islam to the discussion of modern day religious conflicts in the Middle East.
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Courses on Christianity are a key component of the academic study of religion at Brandeis. The first Christian-focused course was offered during the 1950-51 academic year. Christianity has also been addressed in a number of comparative religions courses offered over time.
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Some Brandeis courses address religions outside of the Abrahamic faiths. From ancient religions in Rome to modern day religions in Africa, these courses are scattered throughout the curriculum and, as a result, may be easy to miss. Such courses have been offered in Departments and Programs including:
African and Afro-American Studies
Comparative Literature and Culture
East Asian Studies
European Cultural Studies
History of Ideas
The Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program
International and Global Studies
Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Near Eastern and Judaic Studies
Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies
South Asian Studies