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Religion, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The Religion program at Williams College is designed to perform two related functions: to expose the student to the methods and issues involved in the study of religion as a phenomenon of psychological, sociological, and cultural/historical dimensions; and to confront students with the beliefs, practices, and values of specific religions through a study of particular religious traditions. 
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The Religion program at Williams College affords each student an opportunity to fashion his/her own sequence of study within a prescribed basic pattern constructed to ensure both coherence and variety.

Educational Objectives

The study of religion provokes questions about ultimate authority, the meaning of life, truth, the good, the supernatural, the special destinies of particular human groups, and other matters of profound concern. A major in Religion will provide the student with a critical perspective on various answers to these questions and their significance to different communities.

Students will:

  • Be exposed to important texts and histories of at least one “religious tradition” while also learning about important intra-religious diversity and conflict that complicate any sense of a singular “tradition” (i.e., Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Rastafari, and so on).
  • Question how different societies, groups, traditions, individuals, and scholars have formulated the concepts of “religion,” “religiosity,” and “spirituality,” and study how these categories were formulated in contrast to other concepts such as “science” or “the secular.”
  • Gain awareness of at least a couple of disciplinary or interdisciplinary tools and approaches to the study of religion.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • The Way of Power: A History of Occult Knowledge and Practices
  • Religious Conflict and Cooperation
  • Is God Dead? Secularization in the Modern World
  • Music and Spirituality
  • What is Religion? Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion
  • The Hebrew Bible
  • Moses: Stranger in a Strange Land

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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