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Religious Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Oregon, OH, United States
The Religious Studies program from Lewis and Clark College gives students the opportunity for critical reflection on a variety of religious traditions in the world, including their own. Students read the texts and examine the practices of both Western and Eastern religious traditions in the social and historical context in which they originated and in which they are now practiced. 
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Overview

About

Religious Studies program from Lewis and Clark College

Religion is a complex and often contentious topic. While everyone might not have a handy theory about history or physics, it’s hard to find someone without a passionately held opinion about religion. Well aware of this fact, the Religious Studies Department takes a broadly historical approach to the study of religion, exploring religious texts, practices, ideas, communities, and institutions in the context of local, regional, and global histories.

Lewis & Clark’s Department of Religious Studies has chosen to focus on the study of religion as a social and cultural phenomenon. Using this approach, three specific areas are emphasized in the curriculum: Jewish and Christian origins, the history of the religious traditions in Western civilization, and the history of religious traditions of Asia.  Of special importance are the role and impact of religion in both historical and contemporary America.  Because of this sociocultural approach, the religious studies department is heavily involved in interdepartmental work.  Faculty members interact with those in other departments dealing with the phenomenon of culture—in particular history, sociology/anthropology, art, and music.

Our curriculum ranges across four areas: Jewish and Christian origins, the history of the religious traditions of Western civilization (including America), the history of religious traditions of Asia, and the religious traditions of Islam. Within each area, we explore such issues as the nature and social context of religious texts; the development of religious doctrines in situations of both cooperation and contestation; the dynamic relations among religious, political, economic, and cultural life; the role of religion in constructions of gender, race, and class; and patterns of change within religious communities. We also investigate the very idea of religion and the varied ways people—religious practitioners as well as secular scholars—have sought to understand this category of human thought and action.

Introductory courses in the department (100- and 200-level courses) trace the emergence and development of various traditions and emphasize the mastering of foundational knowledge and methods of academic inquiry. Upper-level course treat selected topics in greater detail and pursue the state-of-the-art scholarly thinking in various sub-fields of the discipline.

The lifeblood of Religious Studies is its openness to creative, interdisciplinary inquiry; our courses and faculty draw from the fields of literary studies, history, sociology and anthropology, art, and even the natural sciences. Majors in the department hone their skills in research, writing, critical thinking, and persuasive argumentation, and many of our majors spend time on overseas programs. Deeply enmeshed as it is in the liberal arts tradition, Religious Studies is a route to exploring a fascinating dimension of the human experience.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Asceticism
  • History and Theory
  • Buddhism: Theory/Culture/Practrice
  • Medieval Christianity
  • Islamic Origins
  • Social and Religious World of Early Judaism and Christianity

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    91

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Online Common Application or Paper Application with essay attached.
  • Official transcripts of all secondary school and college grades. 
  • Financial Documents
  • Proof of English proficiency.
  • School Report.
  • Teacher Evaluation, completed by a teacher who has taught you in an academic course (English, mathematics, science, foreign language, history, or social studies). 
  • SAT and/or ACT scores are optional for international student applicants, but are highly recommended for applicants who attend international/American schools. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52346 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52346 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52346 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Oregon

  • 1031 - 1710 USD/month
    Living Costs

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