Coursework in Religious Studies gives students the cultural competence to think globally and act locally. Religious Studies is a central part of a Worldwise outlook.
Students at University of Maryland have studied the history, culture, and social dynamics of religion since at least the 1980s, in departments as wide-ranging as Philosophy, History, Classics, and Geography.
The first formal undergraduate program in religious studies began in 2001, with a new “citation” in Comparative Religious Studies. The use of “comparative” in the name of the program served to emphasize the secular and historical nature of the scholarship that students would encounter. By 2004, when the College of Arts and Humanities converted the citations into minors, Religious Studies was familiar enough on campus to allow us to drop the term “comparative” (which actually refers to a particular kind of secular study of religion, only a part of what we do on campus).
2020 brought a dramatic addition to Religious Studies on campus, with the introduction of the major in Religions of the Ancient Middle East. Students who pursue the major explore classical and near eastern religions, ancient Judaism, Christianity, and the early centuries of Islam.
University of Maryland students obviously love to learn about religion. Both the minor (citation) and the major fielded graduates from the very first year each program was instated.
The new RAME major provides a more-focused course of religious studies, while incorporating a course-structure specifically designed to help you complete your Gen Ed requirements. This 30-credit major is perfect as a stand-alone or part of a double major or double-degree program.
- One specially-designed Religious Studies I-series course (3 cr.)
- Three lower-level courses in 2+ relevant traditions (9 cr.)
Electives (chosen with permission of RAME advisor):
- One lower-level elective (3 cr.)
- Four upper-level electives (12 cr.)
- One specially-designed Religious Studies capstone seminar (3 cr.)
The classic Religious Studies minor provides an opportunity to “travel the world” through the study religious phenomena in wide-ranging historical, geographical, and conceptual contexts. While valuable to anyone with an interest in religion, the religious studies minor especially supports students in STEM, business, journalism, and other fields, where focused exposure to a course of humanities enhances and diversifies the focused educational experience.
- RELS 271 “What is Religion?” (I-series, Hum, CC): This course incorporates the study of world religions with introductions to the discipline of religious studies and specialized approaches to religion. Religion in America provides relevant and topical examples for discussion.
- Two lower-level electives from a pre-approved list or by approval of RELS advisor.
- Three courses at the 300-level or above (same).
- RELS students demonstrate exposure to the diversity of religious traditions, in cultural, geographic, and/or temporal breadth. Approved by the Religious Studies adviser.
For more information on the major, specific courses, and advising, visit the Minor in Religious Studies page.
Matthew T. Miller
|Course Number||Course Title||Instructor||RAME||RELS|
|AASP 200 (DSHU)||African Civilization||Kintiba||✓|
|AMST 328R||Religion in American Culture||Ali||✓|
|ARTH 200 (DSHU, DVUP)||Art and Society in Ancient/Medieval Europe and the Mediterranean||Egan||✓||✓|
|ARTH 201 (DSHU, DVUP)||Western Art, Renaissance to Present||Mansbach||✓|
|ARTH 261 (DSHU, SCIS)||Monuments, Monumentality, and the Art of Memorial||Korobkin||✓|
|ARTH 303 (DSHU, DVUP)||Roman Art and Archaeology||Gensheimer||✓||✓|
|CLAS 170/RELS 170 (DSHU)||Greek and Roman Mythology||Doherty||✓||✓|
|CLAS 331||Roman Religion: From Jupiter to Jesus||Wasdin||✓||✓|
|ENGL 262/ HEBR 298B/ JWST 262 (DSHU)||Introduction to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament||Suriano||✓||✓|
|ENGL 310||Medieval and Renaissance British Literature||Moser||✓|
|ENGL 316||Native American Literature||Infante||✓|
|ENGL 379A||Comparative Black and Native American Literature||Infante||✓|
|ENGL 410||Edmund Spenser||Coles||✓|
|FILM 298B/PERS 298M||Iranian Cinema||Moosavi||✓|
|HIST 106/ JWST 141 (DSHS, DVUP)||American Jewish Experience||Rozenblit||✓|
|HIST 110 (DSHU)||The Ancient World||TBA||✓||✓|
|HIST 111 (DSHS, DVUP)||The Medieval World||Ho||✓|
|HIST 120/ RELS 120 (DSHU)||Islamic Civilization||Borrut||✓||✓|
|HIST 133/ RELS 133 (DSHS, SCIS)||The Crusades in Medieval and Modern Perspectives||Bianchini||✓|
|HIST 135/RELS 289E (DSHS, DVCC, SCIS)||Why Cities Don’t (Often) Explode||Cooperman||✓|
|HIST187||Moral Issues in Jewish Historical Experience||Cooperman||✓|
|HIST 319L||Islam: Learning, Piety, and Practice||Karamustafa||✓||✓|
|HIST 319R||Genghis Khan and the Mongols||Ho||✓|
|HIST 329/JWST 319V||Religious and Political Transformations in Modern Jewish History||Rozenblit||✓|
|HIST 331/ RELS 341||Europe in the High Middle Ages: 1000-1500||Bianchini||✓|
|HIST 408I/409A (DSSP)||Literature and Jewish Life in Eastern Europe||R. Manekin||✓|
|HIST 419Q/ JWST 370||The Golden Age of European Jewry||R. Manekin||✓|
|HIST 428O||The English Civil Wars||Baron||✓|
|HIST 429N/PHIL 428N||The Aztecs: Human Sacrifice and Conquest||Maffie||✓|
|JWST 171RELS 171 (DSHU, DVCC, SCIS)||Is Judaism a Religion?||Grossman||✓|
|JWST 187 (DSHU or DSHS, DVCC, SCIS)||God, Land, Power, and People: Moral Issues in Jewish Historical Experience||Cooperman||✓|
|JWST 274/RELS 274 (DSHU, DVUP, SCIS)||Jerusalem in Antiquity: The History of Sacred Space in a Holy City||Suriano||✓||✓|
|JWST 429B/ PHIL 428B (DSHU)||Classical Arabic Philosophy by Muslims, Jews, and Christians||C. Manekin||✓|
|PHIL 308W/RELS 319W||World Philosophy||Maffie||✓|