Professor John E. Cort, Chair
Professors John E. Cort, David O. Woodyard; Associate Professors John L. Jackson, K. Christine Pae; Assistant Professors R. Jonathan Moore, Maia Kotrosits; Visiting Assistant Professor Joseph Wiinikka-Lydon; Academic Administrative Assistant Erin Lennon
Departmental Guidelines and Goals
The study of religion at Denison is an academic endeavor within the Liberal Arts tradition. Religion majors and minors (and those who take religion courses) learn to think critically, communicate clearly, and explore different world-views empathetically. Religion courses enhance students' intellectual development at Denison, and provide skills that transfer to multiple careers.
Religion courses focus upon cultures, moralities, sacred texts, rituals, and symbols, and so students are led to reflect upon multiple religious traditions, including their own, and enhance their own sense of self and reality. Religion courses provide opportunities to consider issues such as gender, sexuality, race, class, and global diversity in the intersections of religious and secular settings. Courses in religion aspire as well to connect with other fields of study, and bring to awareness the connective tissues among different life spheres. The academic study of religion, in its normative and historical forms, is one of the ways in which Denison students are educated "to become autonomous citizens, discerning moral agents, and active citizens of a democratic society."
A Religion major requires nine courses. It has the following components: (1) A common set of five courses (201, 204, 211, 215, 224) from which four are required; (2) A concentration of at least three courses in designated areas, designed in consultation with the student's Religion Department advisor; (3) A seminar for majors and minors only, designed around special topics that will be in a concentration area; (4) A comprehensive examination with take-home and in-class components. First-Year Seminars and sections of W-101 taught by a member of the department may count toward a concentration. Ordinarily, no more than one course at the 100-level may count. If a student has completed the common courses and fulfilled a concentration, one semester of a Senior Research Project may count toward the nine-course requirement.
A Religion minor consists of (1) a common set of five courses (201, 204, 211, 215, 224) from which four are required; (2) an elective course; (3) a seminar for majors and minors only, designed around special topics; and (4) an abbreviated comprehensive examination.