Current Students in Religious Studies

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Experiential Learning Opportunities in Religious Studies Courses

Students in several classes engage through video conferencing to discuss the latest research with religious studies scholars who are affiliated with other institutions.

In Amish and Anabaptist Groups in Context (REL 170), students visit the Amish settlement in the Belleville, Pennsylvania area, with three different Amish groups. One day is spent visiting Mennonites of various ethnic backgrounds in Lancaster County, such as Hispanic, Ethiopian and Karen congregations. Students also spend a day in service learning at Mennonite Central Committee to do service and learn about the service activity of several Anabaptist groups.

The Dharma Traditions course (REL 290) offers field trips to the Hindu American Religious Institute in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania; the Blue Mountain Lotus Society in Harrisburg; and the Mindfulness and Meditation Group at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Harrisburg.

Students in the New Testament class (REL 226) examine and reconstruct artifact reproductions from the ancient world. 

Students in Anabaptist & Pietist Movements (REL 284) take a field trip to the Germantown neighborhood in Philadelphia to visit the historic Mennonite and Brethren meetinghouses, a historic home and historic school. They also visit the Ephrata Cloister in Ephrata, PA.

In Communal and Utopian Societies students visit the Ephrata Cloister for an in-depth tour to parts of the historic buildings that are not generally open to the public. Students also visit the Moravian Church in Lititz and some of the adjacent historic buildings.

The Dharma Traditions course (REL 290) offers field trips to the Hindu American Religious Institute in New Cumberland, Pennsylvania; the Blue Mountain Lotus Society in Harrisburg; and  the Mindfulness and Meditation Group at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Harrisburg.

Students studying Islam (REL 293) create an introductory website.

Students in various classes get their work published in online blogs and other outlets.

Students in “Bible through Culture” (REL 370) visit the Philadelphia Art Museum and the National Gallery in Washington, DC.

Modern Hinduism (REL 391) offers field trips to the Washington Kali Temple and the Vedanta Society of Greater DC. 

 Tentative Schedule of Course Offerings, 2016-2018

Fall 2016

REL 101 Signifying Religion

REL 125 Shared Scriptures (tentative)

REL 213 Biblical Hebrew I

REL 267 Progressive Christianity (formerly titled “Radical Christianity”)

HRE 289 Communal & Utopian Societies

REL 290 Dharma Traditions

REL 293 Islam

ILS 330 Comparative Theology

REL 490 Senior Seminar I

ILS 490 Capstone in Interfaith Leadership Studies

Spring 2017

ILS 105 Exploring Interfaith Leadership & Service

REL 103 Religion & Nonviolence

REL 201 Scoping Out Religion (tentative)

REL 214 Biblical Hebrew II

HRE 225 Honors Hebrew Bible & the Ancient Near East

REL 225 Hebrew Bible & the Ancient Near East

REL 226 New Testament

REL 287 In the Way: History and Thought of Christianity

REL 331 The Bible & Race in the USA

REL 370 The Bible through Culture

ILS 491 Project in Interfaith Leadership Studies

REL 491 Senior Seminar II

Fall 2017

REL 101 Signifying Religion

ILS 105 Exploring Interfaith Leadership & Service

REL 125 Shared Scriptures (tentative)

REL 151 Life Meaning & Purposeful Life Work

REL 284 Anabaptist and Pietist Movements

REL 290 Dharma Traditions

REL 293 Islam

REL 323 Women, Gender, & Hebrew Bible

REL 344 The Nonviolent Ethics of MLK

REL 393 Indian Philosophy

REL 490 Senior Seminar I

Spring 2018

REL 103 Religion & Nonviolence

REL 151 Life Meaning & Purposeful Life Work

REL 201 Scoping Out Religion (tentative)

HRE 225 Honors Hebrew Bible & the Ancient Near East

REL 225 Hebrew Bible & Ancient Near East

REL 226 New Testament

REL 253 Theology through Film

REL 290 Dharma Traditions

REL 331 Ethnicity, Gender, and Religion

REL 370 The Bible through Culture

REL 330 Comparative Theology & Interfaith Engagement

REL 491 Senior Seminar II

May Term 2018

Amish and Anabaptists in Lancaster County

Note: Internships in Religious Studies and Interfaith Leadership Studies are available every semester.