大学公告 - 课程目录
大学公告 - 课程目录




格温·凯斯勒(Gwynn Kessler),副教授兼主席
Beit Midrash主任
史蒂文·P·霍普金斯(Steven P. Hopkins),玛丽·米歇尔(Mari S.3
Ellen M. Ross,Howard M.和Charles F. Jenkins教授
马克·I·华莱士(Mark I. Wallace),教授
Tariq al-Jamil,副教授1
Coordinator of Islamic Studies Program
JAMES PADILIONI, Visiting Assistant Professor
PREA Persaud Khanna,访问讲师
Anita Pace,行政助理

3Absent on leave, 2021-2022.

The Religion Department plays a central role in the Swarthmore academic program. One attraction of the study of religion is the cross-cultural nature of its subject matter. The discipline addresses the complex interplay of culture, history, text, morality, performance, and personal experience. Religion is expressed in numerous ways: ritual and symbol, myth and legend, story and poetry, scripture and theology, festival and ceremony, art and music, moral codes and social values. The department seeks to develop ways of understanding these phenomena in terms of their historical and cultural particularity and in reference to their common patterns.

departme课程在正常周期nt present the development of Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Afro-Caribbean religions, and Christianity as well as the development of religion and religions in the regional areas of the Indian Sub-Continent (Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Muslim, Sikh), Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia (Buddhism, Hinduism, and Islam), China (Taoist, Confucian, spirit cults), Japan (Buddhist and Shinto), Africa (Fon, Yoruba, Dahomey, and Kongo), the Middle East (Christian, Islamic, Jewish, Gnostic, Mandean), Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Europe and the Americas (from New World African traditions, Vodou and Candomblé, to Neo Paganism and Civil Religion in North America). Breadth in subject matter is complemented by strong methodological diversity; questions raised include those of historical, theological, philosophical, literary, feminist, sociological, and anthropological interests. This multifaceted focus makes religious studies an ideal liberal arts major.

The Academic Program


Students come to the study of religion through various courses at various levels, and the department encourages this flexibility and diversity of entry-points by having no introductory course requirements, nor are there required distribution courses. The major in religion is planned in consultation with faculty members in the department, the individual student’s adviser, along with other relevant faculty, who encourage curricular breadth (close work in more than one religious tradition) and methodological diversity in the proposed program. Such breadth and diversity in the program is encouraged at the very beginning in the major’s Sophomore Plan.


Course Major and Minor


For the major, students are required to take 8 credits total in Religion, including the Religion Café Senior Symposium in the fall of the student’s senior year. The Religion Café will be a one-credit seminar style course and will include a term essay assignment. Successful completion of the Religion Café will be the culminating requirement for the course major. Other than completing eight Religion credits, students who major in Religion are free to take a variety of courses of their own choice outside of the discipline, in consultation with their Religion departmental advisor.


It is recommended that majors and minors take one introductory course.



与部门批准,横三个课程s-listed but not housed within the Religion Department may count toward the major. Only one such cross-listed course will count toward the minor. Up to two non-Swarthmore courses (i.e., courses taken abroad or domestically) may count toward the major; only one such course is permissible for the minor.


The Religion Department considers two areas when evaluating applications: overall GPA and quality of prior work in religion courses. Applicants are sometimes deferred for a term so the department can better evaluate an application for the major (generally it is expected that students will have taken two courses in religion before being accepted into the major/minor). A student’s demonstrated ability to do at least B/B- work in religion is required for admission to the major in course.

Honors Major and Minor


All honors majors and minors fulfill requirements for the Course Program. Beyond this step, the normal method of preparation for the honors major will be done through three seminars, although with the consent of the department, a single 2-credit thesis, a 1-credit thesis/course combination, or a combination of two courses (including attachments and study abroad options) can count for one honors preparation. In general, only one such preparation can consist of non-seminar-based studies.


In the minor, the mode of assessing a student’s one 2-credit preparation in religion will also be a three-hour written examination (and the oral) set by an external examiner, along with a Senior Honors Study paper.




Application Process for the Major or the Minor

Sophomore applicants: for instructions and more information, please visit the “Sophomore Plan of Study” page under ”Advising” on the Office of Academic Success website.



All applications to the religion major or minor should include a one to two paragraph statement that details the applicant’s reason for applying to the department (we encourage curricular breadth and diversity of courses).

所有宗教专业的专业都必须参加Relg 095宗教咖啡馆:高年级的高级研讨会。

Transfer Credit

有关国内研究或任何夏季研究的政策,请参阅注册商办公室和网站:政策,“转让信贷政策 - 其他地方所做的工作的信用”。

Off-Campus Study



  1. Prior to the international study opportunity, speak with your Off-Campus Study advisor. Carefully review all material received from the Off-Campus Study Office.
  2. 在线填写“出国留学学分的预估计”表格
  3. 离开期间,如果对预先批准的时间表进行了任何更改,请联系宗教部门。
  4. During your study away from Swarthmore, keep all relevant course material including syllabi, class notes, papers, and examinations, etc.
  5. At the beginning of the semester after your return, meet with an Off-Campus Study Office staff member to organize your materials for evaluation for credit.
  6. 完成“部门材料提交的记录”(可在校外学习办公室获得)。在您向宗教部门提交所有支持文件(例如教学大纲,论文,考试,课堂等)时,请通过宗教部门代表签署的这种表格,负责监督宗教中的转移信贷请求。
  7. The Religion Department will then consider credit award and will send the student, the Registrar, and the Off-Campus Study Office its decision. At this time, you may pick up your supporting materials in the Religion Department Office.