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The Faculty

Program Coordinator:  Michael Plekon

Program Faculty:
  • Carla Bellamy (Sociology and Anthropology)
  • Thomas Desch-Obi (History)
  • Kenneth Guest (Sociology and Anthropology)
  • Meir Lubetski (Modern Languages and Comparative Literature)
  • Michael Plekon (Sociology and Anthropology)
  • Tansen Sen (History)
  • Randolph Trumbach (History)

Religion and culture courses are taught by additional faculty from a number of disciplines and departments, including History, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology and Anthropology

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Field Description

Religion is one of the most powerful and complex forces in human history. To study the religions of man from the earliest times to the present and how they have shaped and been shaped by the forces of history (among them, nationalism, war, the challenge of secularism, and technology), Baruch's Religion and Culture Program presents an interdisciplinary approach to the study of religious and cultural histories, doctrines, concepts, and practices.

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The Major

Arts And Sciences Ad Hoc Major In Religion And Culture

When a student's educational objectives cannot be fully attained solely by study within an existing department, program, or school, he or she is given the option of devising an ad hoc pattern of courses in an area of concentration of his or her own choosing. A student may embark upon an ad hoc major following preparation and acceptance of a proposal outlining the area of study, the desired outcomes, and the educational values of the program. The program must be approved by the Office of the Associate Dean,Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.

Students interested in including courses in religion and culture as part of an arts and sciences ad hoc major should contact Professor Michael Plekon, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 646-312-4472; e-mail michael.plekon@baruch.cuny.edu.

The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences ad hoc major requires 30–33 credits.

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The Minor

To complete the religion and culture minor, students are required to take two courses numbered 3000 and higher and REL 4900, the capstone course.

Required Course
Issues in Religion and Culture


Electives

Choose two courses from the following:
World Religious Traditions
The Traditions of Judaism
The Christian Tradition
REL 3008

Religion and Politics in the United States HIS 3008), ( POL 3008

REL 3084The Historical Search for the Prophet Mohammad ( HIS 3084)

REL 3085

Special Topics in Religion and Culture

REL 3094 

Mysticism: A Comparative Approach

REL 3100

Jesus—A Historical and Critical Approach ( HIS 3100)
REL 3175The Lives of Hinduism ( AAS 3175), ( ANT 3175)

REL 3220

Modern Jewish Thought

REL 3310 

Christian Thought

REL 3320 

Contemporary Christianity
The Hebrew Bible
The Christian New Testament
Religion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
The Tradition of Islam
REL 3815History of African Religions ( HIS 3815)
REL 3820

History of Chinese Religion ( AAS 3820), ( HIS 3820

REL 3821 

South Asian Religion ( AAS 3821); ( ANT 3821)

REL 4025HWriters and Their Spiritual Searches: Religious Themes in Contemporary Literature ( ANT 4025H), ( SOC 4025H
REL 4050

Religious Worlds of New York ( ANT 4050), ( SOC 4050)

REL 5000Independent Study in Religion and Culture
ART 3220Islamic Art
HEB 3311History (Ancient) of the Jewish People as Reflected in Literature
HEB 3312History (Medieval/Modern) of the Jewish People as Reflected in Literature
HEB 4315Biblical Prose
HEB 4316Biblical Poetry
HEB 5301Talmud I
HEB 5302Talmud II
HEB 5320Hebrew Philosophical Literature
HIS 3086The Modern Middle East and North Africa
HIS 3380Contemporary Islamic World
HIS 3560History of the Jewish People in America
MSC 3023Music and Religion
PHI 3130Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages
PHI 3210Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics
PSY 3057Psychology of Religion
SOC 3141Sociology of Religion
SOC 3113

Cultures and Peoples of India ( ANT 3113)

SOC 3165

Magic, Witchcraft and Religion ( ANT 3165)

 

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Courses


Courses in Religion (REL)

Philosophies from India

3 hours; 3 credits

Classical Buddhism

3 hours; 3 credits

World Religious Traditions

3 hours; 3 credits

Traditions of Judaism

3 hours; 3 credits

The Christian Tradition

3 hours; 3 credits

Religion And Politics In The United States ( HIS 3008), ( POL 3008)

3 hours; 3 credits

The Historical Search for the Prophet Mohammad ( HIS 3084)

3 hours; 3 credits

Special Topics in Religion and Culture

3 hours; 3 credits

Mysticism: A Comparative Approach

3 hours; 3 credits

Jesus - An Historical and Critical Approach ( HIS 3100)

3 hours; 3 credits

The Lives of Hinduism

3 hours; 3 credits

Modern Jewish Thought

3 hours; 3 credits

Contemporary Christianity

3 hours; 3 credits

The Hebrew Bible

3 hours; 3 credits

The Christian New Testament

3 hours; 3 credits

Religion in the 20th and 21st Centuries

3 hours; 3 credits

The Tradition of Islam

3 hours; 3 credits

History of African Religions ( HIS 3815)

3 hours; 3 credits

History of Chinese Religion ( AAS 3820), HIS 3820)

3 hours; 3 credits

South Asian Religion ( AAS 3821), ANT 3821)

3 hours; 3 credits

REL 4025HWriters and Their Spiritual Searches: Religious Themes in Contemporary Literature ( ANT 4025H), ( SOC 4025H)3 hours; 3 credits 

Religious Worlds of New York ( ANT 4050), ( SOC 4050)

3 hours; 3 credits

Issues in Religion and Culture

3 hours; 3 credits

Independent Study I

hours and credits to be arranged

Independent Study II

hours and credits to be arranged

Independent Study III

hours and credits to be arranged

Independent Study IV

hours and credits to be arranged

Senior Seminar

3 hours; 3 credits

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