History of the Study of Religion

This course is a survey of major modern theories, methods, and approaches to the study of religion situated within their respective historical, philosophical, and social contexts. Critical consideration of changing and contested meanings of the term “religion” and its relationship(s) to such categories as science and magic, as well as to other domains of social experience. Examination of how the study of religion has interacted with other academic fields, especially biblical studies, anthropology, sociology, and psychology.