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Religion and Society

General Information

Religion & Society is an interdisciplinary program that provides the opportunity to study the pervasive role of religion in contemporary society, especially in U.S. national politics, international relations, economic development, and popular culture—and in most facets of social change broadly conceived.

Course requirements aim to provide students with an understanding of several major religious traditions on their own terms, as well as perspectives on the social and cultural roles played by religion in various periods and places, not the least of which is the contemporary world, and on particular aspects of human cultures, such as politics, violence, and group identity.

The program is open to any SU student, and may be especially useful to students interested in pursuing careers in journalism, international relations, law, government or foreign service.

Major Requirements

The B.A. in religion and society is designed to encourage study of the interaction of religion with other aspects of public affairs, such as politics, diplomacy, law, and business, on the basis of a broad understanding of various religious traditions. It consists of a minimum of 30 credits (at least 18 credits in courses numbered 300 or above), of which 12 credits must be earned in courses from the Traditions list, 12 from the Religion and Society list, and 6 from either.

View the course catalog for the major.

Minor Requirements

A minor in Religion and Society consists of a minimum of 18 credits (at least 12 credits in courses numbered 300 or above), of which 9 credits must be earned in courses from the Traditions list and 9 courses on the Religion and Society list.

View the course catalog for the minor.

Program Director

R. Gustav Niebuhr

R. Gustav Niebuhr 
Associate Professor, Religion & the Media

Program Faculty

Philip P. Arnold

Philip P. Arnold 
Chair, Associate Professor
Religion

Carol Babiracki

Carol Babiracki 
Associate Professor, Music History & Cultures

Michael Barkun

Michael  Barkun 
Professor Emeritus, Political Science

Mehrzad Boroujerdi

Mehrzad  Boroujerdi 
Professor, Political Science

John Burdick

John  Burdick 
Professor, Anthropology

Ann Grodzins Gold

Ann Grodzins Gold 
Thomas J. Watson Professor, Religion and Professor, Anthropology

M. Gail Hamner

M. Gail Hamner 
Professor
Religion

Susan Henderson

Susan  Henderson 
Professor, School of Architecture

Samantha Kahn Herrick

Samantha Kahn  Herrick 
Associate Professor, History

Tazim R. Kassam

Tazim R. Kassam 
Associate Professor
Religion

Prema Kurien

Prema  Kurien 
Professor and Chair, Sociology

Norman Kutcher

Norman  Kutcher 
Associate Professor and Chair, History

Patricia Cox Miller

Patricia Cox Miller 
The (Bishop) W. Earl Ledden Professor Emerita
Religion

Marcia Robinson

Marcia Robinson 
Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
Religion

Dennis Romano

Dennis  Romano 
Professor Emeritus, History

Maureen Schwarz

Maureen  Schwarz 
Professor, Anthropology

Laurence Thomas

Laurence Thomas 
Professor
Philosophy

Margaret Susan Thompson

Margaret Susan  Thompson 
Associate Professor, History and Political Science

Robert Thompson

Robert  Thompson 
Director, Bleier Center for Television & Popular Culture

Susan Snow Wadley

Susan Snow  Wadley 
Professor, Anthropology

Joanne Punzo Waghorne

Joanne Punzo Waghorne 
Professor
Religion

Ernest Wallwork

Ernest Wallwork 
Professor, Religion

James W. Watts

James W. Watts 
Professor
Religion