CofC Department of Religious Studies

CofC Department of Religious Studies

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Meet the faculty. Meet current and prospective majors and minors. Preview the RELS courses for Spring 2021. All students are welcome. Covid capacity for space is 30 people. Come Early! Drinks and light refreshments will be provided. Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 3:30 pm.
CofC religious studies majors enjoy highly personalized educational opportunities in internships, mentoring research projects, career advising, conference support, field visits and study abroad opportunities. Religious Studies faculty have expertise in various religions, including: eastern, western and indigenous, ancient, medieval and modern. Examples include African American and Native American religions, Daoist healing traditions in China, Christian attitudes toward gender and the body, western esotericism, the prophetic traditions of the Ancient Near East, Christian Pentecostalism in Haiti, Tibetan Buddhist monasticism and religion in American popular culture today. Click through our slideshow to see the latest course offerings and more.
Hello all! On Friday, October 20th at 5:30, myself and another Religious Studies student, Luke Shirley, will be gathering under the banner of the Charleston Area Justice Ministry. CAJM is an interreligious organization in Charleston & North Charleston that unites diverse cross-sections of our community to address local social injustices. This is the first step of our model of community organization-- knowing the issues felt on the ground, so that we can tackle those realities in our annual cycle. Location is TBD, but we hope to see you there! And please reach out if you would like more information.
Here's a cool new website, "dedicated to the (re)invigoration of Islamic thought in a (post)modern world"-- its Associate Editor is Jamie Edmonds, C of C class of 2010, needless to say, he was an awesome Religious Studies major!

The Department of Religious Studies at the College of Charleston he Department of Religious Studies at the College of Charleston offers both a major and minor degree in religious studies.

With eight full-time faculty members, the department supports a wide-ranging, diverse curriculum and fosters close interaction between students and faculty. Students may choose to specialize in individual religions or subject areas through special topics courses and tutorials. The flexibility of the curriculum gives students the opportunity to explore diverse cultures and religions, while providing them with important tools to understand and interpret these worldviews critically. The religious studies department introduces students to the academic study of religion, which engages in the descriptive and cross-cultural analysis of religious beliefs, practices and institutions, both past and present. The teaching orientation is comparative and non-sectarian in that it does not promote any specific religious tradition to the exclusion of others. The department offers a broad range of courses in religious traditions from around the world. It encourages students to complete courses in the areas of western traditions (such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), eastern traditions (such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese religions) and American religions (such as Native American, African American, and many New Religious Movements). Students become more deeply aware of their own cultural traditions by studying those of others, and will approach other religions with greater empathy and sensitivity to their respective complexity. Religious studies at the College of Charleston is both a comparative and interdisciplinary enterprise. It serves as a bridge between various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, particularly those of history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy and literature, as well as various language programs. Courses explore various religions through a variety of dimensions and themes – ritual, myth, symbol, mystical experience, cognitive patterns, gender, ethnicity, identity – and they also consider the role played by political, economic and social factors on the development of religions in their global context. Religious studies thus provides a coherent disciplinary context where students can engage in a holistic and sustained examination of the history, diversity and ingenuity of human belief and behavior, one of the hallmarks of a liberal arts and sciences education.

Mission: The academic study of religion at the College of Charleston is an integral part of the liberal arts. The department's curriculum provides students with an understanding of diverse religious traditions, an exposure to a variety of approaches employed within the academic study of religion as well as an opportunity to explore different intellectual, social-theoretical and ethical issues that arise when one considers the varying roles of religion in human life. Our courses do not aim to promote or undermine any particular religion or worldview; the academic study of religion seeks to examine religion from outside the framework of any particular worldview or belief system.

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Our newest faculty member, Dr. Keegan, will be teaching her very popular RELS 101 class focusing on Sacred Space and a new course, RELS 305 - Topics in Indigenous Religions: Indigenous Ecological Knowledge spring 2021. Both courses will touch on the intersection of indigenous people, religion, and the environment.

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of President Hsu's inauguration! 🎉

On October 25, 2019, a beautiful and bright autumn day, Andrew T. Hsu was inaugurated as the 23rd president of the College of Charleston. "We can be anything we want, but we cannot choose to do everything we want,” he said. “Wise and bold choices will have to be made – sometimes very difficult ones. But all of it will be in service to a greater good: a College of Charleston that provides one of the best educations anywhere in the world.”

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Dr. Monique Moultrie will be giving a talk titled "Black Women's Faith and Sexuality" on Friday, October 30, 2020, at 7PM.

Click here for free registration: http://ow.ly/KOGv50C31Wp

Religious Studies created two new courses, RELS 117: Pre-Modern History of Religion and RELS 118: Modern History of Religion. One of the coolest things about them is they both fulfill the Gen Ed History requirement. Another cool thing about them is RELS 117 is being taught this spring by the awesome Dr. Huddlestun...twice!

Everyday leading up to November 5th, Religious Studies will highlight one or two of our fantastic Spring 2021 course offerings. First is Dr. Bjerken's RELS 101 - Pilgrimage to Sacred Places in North America and to Hindu India. If you would like more details about the course, contact Dr. Bjerken at [email protected].

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2020 AAR Annual Meeting moves online: http://ow.ly/VviD50AxfxA

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Orientation - College of Charleston

Incoming Freshmen! If you are looking for classes to fulfill your Humanities Gen Ed requirement. but may also be a subject that you have never dived into through an academic lens, a class Religious Studies may be the perfect choice. When religions are studied in terms of history, culture, art, music, politics, social justice, diversity and the environment, it brings awareness and understanding of people from different backgrounds whether in a business or social setting.
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Join college leadership to discuss CofC's Back on the Brick plan for Fall 2020.

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Our First Virtual New Student Orientation Begins Today! Welcome to the CofC Family!

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Statement of Commitment to Anti-Racism and Social Justice - College of Charleston

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Mother Emanuel's Legacy of Hope Five Years Later

today.cofc.edu Five years ago, on June 17, 2015, the Holy City was forever changed. What started with a Bible study in the basement of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church on Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, became the scene of mass murder at the hands of a racist. Nine members of...

Join us as we virtually celebrate our outstanding RELS graduates and their achievements May 8, 2020 at 1 pm via ZOOM. Email [email protected],edu or [email protected] for details.

Congrats to Alex and Kenni!!!

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Congratulations Class of 2020!!!

On behalf of everyone at the College of Charleston, President Hsu would like to express our congratulations to the Class of 2020. Although official graduation may be postponed until the fall, we celebrate your achievements now. We’re all so proud of you, congrats! #GoCougars

Congratulations to Religious Studies major, Kehinde Ojediran, for being named as an HSS Scholar for 2020.

Congratulations to Kehinde Ojediran, HSS Scholar in Religious Studies. Kehinde was invited to present her research paper at the Southeast Commission for the Study of Religion last year. She shares that the experience elevated her communication and research skills and it was great getting to hear from her peers present their papers as well. Read more about her achievements as an undergraduate at CofC here: https://hss.cofc.edu/documents/kenni-ojediran-poster.pdf. We’re proud of you, Kehinde! CofC Asian Studies

Help Religious Studies welcome our newest faculty member, Dr. Brennan Keegan, to the College of Charleston family. We are glad to have her on board. She will be teaching three classes fall 2020: two sections of RELS 101 and one section of RELS 105.

Congratulations to Religious Studies major, Alexandra Bowen, for being named as an HSS Scholar for 2020.

Meet Alexandra Hart Bowen, HSS Scholar in Religious Studies. Alexandra credits her interest in pursuing religious studies as a major to Professor Louise Doire’s “Religion, Art, and Culture” course. After that course, she took 2 more RELS classes with Professor Doire and decided the major would be for her and it would complement her other major in biology. Alexandra writes, “After years of wanting to work in medicine, I have realized that the world of medicine is highly global and it is extremely important to understand the cultures and religions of others in the field of medicine.” Read on here, https://hss.cofc.edu/documents/a-bowen-poster.pdf, to learn more about Alexandra’s undergraduate journey as well as her plans for the future. CofC Department of Religious Studies College of Charleston Department of Biology College of Charleston School of Sciences & Mathematics College of Charleston Health Professions Advising

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Meet Alexandra Hart Bowen, HSS Scholar in Religious Studies. Alexandra credits her interest in pursuing religious studies as a major to Professor Louise Doire’s “Religion, Art, and Culture” course. After that course, she took 2 more RELS classes with Professor Doire and decided the major would be for her and it would complement her other major in biology. Alexandra writes, “After years of wanting to work in medicine, I have realized that the world of medicine is highly global and it is extremely important to understand the cultures and religions of others in the field of medicine.” Read on here, https://hss.cofc.edu/documents/a-bowen-poster.pdf, to learn more about Alexandra’s undergraduate journey as well as her plans for the future. CofC Department of Religious Studies College of Charleston Department of Biology College of Charleston School of Sciences & Mathematics College of Charleston Health Professions Advising

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Todd LeVasseur on Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping (Nova Religio vol. 23 no. 3)

RELS professor, Todd LeVasseur, speaks with Nova Religio about his article, "Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping: Contemporary Religious Production on a Planet Passing Tipping Points," which appeared in Nova Religio February 2020. The topics of globalism, capitalism, and threats to sustainability are all rather relevant today!

Prof. Todd LeVasseur speaks with Nova Religio about his article, "Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping: Contemporary Religious Production on a Plan...

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College of Charleston Spring '20 Grade Policy Decisions

Current College of Charleston students: please watch this video to learn more about the Spring 2020 grading policy and how to make the best decisions for you.

Before you decide to take the standard letter grade, withdraw from a class or exercise the pass/fail option for one or more classes for Express II or full se...

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I have discovered a new religion. It's called Dognostic, and it was created by my favorite mini schnauzer, Pluto the Dog. Let Pluto explain to you the tenents of the Dognostics and let Pluto make you smile. https://www.facebook.com/100346998277754/posts/124130055899448/

Have a celebration every day! There are so many to choose from and they all have snacks!

Religious Studies created two new courses, RELS 117: Pre-Modern History of Religion and RELS 118: Modern History of Religion. One of the coolest things about them is they both fulfill the Gen Ed History requirement. Another cool thing about them is RELS 118 is being taught this fall by the fabulous Dr. Cressler...twice!

Yo Sophomores!!! Fall 2020 registration started for you yesterday. RELS majors, you must be advised before you register. Contact your advisor for a virtual session.

What does Trump, protest, Palestine, sweetgrass baskets, the Second Lines of New Orleans, the Wailing Wall, Jesus, jazz music, the apostle Paul, make believe, yoga and Colonialism have in common??? Religious Studies at the College of Charleston is offering courses focusing on these topics and more Fall 2020. #studyreligiously

Here are the Summer and Fall 2020 RELS Course Course Offerings. Registration is happening right now. All four summer courses will be Online! Please reach out to us for course descriptions or for more information @[email protected].

We may be in isolation, but all of us in Religious Studies are here for you (even Terrence 🐶). The best and fastest way to contact me (Ms. Butler-Byrd) is by email at [email protected]. I check email several times a day, and conduct college business Mon-Fri from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm. Our faculty is also available for advising and office hours by email. Registration for Summer and Fall 2020 is going on now, and all classes have seats available. Flyers for tho11se classes will be posted on our social media and website. So check in with us often. We want to help you anyway we can, and we to know how you are. Be safe. Be well. And continue to #studyreligiously

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Coronavirus Information

Stay safe. Be vigilant about washing your hands. Not touching your face. Covering your coughs and sneezes. And staying away from people if your are sick.

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Solidarity over segregation: Faith-based coalitions organize across races, religions - Religion News Service

Dr. Matthew Cressler wrote and co-wrote three really great articles for the Religion News Service series "Beyond the Most Segregated Hour". Please check them out. Both are great reads.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 3:30 pm. Can't wait to see you!!!

Meet the faculty. Meet current and prospective majors and minors. Preview the RELS courses for Fall and Summer 2020. All students are welcome. Drinks and refreshments will be provided. Tuesday, March 3 at 3:30 pm.

College of Charleston Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program

We are so excited to be producing the 11th annual Charleston Jewish Filmfest, thanks to generous support from the Charleston Jewish Community Center Endowment! What films are you looking forward to?

• Thursday 3/5 at 7PM OPENING NIGHT: Resistance - Featuring guest speaker Dr. Lisa Signori (screening again on 3/7 at 9PM)
• Friday 3/6 at 12PM: The Keeper
• Friday 3/6 at 4:40PM: Tel Aviv on Fire (screening again on 3/8 at 12:15PM)
• Saturday 3/7 at 12PM: Incitement (screening again on 3/8 at 2:15PM, featuring a talkback with The Post and Courier columnist Adam Parker in conversation with Incitement writer Ron Leshem)
• Saturday 3/7 at 7PM: Standing Up, Falling Down featuring a talkback with CofC Director of Film Studies John Bruns (screening again on 3/8 at 7PM)

Tickets and updated showtimes at terracetheater.com.

Meet the faculty. Meet current and prospective majors and minors. Preview the RELS courses for Fall and Summer 2020. All students are welcome. Drinks and refreshments will be provided. Tuesday, March 3 at 3:30 pm.

Jan. 30, 2020 - 3:30 pm - Education Center 118 - College of Charleston

The Department of Religious Studies is excited to present the third lecture in its three-part series on religion and the environment. The lecturer is Dr. Brennan Keegan, Visiting Instructor of American Culture at Randolph College.

What makes a space sacred? And who gets to decide? Looking to natural landscapes, national monuments, and the built environment, this lecture investigates how sacred space is created, recognized, and fought over by diverse communities. With a focus on how race and ethnicity shape sacred spaces, Dr. Keegan will analyze some overlapping and contested spaces of the United States, including those produced and venerated by Native Americans, outdoor enthusiasts, and American nationalists.

Tonight - 6:30-8:30 pm - Arnold Hall-Jewish Studies Center - College of Charleston

Join community members for a conversation about cultural and religious similarities and divergences between Jews and Muslims regarding female leadership in the medical profession.

Following the moderated discussions, attendees will form breakout groups and discuss issues including comparing Jewish and Muslim prayers, rituals, scriptures and concepts of charity, as well as participant-sourced topics. Discussions will coincide with a sampling of traditional Jewish (Kosher) foods and Halal dishes from the Muslim world.

Admission is free and all are welcome!

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