Faith and Culture

There are over 5 billion people in the world who identify as religious. Religious beliefs and practices shape entire civilizations and periods of history. With the important role of faith, religious literacy is of vital importance.

Explore the rich diversity of faiths and study how religion interacts with culture. Gain a greater understanding of faith in the context of its engagement with philosophy, history, classics and religious studies courses. Discover and discuss issues relating to human rights, religious rights and freedoms, identity and belonging, inter-group conflict and coexistence in a multicultural society.

Featured courses

World Religions

Receive an introduction to the major religions of the world, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Develop your “anthropological eyes” through which to interpret and understand humankind in all of its diversity. Using examples from different countries and communities, this course introduces basic anthropological concepts and addresses key contemporary social and cultural issues. This course is intended to form the foundation for further exploration in cultural, social, medical, linguistic, and applied anthropology.

Classical Islamic Civilization

Explore the Classical period of Islamic history, from the birth of the Prophet Muhammed in 570 to the fall of Baghdad to the Mongols in 1258.

Modern Catholic Social Teaching

Study the historical contexts, competing analytical approaches, and foundational Catholic documents on the impacts of industrialization, colonialism, twentieth century warfare, and environmental degradation especially on the poor and the marginalized people of the world.

Themes in Scripture

This course is an introduction and entry into both the Christian and the Jewish Scriptures via selected key themes. Each theme will be studied in its own historical and literary contexts as the foundation for meaning, but also be compared across beyond historical boundaries into contemporary contexts. Attention will be given to gaining a basic understanding of responsible and historically informed interpretation of these books, as well as the role of the variety of sources and perspectives that inform them.

Related Degree Programs

After studying courses related to faith and culture, students can continue on to a variety of programs such as Anthropology, Classical Studies, Fine Arts, History, Philosophy, Political Science and more.

Career options

Many careers benefit from foundational knowledge of faith and culture.

  • Aid worker
  • Policy analyst
  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Political consultant
  • Social service worker
  • Humanitarian aid worker
  • Religious minister
  • Community program manager
  • Cultural affairs officer
  • Immigration and public policy