An interdisciplinary undergraduate major is offered. No sectarian instruction is given. Buddhist, Christian, Classical Greek and Roman, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, African, and American Indian religions are studied from a broad humanistic perspective. The history, philosophy, and sociology of religion, and religion in art and literature are included in these studies, with faculty participation from several disciplines.
The following LC classification range descriptions represent areas of concentration for the comparative study of religion:
BL (Religion): General; Classification of religions. Doctrines; History of principles of religions. Mythology (Classical. European; Asian. Oriental; Hinduism; Confucianism-Taoism; Shinto; American; Other); Rationalism. Selectively collected category: Religious life and organization.
BP (Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc.): Islam. Selectively collected categories: Bahaism; Theosophy. Anthroposophy; Other beliefs and movements. Cults.
BQ (Buddhism): General. History; Buddhist literature; Doctrinal and systematic Buddhism; Relation to other religions and philosophical systems; Modifications, schools, etc., (e.g., Zen, Lamaism). Selectively collected categories: Buddhist pantheon; Practice of Buddhism (e.g., worship, ministry, prayer); Folklore. Miracle literature; Benevolent work, social work, welfare work; Monasticism, asceticism, shrines, pilgrimages.
BR (Christianity): General; Early and medieval history. Renaissance; Reformation; 17th-19th centuries. Selectively collected categories: Early literature. Fathers of the Church; Later writers; Antiquities. Origins; Folklore. Mythology; General History; 20th century; History by region or country; Movements (e.g., liberalism, Pentecostalism, evangelicalism); Biography.
BS (The Bible): All categories in this section are selectively collected, and include coverage for University Press publishers only; other publishers are excluded, as well as all pastoral aspects: Texts and versions; Works about the Bible; Old Testament texts and versions; Works about the Old Testament; New Testament texts and versions; Works about the New Testament.
BX (Christian Denominations): All categories in this section are selectively collected, primarily from university press publishers: Church unity. Ecumenical movement; Eastern churches. Oriental churches; Orthodox Eastern Church; Roman Catholic Church; Protestantism; Anglican Communion. Church of England; Protestant Episcopal Church; Baptists; Christian Science; Congregationalism; Society of Friends. Quakers; Lutheran Churches; Mennonites; Methodism; Mormons; Pentecostal Churches; Presbyterianism; Puritanism; Reformed or Calvinistic Churches; Salvation Army; Shakers; Unitarianism; Universalism.
GN (Anthropology): Religion and ritual.
HN (Social History and Conditions): The Church and social problems.
Primarily English, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, and other European languages.