» Religious Studies Course Spotlights

The Religious Studies Department at Chapman University is dedicated to providing innovative and interdisciplinary courses that incorporate new directions in the study of religion and advances in scholarship. Here's are some exciting courses to consider!


Religion 324: Interpretation of the New Testament

This course is designed to familiarize students with the issues involved in and generated by the so-called quest for the historical Jesus. The course will explore the issues of methodology for discerning history in subjective theology: If the Gospels are primarily confessional how does one find history in them? Students will be encouraged to think through the difficult issues surrounding the recovery of ancient history and also to reflect upon the theological meaning, if any, of Jesus Research.

(Offered every year)

3 credits


Religion 335a: Religions of India: Diversity and Dialogue

Dr. Phyllis Herman and Rev. Nancy Brink lead a group of students to India (including locations such as New Delhi and Jaipur) for a 17-day trip, with three days of on-campus lectures preceding. The course is a study of the historical development of Hinduism and other religions in India; the texts, practices, and worldviews that characterize the various paths to liberation and salvation; and the dynamic interrelationships between followers of Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, and Sikhism in this region.

(Interterm Travel Course)

3 credits


REL 353: Religion and Medicine

This interdisciplinary course focuses on the intellectual history of medicine, tracing the development of concepts of health, illness and healing across a range of religious, philosophical and cultural traditions, including Greek, Indian, Chinese, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, African and/or Native American sources.

(Offered spring semester)

3 credits


REL 333: Deconstructing Hogwarts: Religion, Race, and Gender in Harry Potter

This Interterm travel course explores the global Harry Potter phenomenon through the lenses of religious studies and gender analysis, examining themes in the wizarding world as a common backdrop for the discussion of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, and social class in communities and community formation. Course will take place at Chapman and in London and Oxford, England.

(Interterm Travel Course)

3 credits