Religious Studies

Kathleen Holscher, Director
Religious Studies Program
Humanities 459
MSC03 2145
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
(505) 277-4009

Associate Professors 
Kathleen Holscher, Ph.D., Princeton University

Charles Becknell, Ph.D., University of New MexicoMichael Candelaria, Ph.D., Harvard University Lisa Gerber, Ph.D., University of New Mexico Luke Gorton, Ph.D., The Ohio State UniversityDonna Ray, Ph.D., University of New MexicoDaniel Wolne, Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Religious Studies Committee
Michael Candelaria, Religious Studies and PhilosophyMonica Cyrino, ClassicsSarah Davis-Secord, HistoryLisa Gerber, Religious Studies and PhilosophyKathleen Holscher, Religious Studies and American StudiesDonna Ray, Religious Studies and HistoryKelly Van Andel, Religious StudiesDaniel Wolne, Religious StudiesLuke Gorton, Religious Studies and ClassicsCharles Becknell, Religious Studies

Associated Faculty
Justine Andrews, ArtSharon Erickson Nepstad, SociologyTimothy Graham, HistoryJohn Taber, PhilosophyPaul Watson, BiologyRichard L. Wood, Sociology


The Religious Studies Program is an interdisciplinary unit within the College of Arts and Sciences, with participation from faculty and students from across the entire University. The undergraduate program provides an introduction to the scholarly study of religion and broad training in the liberal arts. We study religious communities from around the world, in the past and present. We explore religious practices and beliefs, objects and texts, stories and relationships, spiritualities and ethics, both to appreciate them in their own right and to understand the multi-dimensional character of the human condition and the complex workings of human societies. Through studying religion, students also develop an ability to think in sophisticated ways about law and politics, art, culture and family, and the stages of human life, death, and afterlife. Students who major or minor in religious studies pursue careers as educators, as clerical or lay ministers in a variety of traditions, or as leaders in non-profit or humanitarian fields. Religious studies also prepares students for graduate work in the scholarly study of religion, and in a variety of allied humanities or social science disciplines, as well as for law school.


RELG 1110. Introduction to World Religions. (3)

RELG 1120. Introduction to the Bible. (3)

RELG 1123. Hebrew Bible. (3)

RELG 1126. New Testament. (3)

RELG 1550. Religion, Health and Medicine. (3)

RELG 1996. Topics. (1-6, no limit Δ)

RELG 2110. Eastern Religions. (3)

RELG 2120. Western Religions. (3)

RELG 2996. Topics. (1-6, no limit Δ)

RELG 303. Black Liberation and Religion. (3)

RELG 310. Introduction to Jewish Thought. (3)

RELG 312. Introduction to Islam. (3)

RELG 313. Islamic Fundamentalism. (3)

RELG 314. Islamic Mysticism. (3)

RELG 315. Radical Religions and American Transformations. (3)

RELG 319. Sex and Gender in Ancient Religion. (3)

RELG 320. Magic in Ancient Religion. (3)

RELG 321. Apocalypse in the Ancient World. (3)

RELG 326. History of Christianity to 1517. (3)

RELG 327. History of Christianity, 1517 to Present. (3)

RELG 332. Introduction to Buddhism. (3)

RELG 335. Goddesses and Gods of India. (3)

RELG 337. Early Daoism. (3)

RELG 346. Religion in New Mexico. (3)

RELG 347. Topics in Religious Studies. (3, may be repeated six times Δ)

RELG 350. Religion and Literature. (3)

RELG 351. Catholicism in America. (3)

RELG 355. Atheism: Trends and Critiques. (3)

RELG 441. Religion in American History. (3)

RELG *447. Seminar in Religious Studies. (1-3, may be repeated three times Δ)

RELG 452. Theories of Religion. (3)

RELG 453. Asian Studies Thesis. (3)

RELG *463. Seminar in Biblical Studies. (3, may be repeated once Δ)

RELG *475. Dante in Translation. (3)

RELG 497. Independent Studies. (1-3, may be repeated six times Δ)

RELG 507. Teaching World Religions. (3)

RELG 547. Advanced Seminar in Religious Studies. (3, may be repeated six times Δ)

RELG 551. M.A. Problems. (1-6 to a maximum of 12 Δ)

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