Bowdoin Religion Department

The Department of Religion offers Bowdoin students opportunities to study, from a variety of academic perspectives and without sectarian bias, the nature and significance of religion in its philosophical, literary, social, and cultural expressions. Courses are critical, historical, multi-disciplinary, and cross cultural. Students analyze such matters as patterns of religious practice, interpretative art and writings, the history of various religious traditions, and the functions of religion in society. In addition, students critically engage the field itself by studying classic theories-what religion is and how one studies it.