Off campus study is an opportunity to take courses in religion or related disciplines and to study religions as practiced in specific cultural environments. The Department encourages students to look for solid programs of study, especially in areas of religion not commonly taught at Bowdoin.
Distribution requirements for the major should normally be satisfied with courses taken at Bowdoin. Before studying off campus, majors should have satisfactorily completed Religion 101 and at least two other courses toward the distribution requirements. No more than three courses in religion from other institutions may be included in those counted toward the major.
Two programs sponsored by Bowdoin in cooperation with other institutions are especially recommended for the study of Asian religions: Intercollegiate Sri Lanka Education (ISLE) and the South India Term Abroad (SITA). Bowdoin students have occasionally participated in Pitzer College's term in Nepal and Antioch College's semester in India. Students have also studied at the Universities of St. Andrews and Edinburgh in Scotland, as well as the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
In March 2007 Professor Buckley made a trip to the University of Sheffield's Biblical Studies Department in Sheffield, England. The program is highly recommended for Bowdoin juniors wishing to engage in a broad range of biblical studies.
For more information about study away opportunities, please see the Off Campus Study web site.