Courses

The Fall Quarter offerings are now available: Take a course on religion in LA, the ‘Spirit of Medicine’, or religion and violence. Learn about the origins of Judaism, Christianity & Islam, the philosophy of religion – and more! Have questions? Contact College Advisor/Counselor, Beth Kraemer.

What comes next? Click here to take a look at the course offerings for the current academic year which fulfill Study of Religion requirements.

For information about specific section times and locations, please view the UCLA Schedule of Classes.

Click here to see a full list of courses with their numbers and short names which fulfill requirements for the Study of Religion major and minor.

Fall 2023

  • RELIGN 11 - Religion in Los Angeles

    Instructor(s): Simon Joseph

    Lecture, four hours. Introduction to varieties of religious experience in Los Angeles and its environs. Presentations, required readings, and (where possible) site visits to examine selected faiths and spiritual practices throughout Southern California and provide deeper understanding of myriad ways that sacred is made manifest and encountered. Foundational academic orientations within study of religion (anthropological, historical, psychological, sociological, etc.) used as framework to examine and interpret almost unparalleled religious diversity of City of Angels. Recognizing that spiritual traditions are crucial reflection of region's ever-changing demographics, emphasis on role of ethnicity, gender, nationality, and race in shaping of religious landscape. P/NP or letter grading.

  • RELIGN M20 - Introduction to Islam

    Instructor(s): No assigned instructor
  • RELIGN M50 - Origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

    Instructor(s): Muhammad Souman Elah, Ashkaan Kashani, Megan Remington

    (Same as Ancient Near East M50B and Middle Eastern Studies M50B.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of three major monotheisms of Western cultures--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--historically and comparatively. Development, teachings, and ritual practices of each tradition up to and including medieval period. Composition and development of various sacred texts, highlighting key themes and ideas within different historical and literary strata of traditions, such as mechanisms of revelation, struggle for religious authority, and common theological issues such as origin of evil and status of nonbelievers. Letter grading.

  • RELIGN 55 - Spirit of Medicine

    Instructor(s): Ryan Gillespie

    Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Examination of relationship between medicine, religion, and society; how religion is help or hindrance to health; and what health care might look like beyond biomedical clinic. Examination of historical entwinement of religion, medicine, and society in Western antiquity to early modern period; disentanglement in Enlightenment to early 20th century; and confluence of science, technology, and capitalism in biomedicine compartmentalized from religion today. Conceptualization of rhetorics and epistemplogies of healing--what it means to be healed and how one would know--and put in tension with faith healings and religion-as-medicine, medicine-as-religion, and integrated approaches. Analysis of alternatives to biomedical status quo in theoretical medicine and in health care delivery, with particular attention to questions of justice and holistic care in U.S. and of policy and practice globally. P/NP or letter grading.

  • RELIGN M60D - Religion in Classical India: Introduction

    Instructor(s): No assigned instructor
  • RELIGN 110 - Religion and Violence

    Instructor(s): Simon Joseph

    Seminar, three hours; discussion, one hour. Exploration of capacity of religion to mobilize and legitimate violence. Materials include theoretical texts by Rene Girard, Walter Burkert, Jonathan Z. Smith, and David Rapoport and case studies dealing with religion and violence in India, Northern Ireland, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Sri Lanka, and the U.S. Letter grading.

  • RELIGN M175 - Topics in Philosophy of Religion

    Instructor(s): Mark Johnson

    (Same as Philosophy M175.) Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: Philosophy 21 or 22. Intensive investigation of one or two topics or works in philosophy of religion, such as attributes of God, arguments for or against existence of God, or relation between religion and ethics. Topics announced each term. May be repeated for credit with consent of instructor.