Spotlighted Undergraduate Courses

Below, we have highlighted various Religious Studies courses that are on offer, including upcoming courses, Humanities "Signature" Courses, and Religious Studies "Gateway" courses.

Looking for our full undergraduate offerings? Visit the Courses page to see our full course catalog.



RLST 22040- Religion in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and Peacemaking

RLST 22812- Introduction to Hinduism

RLST 25563- Does American Democracy Need Religion?

RLST 25705- The Bible and Ecology

RLST 27305- Haj to Utopia: Race, Religion, and Revolution in South Asian America

RLST 27713- Israel and American Jewry: Peoplehood, Religion, and Politics

RLST 28005- Illicit Religion: Contesting Religious Freedom under the Law in Modern America

RLST 28009- God-Given Whites: Christianity and White Supremacy in the United States from Colonization to Trump

RLST 28307- Transfiguration: Changing Bodies and Gender in Premodern Christianity

RLST 29050- Religion, Race, and Gender in the (Un)Making of American Mass Incarceration



Religious Studies Courses Taught Every Year

RLST 10100 - Introduction to Religious Studies (Autumn or Winter)

RLST 11004 - Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (Autumn)

RLST 12000 - Introduction to the New Testament (Winter)


Recurring Religious Studies Courses (Taught Frequently)

RLST 11030 - Introduction to the Qur'an

RLST 20505 - Pagans and Christians: Greek Background to Early Christianity

RLST 23250 - Introduction to Islamic Theology

RLST 23599 - Christian and Anti-Christian: Kierkegaard and Nietzsche on Religion and Morality

RLST 23880 - Villains: Evil in Philosophy, Religion, and Film

RLST 23905 - Is Buddhism a Religion?

RlST 24110 - The Ethics of War: Reading Michael Walzer's Just and Unjust Wars

RLST 24251 - The Bhagavad Gita: Contested Readings of a World Classic

RLST 25704 - Environmental Justice in Chicago

RLST 26101 - Buddhism

RLST 27250 - The Trials of Religion

RLST 28308 - Introduction to Byzantine Art

RLST 28511 - Star Wars and Religion

RLST 28705 - Christian Iconography


Humanities Signature Courses for AY 2021-2022

For more info on Humanities SIGN courses, click here.

SIGN 26067 - RLST 26670 "Religious Autobiographies" (Winter 2022)
SIGN 26069 - RLST 24103 "Bioethics" (Spring 2022)


Our other signature courses, which will be taught again in upcoming years:

SIGN 26068 - Major Trends in Islamic Mysticism

SIGN 26072 - Religion, Science, and Naturalism: Is There a Problem?

SIGN 26073 - Philosophy and Literature in India

SIGN 26074 - My Body, My Self: Asceticism and Subjectivity


"Gateway Courses" for RLST majors/minors


RLST 11004 - Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

RLST 11030 - Introduction to the Qur'an

RLST 12000 - Introduction to the New Testament

RLST 20904 - Introduction to Jainism (coming for the first time in Winter 2023)

RLST 22100 - Introduction to Zen Buddhism

RLST 22812 - Introduction to Hinduism

RLST 26101 - Buddhism

RLST 26670 - Religious Autobiographies