University of Texas at Tyler (UTT) Interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs Dr. Donna Dickerson has announced the university will be offering bachelor of arts training for religious studies beginning in the fall 2011 semester.  The curriculum will be made up of newly created religion courses along with more traditional studies in philosophy, anthropology, art, history and speech communications.
Available as major or minor, the studies are for students studying the philosophy and sociology of religion.  College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean Dr. Kenneth Wink is enthusiastic about the new courses.
“I believe this program will substantially strengthen our humanities offerings at the university,” he said.  “A glance at a newspaper on any given day should indicate that one could benefit from understanding how religion impacts society, culture and politics in our nation and in other nations around the world.”
The courses will be titled Introduction to Religion and Society (RELI 1301,) Major Religious Thinkers (RELI 2350) and Religious Texts (RELI 4353.)  Students signing up for RELI 4353 this autumn will concentrate on the sacred texts of Judaism.
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