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2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog 
2009-2010 Downtown Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Religious Studies

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Director: Sharon L. Coggan
Office: Modular #1, MO-01 (east of Tivoli Student Union)
Telephone: 303-556-4715
Web site:

Faculty (concurrently appointed)

Martin G. Lockley (Geography and Environmental Sciences)

Associate Professors:
Nancy Ciccone (English)
Colleen Donnelly (English)
Robert Metcalf (Philosophy)

Edward Casteel (Sociology)
Sharon Coggan (Philosophy/Religious Studies)
Amin Kazak (Political Science)
Daryl Mehring (Philosophy)
Lucy McGuffey (Political Science)

Celeste Rossmiller (Religious Studies)
Richard Smith (History)
Constance Wise (Religious Studies)


An undergraduate minor is offered in religious studies, a discipline that overlaps with many other fields of study: anthropology, literature, philosophy, psychology and others. Religion has played a vital role in history and continues to do so in contemporary life. The degree of interaction between a religious tradition and its host society is profound, knowledge of which is essential for a genuine understanding of that culture. Students will study the nature of the belief systems of the world’s great religious traditions. Specific courses will offer the possibility of focusing one’s studies in the areas of ancient myth and shamanic traditions, Judaic and Christian studies, Islam, Asian religions, psychology of religion, philosophy of religion, anthropology and sociology of religion, religion and literature and biblical studies.



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