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UT Tyler to Offer Religion Studies

May 24, 2011

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

The University of Texas at Tyler will offer a new bachelor of arts in religion studies this fall, Dr. Donna Dickerson, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced.

The curriculum will consist of newly created religion courses as well as certain existing courses in philosophy, anthropology, art, history and speech communication. The major or minor is intended for students who are interested in the philosophy and sociology of religion.

“I believe this program will substantially strengthen our humanities offerings at the university. 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,” said Dr. Kenneth Wink, College of Arts and Sciences interim dean.

Religion studies courses offered in the fall will be RELI 1301 (Introduction to Religion and Society); RELI 2350 (Major Religious Thinkers); and RELI 4353 (Religious Texts). Students who enroll in RELI 4353 for the fall semester will focus on the sacred texts of Judaism, Wink added.

Interested students may contact Dr. Stephen Krebbs, senior lecturer of philosophy, 903.566.7456 or SKrebbs@uttyler.edu; or Wink, 903.566.7368.

For more information about the College of Arts and Sciences, visit http://www.uttyler.edu/cas/.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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