Philosophy, Psychology, and Religion
- Expresses Complex Ideas
- Debates Conflicting Perspectives
- Provides Historic Contexts
These courses explore life’s greatest questions by discussing classic and modern philosophers, psychology, and world religions. They develop skills to express complex ideas, challenge orthodoxy, and expose underlying assumptions.
To counter modern-day life’s intrusions upon our attention and humanity, explore the principles and practices of mindfulness and compassion.
Explore themes—love, death, evil, suffering, and forgiveness—across religious and literary texts from the Western canon and beyond.
Explore the grand themes and philosophical ideas that inspired ancient Greek dramatists.
Navigate the theory of religion and examine the ideals of six world religions.
Learn about major developments in theories of the mind, from ancient Greece to neuropsychology.
Read the first five books of the Bible, tracing the processes by which they were formed and considering the multiple contexts that informed them.
Discover various psychological approaches to art and artists throughout history, and explore the psychology of three iconic artists.
Explore the writings and life of Augustine of Hippo, and discuss his legacy on modern Christian theology and philosophy.
Explore the fascinating relationship with food, eating, and food prohibitions in several major world religions.
Gain a greater understanding of female divinities in the ancient world, as well as their continued influence on life and religion today.
Explore the works of Nietzsche, an important and controversial figure who continues to exert influence on contemporary writers and thinkers.
Consider some ways that philosophy distinguishes itself from religion as a guide to spiritual life.
Explore American religious life from the perspective of those deemed “religious outsiders” or “cults” by the mainstream.
Explore the myriad of ways that writers have drawn from the Bible as a source for ideas.
Explore the lives and legacies of three prominent Jewish heretics, and examine how they have influenced Jewish tradition and philosophy.
Explore how the Mahayana Buddhist concepts of compassion and wisdom can serve as the basis for a healthy, happy, and meaningful life.