Foreign Study Program
The Religion program offers an expanded curriculum in the study of religion through its arrangement with New College of the University of Edinburgh. Also available is the opportunity to study with international eminent scholars who teach in this major Scottish university.
About the Program
The program of study in Edinburgh consists of three courses: two courses chosen by each student from among those offered by the New College faculty. These courses are given the Dartmouth designations Religion 70 and 71. Religion 74 is taught by the accompanying Dartmouth faculty member and available to all participants. All three courses are graded. Religion 70, 71, and 74 count as intermediate courses when fulfilling the requirements for the major. Students interested in participating in the Religion Foreign Study Program should contact the faculty director.
It is hoped that, beyond their own courses, students will attend a wide variety of public lectures offered at the University of Edinburgh and elsewhere in this historic capital of Scotland, one of the well-known centers for learning in the world.
Pre-Requisite: At least one course in Religion, and applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0.
Enrollment: Limited to 15 students
Program Dates: Annual, Fall Term, September - December
Accommodations: Students live in residence facilities at the University of Edinburgh.
- Religion 70 - Foreign Study in Religion I, taught by University of Edinburgh, New College Faculty
- Religion 71 - Foreign Study in Religion II, taught by University of Edinburgh, New College Faculty
- Religion 74 - Special Topics in Religion—Intermediate Level, taught by Dartmouth College Faculty Director
Faculty Contact for Fall 2016: Robert Baum
Religion 74.09: Religious Minorities in Great Britain
This course examines the history of minority religions in Britain from late Antiquity to the present day.
We examine the experience of minority status of adherents of indigenous religions of Britain, Jews,
Muslims, Hindus, and followers of African and African Diaspora Religions. This is an inter-disciplinary
course, utilizing historical, comparative, sociological, and literary perspectives to shed light on the
ways in which these minority traditions interacted with the majoritarian Christian churches and were
influenced by their minority experience. Dist: TMV.
Faculty Contact for Fall Term 2017: Susan Ackerman
Religion 74.11 The English Bible
In this course, we will study first the earliest Bibles produced in southern Scotland and northern England, focusing in depth on the most beautiful and most important: the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Codex Amiatinus, and the Book of Kells. Second, we will study the history of the rendering of these and other early Latin Bibles into English, culminating with the famous King James Version, commissioned in 1611 by King James VI of Scotland/James I of England. Fields trips to the island of Iona, the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne, Melrose Abbey, Durham Cathedral, and Edinburgh and Stirling Castles are integrated into our study. Dist: TMV.