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.



Apply On-Line Now for Fall 2017 FSP!

Applications Due: February 1
Decisions Sent: March 2

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 Term 2017:  Susan Ackerman

REL 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.


Faculty Contact for Fall Term 2018:  Devin Singh

REL 74.13 Religion and the Rise of Capitalism

One of the most influential theorists of early capitalism, Adam Smith, hailed from Scotland and even delivered a series of important early lectures at Edinburgh. Smith was just one of a cadre of thinkers, many associated with the Scottish Enlightenment, who formulated new ideas of a market society. Smith and these other thinkers often wrote in explicit conversation with theological debates about divine providence and God's management of the cosmos. Religion, it appears, was a major factor motivating such new thought. This class delves into early philosophical, theological, and religious conversations that were central to the new theories of commercial society that became the seedbed of capitalism. We consider thinkers such as Smith, Mandeville, Hume, Hobbes, and Nicole, among others. Dist: TMV.

Faculty Contact for Fall Term 2019: Susannah Heschel

Course information TBA.