The major in Religion and Politics prepares students to interpret the influence of religion in the various spheres of cultural life and in light of prevailing political climates. In particular, we study the role of religious values in fomenting conflict and promoting peace; in preparing for a life of service; and in giving depth and direction to culture.

The study of contemporary religions as a living phenomenon requires the concomitant study of social sciences and politics in order to deepen one’s appreciation of the ways in which the religious roots of any society can impact upon both politics and culture. This becomes increasingly important in a world in which a successful career in business or diplomacy requires an understanding of the way that religion shapes culture, political thought and current conflicts. This program, one of the few of its kind in the world, provides students with a broad understanding of the major themes within religion while also allowing them to develop expertise in one of three cultural spheres: Western Religion and Culture; Islamic Religion and Culture or East Asian Religion and Culture.  With this expertise, graduates of this program will be equipped to provide a deeper analysis of existing social structures and contribute to solutions in the worlds of international relations, media and more broadly political science.

Required courses from a common foundation prepare students to apply their knowledge in one of three concentrations. In the foundations sequence, students are acquainted with the belief systems of the world’s major religions as well as political science and economics. This aspect of study involves learning religious studies methods, political science methodologies, principles of economics, cultivating the capacity for critical analysis, developing cultural sensitivity, and securing ability to communicate within an array of cultural and political idioms. In the concentrations sequence, students focus their learning on current problems and practically-oriented solutions. Three defined concentrations are possible: (1) East Asian Religion and Society; (2) Islamic Religion and Society; and (3) Judeo-Christian Thought and Society. With the consultation of an advisor, a self-planned option is also possible.

Integrative in nature, this study draws upon other disciplines. Students in Religion and Politics are encouraged to take courses in political science, history, literature, economics, sociology, and mass communication. Our students prepare to serve in non-governmental organizations, to seek professional degrees to further lives of service, and to enroll successfully in graduate schools of the highest caliber. Since the program is personally and intellectually demanding, its admissions policy is selective.

 

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Sep
7
Wed
An evening with leading theologian Richard Rubenstein @ DuPont Tower Room
Sep 7 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

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Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of After Auschwitz, one of the most influential and searing examinations of faith after the Holocaust. The University of Bridgeport (UB) will honor its author, President Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor of Religion Dr. Richard L. Rubenstein. The evening will feature a conversation with Rubenstein hosted by UB Provost Dr. Stephen Healey as well as a citation from Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim. UB President Neil Salonen who will lead the event with greetings.

Sep
22
Thu
Graduate Information Session @ Wahlstrom Library - 6th Fl Admissions
Sep 22 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Students interested in graduate programs at the University of Bridgeport are welcome to join us for information regarding the application process and program details.

The graduate programs represented will include those in:

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Oct
15
Sat
Academic Open Houses – Homecoming 2016 @ University of Bridgeport
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Learn more about UB’s many academic and student focused departments, as they open their doors to visitors from 2:00-4:00pm.

Participating departments: Career Development, College of Public & International Affairs, School of Engineering, and MORE TBA!

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Oct
20
Thu
Graduate Information Session – Waterbury @ Waterbury Center
Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Students interested in graduate programs at the University of Bridgeport are welcome to join us at our Waterbury location for information regarding the application process and program details.

The graduate programs represented will include those in:

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  • Engineering
  • Counseling
  • Public and International Affairs

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Nov
10
Thu
Graduate Information Session @ Wahlstrom Library - 6th Fl Admissions
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Students interested in graduate programs at the University of Bridgeport are welcome to join us for information regarding the application process and program details.

The graduate programs represented will include those in:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Design Management
  • Counseling
  • Public and International Affairs

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