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Religious Studies Program

G. Burke, Subject Librarian

I. General Purpose

The University's program in Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program with courses offered by the Anthropology, Classics, Philosophy, English, History, East Asian Studies and Judaic Studies Departments. There are several concentrations possible in Religious Studies: religious creative expression, religion and society, and critical issues in religion. These broad topics permit students to take approved courses offered by departments beyond those which formally participate in the program.

II. Subject and Language Modifiers

Languages: Materials in English are collected, although materials already in the collection in other European languages support the program.

Geographical Areas: All parts of the world are covered and supported by the Libraries' overall collection.

Chronological Periods: From pre-history to the present.

III. Description of Materials Collected

Types of Materials Collected: Books, periodicals, and media of all types are collected.

Types of Materials Excluded: Dissertations and periodical reprints are excluded.

Interdisciplinary Factors: Since this is an interdisciplinary program, Subject Librarians for Anthropology, Art, Classics, Philosophy, Music, Geography, History, Judaic Studies, Asian Studies, East Asian Studies, and Reference (University Library) select materials for this program.

IV. Subject and Collection Levels [Collection Level Descriptions]

The University Libraries' collection in religious studies is comprised of materials acquired by other subject librarian to support programs in their assigned subjects. Such materials are collected at the levels designated in their subject statements. The Libraries' collection in the specific Library of Congress classification numbers BL, BR-BX is at the Advanced Instructional Support Level.

V. Other Significant Collections and Resource Sharing

Siena College and the College of St. Rose have strong collections in religious studies and theology with a particular emphasis on the tradition of Catholicism.

VI. Internal Notes

Because Religious Studies is so highly interdisciplinary, titles are selected by many different subject librarians; some areas, such as mythology, art, and philosophy are well covered by the approval plans.

The Libraries' collection includes the sacred books of all the world's religions. Many of these texts are in the Reference collection. The Subject Librarian for Reference at the University Library selects other reference sources which support the Religious Studies program.

October 2003

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