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Introduction

All over the world there are religious relics and architecture such as church, Buddhist temple, mosque, and shrine. This is evidence to the fact that religion has played an important role throughout the history of humankind. Without proper knowledge about religion, therefore, travel to different parts of the world or study about the history of a certain period will merely stop at superficial experience and understanding; however, background of religious knowledge can surely enrich and deepen them.
Many religions exist in the world, and they have led a truly dynamic world history, forming intricate relations with each society’s culture, politics and economy. The status of religion and the role it plays do not show signs of weakening even in today’s world of modernization and globalization. Religion is sometimes portrayed with its negative image such as the sarin gas attack by the Aum Shinrikyo sect, September 11 terrorism, the Iraq War, and the aspects of commercialization. However, it also plays a positive role in the society, preaching and practicing the values of sharing and sacrifice and making efforts to sustain peace and life.
Religious and cultural studies is a discipline that studies in great depths the past and present and religious phenomena, and objectively analyzes the positive and negative effects they produced in societies and cultures. It will help to understand the history of culture and the present times of local and global societies and to gain some perspective on the complex and dynamic modern society and state affairs in the international community.

The Department of Religion and Culture is renowned for faculty members devoted to research and teaching armed with academic passion and progressive mindset, undergraduate program where there is community of learning and sharing, and graduate program where future scholars and experts stay up late engaging in stimulating discussions and research. It will provide a valuable ground where cool-headed, warm-hearted students will learn how to analyze and understand religion, culture, and human beings.

Academic Goals

The undergraduate program is divided into single major, double major and teaching profession tracks. Single major track is again divided into intensive course and applicative course. The former is for students who want to study religion and culture in great depths, and the latter is for students who want to pursue relevant careers in different areas of society. Double major track allows students to study other disciplines in parallel so they have access to more wide-ranging learning opportunities. Teaching profession track trains future secondary school teachers and enables students to apply for a teacher’s license of religion. Teaching profession track and the other two tracks are not mutually exclusive, and if students in the double major track take courses in teaching, then they may also apply for another teacher’s license of related subject. There is a graduate program in the Department for students who want to employ themselves in further research to become academic researchers and professional experts.

Career Opportunities

After completing the undergraduate program, students are offered diverse job opportunities in society, and they can also pursue a career path as researchers. Their expertise is considered a valuable asset in the tourism, religious, cultural and publishing sectors, and they are approached by firms in the private sector for their comprehensive humanities background stemming from religious and cultural studies. They may also become religion teachers in secondary schools or teach other subjects they chose as their double major. They may choose to study in the graduate program provided at the Department or at other institutions, and after receiving a master’s degree, they may work as professionals, enroll in a doctorate program or go abroad for further studies.

Curriculum

Field Research of ReligionⅠ Advanced Field Research of ReligionIⅠ
Introduction to the Study of Religion Field Research of ReligionⅡ
Field Research of World’s ReligionsⅠ History of World’s Religions
Religions in Korea Culture and Religion in Latin America
Culture and Religion in China Culture and Religion in Japan
Religion and War Religion, Imagination and Art
Ethical Issues in Religions Festival and Religious Culture
Method and Theory in Religion Education Yoga and Religious Practice
Advanced Field Research of ReligionⅡ Field Research of World’s ReligionsⅡ
Sociology of Religion Myth and Culture
Culture and Ritual Religious Studies and Cultural Criticism
Culture and Religion in India Culture and Religion in Middle East
Culture and Religion in Europe Culture and Religion in Southeast Asia
Understanding Shamanism Religious-Cultural Properties and Museology
Yoga and Meditation Field Research of ReligionⅢ
History of the Study of Religion The Comparative Study of Religion
Anthropology of Religion Psychology of Religion
English Readings in the Study of Religion Folk Belief and Life Culture in Korea
Spirituality of Korea Culture and Religion in North America
Psychoanalysis and Religion Environmental Issues in Religions
Religion, Politics and the State Conflict and Dialogue among Religions
Sexuality, Gender and Religious Culture Religion and Cultural Industry
Religion and Social Welfare Writing Thesis
Advanced Field Research of ReligionⅢ Phenomenology of Religion
Understanding Religious Phenomena and Symbols Philosophy of Religion
Religions in Modern and Postmodern Korea Culture of Capitalism and Religion
Religion and NGO Topics in Religious Studies
Primitive Religions Contemporary Theories of Religion
Culture and Religion in Africa Understanding Mysticism
Studying Atheism Religion, Science and Technology
Management of Religious Organizations Religion and Tourism
Religion and Media