Religious Studies Program added to KSU’s new Interdisciplinary Studies Department
ISD department now encompasses eight academic programs The Religious Studies Program has become the…
Georgia (Jul 19, 2011) — ISD department now encompasses eight academic programs
The Religious Studies Program has become the eighth academic program in the newly created Interdisciplinary Studies Department (ISD), following a vote by faculty members and ISD program coordinators.
Laura Dabundo, professor of English, has been named coordinator for religious studies,
which was approved as a minor in spring 2011. The program offers courses exploring
the diversity, interconnectedness and complexity of the world’s major religions.
The university announced the formation of the ISD within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences in June. At that time, seven existing academic programs comprised the department in: African and African Diaspora Studies; American Studies; Asian Studies; Environmental Studies; Gender and Women’s Studies; Latin American and Latino Studies; and Peace Studies. The ISD began operating July 1.
“The religious studies curriculum is a perfect complement to the other disciplines within the department,” said Tony Grooms, interim ISD chair. “It offers another opportunity to foster an interdisciplinary approach to learning and a greater understanding of values and beliefs that make up the world we live in.”
Dabundo, who was instrumental in developing the religious studies minor, has taught several literature-based religious courses since joining KSU in 1987, including “The Hebrew Scriptures as Literature” and “The New Testament as Literature.” Her most recent publication is a book titled “The Marriage of Faith: Christianity in Jane Austen and William Wordsworth,” soon to be released by Mercer University Press.
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