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Yoga, Meditation, and Spiritual Development Study Abroad Bahamas for May 8-15, 2016


On campus: TBA 4-5 meetings Abroad: May 8-15, 2016 Courses (select 1 only) REL 3020 REL 4910 RLG 5397 REL 3399 3 credits For more information: email

Study Abroad in Zanzibar, Tanzania Summer 2016 with Dr. Akhtar


Study abroad in Zanzibar, Tanzania 2016: The Presence of Islam in the Swahili Coast of East Africa On Campus: June 27, 2016 thru July 3, 2016 Abroad: July 4 thru August 3, 2016 Undergraduate (6 credits): SWA 1196 - Intro to Swahili REL 3362 - Islam in East Africa Graduate Courses (6 credits) RLG 5937 - Islam in East Africa AFA 6905 - Swahili Language and Culture

Spring 2016 New Course - Faith in Social Justice (REL 4937 U03)


This hands-on course will explore concepts of social justice within faith traditions and students will have the opportunity to meet local social justice leaders and work on a project of their own, either on campus or with a local organization.

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Thesis Announcements

Spring 2016 list:

Komal Ashok Kumar:

Title: The Transformations and Challenges of a Jain Religious Aspirant from Layperson to Ascetic: An Anthropological study of Shvetambar Terapanthi Female Mumukshus.

March 22, 2016 at 9:30 am DM 323

Major Professor: Dr. Steven M. Vose

Yehonatan Elazar-DeMota:

Title:An Ethnography: Discovering he Hidden Identity of the Banilejos

March 22, 2016 at 2pm DM 358

Major Professor: Dr. Tudor Parfitt

Sonia M. Scheuren:

Title: The Opposition of Latin American Liberation Theology and the Transformation of Christianity.

March 30, 2016 at 9:30 am DM 323

Major Professor: Dr. Ana Maria Bidegain

John D. Grullon:

Title: Unraveling the Functionality of the Bat Kol in the Babylonian Talmud.

March 30, 2016 at 11 am DM 358

Major Professor: Dr. Erik Larson

Meisam Vahedi:

Title: Epistemological Analysis of Traditionalist and Reformist Discourses Pertaining to Islamic Feminism in Iran.

March 30, 2016 at 1 pm DM 358

Major Professor: Dr. Iqbal Akhtar

Ramond Awadzi:

Title: Entrenching Indigenous African Pentecostalism in United States of America: A Study of a Ghanaian Founded Charismatic Church in South Florida.

March 30, 2016 at 2:30pm in DM 358

Major Professor: Dr. Albert Wuaku

Darbee Hagerty:

Title: A Feminist Perspective on the Lack of Full Ordination for Burmese Buddhist Nuns.

March 31, 2016 at 12:30 pm DM 358

Major Professor: Dr. Steven M. Vose

Anthony Paz:

Title: The Tensions of Karma and Ahimsa: Jain Ethics, Capitalism, and Slow Violence.

March 31, 2016 at 9:30 am DM 358

Major Professor: Dr. Steven M. Vose

Grisel D'Elena:

Title: The Gender Problem of Buddhist Nationalism in Myanmar: The 969 Movement and Theravada Nuns.

April 1, 2016 at 10:30 am DM 358

Major Professor: Dr. Steven M. Vose

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