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New Religious Movements

Students in this concentration study New Religious Movements as organizational movements, religious ideas, and distinctive spiritualties that emerged in the nineteenth century (metaphysical churches, Latter Day Saints, Bahá'í, occult and esoteric movements) and in the upsurge of non-traditional and alternative movements from the mid-twentieth century forward (Western appropriations of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Sufism; neo-paganism; New Age movements; human potential movements). Drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, sociology, literary studies, theology, history, and spirituality, students develop projects that interpret New Religious Movements from many possible angles in studies of modern culture.