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Last Updated: Nov 17, 2017 URL: Print Guide

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This LibGuide provides a guide to the tools available to the Cedar Crest community for research of religion. A link to the Religious Studies Department's website is provided to offer more information on the programs of study and courses offered, as well as internship and research opportunities. The LibGuide also provides samples and instructions for the access and use of books, eBooks, reference tools, journals and databases.



Library databases and full-text articles may be accessed from off campus.


Follow the directions below:


1)  select the resource you want to use from a LibGuide or the library website


2)  on the “EZproxy” login screen


3)  enter your campus network login credentials


NOTE: Your EZproxy login is the same as your Campus Network login; also, your Email login and your Canvas login--without the It is NOT your My CedarCrest login.


If you encounter a problem or need assistance with research questions, contact Cressman Library Information Services at 610-606-4666 (ext: 3536).

The Religious Studies Minor at Cedar Crest

Explore the changing face of the American religious landscape and the role of global religious traditions in the United States.

Religious studies is the objective study of religious thought and behavior through a number of different disciplines including anthropology, psychology, sociology, and the history of religions. It is distinctively different from theology, which is the faith based study of religion. Religious studies provides opportunities for exploring the deepest levels of meaning of human experience and for understanding its expression in culture. Accordingly, religious studies is highly interdisciplinary. At Cedar Crest College, religious studies courses emphasize experiential education. Field experiences and study abroad are common components of courses in the minor.

Religious studies prepares students to live in a world in which the four major religions— Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity—are increasing in number and at the same time moving beyond their traditional boundaries as defined by nation states. Religion is an increasingly powerful force that is used to influence the binary message that accompanies the social construction of knowledge and the symbolism inherent in civilization including order and disorder, truth and illusion, meaning and the absence of meaning. In order to help prepare students to meet the demands of this changing world, the religious studies minor emphasizes the complex, symbiotic relationship between religion and culture and the changing societal contexts within which religions are practiced. The program helps create global competence and responsibility in keeping with the Strategic Plan of the College. It enhances the College’s Mission Statement by preparing the whole student for life in a global community. Religious studies courses may be taken as part of the minor or as one of the three concentrations within the global studies major.

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Ask Your Librarian

Visit the Information Services desk at the library for friendly face-to-face reference assistance. We can help you locate the resources you need and teach you how to use the research tools at your disposal.

Phone: (610) 606-4666 ext. 3536


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