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College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Religious Studies


Affiliated Faculty

In addition to courses offered by the faculty of the Department of Religious Studies, a number of faculty from other departments, as well as the Lutheran Theological Seminary, offer cross-listed courses which count for credit toward the B.A. in Religious Studies.

Andrew Berns, History Department (USC - Columbia);Jewish history, Renaissance Italy, history of medicine, environmental history.

  • Jewish History I: Antiquity to 1500

Saskia Conen-Snyder, History Department (USC - Columbia);European Jewish History.

  • Jewish History II: 1500 to Present

Fred Dings, English Department (USC - Columbia); 
19th and 20th century British and American poetry, with a special interest in poetry writing.

  • Religion and Poetry I: Abrahamic Faiths
  • Religion and Poetry II: Eastern Traditions

Brent Driggers, New Testament Studies (Lutheran Theological Seminary); 
New Testament Gospels, Biblical ecclesiology, and the relationship between exegesis and systematic theology.

Jerry Hackett, Philosophy Department (USC - Columbia); 
Medieval and Renaissance philosophy. Current research: Roger Bacon; Medieval and Renaissance science; George Berkeley.

  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Meister Eckhart

Andrea Henderson, Sociology Department (USC - Columbia);Religion, Race and ethnicity, Health and wellness, Family.

  • Sociology of Relligion

Jonathan Leader, Anthropology Department - South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (USC - Columbia); 
Near East, Micronesia, Eastern United States pre- and proto-history; anthropology of magic and religion.

  • Anthropology of Magic and Religion

Lamontte (Monte) Luker,  Hebrew Scriptures  (Lutheran Theological Seminary); Professor of Hebrew Scriptures

John Mandsager, Jewish Studies Program; Rabbinic Judaism, Jewish spaces/ Sacred space, Religions of Late Antiquity, Jewish Literature of Antiquity and Late Antiquity

  • Jewish History I
  • Intro to Judaism
  • Hebrew Bible
  • Old Testament Prophets

Matthew Melvin-Koushki, History Department (USC - Columbia); Early Modern Islamic Intellectual and Religious History, Occult Sciences, Iran

  • Magic Science & Religion
  • Messiahs Mystics and Rebels in the Islamic World