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Myron and Marian Casden Directorship of the Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life and Professor of Religion: Bruce Zuckerman, Ph.D.

Knight Chair in Media and Religion: Diane Winston, Ph.D. (Communication and Religion)

John R. Tansey Chair in Christian Ethics and Professor of Religion: Rev. Cecil (Chip) Murray, Rel.D.

Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion: James Heft, Ph.D.

Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion: Donald Miller, Ph.D.

Professors: Lisa Marie Bitel, Ph.D. (History and Gender Studies); Ronald R. Garet, Ph.D., J.D. (Law); Ronald F. Hock, Ph.D.*; Paul Lichterman, Ph.D. (Sociology); Bruce E. Zuckerman, Ph.D.*

Associate Professors: Sheila Briggs, M.A.; Paul Lichterman, Ph.D. (Sociology)

Assistant Professors: David Albertson, M.Div.*; Jane Iwamura, Ph.D.* (American Studies and Ethnicity); James McHugh, Ph.D.; Lori Rachelle Meeks, Ph.D. (East Asian Languages and Cultures); Anne Porter, Ph.D. (Art History and Classics); Megan Reid, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor: Katharine Harrington, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: Robert Ellwood, Ph.D.; Gerald A. Larue, Th.D.; John B. Orr, Ph.D.; J. Wesley Robb, Ph.D., L.H.D.*

Emeritus Associate Professors: John P. Crossley, Jr., Th.D.*; William W. May, Ph.D.; Alvin S. Rudisill, Ph.D.

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.

The School of Religion offers undergraduate courses in biblical studies; ancient near eastern religion, east and south Asian religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism and Taoism; religions in Latin America; contemporary North American religions; the histories of Judaism, Christianity and Islam; the sociology of religion; religion and gender; and topics in religious ethics. Courses are designed to facilitate a critical and comparative understanding of religious traditions in the light of the most current scholarship.

Students also have the opportunity to receive regular USC course credit for courses taken at Hebrew Union College. Students have the option to take occasional courses at Hebrew Union College or to declare an emphasis in Judaic Studies (see the requirements indicated here for more information).

Degree Programs

The School of Religion offers the Bachelor of Arts in Religion, a B.A. with an emphasis in Judaic Studies, a minor in religion, a minor in ancient religion and classical languages, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion and Social Ethics, a joint Ph.D. with Hebrew Union College, and a dual degree with the USC Gould School of Law.