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FALL 2017 Courses

BUS 120 The Study of Buddhism
Jay Garfield
M 7-9 pm and W 7-8 pm, meets first half of semester only

This course introduces students to the academic study of Buddhism through readings, lectures by Smith faculty and guests, and trips to local Buddhist centers. We will critically examine the history of Buddhist studies within the context of numerous disciplines, including anthropology, art, cultural studies, gender studies, government, literature, philosophy, and religion, with a focus on regional, sectarian, and historical differences. Materials to be considered include poetry, painting, philosophy, political tracts, and more. Graded S/U only. (E) 2 credits

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REL/PHI 108 The Meaning of Life
Andy Rotman and Nalini Bhushan
MW 1:10-2:30 pm

Same as PHI 108. This course asks the big question, “What is the Meaning of Life?” and explores a range of answers offered by philosophers and religious thinkers from a host of different traditions in different eras of human history. We will explore a variety of forms of philosophical and religious thinking and the ways in which philosophical and religious thinking can be directly relevant to our own lives. {H/L} 4 credits

Five College Courses Fall 2017

There are also many Buddhism-related courses offered throughout the Five Colleges. You can use the Five College Course Guide to find courses in Buddhism.

Amherst College

Hampshire College

Mount Holyoke College

UMass Amherst

Graduate Study

Many students from Smith College have continued their study of Buddhism in graduate school. You could be next. See this online guide to graduate programs in Buddhist studies that was compiled by H-Buddhism.