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III. Policies: Religious Studies

  • Subject name: Religious Studies
  • Subject abbreviations: RLST
  • Bibliographer: Paul Moeller
  • Other subject responsibilities:
  • Address: 184 UCB
  • Phone: 303-492-0492
  • Email: Paul.Moeller@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:
The collection of religious studies materials supports the curriculum needs and research at the University of Colorado's Department of Religious Studies. The collection development emphasis is on acquiring current and retrospective materials to support the present and future needs of faculty and student research and teaching in the areas of religious studies.

A. Curricular emphasis:
The Department of Religious Studies pursues a critical and comparative study of religions. This study aims to illuminate the dynamics of religion as a dimension of human culture and to develop theories and methods that advance our understanding of religion in its cultural and historical context. The faculty offers instruction in most of the world's religions:

  • Hinduism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Judaism
  • Islam
  • Religions of China and Japan
  • Native American
  • Other traditional religions.

B. Research emphasis:
The Department of Religious Studies is committed to a multi-disciplinary and comparative study of religious phenomena that focuses on text and context. Gender and theory, religion war and peace, religion and nature, religion and dance, religion and play, are examined in the context of traditional religious expression and contemporary religious movements.


C. Level of Degrees granted:


D. Special Studies Programs:


E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
philosophy, history, classics, East Asian languages and civilization, political science, literature, fine arts, music, ethnic studies, women's studies, communications, sociology, law, science, psychology, and dance.


F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
The collection of religious studies materials is utilized by public patrons, students of Naropa University, and interlibrary loan.


H. Other Considerations:

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
Most new materials are acquired through an approval plan for books from Blackwell North America. Special orders from faculty (including faculty start-up funds) and graduate students, catalog orders, and gifts in kind (accepted according to the needs of the collection) also contribute to the development of the collection.


B. Chronological Guidelines:
No time period is excluded from selection.


C. Geographical Guidelines:
No geographic limitations


D. Treatment of Subject:
Materials supporting the study of the history and phenomenology of religions and religious experience will be broadly collected. Emphasis is placed on materials that reflect the Department's interest in Asian and Native American religions, and expressions of religion in popular culture. Textbooks and popular works are selectively acquired.


E. Types of Materials:
The majority of materials are books and subscriptions to essential journals. Relevant electronic resources, microfilms, indexes and abstracts are considered for acquisition. Theses and dissertations are collected selectively. Limited audio/visual materials are purchased.


F. Date of Publication:
Current and some retrospective.


G. Other General Considerations:
The majority of the collection is located in the Norlin Library stacks. Major reference works are located in the Reference Department, and some rare materials are housed in Special Collections. Older, less-used materials are housed in PASCAL, the Libraries' off-site storage facility.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class

BL Religions. Mythology. Rationalism


BM Judaism


BP Islam. Bahai Faith. Theosophy, etc.


BQ Buddhism


BR Christianity


BS The Bible


BT Doctrinal theology


BV Practical theology


BX Christian denominations