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Undergraduate Course Details
Number ECO 360
Title Economics and Religion
Credits 3.0
Distribution DIII/V
Prerequisites ECO202 or permission of Department Chairperson


The interplay between religion and economics has always been important, and the events of the past several years have only served to strengthen the need to understand these links. This course employs economic theory and methods to study religious beliefs, behavior, and institutions. By combining economic concepts and real-world data, we will address the issues and questions listed in the outline of topics. We will also study the social, political, and economic correlates of religion. Like other socio-scientific approaches to the study of religion, the economic study of religion does not seek to evaluate the truth of religious claims, nor does it promote one religion over another. Three lecture hours per week.