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ERIC Number: ED132080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Sep-30
The Academic Study of Religion. Final Report.
Hill, Alan G.
Data from a survey of 1,300 four-year undergraduate colleges are analyzed to determine the status of religion studies. Characteristics of public, private, nonsectarian, and denominational institutions were examined to define the contexts in which religion departments exist. Evidence indicates that, although religion is increasingly part of the educational program serving educational goals rather than the interests of sectarian religion, it is still concentrated in denominational institutions and is seldom offered as a major course of study in a public institution. Findings show, despite expectations to the contrary, that regional subculture exerts little influence on the offering of religion and that institutional affiliation is the variable most highly correlated with offering religion. Other variables examined were selection criteria for admission, size of school, annual school income, library size, and school income allocation. It is concluded that the close association of religion as an academic discipline with religious groups is reinforced by the failure of public institutions to foster religion studies in a nonsectarian environment. Increased government funding of religion studies is suggested to alleviate this situation. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Academic Education, Curriculum Research, Data Analysis, Educational Assessment, Educational Finance, Educational Policy, Educational Trends, Higher Education, Intellectual Disciplines, National Surveys, Public Education, Regional Schools, Religion, Religious Education, Religious Organizations, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A