Christianity has 2 billion adherents and plays an increasingly crucial role in public discourse — yet the academic study of Christianity has received little focus at the University of Washington compared to other religious traditions. That is, until now.
Supported by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Professor James Wellman has spearheaded the creation of the Center for Global Christian Studies (CGCS) at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies. The CGCS aims to provide a better understanding of the dynamics of Christianity–its political faces, role in identity formation, and other factors– around the globe.
Because of its location within the international studies program, the CGCS is uniquely situated to explore such issues. In fact, the University of Washington is now the only higher education institution in the country to have an international studies program with a major center on global Christian studies.
For Professor Wellman, investigating the facts behind religion goes hand-in-hand with reflection on one’s personal meaning-making. His new course, “RELIG 101: A Life Worth Living: Meaning, Morals, and Money,” offered this spring 2020 quarter, gives students a rare opportunity to engage with these questions on an experiential level.
Learn more about Wellman’s journey and vision in The Daily.