Reader Jesika is an atheist who will be starting college next year.
She has a question about courses that some of you may be able to help with:
… My question is that I am about to go to college and I was just wondering if any universities offered courses for atheists. I want my major to be in gay and lesbian studies and I have found schools that specialize in that particular subject, but I haven’t been able to find any courses which focus at all on the idea of atheism (even remotely).
I don’t know of any college courses on Freethought History… but I’m sure any Philosophy class would be good for Jesika. In fact, a school with a good Philosophy department might be just what she needs.
Any suggestions on courses she should look into? Philosophers she should study? (David Hume comes to mind.)
Another question: If you want to learn more about atheism, would it be better to go to a school where atheists are the norm? Or would it be better to go somewhere in the Bible Belt where you’d be in the minority, but you could potentially make more of an impact?