Course Description

Investigation of metaphors and myths of gender with a focus on the history of women in Buddhism and Christianity.

This course fulfills 3 credits of the Humanities degree requirement in Liberal Studies

Meeting Place and Times



Holly Grether.

Assistant Teaching Professor at MSU

Holly Grether received her Ph.D. in Religious Studies from UC Santa Barbara in 2010. She has taught at MSU since 2007 and specializes in History of Religions with a focus on South Asia 


Any RLST or PHL course 

Tuition and Fees

If you are accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please refer to the MSU Fee Schedule.

Required Books/Materials

First Buddhist Women
Susan Murcott
Parallax Press
ISBN: 9781888375541
Approx $23.00 new (paperback) 
Illuminations of Hildegard of Bingen
Matthew Fox
Bear & Co
ISBN-13: 978-1879181977
ISBN-10: 1879181975
Approx $16.00 new paperback
ISBN-13: 9780060686611
Approx $12.00 new paperback


All texts are available from the MSU bookstore and from various online retailers.

Computer Requirements:

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.


For More Information

For course information: Please contact the instructor, Holly Grether.

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

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