|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 1000 - The Religions of the World. |
An introduction to the basic beliefs and practices of the world’s great religions.
- Note: Credit may not be obtained for both Religious Studies 1000 and the former Religious Studies 2010
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 1010 - Religion in the Modern World. |
An introduction to some of the major issues confronting religion in the modern world. The focus will be on such topics as freedom and determination, good and evil, love and sexuality.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 1020 - Christianity in Western Civilization. |
An introduction to Christianity and its place in the history of Western Civilization through examples from Early Christianity, the Reformation, and the Modern Period.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 1032 - Introduction to Asian Religions and Culture. |
This is a broadly based survey course introducing students to the religions, culture, and societies of Asia. Traditions explored may include those of India (Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism), China (Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism), Japan (Shinto, Zen Buddhism), and Korea.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 2011 - Introduction to Asian Religious Traditions. |
A study of the principles and practices of Hinduism and Buddhism and an examination of the development and teachings of the Chinese traditions of Confucianism and Taoism. Special attention will be given to the interrelationships and mutual dependence of these systems.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 2013 - Introduction to Christianity. |
A study of the Christian tradition, its development and variety. The course will include an examination of the beliefs and practices of both Eastern and Western Christianity and a study of the main differences among the major Western denominations.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 2050 - Introduction to the Old Testament. |
This course is an introduction to the historical background, literary structure, and content of the Old Testament. Emphasis will be placed on the authorship and dating of the various texts that comprise the Old Testament, as well as on major themes, figures, and events. This course may qualify as a Research/Writing course. Consult each semester’s registration materials for the R/W designation.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 2051 - Introduction to the New Testament. |
An introduction to the history and literary structure of the documents comprising the New Testament. Emphasis will be placed on the major themes found in these documents and on the distinctiveness of approach of the individual writers.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 2350 - Religious Institutions. |
(Same as Sociology/Anthropology 2350). Psychological, anthropological, and sociological approaches to the nature of religion. Comparative study of religious institutions and beliefs, calendrical feasts and solemnities, the nature of sacrifice and the sacred, religious roles and hierarchies, ritual innovation and revitalization.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 2400 - Introduction to Buddhism. |
A study of the history of the Buddhist tradition in India and China, the development of the main lines of Buddhist thought, and the nature of the Chinese transformation of Buddhism.
- Note: Credit may not be obtained for both Religious Studies 2400 and the former Religious Studies 3400
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 2410 - Introduction to Hinduism. |
This course involves a study of the religious thought and history of India, the literature of Hinduism, the major thinkers in Hindu philosophy, and the role of Hinduism in the culture and society of India.
- Note: Credit may not be obtained for both Religious Studies 2410 and the former Religious Studies 3410
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 2610 - Introduction to Religious Ethics. |
An introduction to religious ethics through the systematic study of selected writers and issues in biomedicine, human sexuality, and social justice. Possible topics for discussion include euthanasia, abortion, poverty, and unemployment.
- Note: Students who have successfully completed both Religious Studies 2600 and Religious Studies 2601 may not receive credit for 2610
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 2800 - Women in Western Religions. |
This course is an examination of the attitudes toward, and roles of, women in the Western religions, including prehistoric traditions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Contemporary evaluations of these traditions from the point of view of women will also be considered.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 3010 - Greek Religion. |
(Same as Classics 3010). A study of the role of religion in the private and public life of the Greek world.
- Note: Students may not receive credit for Religious Studies/Classics 3010 and the former Religious Studies/Classics 3121
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 3020 - Roman Religion. |
(Same as Classics 3020). A study of the role of religion in the private and public life of the Roman world.
- Note: Students may not receive credit for Religious Studies/Classics 3020 and the former Religious Studies/Classics 3121
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 3030 - The Torah. |
A critical examination of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible in their literary, cultural, and historical setting
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 3053 - Anthropology of Religion
(Same as Anthropology 3053) This course is a critical evaluation of anthropological research on religion, centering on seminal thinkers and major theoretical traditions. Special attention is given to the study of belief systems, and to relationships between belief and ritual.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 3150 - Early Christian Thought: The First Five Centuries. |
(Same as Classics 3150) This course is an advanced study of selected themes and personalities in Christian thought and literature from the second to the sixth centuries. Particular attention will be given to the controversies centering on the doctrines of the Trinity and the Person of Christ.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 3200 - Jesus: His Life and Teaching. |
A study of the ministry and thought of Jesus of Nazareth as contained in the Gospels and other New Testament writings. Attention will be given to the methods and conclusions of recent scholarship as applied to his principal teachings and to the study of the historical Jesus.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 3210 - Paul and His Writings. |
A study of the Pauline writings and an appraisal of the contribution to Christianity of his mission and theology on the basis of New Testament and other relevant material. Particular attention will be given to such related themes as salvation, reconciliation, grace, and justification.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 3310 - Judaism at the Beginning of the Christian Era. |
This course will explore the developments in Jewish thought, institutions, beliefs, and practices during the time when Greek and Jewish cultures encountered one another and in which Jesus of Nazareth lived.
- Note: Credit may not be obtained for both Religious Studies 3310 and the former Religious Studies 3220
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 3401 - Zen, Buddhist Meditation and Buddhist Psychology. |
This course examines the relationship between meditation and theories of human psychology in Buddhism from its origins to its formulation in Zen.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 3820 - Religion and the Arts. |
(Same as Visual Arts 3820). An examination of the role of art in the expression of religious ideas, together with a study of specific religious themes and concerns in one or more of the following: literature, film, music, painting, sculpture and dance.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 3831 - Religious Themes in Contemporary Songwriting. |
This course is a study of religious themes in contemporary songwriting through the in-depth examination of the work of a selection of contemporary songwriters. The course will explore how religious questions and themes are handled in contemporary song and explore how song as an artistic medium expresses religious meaning. Songwriters to be explored may include the following: Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Van Morrison, Tori Amos, Nick Cave, Alanis Morissette, Julie Miller, the Louvin Brothers, the Stanley Brothers, Hank Williams, etc.
|RELIGIOUS STUDIES 3880 - Spirituality and the Earth. |
An examination of the attitudes of various religious traditions to the environment. Special attention will be paid to Native American spirituality.
- Prerequisite: Three credit hours in Religious Studies beyond the first year level or departmental permission