Religious Studies Courses (RELG)

  1. 110 Introduction to Religion
  2. 200 Christian Ethics
  3. 205 Introduction to Judaism
  4. 206 Holocaust: Genocides in Our Time
  5. 210 Eastern Religions
  6. 215 Introduction to the Bible
  7. 250 World Religions
  8. 271 American Indian Religions
  9. 275 African American Religions
  10. 285 Religion and Popular Culture
  11. 290 Special Topics Seminar
  12. 303 History of Christianity
  13. 307 Meditation and Mysticism, East and West
  14. 315 Religion in America
  15. 323 Jesus of Nazareth
  16. 326 Life and Letters of Paul
  17. 332 Faith, Reason and Experience: Medieval and Modern Philosophy
  18. 335 Science and Religion
  19. 360 Religion, Politics and Society in the United States
  20. 362 Philosophy of Religion
  21. 365 Women and Religion
  22. 400 Religion Internship
  23. 475 Senior Seminar
  24. 490 Special Topics Seminars

110 Introduction to Religion

4 Credits

An introduction to religious variety and to the academic study of religion.

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200 Christian Ethics

4 Credits

Survey of ethical approaches, including a variety of Christian perspective and discussions of specific contemporary issues.

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205 Introduction to Judaism

4 Credits

A study of Jewish history, culture, beliefs and practices, including an introduction to five sects of Judaism (Orthodox, Conservative, Refor, Reconstructionist and Renewal).

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206 Holocaust: Genocides in Our Time

4 Credits

Study of religious, sociological, psychological and polital causes of genocide specific to the German Holocaust, as well as the genocides in Darfu, Rwanda, Cambodia, Yugoslavia, Armenia and the Native American Holocausts.

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210 Eastern Religions

4 Credits

An introduction to the history, values, practices and religious beliefs of Eastern religions, including Hindiusm, Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism.

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215 Introduction to the Bible

4 Credits

Study of Jewish and Christian scriptures, including the history, composition and transmission of the texts and modern interpretive issues.

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250 World Religions

4 Credits

A study of world religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Taoism, Confucianism and others.

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271 American Indian Religions

2 Credits

An introduction to the world views and spiritualities of Native Americans, including traditional tribal religions and religions movements, and responses that arose from contact with Europeans.

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275 African American Religions

4 Credits

Study focused upon the history and development of the black Christian church in America, plus other religious movements among African Americans.

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285 Religion and Popular Culture

4 Credits

An analysis of popular culture (television, movies, music, etc.), with special attention to how religion is expressed in popular culture and how popular culture influences religion.

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290 Special Topics Seminar

2 or 4 Credits

Seminars on topics of current interest or recent scholarly developments. Recent examples have include The Holocaust, End Times, Death and Dying and Understanding Islam.

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303 History of Christianity

4 Credits

An overview of the origins and development of Christianity, from its beginning through the Reformation.

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307 Meditation and Mysticism, East and West

2 Credits

Study of meditation and mysticism in Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist traditions, focusing on personal religious experiences rather than doctrine or ethics.

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315 Religion in America

4 Credits

Historical study of the development of American religious denominations, plus religious themes and controversies in American culture.

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323 Jesus of Nazareth

2 Credits

Study of the life and teachings of Jesus, including Biblical study and creative (artistic) expressions.

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326 Life and Letters of Paul

2 Credits

Biblical study of the theology and ministry of Paul.

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332 Faith, Reason and Experience: Medieval and Modern Philosophy

4 Credits

This course surveys the development of medieval, renaissance and modern thought from Early Christian Philosophy to Modern British Empiricism, focusing on the relationships between faith, reason and experience.

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335 Science and Religion

2 Credits

This course explores the interactions between science and religion, including topics such as the creation-evolution debate and ethical issues surrounding genetic technologies.

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360 Religion, Politics and Society in the United States

4 Credits

Study of church-state relations in the United States, perspectives on the public role of religion and activism on social and political issues by religious leaders and groups.

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362 Philosophy of Religion

4 Credits

A critical study of religious experience, language and claims to religious knowledge. Issues include God's existence, religious faith, the problem of evil, mystical experience and religious pluralism.

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365 Women and Religion

4 Credits

This course focuses especially on the roles women have played in Judaism and Christianity, both historical and contemporary, but it also considers the roles of women in other world religions.

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400 Religion Internship

1-6 Credits

A practical supervised experience, generally in some kind of ministry setting or human services, accompanied by opportunities for personal reflection.

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475 Senior Seminar

4 Credits

Focuses on significant religious themes, issues or thinkers. Seminar discussion will include ethical issues in professions related to religion.

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490 Special Topics Seminars

2 or 4 Credits

Seminars on topics of current interest or recent scholarly developments.

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