Religion

Religion Course Offerings

Religion course offerings will be found under the 4 letter code of RELG in the course listings.

101 – Introduction to World Religions (3)

Survey of the major religions of the world including among others Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Daoism.

102 – Introduction to the Study of Religion (3)

Examination of the religious dimension of human life, the ways in which it is defined, and the methods by which it is studied.

103 – The Abrahamic Religions (3)

Introduction to the religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

117 – Introduction to Christian Theology (3)

Christian theology is characterized as a way of seeking to make sense of life in relation to central doctrines and concepts.

201 – Judaism (3)

Historical and religious development of Judaism from biblical times to the present.

205 – Hebrew Bible (3)

Study of the literature, history, and culture of ancient Israel within the broader context of the ancient Near East.

206 – Christian Beginnings (3)

Study of the literature, history, and beliefs of the first Christians within the broader cultural context of the Roman Empire.

210 – Islam (3)

This introductory course examines the Quran, the life of the prophet Muhammad, Islamic law, philosophy, theology, mysticism, and art.

211 – Greek and Roman Religion (3)

The public, personal, and mystery religions of the Greeks and Romans, and the development of classical religious ideas. Cross-listed as CLAS 211.

231 – Special Studies in Religion (3)

Among topics taught at different times: Current Theological Issues, The Roman Catholic Tradition, World Religions II. Different subjects taught under this course number count as different courses.

250 – African American Religions (3)

A study of the variety of African American religious expression from colonial times to the present. Course will include slave religions, African American interpretations of Protestant and Roman Catholic thought, religion and the Civil Rights struggle, as well as Santeria and Voodoo.

251 – Native American Religions (3)

A study of the variety of Native American religious expression from pre-European contact times to the present. Course will explore the similarities and differences among the beliefs of the First Nations, as well as a discussion of how contact with European settlers influences those beliefs.

270 – Death and Resurrection (3)

Study of different interpretations of gospel accounts of Jesus’ death and resurrection in the wider context of ancient Near Eastern thought and of contemporary treatments of the “death and resurrection” theme.

271 – Studies in Faith and Literature (3)

Study of relationships between Christian faith and literary art in contemporary novels, plays, and films.

272 – Studies in Christian Ethics (3)

This course examines relationships between Christian faith and Christian ethics, looking at historical developments and considering such issues as life and death, sexuality, alterity, politics, and ecology.

273 – Studies in Suffering and Evil (3)

Theological, philosophical, and literary investigations in theodicy: “If God is good, whence evil?”

276 – Religion in America (3)

Principal figures, groups, trends, and issues in religion in America from the colonial period to the present.

283 – Hinduism (3)

An introduction to the thought and traditions of Hinduism. Readings from the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavadgita, Puranas, and later works. Cross-listed as PHIL 283.

284 – Buddhism (3)

An introduction to the thought and traditions of Buddhism. Readings from the Dhamapada as well as from various Theravada and Mahayana traditions. Cross-listed as PHIL 284.

286 –Confucianism (3)

An introduction to major Confucian texts and the contemporary uses of Confucian thought. Cross-listed as PHIL 286.

287 –Daoism (3)

An introduction to major Daoist texts and the contemporary uses of Daoist thought. Crosslisted as PHIL 287.

301 – Jesus in Gospel and Film (3)

Study of selected presentations of Jesus from the first century until today. Emphasis will be gospel traditions and film.

304 – Significant Books in American Religious History (3)

A reading-intensive examination of books that have played a critical role either in shaping American religious history or interpreting periods of American religious history.

305 – Religion and Politics in the United States (3)

A historical and thematic examination of the interaction of religion and politics in U.S. culture.

306 – The World of Early Christianity (3)

The theology and social world of the early Christian churches in the second through fourth centuries.

308 – Gnostic Religions in Late Antiquity (3)

Study of Gnostic religions in late antiquity and their influence in early Christianity. Emphasis will be placed on the reading and interpretation of primary texts.

310 – Women and Sexuality in the Western Religious Tradition (3)

Study of the changing understanding and roles of women and sexuality in the western religious tradition from the origins of Christianity to modern times.

313 – 20th-Century European Theology (3)

Persons and problems of European theology from Barth and Bultmann to Moltmann and JŸngel, from liberal to liberation theology.

314 – 20th-Century American Theology (3)

Study of major theological figures and concerns from Niebuhr and Tillich to Cone and McFague.

317 – Religions in Dialogue (3)

If one religion is, in some sense, “true,” are other religions rendered “false”? Is it possible to confess the truth of one religion and yet remain appreciatively open to the insights of other religions? This course proposes to work through these and related concerns of our “pluralistic” age.

318 – Philosophy of Religion (3)

Philosophical examination of such topics as the relationship between faith and reason, the existence or non-existence of God, life after death, mysticism, and miracles. Cross-listed as PHIL 318.

331 – Special Studies in Religion (3)

Among topics taught at different times: Asceticism, Body, and Gender in Late Antiquity; 19th-Century Theology; Religion and Politics in Islam, Early Christian Monasticism. Different subjects taught under this course number count as different courses.

340 – Mysticism East and West (3)

Study of the mystical dimensions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism.

341 – Major Religious Thinkers (3)

Among thinkers studied in some depth at different times: Augustine, Avicenna, al-Ghazzali, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Wiesel. Different figures taught under this course number count as different courses.

400 – Research Seminar: Selected Religious Texts (3)

Prerequisite: Junior or senior status or consent of instructor. In-depth study of selected religious texts chosen by the instructor. Text selection will vary; examples include the Bhagavadgita, Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Fragments and Augustine’s Confessions.

401 – Guided Research (3)

Preparation of a senior thesis under the direction of the religion faculty. Choice of topic by student. Capstone course required of all senior majors.

491, 492 – Individual Study (1-3, 1-3)

Individual work under the guidance of the religion faculty. By permission of the instructor and chair.

499 – Internship (1–6)

Supervised off-campus learning experience, developed in consultation with the religion faculty.