Religious Studies - RELS
The information below lists courses approved in this subject area effective Fall 2013. Not all courses will necessarily be offered these terms. Please consult the Schedule of Classes for a listing of courses offered for a specific term.
500-level courses require graduate standing.
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Understanding the Bible as Literature
A broad overview of various literary genres in the Bible such as origin narrative, historical narrative, poetry, wisdom literature, prophetic/apocalyptic literature, parable, and epistle. Same as ENGL 115.
Creative Arts course.
Catholic Thought: An Introduction
Introduction to the main topics, interests, and methods of Catholic thought. Same as CST 120.
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
A study of the Five Books of Moses (a.k.a Torah or Pentateuch) within the contexts of the ancient Near East and biblical literature. Same as CL 124 and JST 124. Taught in English.
Introduction to Islam
Introductory study of the religion, culture, and present variety of Islam in Islamic countries and in the West.
World Cultures course.
Catholicism in U.S. History
The Catholic experience in the United States from its colonial origins to the present. Same as CST 150, and HIST 150.
US Society course.
Topics in Muslim-Jewish Relations
Muslim-Jewish interactions from the rise of Islam until contemporary times, the relationship between Biblical and Quranic materials, the Jewish and Islamic interpretive tradition and the legal systems of the two religious traditions. Same as CL 225 and JST 225.
Topics in Islam
Topics, issues, and methodologies in Islamic studies. May be repeated if topics vary. Recommended background: ENGL 160.
World Cultures course.
Introduction to Jewish Thought I
Introduces students to the fundamental Jewish texts, theology, and thought of the Rabbinic period (100CE - 900 CE). Topics include: ethics, authority, sexuality, exegesis, and law. Same as CL 235 and JST 235. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.
Philosophy and Revelation: Jewish and Christian Perspectives
Introduction to philosophical ways of addressing the claim that a book (the Bible, the Quran) comes from God. Texts by Immanuel Kant, Moses Mendelssohn, and Soren Kierkegaard, among others. Previously listed as RELS 141. Same as PHIL 240 and JST 240. Prerequisite(s): Two courses in philosophy or consent of the instructor.
Individual and Society, and World Cultures course.
The History of Jewish Biblical Interpretation
Jewish interpretation of the Hebrew bible. A survey of the span of Jewish history and the wide range of cultural contexts that have impacted the understanding of the Torah. Same as CL 242 and JST 242.
Sociology of Religion
Analysis of the structures and functions of religious institutions in modern society.Special attention to the interplay between religion and other social phenomena, such as economics, politics, and secular culture. Same as SOC 246. Occasional field trips. Prerequisite(s): One social sciences Course Distribution Credit (CDC) course and sophomore standing.
Individual and Society, and US Society course.
Eastern and Western Philosophies of Religion
Eastern and Western philosophies of religion: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity. Same as INST 250.
World Cultures course.
Prophets in Judaism and Islam
A cross-cultural survey of prophets. Texts include the Hebrew Bible, the Quran and Islamic and Jewish exegetical material. Same as CL 254 and JST 254.
Religious Diversity: Conceptual and Practical Issues
The facts of religious diversity and the questions raised by them. Special attention to Catholic Christian perspectives, treating them from secular and other religious perspectives.
Religious Experiences in American History
A survey of the varieties of religious experience in American history from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, with emphasis on social and cultural consequences. Same as HIST 256.
Dante's Divine Comedy
An in-depth study of the Divine Comedy, read in English, against the historical, religious, philosophical and cultural background of the Middle Ages. Same as CST 293 and ITAL 293. Previously listed as RELS 193.
Creative Arts, and Past course.
Topics in Catholic History
An investigation of the impact of human migration and cultural pluralism on Catholicism and an analysis of the role of the Catholic Church in group relations. Topics will vary. Same as CST 294, and HIST 294. May be repeated if topics vary.
Topics in Catholic Thought
Critical investigation of a topic or topics central to the development of Catholic thought, carried on by study of its proponents and opponents. Topics will vary. Same as CST 295. May be repeated if topics vary.
Gender and Sexuality in Early Christianity and Judaism
Examination of the root of contemporary perspectives on gender and sexuality in the early traditions of Judaism and Christianity including the Bible, the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Church Fathers, the Talmud, and legends of the saints. Same as GWS 311 and JST 311.
Major Religious Thinkers
An examination of one or more major/classical thinkers and their writings. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): One 100- or 200-level religious studies course.
Introduction to the text, history of interpretation, and the significance of the Quran. Prerequisites: Junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor and one 200-level course in Islamic studies.
Literature and Religion
Studies in the relation of literature to doctrines, imagery, practices, experiences, or history of one or more religious traditions. Same as ENGL 343. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ENGL 240; and Grade of C or better in ENGL 241 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 242 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 243.
Major Problems in Religious Studies
In-depth examination of a major topic or problem in religious thought. Topics will vary. May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): At least one course in religious studies.
Topics in Catholic History and Culture
Exploration of various topics in Catholic history and culture. Same as CST 394, and HIST 394. Prerequisite(s): One course in history or Catholic studies; or consent of the instructor.
1 TO 3 hours.
Selected topics for individual study. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above; and consent of the instructor. Recommended Background: Two courses in religious studies.
Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in American Religion
3 OR 4 hours.
Religious institutions in the U.S. as a crucible for racial, ethnic, and gender identities, group formation, and intergroup relations; major world religions represented in the U.S. Same as SOC 446. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100 and junior standing or above; or consent of instructor.
The Bible as Literature: Hebrew Bible
3 OR 4 hours.
Literary analysis of genres and themes of the Hebrew Bible and close reading of the biblical texts. Sources of the Bible and their historical context. Same as ENGL 478, and JST 478. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ENGL 240; and Grade of C or better in ENGL 241or Grade of C or better in ENGL 242 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 243; or consent of the instructor.
The Bible as Literature: New Testament
3 OR 4 hours.
Literary analysis of the New Testament and its historical and religious contexts, focusing on the gospels and Pauline letters. Same as ENGL 479. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ENGL 240; and Grade of C or better in ENGL 241 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 242 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 243; or consent of the instructor.
Topics in Religious History
3 OR 4 hours.
Specific topics are announced each term. Same as HIST 495. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): 3 hours of history or consent of the instructor.
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