Course Offerings

REL–120 Religion in America (3 credits)
This course examines mutually intersecting themes and influences between religion and American culture. Topics vary and may include, for example, religious diversity in America, American religious history, the intersection of religion with American politics and cultural debates.
REL–130 Christian Thought (3 credits)
Introduces themes of Christian thought in historical and contemporary perspectives.
REL–140 Reading the Old Testament (3 credits)
Engages select passages from the Old Testament, examining their historical context, place in the Bible, textual features, and a wide variety of subsequent interpretations. Focus is on developing basic skills for reading the Old Testament.
REL–150 Introduction to the New Testament (3 credits)
Introduces the New Testament, its background, content, and major themes. Explores the ancient world and the life of the first Christian communities in order to illumine the New Testament texts. Emphasis on key topics of theology and interpretation and their contemporary relevance.
REL–201 Religious Ethics (3 credits)
Provides an introduction to religious moral thinking, paying attention to the basis, nature, content, and consequences of ethical thought and the religious traditions that address them. Includes a close study and discussion of various approaches to ethics as embedded in the world's most widespread religious traditions (particularly Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, etc.) as wll as an analysis of selected contemporary issues such as violence and war, euthanasia, abortion, secuality, and racism.
REL–210 Ancient Christianity (3 credits)
Traces the history of Christianity from the Apostolic Fathers at the close of the first century until the early medieval period. Emphasis on the life, theology, spirituality, and expansion of the early Church, with special attention to Christianity in ancient Roman and Saxon Britain.
REL–212 Living World Religions (3 credits)
Comparative study of the origin, development, literature, organization, and controlling ideas of major world religions. Prerequisite: FYS 112.
REL–220 Reformers and Revolutionaries in Christian History (3 credits)
Examines key issues in the history of Christian thought through study of significant figures in late medieval and modern Christian history. Examples of theologians covered include Anselm, Thomas Aquinas, Julian of Norwich, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Teresa of Avila, Anne Hutchinson, and Jonathan Edwards
REL–305 Bible and Justice (3 credits)
Explores the Bible's relationship to contemporary social justice issues. Topics include issues linked to social identity (race, class, gender, sexuality, etc.) as well as global diversity (poverty, globalization, human rights).
REL–250 John Wesley & the People Called Methodists (3 credits)
Traces the history and theology of John Wesley, the Methodist movement's founder, providing understanding of denominational traditions in Christianity. Emphasis on Wesley's commitments to social justice and personal piety, as well as issues of the church's ongoing mission.
REL–310 Contemporary Theologies (3 credits)
Examines major Christian theologies of the 19th and 20th centuries, including neo-orthodoxy, liberalism, existentialism, process theology, global theology, and feminist, Latin American, African American, and Asian liberation theologies. Prerequisite: One course in religion or permission of instructor.
REL–314 Religions of East Asia (3 credits)
Studies the texts, thought, and practices of the religions of East Asia, specifically China and Japan, including Confucianism, Daoism, Shinto, and Buddhism. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
REL–315 Jews, Christians, Muslims (3 credits)
Examines the three religious traditions that trace their heritage to Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
REL–320 Jesus and the Gospels (3 credits)
Studies the Gospel texts, explores issues and options of interpretation, and engages the key issues of modern scholarly debate concerning the Gospels. Emphasis on the use of contemporary methods of Biblical exegesis to illumine the Gospel texts. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing, or permission of instructor.
REL–330 Paul and His Letters (3 credits)
Explores Paul's letters to illumine Paul's thoughts, the life of the ancient Christian communities which he founded and the place of Paul within the history of early Christianity. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing, or permission of instructor.
REL–335 Biblical Narratives (3 credits)
Examines theory and practice of biblical interpretation through in-depth study of select biblical narratives, including the Joseph Story, the Succession Narrative (King David), the books of Ruth, Jonah, Daniel, Esther, Tobit, and Judith. Special attention given to literary approaches and theological issues.
REL–340 Women and Religion (3 credits)
Examines women's religious thought in historical or contemporary settings. Explores how women's sense of self-identity and their social position shaped their unique theological perspectives.
REL–345 Religion and Story (3 credits)
This course explores the role of story as a means of communicating religious truth claims. Students will examine selected religious themes presented and/or challenged in novels and films representing diverse socio-religious perspectives. Topics include, for example, faith, human nature, good and evil, redemption, and what is ultimate. Prerequisite: One course in religion or permission of instructor.
REL–350 God, Suffering & Evil (3 credits)
Considers how women and men have thought about and lived in relation to evil and the experiences of suffering, especially with regard to the question of God's role in such situations. Focuses particularly on ways persons within religious traditions, mainly Christian and Jewish, have responded to evil and suffering, and how they have understood the relationship of God to such events. Prerequisite: One course in religion or permission of instructor.
REL–375 Religion, Gender, and Culture (3 credits)
This course uses gender as a category of analysis to study religion. Topics vary and may include such things as the connection between religious notions of gender and larger social, political, and economic issues; representative interpretive traditions of religious texts and figures in literature and art; or constructions of gender in major world religions.
REL–380 Topics in Religious Studies Studies (3 credits)
Content changes each time course is offered. Repeatable course. Prerequisite: One course in religion or permission of instructor.
REL–430 Topics in Biblical Studies (3 credits)
Content changes each time course is offered. Repeatable course. Prerequisite: One course in religion or permission of instructor.
REL–431 Prophets (3 credits)
Examines Old Testament prophets in light of their historical, social, political, and religious backgrounds. Taught as a seminar. Prerequisite: One course in religion or permission of instructor.
REL–435 Biblical Languages Practicum (1-4 credits)
Provides opportunity to employ Greek or Hebrew skills and tools in biblical interpretation and exegetical research. Usually taken in conjunction with one of the following: Religion 320, 330, 335, or 431. Repeatable course. Content changes each time course is offered. Repeatable up to four credit hours. Prerequisite: Greek 211 or Hebrew 112.
REL–440 Topics in Theological and Ethical Studies (3 credits)
Content changes each time course is offered. Repeatable course. Prerequisite: One course in religion or permission of instructor.
REL–445 Religion, Peace & Justice (3 credits)
Provides in-depth engagement with religious approaches to ethical concerns in the social sphere, especially related to questions of war and peace, violence and nonviolence, and economic and social justice. Predominantly focused on the Christian tradition, the course will also include engagement with significant figures in selected other religious traditions. Prerequisite: One course in religion (preferably Religion 201) or permission of instructor.
REL–481 Directed Study in Religion (1-3 credits)
Offers research in special problems or persons under the direction of a member of the religion faculty. Content changes each time course is offered. May be repeated for up to nine hours. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
REL–492 Religion Internship (1-3 credits)
Supervised field experience in church or other house of worship, nonprofit organization, or similar area of direct relevance to a religion major.
REL–499 Senior Exercise in Philosophy (3 credits)
Required of all senior theological studies and biblical studies majors. This course affords the student the opportunity to work independently in the preparation of an extended paper and to present this paper in a seminar to other majors in theological and biblical studies. Prerequisite: Senior standing.
ETH–200 Social Justice Movements (3 credits)
This course provides an introduction to the role of world religions in a wide range of liberation struggles and social justice movements from around the globe.
PHIL–340 Philosophy of Religion (3 credits)
Examines the nature of religious experience, religious language, claims to religious knowledge, and the relation between faith and reason. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor.
ANTH–453 Anthropology of Religion (3 credits)
Explores theories of religious beliefs and behavior in non-Western societies. Covers cosmology, myth, ritual, religious specialists, and dynamics. Prerequisites: Six hours of anthropology; junior or senior standing.

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