Description of Courses
REL RELIGION (Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences)
100. World Religions - 3-0-3
Major religions of the world, with background of historic and cultural developments.
101. Interpreting the Old Testament - 3-0-3
Introduction to study of the Old Testament, with emphasis on the history, literature and religion of ancient Israel.
102. Interpreting the New Testament - 3-0-3
Introduction to study of the New Testament, with emphasis on the historical background of the New Testament, the person of Jesus and the beginnings of Christianity.
103. Introduction to Christian Theology - 3-0-3
Basic principles of the development of Christian theology.
107. Introduction to Christian Ethics - 3-0-3
Christian principles as they apply to one's obligations as a member of modern society.
227. New Testament Greek - 3-0-3
Introduction to the Greek alphabet, grammar and vocabulary, with a view to providing students with the basis for a reading knowledge of New Testament Greek.
305WI. History of Christianity - 3-0-3
An examination of the development of the ideas and institutions of Christianity from the first century to the present. Special attention will be given to the Reformation and post-Reformation roots of modern denominations.
320WI. Seminar in Biblical Studies - 3-0-3
Topical seminar on varying biblical issues. May be repeated for credit with different topics. May be offered as a writing-intensive (WI) section, depending on topic. PR: REL 101 or 102 or CI.
326. Seminar in World Religions - 3-0-3
In-depth study of any single religion or group of religions related by historical or geographical affinities. May be repeated for credit with different topics. PR: REL 100 or CI.
327. Science and Religion - 3-0-3
This course represents an effort to correlate scientific and religious intellectual commitments. It focuses on ideas of divine action as the latter is relevant to "Big Bang" cosmology and the origin of the universe, neo-Darwinism and the evolutionary development of the universe and chaos and complexity as traits of the universe at any point in its development. PR: one course either in REL, PHI or any field of the natural sciences.
328. Spiritual Traditions of Asia - 3-0-3
Study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Zen. PR: REL 100 or CI.
330. Church and State - 3-0-3
Role of religion in American politics, focusing on contemporary issues. PR: one course in REL, PHI or GOV or CI.
331. Christian Faith and Feminist Critique - 3-0-3
This course explores feminist concerns regarding the Christian faith. It focuses primarily on the work of feminists writing within the Christian tradition and deals with the topics of the language of scripture and liturgy, biblical models of the family, the role of women in leadership positions in various denominations and the theological issues related to "God the Father" and "Jesus the Son."
345. Mysticism East and West - 3-0-3
This course seeks to understand mysticism as a phenomenon common to all major religions. Through a careful exploration of mystical tradition from the East (particularly Hinduism) and West (particularly Christianity), the course investigates the impact of mysticism on theology, politics and cultural practice. PR: any 100-level REL or CI.
355WI. Philosophy of Religion - 3-0-3
(See PHI 355WI.) A variety of philosophical issues in religious thought, including religious symbolism, the existence of God and the immortality of the soul. PR: one course either in REL or PHI.
358. Bioethics - 3-0-3
(See PHI 358.) Seminar focused primarily on ethical issues pertaining to human life such as abortion, euthanasia and new reproductive techniques. PR: one course either in REL or PHI.
359WI. Environmental Ethics - 3-0-3
(See PHI 359WI.) Seminar on the relationship between humanity and nonhuman nature. Discussion includes current biological, political and economic conditions, the role of technology and major philosophical perspectives. PR: one introductory course in REL or PHI.
360WI. Religion and Film - 3-0-3
Exploration of religious assumptions and ideas reflected and expressed in film.
370. Sociology of Religion - 3-0-3
(See SOC 370.)
372. Scripture, Culture and Experience - 3-0-3
Comparative study of the creative ways by which scriptural teachings are expressed and experienced in the world's major religious traditions.
375WI. Seminar in Religious Ethics - 3-0-3
Topical seminar in varying issues in religious ethics. May be repeated for credit with different topics. PR: REL 107.
381WI. Religion in American History - 3-0-3
Exploration of the role of religion in American life from the colonial period to the present. PR: one REL course or CI.
382. Women in World Religions - 3-0-3
An examination of women in world religions. Particular attention will be paid to women in religions other than Christianity. PR: REL 100, WNS 210 or CI.
425WI. Senior Thesis - 3 to 6 hours
(See PHI 425WI.) Opportunity to propose, conduct and report a major piece of individual research in an area of special interest. PR: SS and major.
450. Seminar in Religion - 3-0-3
In-depth examination of selected topics in religious studies.
496. Academic Internship - 3 to 6 hours
Problem-oriented experiences in specific academic projects relating to the individual student's program of study, planned in consultation with the student's advisor. PR: See general provisions for academic internships in this catalog.
498. Directed Study - 1 to 3 hours
Directed study and readings in an area of special interest. PR: SS, major or minor.