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Religious Studies (RELS)

RELS 100    The New Testament    3 Hours

An introduction to the historical, literary, and cultural approaches to the New Testament with a view toward understanding and interpretation. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-AH | AH

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

RELS 101    The Old Testament/ Hebrew Scriptures    3 Hours

An introduction to the historical, literary, and cultural approaches to the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) with a view toward understanding and interpretation. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-AH | AH

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; fall 2022

RELS 102    World Religions    3 Hours

An introduction to the study of religion from Western and non-Western cultures. The course surveys and critiques definitions of religion and examines topics such as the historical, social, psychological, and ethical implications of a number of religious traditions. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code E-AH | AH

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

RELS 103    Religions of Asia    3 Hours

Introduction to the history, doctrines, and practices of the major religions of India, China and Japan.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

RELS 150    Elementary Latin    3 Hours

No course description is available

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 151    Elementary Latin (Continued)    3 Hours

No course description is available. Fulfills World Language with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite(s): High School 2 years Latin

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 152    Biblical Languages I: Introductory Hebrew    3 Hours

A study of the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of Biblical Hebrew. May be taken either as a foreign language course or as a RELS elective.

Equivalent(s): BLNG 152

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2022

RELS 153    Biblical Languages II: Intermediate Hebrew    3 Hours

Further development of an understanding of the fundamentals of the Hebrew language with special attention to the reading of selected portions of the Old Testament. May be taken either as a foreign language course or as a RELS elective. Fulfills World Language with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite(s): (RELS 152 or High School 2 years Hebrew)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 154    Biblical Languages III: Introductory Greek    3 Hours

A study of the vocabulary, grammar, and syntax of Koine Greek. May be taken either as a foreign language course or as a RELS elective.

Equivalent(s): BLNG 154

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020

RELS 155    Biblical Languages IV: Intermediate Greek    3 Hours

Further development of an understanding of Koine Greek with readings in the New Testament and Hellenistic literature. May be taken either as a foreign language course or as a RELS elective. Fulfills World Language with a grade of C or better.

Prerequisite(s): (RELS 154 or High School 2 years Greek)

Equivalent(s): BLNG 155

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

RELS 156    Introductory Pali I    3 Hours

A study of the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Pali language with a stress on reading primary textual material from a variety of Pali sources. May be taken as a RELS elective.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 157    Pali II    3 Hours

Further study of the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of the Pali language with a stress on reading a wide variety of canonical, commentarial, and post-canonical texts. May be taken as a RELS elective. Fulfills World Language with a grade of C or better.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 200    World Religious Literature    3 Hours

Introductory study of multiple genres of religious literature or literature with strong religious themes. Texts come from various religions, cultures, and time periods. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code F-AH | AH

Prerequisite(s): (ENG 100 or ENG 100E)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021

RELS 202    Racial Justice    3 Hours

An examination of (1) the major perspective that came together to form the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s; (2) the accomplishments and failures of that movement; and (3) the issues of racial justice that remain today. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code SB

Equivalent(s): PHIL 202

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 211    Jesus in Film    3 Hours

A study of the production and reception of films about Jesus, similarities and differences with canonical and extracanonical Gospels, and popular and critical reactions. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SC

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022

RELS 222    Christians, Jews, and Pagans in the Greco-Roman World    3 Hours

A study of debates among ancient Pagans, Jews, and Christians by engaging texts written by each group in defense of themselves and in opposition to each other. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SC

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 242    The Meaning of Life; Atheism to Zen    3 Hours

Survey of global theories on the meaning of life. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-LG

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

RELS 300    The Life of Jesus    3 Hours

An investigation of the nature, content, and major interpretations of the sources for the life and teachings of Jesus.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 301    Life and Teachings of Paul    3 Hours

A study of the life and thought of Paul in its historical and cultural setting; concentration on the principal themes in Pauline thought which have been influential in Christian tradition.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 302    Buddhism    3 Hours

Introduction to the history, fundamental doctrines, and practices of the three main Buddhist traditions (Theravada, Mahayana, Vajrayana) in their global contexts. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-LG

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021

RELS 303    Hinduism    3 Hours

A study of the central beliefs, ethical practices, symbols, and institutions of the Hindu traditions, examining patterns of their unity, diversity, and encounter with modernity.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020

RELS 304    Judaism    3 Hours

A survey of Jewish religious traditions, Jewish history and literature from the Greco-Roman period to the present.

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020

RELS 305    Christianity    3 Hours

Overview of ideas drawn from the history of Christianity, including major intellectual developments behind its global character. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SC | AH

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; summer 2021; fall 2021; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

RELS 306    Islam    3 Hours

Terminology, history, social institutions, beliefs, rituals, ethical systems, and world views associated with the religious tradition of Islam. Examination of the West's views of Islam and Islamic views of the West. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-LG

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; summer 2020; spring 2022; summer 2022; fall 2022

RELS 309    Global Christianity    3 Hours

The study of Christianity in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-LG

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2021

RELS 311    The Qur'an    3 Hours

An introduction to the Qur'an and its contemporary and historical roles in the lives of Muslims as well as in their societies and cultures.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 312    Ancient Near East Texts    3 Hours

The course surveys a broad number of ancient Mesopotamian and other Western Asian genres of literature which shed light upon the literary remains of Israel found in the Hebrew Scriptures. Included are cosmologies, cosmogonies, flood narratives, prophecies, historical annals which deal with the kings of Israel and Judah, wisdom literature, theodicy, omen texts and others.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 313    Islamic Texts and Literature    3 Hours

An exploration of Islamic texts and literature, including the Qur'an, hadith, poetry, and fiction

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 314    The Making of the Bible    3 Hours

An investigation into the material, historical, and political processes behind the making of the Jewish and Christian Bibles in antiquity. The course engages the scriptures excluded from the canon as well as early synagogue and church leaders' arguments concerning canonicity.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 315    Philosophy of Religion    3 Hours

A systematic study of such problems as the nature and existence of God, the relation of faith and reason, human nature and destiny, immortality, evil, and the problem of religious language. Note: One course in philosophy or religious studies is required.

Equivalent(s): PHIL 315

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020

RELS 317    Confucianism    3 Hours

A survey of the evolution of Confucian thought, from the ethical and ritual considerations of Confucius, through the scholastic self-cultivation of Zhu Xi, to the ecological and gender concerns of modern New Confucians. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SY

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; spring 2022

RELS 318    Daoism    3 Hours

Survey of classical texts of Daoism, including an examination of the role of these texts in the development of Daoist thought and practice. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SC

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; fall 2022

RELS 319    Religions of Asia    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Introduction to the history, doctrines, and practices through a regional focus of Asian religions.

Prerequisite(s): RELS 102 with a minimum grade of C

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 320    Religions of the Middle East    3 Hours

A thematic study of Judaism, Eastern Christianity, and Islam as these religions are practiced in Middle Eastern societies today. There is a focus on the concept of sacred place and on the ways in which this concept links the ancient past of the tradition with its modern expression.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 322    Pilgrimage, Islam and Modernity    3 Hours

An exploration of Islamic pilgrimage, including the use of technology in modern pilgrimage practices. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-LG

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

RELS 323    Social Ethics    3 Hours

Perspectives and issues involved in the public pursuit of justice in a religiously and philosophically diverse society. One short field trip. Note: One course in Religious Studies or Philosophy or junior status is required. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SC | AH

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Equivalent(s): PHIL 323

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

RELS 324    Christianity in Africa    3 Hours

The development of Christianity in Africa from the first century to the present, with special emphasis on the post-colonial period.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 325    Religion in Contemporary America    3 Hours

A study of the ways religion is understood and expressed by varying segments of American society.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 326    Second Temple Judaism    3 Hours

Introduction to the history, literature, and religion of the Jewish people from the beginning of the Persian period (mid-6th c. B.C.) to the Bar Kokhba Revolt (132-135 A.D.)

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 330    Religion in the American South    3 Hours

Survey of the religious cultures of the American South from the colonial period to the present. The course will look at a variety of religious expressions in institutional life, thought, literature, and music.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 331    Islam in America: Hope & Hip Hop    3 Hours

An exploration of Islam in America beginning with the 16th century and continuing to the present day. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SC

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020; spring 2022

RELS 333    Women and Religion    3 Hours

The examination of ideas and roles of women in local and global religious traditions, societies and cultures. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-SC

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021; spring 2022

RELS 335    Islam, Sexuality, and Gender    3 Hours

This course examines sexuality and gender in Islamic theology, history, and contemporary societies. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-LG

Prerequisite(s): RELS 102 with a minimum grade of C and 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 340    Popular Culture and the Religious Marketplace    3 Hours

A study of religious products and the expression of religious themes in different types of popular media. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-LG

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2021

RELS 341    Religion and the Environment    3 Hours

Examines different world religions' beliefs about the environment as well as their adherents' attitudes and actions concerning climate change and other issues. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-LG

Prerequisite(s): 21 hours of Foundations and Explorations Courses, or junior status

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2022; fall 2022

RELS 399    Study Abroad    3 Hours (repeatable max of 18 hrs)

Supervised study of religion in a study abroad program. May be repeated for different study abroad locations.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 401    Religious Studies Seminar    3 Hours

A seminar with rotating topics designed primarily for advanced students in religious studies. May be repeated for different topics. Note: One course in religious studies or permission of instructor is required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2021

RELS 426    The Dead Sea Scrolls    3 Hours

Introduction to the discovery, authentication, contents, and main ideas of the Dead Sea Scrolls; the community that produced them; the controversies that have surrounded them; and the archaeology of the nearby ruins. Note: One course in Religious Studies or permission of instructor is required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 430    Christianity to 1517    3 Hours

An investigation of the development of Christian thought and institutions from the first century of the Church until the Reformation. Note: One course in religious studies or permission of instructor is required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 431    Christianity from 1517 to the Present    3 Hours

An investigation of the development of Christian thought and institutions from the beginning of the Reformation to the present. Note: One course in religious studies or permission of instructor is required.

Recent Term(s) Offered: None

RELS 455    Saints, Monsters and Superheroes    3 Hours

A study of different characters and archetypes in religious traditions around the world. Colonnade/Statewide General Education Code K-LG

Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2020

RELS 496    Senior Seminar    1 Hour

A capstone course designed for senior religious studies majors. Students will complete projects that demonstrate their research, writing, and analytical skills.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman, Junior or Sophomore may not enroll.

Enrollment is limited to students in Religious Studies (769)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2020; spring 2021; spring 2022; fall 2022

RELS 499    Research in Religious Studies    3 Hours (repeatable max of 30 hrs)

Directed study and research in one area of religious studies. Note: Open only to religion majors with a 3.0 grade point average in their senior year.

Restriction(s): Students with a semester level of Academy Junior, Academy Senior, Freshman, Junior or Sophomore may not enroll.

Students cannot enroll who are in Religious Studies (769)

Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2020; fall 2021