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2012-2013 Catalogue

Courses in Religion

REL 020 - D2: Intro Rel:Comparative
Comparison of diverse practices and beliefs from selected religious traditions and cultures.
Credits: 3.
REL 021 - D2: Intro Rel:Asian Traditions
Study of the Hindu, Buddhist, and East Asian religious traditions as expressed in their basic symbolisms, writings, practices, and cultural forms.
Credits: 3.
REL 023 - Intro Rel:Bible
Study of religious expressions as exemplified in biblical and related texts.
Credits: 3.
REL 026 - D2:Intro Rel:African Religions
Introduction to the study of religion with an emphasis on African religious beliefs, practices and experiences.
Credits: 3.
REL 027 - Integr Humanities
Humanities Program; ENGS 027, ENGS 028 and HST 013, HST 014. Study of religious and philosophical thought in Western culture from Hebraic and Greek antiquity to present. Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in Integrated
Credits: 3.
REL 028 - Integrated Humanities
culture from Hebraic and Greek antiquity to present. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Integrated HST 028.
Credits: 3.
REL 029 - D2:Intro Rel:Global Religion
Study of the global dimensions of religion, including the impact of globalization on religious communities, and the effect of religious movements on global processes.
Credits: 3.
REL 080 - Religion & Race in America
the U.S. in their relation to slavery, segregation, and civil rights; current issues in education and cultural diversity.
Credits: 3.
REL 085 - On the Meaning of Life
An exploration of the ways in which different religious and philosophic thinkers, texts, and traditions have responded
Credits: 3.
REL 086 - Phil Questions & Rel Responses
An exploration of philosophic questions dealing with religious responses drawing on thinkers from classical, modern, and contemporary texts.
Credits: 3.
REL 095 - Intro Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
REL 096 - Intro Special Topics
See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
REL 100 - Interpretation of Religion
Examination of major theories and methods used in studying and interpreting religious phenomena. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 103 - Sacred Sounds
life, paying particular attention to musical phenomena. Prerequisite: Three hours of Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 104 - Mysticism,Shamanism & Possessn
Comparative study of ways in which the inward dimension of religious life finds expression. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 107 - Rel Perspectives on Death
hell, and purgatory. Prerequisite: Three hours of Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 108 - Myth, Symbol & Ritual
Study of patterns and significance of myth and ritual as they appear in cross-cultural perspective, with reference to contemporary interpretations of symbol and language. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 109 - Ritualization:Rel,Body,Culture
A cross-cultural examination of ritual strategies for integrating personal and social experience, with attention to various theories and types of religious ritual. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 111 - Western Religious Thought
Study of ways in which Western religious thinkers-in both Greek and Biblical traditions-have expressed and responded to philosophical-theological questions about human existence, world, and God. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 114 - Hebrew Scriptures
Study of the history and writings of the Hebraic-Judaic religion to the first century B.C. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 116 - Judaism
Investigation of sustaining rituals, customs, institutions, and beliefs of normative Judaism. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 124 - Christianity
Historical study of the Christian tradition examining major religious movements of early, medieval, and Reformation Christianity, and the spirituality of Christians during these periods. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 125 - Women in Christianity to 1500
identities, mystical writings devotional practices, and their relationships to structures of ecclesiastical Cross-listed with: WGST 117.
Credits: 3.
REL 128 - Religion in America
Study of the relationship between religion, the cultural ethos, and identity in America. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 129 - Religion&Pop Culture in the US
in Religion. Introduces concepts and theories developed in Religion about the intersection of religion and popular culture in contemporary America. Prerequisite: Three hours
Credits: 3.
REL 130 - D2: Islam
Overview examining doctrines and practices of Muslims and their religious institutions from the rise of Islam to the present. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 132 - D2: Buddhist Traditions
A survey of Buddhist beliefs and practices in a diversity of cultures, including some modern developments. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 141 - D2: Religion in Japan
An examination of Japanese values as expressed in folk, Shinto, and Buddhist traditions, and in social structures, aesthetic pursuits, or business practices. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 145 - D2: Religion in China
Examination of Classical, Confucian and Taoist thought through texts in translation, developments in these traditions, and interactions with folk religion and Buddhism in the premodern period. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 163 - D2:Women & Religion in Africa
This course examines the relationships between women and religious institutions, practices, and communities in a variety of settings in sub-Saharan Africa. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion. Cross-listed with: WGST 116.
Credits: 3.
REL 167 - D2:Christianity in Africa
Examination of Christianity in Africa from both historical and cultural perspectives. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion.
Credits: 3.
REL 173 - Studies in Gender & Religion
Selected topics focusing on the social and religious construction of gender and the shape of women's religious lives. Religious traditions studied vary by semester. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion. May be repeated up to six hours.
Credits: 3.
REL 180 - Moral&Rel Persp on Holocaust
A study of the Holocaust in relation to questions of moral responsibility, justice, guilt, and human suffering, focusing on Jewish responses. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion, HST 190, or Permission of Instructor.
Credits: 3.
REL 190 - Methods in Teaching Religion
Provides formal academic structure to support learning in Religion pedagogy for undergraduate teaching assistants. Pre/co-requisite: Simultaneous appointment as Teaching Assistant.
Credits: 1-3.
REL 191 - Methods in Teaching Religion
Provides formal academic structure to support learning in Religion pedagogy for undergraduate teaching assistants. Pre/co-requisite: Simultaneous appointment as Teaching Assistant.
Credits: 1-3.
REL 195 - Intermediate Special Topics
Intermediate courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
REL 196 - Intermediate Special Topics
Intermediate courses or seminars on topics beyond the scope of existing departmental offerings. See Schedule of Courses for specific titles.
Credits: 1-18.
REL 197 - Readings & Research
Variable credit.
Credits: 1-6.
REL 198 - Readings & Research
Variable credit.
Credits: 1-6.
REL 201 - Senior Seminar
and six hours at the intermediate level; Senior standing. Selected contemporary issues in theory and interpretation; preparation and presentation of individual senior projects. Prerequisites: Twelve hours in Religion, including REL 100
Credits: 3.
REL 214 - Studies in Judaica
Selected topics of concentration emerging out of and related to the study of normative Judaism, e.g. the prophetic faith, Rabbinic Judaism, Hasidism, and Jewish mysticism. Prerequisites: Nine hours in Religion, with three hours at the intermediate level; REL 116 recommended. May be repeated up to six hours.
Credits: 3.
REL 224 - Studies in Christianity
Examination of selected issues, movements, periods, or individuals within the Christian tradition. Prerequisites: Nine hours in Religion (REL 124, REL 125, or REL 173 recommended). May be repeated up to six hours.
Credits: 3.
REL 228 - Studies in Western Rel Thought
Important figures, issues, movements, or texts examined. Prerequisites: Nine hours in Religion, with three hours at the intermediate level. May be repeated up to six hours.
Credits: 3.
REL 230 - Studies in Islam
Topics varying by semester such as Women and Islam, Sufi (mystical) traditions, Shi'ite Islam, Islam and the West, and South Asian Muslim Cultures. Prerequisites: Nine hours in Religion, with three hours at the intermediate level; REL 130 recommended.
Credits: 3.
REL 234 - D2:Buddhism in Sri Lanka
An examination of Theravada Buddhist belief and practice in the context of Sri Lankan culture, with attention to lay and monastic interaction. Prerequisite: Nine hours in Religion with three hours at the intermediate level, or REL 132.
Credits: 3.
REL 240 - Studies in Asian Religions
Concentrated studies in the history, life, or thought of a selected Asian religious tradition. Prerequisite: Three hours in Religion at intermediate level in the same religious traditions.
Credits: 3.
REL 259 - Religion and Secular Culture
Comparison of religious and secular systems of meaning, value, and practice. Prerequisite: Nine hours in Religion, with three hours at the intermediate level.
Credits: 3.
REL 291 - Tpcs in Hist & Phenom of Rel
Prerequisite: Nine hours in Religion, with six hours at the intermediate level; Junior standing. May be repeated up to six hours.
Credits: 1-6.
REL 292 - Tpcs in Hist & Phenom of Rel
Prerequisite: Nine hours in Religion, with six hours at the intermediate level; Junior standing. May be repeated up to six hours.
Credits: 1-6.
REL 297 - Interdisciplinary Seminar
Student-faculty workshop on a topic of current interest, employing resources from various disciplines. Prerequisites: Nine hours in Religion, with six hours at the intermediate level; Junior standing; Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.
REL 298 - Interdisciplinary Seminar
Student-faculty workshop on a topic of current interest, employing resources from various disciplines. Prerequisites: Nine hours in Religion, with six hours at the intermediate level; Junior standing; Instructor permission.
Credits: 3.

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