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REL 103 INTRODUCTION TO RELIGION (3
Introduction to religion as a human experience. An introduction
of the material (e.g. myth, ritual, institutional arrangements,
art) and intellectual (conceptions of the sacred, evil, and liberation)
elements of religion. Particular attention directed to religion’s
cultural manifestations. This course is offered as needed.
REL 104 INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL LITERATURE
Selected biblical passages studied as literature with emphasis on
the religious and cultural influence of the English Bible. This
course is offered every semester.
REL 105 RELIGION IN AN AGE OF SCIENCE:
SUPPLEMENTAL SPIRITUAL INFORMATION (3 s.h.)
Examination of science's questions, methods, history, and results
in their relationship to and as a supplement to the enduring religious
issues. This course is offered every semester.
REL 106 RELIGION AND AMERICAN CULTURE
A historical survey from colonial times to the present of the diversity
of religious groups in America. The course examines the relationships
that develop between particular religious groups and the larger
American culture with particular attention given to the emergence
of a "common Protestant religious culture" and the challenges
to that Protestant culture. This course is offered every spring
REL 107 RELIGION AND FILM (3 s.h.)
An introduction to religion's material and intellectual elements
through an examination of film's interpretation of religion and
of the human condition as well as film’s tendency to fulfill certain
religious functions. This course offered as possible.
REL 150 EASTERN RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS
This course will survey the major religious traditions of the East,
including Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist thought. This course
is offered every fall semester.
REL 151 WESTERN RELIGIONS: ANGELS, DEMONS,
AND JINN (3 s.h.)
This course will introduce students to Judaism, Christianity, and
Islam. Students will explore themes of monotheism, evil, freedom,
and creation while reading the mythology contained in the scriptures
of these three traditions. This course is offered every Fall.
REL 201 SURVEY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT (3
Old Testament writings with emphasis on Hebrew history and faith
from the perspective of historical and literary criticism. This
course is offered every fall semester in odd-numbered years.
REL 202 SURVEY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT (3
New Testament writings with emphasis on the faith of the early Christian
community and the cultural milieu (social, political, cultural,
and religious) out of which Christianity arose. This course is offered
every spring semester.
REL 301 THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS (3
The prophetic tradition in Israel and the lives and messages of
Israel’s prophets. Prerequisite: REL 201 or permission of the instructor.
This course is offered as needed.
REL 302 JESUS AND THE GOSPELS (3 s.h.)
The modern quest for the historical Jesus, a detailed study of the
Gospel accounts, and the cultural significance of Jesus. Prerequisite:
REL 202 or permission of the instructor. This course is offered
in the fall semester in even-numbered years.
REL 322 RELIGIOUS LITERATURE (3 s.h.)
A study of the theological significance of selected religious works,
as grouped around particular themes. This course can be repeated
for credit as the topic varies. Depending upon topic, may be cross-listed
as PHI 322. Examples of possible foci include Spiritual Autobiography,
How to See God in Literature, the "Inklings" (the works
of Lewis and Tolkien), Roads to God, Creation Narratives, Eastern
Religious Myth, and the Philosophy and Theology of Horror. In addition
to examining the theology of the selective texts, time will be spent
exploring the relationship between theology and literature—that
is, why did these authors choose these particular forms to relate
their religious convictions and theological insights?
REL 352 RELIGION IN AMERICA (3 s.h.)
Where is "religious truth" found? In the teachings of
the church, in the Bible, in the world, in the inspiration of the
heart? And is religion primarily about what we think, what we feel,
or what we do? This seminar uses selected primary readings from
American theologians to discuss competing views of the task of the
theologian and of what religion in America should be about. This
course is offered in the fall in the even-numbered years.
REL 403 READING THE BIBLE (3 s.h.)
Exploration of diverse reading strategies (historical, literary,
ideological criticism, etc.) in different content areas of the Bible
(Prophets, Gospels, etc.) Prerequisite: REL 201 or 202 or permission
of the instructor. This course is offered in the spring semester
in odd-numbered years. Can be repeated for credit.
REL 404 MYTH AND CULTURE (3 s.h.)
An examination of myth and culture through a reading of scholarly
literature and myth. Cross listed as ENG 404. Creditable to one
program only: English or Religion. This course is offered in the
spring semester in even-numbered years.
REL 405 EARLY AND MEDIEVAL CHRISTIAN
HISTORY AND THOUGHT (3 s.h.)
The development of Christianity from Pentecost to the eve of the
Reformation with particular attention to doctrinal debates and significant
thinkers/writings. This course is offered in the fall semester in
REL 406 REFORMATION AND MODERN CHRISTIAN
HISTORY AND THOUGHT (3 s.h.)
The development of Christianity from the Reformation to the present
with particular attention to significant thinkers/writings and to
the crisis sparked by modernity. This course is offered in the spring
semester in even-numbered years.
REL 485 SEMINAR IN RELIGION (1-3 s.h.)
Significant works, problems, and thinkers in the field of religion.
Topics vary. Can be repeated for credit. Cross listed with PHI 485
when the topic is applicable. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
This course is offered as needed.
REL 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN RELIGION
An opportunity for a well-qualified, upper-division student to engage
in special research in his/her major. Requires approval by the faculty
advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the
school dean before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Credit to be determined.