Religious Studies Course Catalog

RELG 102. Introduction to World Religions. 3 Hr. This course explores five of the most widely practiced world religions; Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Students are introduced to the history and basic tenets of each faith.

RELG 105. Introduction to Issues in Religious Studies. 3 Hr. Leading issues involved in religious studies: transcendence, the God question, evil, redemption, community, eschatology, symbolism, ethics, examples of the relationship between religion and culture.

RELG 210. Contemporary Theology 1. 3 Hr. Issues include: function of reason in Judaeo-Christian faith and relationship of reason and revelation to each other; Judaeo-Christian understanding of history; the question of biblical literalism.

RELG 219. The History of Christianity. 3 Hr. This course explores the birth and evolution of Christianity from its inception until the modern era. Emphasis will be placed upon the significant people and events that shaped Christianity.

RELG 222. Origins of Judaism. 3 Hr. Main beliefs and practices of the Jewish religion in its formative period, 500 B.C. to 500 A.D. Selections from the late Old Testament writings, the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and rabbinical literature.

RELG 223. Christianity in America. 3 Hr. Explore the history of American Christianity, from Jamestown’s Anglicans to contemporary evangelicalism, as republican political thought, democratic polity, and commitment to individual freedom create a competitive religious marketplace in a nation without an established church.

RELG 230. Religions of India. 3 Hr. Proto-Indian religion, Hinduism, beginnings of Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism; historical and theological foundations; developments of thought; and contemporary expressions and encounters with the modern world.

RELG 231. Religions of China and Japan. 3 Hr. Buddhism, Confunianism, Taoism, Shintoism; historical and theological foundations, developments of thought; and contemporary expressions and encounters with the modern world.

RELG 232. History and Practice of Islam. 3 Hr. Examines the origins and development of Islam from its inception in ancient Arabia to the modern era. The central beliefs, practices, and denominations associated with Islam will also be explored.

RELG 255. Religion Across Cultures. 3 Hr. Introduces cross-cultural study of religion, with emphasis on non-western examples; surveys classic statements by major modern theorists, focusing on comparison in modern, secular academic setting.

RELG 293 A-Z. Special Topics. 3 Hr. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

RELG 301. Studies in Asian Scriptures. 3 Hr. Explores the content and background of Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucian scriptures from the Vedic period through the modern era. Examines the historical, cultural, and religious settings of the texts as well as their theological concepts.

RELG 302. Studies in Islamic Scriptures. 3 Hr. Explores Islamic scriptures including the Qur’an and Hadith from the time of revelation through the modern era. Examines the historical, cultural, and religious settings of the texts along with theological concepts.

RELG 303. Studies in Christian Scripture. 3 Hr. This course explores the origin and development of the Christian Bible. The historical, cultural, and religious settings of the texts, as well as their theological intent, will be examined.

RELG 304. Studies in Hebrew Scriptures. 3 Hr. This course explores the origin and development of the Hebrew Bible. The historical, cultural, and religious settings of the texts, as well as their theological intent, will be examined.

RELG 305. Biblical History/Archaeology. 3 Hr. Explores development of the biblical world from 2,000 BCE through the first century CE. Examines the social, historical, and religious dimensions of various cultures. Discusses how biblical archaeology impacts understanding of the Bible.

RELG 306. Biblical History/Archaeology in Israel. 1-6 Hr. 1-6 hrs. Study abroad program in Israel. Students explore the biblical world from the Iron Age to the Roman era through participation in an archaeological dig. Examines the social, historical, and religious dimensions of various ancient cultures.Study Abroad Program in Israel.

RELG 310. Historical Theology. 3 Hr. Explore the historical development of Judeo-Christian theology from ca. 1000 BCE through the mid-20th century. Topics will include the nature of God, Christology, and apocalypticism.

RELG 350. Biblical Ethics/Current Issues. 3 Hr. Principal types of ethics; biblical teaching on sin, guilt, law, grace, the state, perfection, etc., with application to contemporary issues: bioethics, euthanasia, ecology, sex, cybernation, etc.

RELG 410. Apocalypse. 3 Hr. Prerequisite: ENGL 102. Examines the apocalyptic literature of Judaism and Christianity and considers its perspectives and functions by tracing the impact of leading theologies and interpretations of end time prophecy.

RELG 482. Interactions-World Religions. 3 Hr. Prerequisite: 12 hours of RELG work or consent. Explores in-depth the history and interactions among major world religions and cultures from ancient times through the modern era. Emphasis upon specific geographical regions including the Middle East, Asia Minor, and the Far East.

RELG 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hr. PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

RELG 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hr. PR: Consent (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

RELG 492. Directed Study. I, II, S. 1-3 Hr. Directed study, reading, and/or research.

RELG 493 A-Z. Special Topics. 3 Hr. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

RELG 494 A-Z. Senior Seminar. 3 Hr. PR: A previous religious studies course. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

RELG 495. Independent Study. I, II, S. 1-6 Hr. Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

RELG 497. Research. 1-6 Hr. Independent research projects.

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