REL-100 Introduction to World Religion3
An introduction to both the variety of religious
traditions across the world and the academic
study of religion. This course examines the
foundations, histories, and contemporary dynamics
of world religions. A critical emphasis is placed
on contemporary issues in world religions.
REL-112 New Testament Introduction3
A survey of the books of the New Testament in relation to their socio-historical context within Jewish and Hellenistic culture.
An in-depth examination of the beliefs and practices of the Christian tradition. While the course has a historical component, special emphasis is placed on Christianity in contemporary culture.
An introduction to the variety of religious experiences and expressions found in the Buddhist tradition, and the methods by which they are studied.
An examination of the history, practices and
beliefs of Islam from its origin to the present,
including both Islam's unity and its diversity.
Special emphasis is placed on issues in
REL-205 Native American Religions3
An exploration of the diverse indigenous religious traditions of the Americas, with emphasis on the religion and spirituality of North American traditions.
REL-210 Japanese Religions3
An exploration of the many religious traditions of Japan and the cultural and historical factors that influenced their development.
REL-212 Buddhism in America3
An examination of the transmission, history, and contemporary landscape of Buddhism in the United States.
REL-220 Christian Spirituality3
An introduction to the history and practice of spirituality in the Christian tradition, and the methods by which they are studied. Topics may include: historical and denominational contributions to the practice of spirituality; the historical split of the "sacred and secular" in Western Christianity; the nature and value of "spiritual disciplines" in personal and religious formation; the correlation of spiritual and psychological growth.
REL-225 Christian Theology3
A survey of the most foundational and influential theologians and theological ideas of the Christian tradition.
REL-294 Independent Study1
Prerequisites:One course religion or philosophy
A study of the doctrines, practices and institutional formations of the meditation school of Mahayana Buddhism in China, Korea, Japan and the contemporary West. Emphasis will be placed upon the transmission/creation of the tradition in China, its transmission/re-creation in medieval Japan and its transmission/re-creation in the West after World War ll.
REL-325 Ancient Greek Language and Literature I3
A study of basic Classical and Hellenistic (Koine) Greek grammar and syntax with primary involvement in the New Testament.
REL-326 Ancient Greek Language & Literature II3
Prerequisites:HIS-325 or REL-325
A continuation of REL-325 with a focus on the translation of selected Greek texts and the use of textual criticism.
REL-327 Greek Readings1
Prerequisites:HIS-326 or REL-326
Reading and translation of Greek texts selected to meet student needs and interests. This course is designed to maintain and improve student proficiency in Greek (may be repeated for a total of 4 credits).
REL-340. Topics in Religion1
Prerequisites:One course in religion
An examination of specific issues, themes or figures in religion. Topics vary from year to year. See Courses listed below.
REL-348 Religion and Science3
An examination of the historical, theoretical, and practical relationship between religion and science with an emphasis on contemporary issues and problems in religion and science.
REL-349 Religion and Nature3
An examination of the complex relationship between humans and nature and how it manifests in religious attitudes, values, and practices across the world.
REL-350 Religion and Ethics3
An examination of the various ways that religion and ethics manifest in historical and contemporary contexts.
REL-351 Philosophy of Religion3
A philosophical consideration of such fundamental ideas as the existence and nature of God, evil, miracles, freedom and immortality with special attention given to religious language and to representative systems of thought.(Cross-listed as PHI-351)
REL-399 Readings in Religion1
Directed readings in religion on a topic selected by the student, to be evaluated by quizzes, examinations, journal and/or papers, as agreed upon with the instructor.
REL-494 Independent Study1
Individually arranged internships designed to provide practical experience in the work and organization of religious institutions. Periodic reports and papers may be required.
REL-498 Religious Studies Seminar3
An advanced study of the foundational methods and
theories of religious studies and recent trends
in the field.
REL-499 Senior Thesis1
A capstone experience for senior religion majors in which they will propose, research, write and revise a senior thesis for formal presentation.