RELS Religious Studies

RELS   2130   Introduction to Religion

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduction to definitions, perspectives, and methods used in religious studies, as well as, to the varieties of religious issues and expressions.

Cross Listing(s): RELS   2130H, RELS   2130S.

RELS   2130H   Introduction to Religion

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduction to definitions, perspectives, and methods used in religious studies, as well as, to the varieties of religious issues and expressions.

Cross Listing(s): RELS   2130, RELS   2130S.

RELS   2130S   Introduction to Religion

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Introduction to definitions, perspectives, and methods used in religious studies, as well as, to the varieties of religious issues and expressions.

Cross Listing(s): RELS   2130, RELS   2130H.

RELS   3030   Selected Topics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Selected Topics in Religious Studies.

Cross Listing(s): RELS   3030S.

RELS   3030S   Selected Topics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Selected Topics in Religious Studies.

Cross Listing(s): RELS   3030.

RELS   3131   World Religions

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The teachings concerning people and their relations to God and the world found in the major world religions. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Confucianism, Jainism, and Buddhism are among the religions studied.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   3131.

RELS   3134   Introduction to Asian Religions

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is an introduction to the religious traditions of Asia. Traditions covered include Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Islam, Daoism, and Confucianism.

RELS   3135   Introduction to Hinduism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is an in-depth exploration of the Hindu traditions, and the beliefs, rituals, and cultural expressions of those who practice them.

RELS   3136   Introduction to Global Islam

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is an in-depth exploration of Islam around the world, and the beliefs, rituals, and cultural expressions of those who practice it.

RELS   3137   Introduction to Christianity

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will introduce students to the academic study of diverse social, intellectual, and political movements that have been classified as Christian.

RELS   3138   Introduction to Buddhism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will introduce students to the academic study of diverse social, intellectual, and political movements that have been classified as Buddhist.

RELS   3139   History of Religion in the U.S.

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A survey and analysis of the major religious patterns in the United States with special attention given to belief systems, institutional forms, social composition, and historical development.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   3139.

RELS   3231   Psychology of Religion

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An introduction to the literature of the psychology of religion, including the functions of religiousness, types of religious experiences, religious motivation, and the relationship between religion and mental health.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC   1101.

Cross Listing(s): PSYC   3231.

RELS   3233   The Early Church

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

How did Christianity turn from an illegal, persecuted cult into the official religion of the Roman empire" The course will focus on the first five hundred years of the Christian church: its development, doctrine, and especially its relationship with the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean world (Greece, Rome, and the Near East).

Cross Listing(s): HIST   3233.

RELS   3234   Asian Religious Philosophy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of Asian religious philosophy based on reading and analysis of primary texts (in translation) from Hindu, Buddhist, and Daoist traditions. Through close investigation of philosophical texts, the course will explore ideas about ethics, truth, and the nature of reality.

RELS   3235   Religion, Sex, and Gender

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course explores the complex and varied construction of gender and sex in different religious texts, practices, and institutions. While an essential part of the course will take the form of lectures, a major component will consist of discussion and co-inquiry.

RELS   3237   Genesis and Human Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will focus on a detailed and careful reading of the text of the book of Genesis, with two primary aims in mind: 1) an understanding of the narratives, within the historical context and more importantly the theological nexus of the narrative; and 2) the implications and applications for contemporary society and the issues we face.

RELS   3238   The Hebrew Prophets

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will introduce the student to the major themes of the Hebrew Prophets. We shall examine the various historical and cultural contexts of the prophets as much as this is possible, and explore the prophets’ message with a particular emphasis on textual analysis and implications for contemporary society.

RELS   3239   Human Suffering and the Bible

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will help students explore, interpret, and understand the many and varying contexts in which human suffering is presented in the Bible. The course treats questions such as the role God plays in human suffering, freedom of choice, the causes and effects of suffering, and the concept of "theodicy" -- how human beings strive to reconcile suffering and the notion of a loving, merciful God. Students will look at personal, communal, and national suffering in the Bible and in present-day society.

RELS   3250   The Muslim World to Tamerlane

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the rise of Islam in the seventh century and of the various Muslim societies that arose prior to the fifteenth century from the Iberian Peninsula to South Asia.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   3250, INTS   3250.

RELS   3251   The Muslim World Since Genghis Khan

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the global reach of Islam since the thirteenth century. The focus is on how Muslim societies have dealt with the precipitous decline in their well-being since their pinnacle of influence in the seventeenth century.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   3251, INTS   3251.

RELS   3330   Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental ideas, themes, and trajectories in the Hebrew Bible. We shall examine the various historical, cultural, and religious contexts of the Hebrew Bible as far as this is possible, and seek to broaden our understanding of the various claims of the text, and in turn to stimulate questions and reflections on contemporary relevance. Close attention will be paid to the reading and interpretation of the text.

RELS   3331   Great Moral Philosophers

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

RELS   3334   Christian Europe 450-1750

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The major theme of this course is the development of various Christian traditions in Europe from the early middle ages to the Enlightenment. Topics include the spread of Christianity, formation of distinct Christian churches, and the many wars fought in the name of Christianity.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   3334.

RELS   3335   Introduction to the New Testament

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course introduces the fundamental ideas, themes, and trajectories represented in New Testament texts. We shall examine the historical, cultural, and religious contexts of the New Testament and broaden our understanding of the various claims of its texts. We shall also question and reflect upon the New Testament's contemporary relevance. Close attention will be paid to the texts.

RELS   3336   Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will focus on humanistic and transpersonal approaches to psychology, those "third" and "fourth" forces that offer a view of the person which goes beyond that offered by positivistic behavioral theory or by classical psychoanalytic theory.

Prerequisite(s): PSYC   1101.

Cross Listing(s): PSYC   3336, PSYC   3336H.

RELS   3430   Religion and Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course will examine the production of religion and politics from a global perspective. Students will learn about political theories of religion as well as consider the intersection of religion and politics in different national and international contexts.

RELS   3635   Existentialism

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the existentialist movement in philosophy from its origins to the present, showing how and why the movement began, what its authors advocate, and how it has been assessed by contemporary critics. Readings will include selections from Kierkegaard, Jaspers, Heidegger, Sartre, and others.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   3635.

RELS   4336   Science and Religion

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the interactions between science and religion from ancient times to the present.

Cross Listing(s): HIST   4336.

RELS   4632   Philosophy of Religion

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An in-depth examination of religious teachings and basic philosophical problems associated with them. Topics considered will include creation, salvation, life after death, the origin of evil, religious experience, and God.

Cross Listing(s): PHIL   4632.

RELS   4890   Seminar in Religious Studies

1-9 Credit Hours.   1-9 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Seminar in Religious Studies.

RELS   5332   The Reformation

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Focuses on the breakup of western Christian unity in the sixteenth century, particularly on the formation of Lutheran and Calvinist denominations and the social, political, and economic consequences for all Europeans through the seventeenth century.

Cross Listing(s): RELS   5332G, HIST   5332, HIST   5332G.

RELS   5530   The Bible as Literature

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A study of the literary dimension of the English Bible. Major emphasis is upon the literary themes, types, personalities, and incidents of the Old and New Testaments.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in all of the following: ENGL   2111 and prior or concurrent enrollment in ENGL   2131.

Cross Listing(s): RELS   5530G, COML   5530, COML   5530G, ENGL   5530, ENGL   5530G.