Course Descriptions

RELI 132 : The Religions of East Asia - C, RG

Confucianism, Taoism, Chinese and Japanese Buddhism, Shinto, and the "new religions" of Japan -- their origins, development, and contemporary issues. (4)

RELI 190 : FYEP190: Inquiry Seminar

A four-credit seminar to introduce students to the methods and topics of study within a particular academic discipline or field. Students practice the academic skills that are at the center of the General Education Program. (4)

RELI 211 : Religion and Literature of the Hebrew Bible - RG

The literary, historical, and theological dimensions of the Hebrew Bible, including perspectives on contemporary issues. These writings later formed the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament. (4)

RELI 212 : Religion and Literature of the New Testament - RC

The literary, historical, and theological dimensions of the New Testament, including perspectives on contemporary issues. (4)

RELI 213 : Topics in Biblical Studies - RG

The study of selected biblical questions or themes examined in their social and historical contexts. Fulfills Global Religious Traditions. (4)

RELI 214 : Topics in Biblical Studies - RC

The study of selected biblical questions or themes examined in their social and historical contexts. Fulfills Christians Traditions. (4)

RELI 220 : Early Christianity - RC

The origins, thought and expansion of the Christian Church; the growth of Christian involvement in culture to the end of the papacy of Gregory I (604 CE). (4)

RELI 221 : Medieval Christianity - RC

A study of the ideas, practices, forms of community among Christians from 600-1350, with an emphasis on how they understood their relationship to God, each other, and the natural world. (4)

RELI 223 : American Church History - RC

Interaction of religious and social forces in American history, especially their impact on religious communities. (4)

RELI 224 : The Lutheran Heritage - RC

Lutheranism as a movement within the church catholic: its history, doctrine, and worship in the context of today's pluralistic and secular world. (4)

RELI 226 : Christian Ethics - RC

Introduction to the personal and social ethical dimensions of Christian life and thought with attention to primary theological positions and specific problem areas. (4)

RELI 227 : Christian Theology - RC

Survey of selected topics or movements in Christian theology designed to introduce the themes and methodologies of the discipline. RELI 247 for cross-cultural GenEd and RELI 257 for alternative perspective GenEd. (4)

RELI 229 : Health and Healing in Early Christianity - RC

A study of the intersection of religion and medicine in Christian history, with a focus on varied approaches to health, healing, well-being, death and dying rooted in various expressions of the Christian religion. (4)

RELI 230 : Religion and Culture - A, RG

Explores the interrelation and interaction of religion and culture in a variety of world religious traditions. Incorporates recognized methodologies in academic religious studies. (4)

RELI 231 : Myth, Ritual, and Symbol - RG

The nature of myth and its expression through symbol and ritual. (4)

RELI 232 : The Buddhist Tradition - C, RG

Introduction to the history and practice of Buddhist tradition in its South Asian, East Asian, and Western cultural contexts. (4)

RELI 233 : The Religions of China - C, RG

Introduction to the major religious movements of China. (4)

RELI 235 : Islamic Traditions - C, RG

An introduction to the history, teachings, and practices of Islam. (4)

RELI 236 : Native American Religious Traditions - A, RG

Introduction to a variety of Native American religious traditions, emphasizing the way in which religion works to construct identity, promote individual collective well being, and acts as a means of responding to colonialism. Approaches the topic using academic religious studies' methodologies. (4)

RELI 237 : Judaism - C, RG

Historical development of Judaism's faith and commitment from early Biblical times to the present. (4)

RELI 238 : The Religions of Korea and Japan - C, RG

Introduction to the major religious traditions of Korea and Japan. (4)

RELI 239 : Environment and Culture - RG

Study of the ways in which environmental issues are shaped by human culture and values. Major conceptions of nature, including non-western perspectives and issues in eco-justice. Critical evaluations of literature, arts, ethics, conceptual frameworks, history, and spirituality. Cross-listed with ENVT 239. (4)

RELI 247 : Christian Theology - C, RC

Survey of selected topics or movements in Christian theology designed to introduce the themes and methodologies of the discipline. RELI 247 for crosscultural GenEd and RELI 257 for alternative perspective GenEd. (4)

RELI 257 : Christian Theology - A, RC

Survey of selected topics or movements in Christian theology designed to introduce the themes and methodologies of the discipline. RELI 247 for cross-cultural GenEd and RELI 257 for alternative perspective GenEd. (4)

RELI 330 : Old Testament Studies - RG

Major areas of inquiry: the prophets, psalms, wisdom literature, mythology, theology, or biblical archeology. (4)

RELI 331 : New Testament Studies - RC

Major areas of inquiry: intertestamental, synoptic, Johannine, or Pauline literature, or New Testament theology. (4)

RELI 361 : Church History Studies - RC

Selected area of inquiry, such as Orthodox church history, religious experience among American minority communities, and the ecumenical movement. RELI 341 for cross cultural GenEd and RELI 351 for alternative perspective GenEd. (4)

RELI 362 : Luther - RC

The man and his times, with major emphasis on his writing and creative theology. (4)

RELI 364 : Theological Studies - RC

Selected topic or movement within Christian theology. RELI 344 for cross cultural GenEd and RELI 354 for alternative perspective GenEd. (4)

RELI 365 : Christian Moral Issues - RC

In-depth exploration from the perspective of Christian ethics of selected moral issues such as peace and violence, the environment, sexuality, political and economic systems, hunger, and poverty. (4)

RELI 367 : Major Religious Thinkers, Texts and Genres - RC or RG

In-depth study of major figures, texts, or genres in Christian and non-Christian religious traditions, focusing especially on the theology and religious thought of these traditions. Fulfills either RC or RG as appropriate. RELI 347 for cross-cultural GenEd and RELI 357 for alternative perspective GenEd. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. (4)

RELI 368 : Feminist and Womanist Theologies - A, RC

A study of major theological themes and issues through global women's perspectives on gender. (4)

RELI 390 : Topics in Comparative Religions - C, RG

Historical study of specific non-Christian religions such as the traditions of India and China, Judaism, and Islam. RELI 393 is for alternative perspective general education element. (4)

RELI 391 : Sociology of Religion - RG

Multi-cultural investigation of religious experience, belief, and ritual in relation to their social settings with particular attention to new forms of religion in America. Cross-listed with SOCI 391. (4)

RELI 393 : Topics in Comparative Religions - A, RG

Historical study of specific non-Christian religions such as the traditions of India and China, Judaism, and Islam. RELI 390 is for cross-cultural general education element. (4)

RELI 491 : Independent Study

For religion majors only and consent of the department is required. (1 to 4)

RELI 495 : Internship

To permit undergraduate students to relate theory and practice in a work situation. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as Intern: followed by the specific title designated by the instructor in consultation with the student. (1 to 4)

RELI 498 : Research in Religion

First half of the religion capstone sequence (followed by RELI 499). Intended for and required of majors. Introduces students to the scholarly questions, literature, bibliographical assessment, forms of scholarly criticism in the field, and the necessary elements in the creation of a research paper in the field. Topic and content to be determined by the instructor. Does not fulfill the Religion GenEd requirement, and does not count toward the minor. Prerequisite: successful completion of two (2) RELI courses (C- or higher), one of which must be an upper-division course. (4)

RELI 499 : Capstone: Research Seminar - SR

Second half of the religion capstone sequence. Intended for and required of majors. Discussion of common readings and a major research and writing project with public presentation around the student's area of interest. Does not fulfill the Religion GenEd requirement, and does not count toward the minor. (4)