COURSE INFORMATION

​Course Number ​Title ​GE
RELI101 Introduction to Religion Y
This course introduces students to various religions of the world, including Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Daoism (Taoism), Christianity, and Islam: their basic beliefs, texts, practices, common concerns, and relevance for contemporary students. While studying these religious traditions, students will explore the enduring questions of life, the search for meaning and identity, questions of evil and suffering, and what it means to seek the common good.
RELI102 Jewish & Christian Traditions Y
This course is an introduction to the Jewish and Christian traditions, their history, central teachings and practices, as well as their distinctive and shared values. The course also examines Jewish- Christian dialogue in the post-Holocaust world. While studying these religious traditions, students will explore the enduring questions of life, the search for meaning and identity, questions of evil and suffering, and what it means to seek the common good.
RELI200 Religions of India and Tibet Y
This is an introductory survey of the history of religions in India and Tibet, including the Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Islamic, and Sikh traditions, as well as ancient and folk/popular religious traditions.
RELI201 Religions of China and Japan Y
This course is an introductory survey of the history of religions in China and Japan, including the Confucian, Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist, Shinto, and Christian traditions, as well as ancient, folk/popular, and new religious traditions.
RELI205 Interpreting the Bible
This course provides a critical introduction to various methods, multidisciplinary approaches, theoretical models, and research tools available for informed readings of the Bible.
RELI207 History of Christianity
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206, RELI 101, 230 and permission of instructor. This course involves a study of Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, and Protestant traditions of Christianity.
RELI209 Christian Theology
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206, RELI 101, 230, and permission of instructor. This course offers a study of the central teaching of the Christian faith, with attention to their classical formulations as well as more recent interpretations.
RELI220 The Islamic Tradition Y
This course is an introductory survey of the history and diversity of Islamic traditions, from the lifetime of the Prophet in seventh-century Arabia to contemporary Islamic communities in the Middle East, South Asia, and North America.
RELI235 The Old Testament Y
This course provides a critical study of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the religion of ancient Israel within the context of other ancient Near Eastern traditions. The Hebrew Bible is read in English translation with special attention to historical, literary, and ethical issues. In particular, students explore grand narratives of meaning, divine promise, faith and the common good, expressions of worship and wisdom, the problem of evil, and the prophetic call to compassion, social justice, and love for neighbor.
RELI240 The New Testament Y
This course offers an introduction to the historical development, religion, and literature of the New Testament. The New Testament is studied in English translation, with special attention to its first century Jewish and Greco-Roman context as well as its major teachings and central concerns. In particular, students explore the nature of faith and the earliest Christian call to service and generosity, especially on behalf of the poor.
RELI270 Religion Issues/Contempory Soc Y
This topically-structured course will provide the student with the opportunity to reflect on the contemporary influence of religious values and the integral role it has in various global, social, economic, and political systems.
RELI312 The Buddhist Tradition Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 This course is an intermediate survey of the history and diversity of Buddhist traditions, from the lifetime of the Buddha in fifth-century BCE India to contemporary Buddhist communities in East Asia, Southeast Asia, and North America.
RELI315 Reli of Africa & the Americas Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 This course is an intermediate survey of the religious traditions of indigenous Africans, Native Americans, and Caribbean islanders, such as the Zulu, Yoruba, Lakota, Vodou (voodoo), and Santeria traditions.
RELI320 New Religious Movements Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course is an intermediate, cross-cultural survey of new religious movements ("cults") that have emerged, or are presently emerging, from established religious traditions in North America, Africa, and Asia.
RELI326 Pentateuch
Prerequisites: RELI 101 and 230 This course studies the Pentateuch and the early historical books of the Old Testament. It pays special attention to the theme of the covenant relationship between God and Israel.
RELI327 Old Testament Prophets Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course offers an intensive study of the writing prophets in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) with special attention given to their historical, cultural, and religious settings. The course also examines ways in which the words of the prophets transcend their own context to address individuals and communities today.
RELI329 Wisdom & Poetry in the Old Testament Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 The course is a critical study of the Wisdom literature (Job, Ecclesiastes, Proverbs) and the Psalter of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) with emphasis on questions of ultimate meaning, values, human suffering, and the spirituality of ancient Israel.
RELI336 Jesus in the Gospels Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course offers an intensive study of the sources of the knowledge of the Church's faith concerning the significance of the life and teachings of Jesus. This course examines the distinctive literary and religious character of each Gospel and its depictions of Jesus.
RELI337 Acts & Pauline Literature
Prerequisites: RELI 101 and 230. Students survey the origin and history of the early church as recorded in Acts. They also study Paul's epistles in relationship to the issues in the church that the apostle addressed.
RELI338 Gospel of John & General Epistle (WTS)
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206, RELI 101, and 230. Students read the Johannine literature-the Gospel and Epistles of John and Revelation. They also examine the general epistles of Hebrews, James, Peter, and Jude.
RELI339 The Bible as Literature Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 This course is a literary study of the Bible (both Testaments), with emphasis on rhetoric, characters, plot, setting, metaphors, and themes. The focus of the course is on close readings of selected narratives and poems in the Bible. Biblical texts are examined in their final literary form, with less emphasis on reconstructing political, social, and religious ideas that lie beneath the surface of the text.
RELI340 Special Topics in Religious Stud Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. Each time this course is offered, it will focus on a specific topic in religious studies. The course may be taken more than once, provided the topics are different.
RELI350 Field Experiences in Religion Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This is an active, experience-oriented service-learning course in which students extend their study of religion through a field work project approved and supervised by religious studies faculty. The project also must be supervised on site by a representative of the sponsoring agency. The course is graded S/U, unless the student requests conventional grading. The course is offered in units of one semester hour; may be taken for a total of five hours.
RELI390 Travel Sem in Religiuos Studies Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This is a travel course organized by religious studies faculty in which various important sites of religious cultures are visited, studied, and researched. The course may be taken three times provided that the travel sites are different. (Three hours may be used for GE credit.)
RELI395 Leadership Formation
This course examines the principles and practices essential to effective leadership. Students will demonstrate understanding of various models of Christian leadership based on bibical exploration, theological reflection, and recent theoritical analysis.
RELI398 Christian Worship
This course introduces students to expressions of worship in Catholic, Protestant, and Evangelical contexts. Students develop a "theology of worship" that is contextually appropriate to their own faith tradition.
RELI410 Christian Ethics
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206, RELI 101, 230, and permission of instructor. This course is designed to identify and evaluate methods of moral decision-making and Scriptural models for moral deliberation and will include case studies of specific moral issues.
RELI422 Holistic Care & Counseling
This course introduces students to viable expressions of caring ministry based on bibical, theological, and recent theoretical models.
RELI423 Liturgical Engagement
This course offers an examination of homiletic models based on recent exegetical, hermeneutical, and intercommunication theories.
RELI490 Research in Religious Studies
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and permission of the instructor This course provides a critical study and research in religious studies, either independent or directed. The course may be taken twice, provided the topics are different.
RELI491 Independent Work in Reli. Stud.
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and permission of the instructor This course involves a program of guided research in the area of religious studies. The course is repeatable up to 12 hours, provided the topics are different.