Fall 2017 Courses

REL 104. Introduction to Religious Studies. 3 Hours HR AE42/GE3H / H.

This course introduces students to the academic study of religions. It acquaints students with key methods and issues in religious studies, and provides an introductory survey of selected religions. Not open to students who have taken REL 105. LEC.

Brody, Sam. TR 1-2:15pm. Smith 100.

REL 105. Introduction to Religious Studies, Honors. 3 Hours HR AE42/GE3H / H.

This course introduces students to the academic study of religions. It acquaints students with key methods and issues in religious studies, and provides an introductory survey of selected religions. Open only to students in the University Honors Program or by permission of instructor. Not open to students who have taken REL 104. LEC.

Zimdars-Swartz, Sandi.  TR 11-12:15pm. Smith 208.

REL 106/EALC 106. Asian Religions. 3 Hours HR/NW AE42/GE3H / H/W.

A basic introduction to religion in India, China, and Japan with emphasis upon religions that affect the modern period. Not open to students who have taken REL 108/EALC 108. (Same as EALC 105.) LEC.

Lindsey, Bill. TR 4-5:15pm. Smith 100.

REL 107/JWSH 107. Jews, Christians, Muslims. 3 Hours HR AE42/GE3H / H.

A basic introduction to the major religious traditions of the Near East, Europe, and the Americas, with an emphasis on their development through the modern period and their expressions in contemporary life. Not open to students who have taken REL 109. (Same as JWSH 107.) LEC.

Lollar, Joshua. MW 12:30-1:45pm. Smith 100.

REL 124/JWSH 124. Understanding the Bible. 3 Hours HR AE42/GE3H / H.

An introduction to the literature of the Bible, exploring the relationships among the various types of literature present and the function of each type in the history and religious life of the people who produced and used them. Cannot be taken concurrently with REL 311 or JWSH 321 or REL 315. Not open to students who have taken REL 125 or JWSH 125. (Same as JWSH 124.) LEC.

Mirecki, Paul. MW 11-11:50am. Smith 100.

Discussion Sections:

W 3-3:50pm. Smith 206.

F 10-10:50am. Smith 208.

F 11-11:50am. Smith 208.

F 1-1:50pm. Smith 208.

REL 171/AMS 290. Religion in American Society. 3 Hours HR AE41/GE3H / H.

A broad introduction to religion in American culture. This class emphasizes the well-established religions with large followings (viz. Judaism, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism). Some attention is also given to other religions active in America. Other topics covered include the relationship of church and state, religion in ethnic and racial minority groups, and women and religion. Not open to students who have taken REL 172. (Same as AMS 290.) LEC.

Miller, Tim. TR 11-12:15pm. Smith 100.

REL 325/JWSH 325. Introduction to Judaism. 3 Hours H.

Analyzes a selection of the core texts, teachings, and practices of Jewish religious traditions in terms of classical and contemporary understanding. (Same as JWSH 325.) LEC.

Brody, Sam. TR 11:00-12:15pm. Smith 107.

REL 339. History of Religion in America. 3 Hours H.

Survey of the development of religious institutions and ideas in America from colonial times to the present. Emphasis is given to the mainstream religious traditions (Protestant, Catholic, Jewish), but attention is also paid to other phenomena, including nonwestern and native American religions. LEC.

Miller, Tim. TR 2:30-3:45pm. Smith 107.

REL 341. Mysticism. 3 Hours H.

The nature of mystical experience and reflection as expressed in selected mystical literature of the world's religions. LEC.

Zimdars-Swartz, Paul. TR 1-2:15pm. Smith 208.

REL 350/AAAS 349. Islam. 3 Hours NW AE42/GE3H / H/W.

Origins of Islam; the Prophet Muhammad; the Holy Koran; religious symbols and moral mandates; historical developments. (Same as AAAS 349.) LEC.

Rank, Scott. MW 12:30-1:45pm. MAL 2007.

REL 477/HUM 477. Gender and Religion. 3 Hours H.

Examination of symbols, images, scriptures, rites and teachings that define gender in various religious traditions. (Same as HWC 477.) LEC.

Zimdars-Swartz, Sandi. TR 1-2:15pm. Smith 206.

REL 502/CREES 408. Special Topics in Religious Studies: Eastern Orthodox Christianity. 3 Hours H.

This course studies the thought, practices, and history of Eastern Christianity from its beginnings to the present. It focuses primarily on the Greek and Russian traditions, but also includes material from the Syriac tradition. The course covers Eastern Christian practices of prayer, ritual, art, and asceticism as well as the social and political circumstances that have shaped them and been shaped by them.​

Lollar, Joshua. MW 3-4:15pm. Smith 208.

REL 509/EALC 509. Religion in Japan. 3 Hours NW AE42/GE3H / H/W.

Survey of religious thought and practice in Japan from the Jomon period to the present. (Same as EALC 509.) LEC.

Lindsey, Bill. MWF 12-12:50pm. Smith 107.

REL 515. Studies in Early Christian Literature and History. 3 Hours H.

Contemporary research in the history and literature of earliest Christianity including most of the following: (1) the use of critical method, (2) philosophical and theological contexts, (3) sociological analyses, (4) interpretation of archaeological data (5) papyrology and the medieval manuscript tradition, (6) relations between Christians and the Roman government, (7) relations between Christians and Jews, (8) development of diverse literary genres, and (9) the origins of gnosis and Christian gnosticism. Prerequisite: REL 124 or permission of instructor. LEC.

Mirecki, Paul. MW 12:30-1:45pm. Smith 206.

REL 534. Studies in Ritual: Play, Sport, and Games. 3 Hours H.

A study of ritual theory and a comparative study of ritual activity among selected religious traditions. May be taken more than once if content differs sufficiently. LEC.

Zogry, Mike. TR 1-2:15pm. Smith 107.

REL 601. Approaches to the Study of Religion. 3 Hours H.

An introduction to the various methods by which social scientists, historians, philosophers, and theologians study the meaning, influence, and significance of religion as an integral part of society and its cultural heritage. Prerequisite: REL 104 required for undergraduate students. No prerequisite for graduate students. LEC.

Lindsey, Bill. W 4-6:30pm. Smith 107.

REL 737. Seminar in Religion, Media and Performance. 3 Hours.

This seminar explores aspects of performance and the media of performance in lived religion, which might include such topics as ritual, the body, mass media and the internet, and visual and material culture. Specific case studies and content to be selected by the instructor. SEM.

Zogry, Mike.  Meets with REL 534.


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