Fall 2019 Courses
REL 104 Introduction to Religious Studies. 3 Hours HR GE11/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.
Zogry, Michael. ONLINE. 10/21/19-12/20/19.
REL 106/EALC 106 Asian Religions. 3 Hours HR/NW AE42/GE3H / H/W.
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 JWSH 109 or REL 109. (Same as JWSH 107.) LEC.
Zahn, Molly. ONLINE. 8/26/19-10/18/19.
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.
W 3-3:50pm. Smith 208.
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.
Instructor TBA. TR 11-12:15pm. Smith 100.
REL/JWSH 320 The Bible Then and Now. 3 Hours.
An introduction and survey of the history and interpretation of the Jewish and Christian bibles from their first formation to the present day. Students will explore the way the text, interpretation and format of the Bible have adjusted over time to accommodate religious, political, social and technological changes. Class will occasionally meet in the university's rare book collection to study rare bibles. (Same as JWSH 320.) LEC.
Mirecki, Paul. MW 12:30-1:45pm. Smith 208.
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 2:30-3:45pm. Smith 7.
REL 350/AAAS 349 Islam. 3 Hours NW AE42/GE3H / H/W.
Islam's Origins, the prophet Muhammed, the Holy Koran, religious symbols and moral mandates, and historical developments. (Same as AAAS 349.) LEC.
Brinton, Jackie. ONLINE. 8/26/19-12/20/19.
REL 510 Religion in Korea. 3 Hours NW AE42/GE3H / H.
Lindsey, Bill. TR 2:30-3:45pm. Smith 208.
REL/JWSH 525 Jews and Christians. 3 Hours H/W.
This course examines the ways Jews and Christians have interacted with and characterized one another at various points in their histories. Special emphasis is placed on the gradual separation of the two religious traditions in the 1st-4th centuries. (Same as JWSH 525.) Prerequisite: A previous course in Religious Studies or Jewish Studies; or consent of instructor. LEC.
Zahn, Molly. 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.
Brinton, Jackie. W 12-2:30pm. Smith 206.
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.
Lindsey, Bill. W 4-6:30pm. Smith 206.