Fall 2018 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.
Zimdars-Swartz, Sandra. TR 11-12:15pm. MAL 2048.
REL 106/EALC 105. Asian Religions. 3 Hours HR/NW AE42/GE3H / H/W.
Lindsey, William. TR 4-5:15pm. SMI 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.
Brody, Samuel. TR 1-2:15pm. SMI 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. SMI 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.
Miller, Timothy. TR 11-12:15. SMI 100.
REL 320/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. SMI 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. SMI 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.
Brinton, Jacquelene. ONLINE. *8/20/18 - 10/12/18*
REL/HUM/WGSS 477. Gender and Religion. 3 hours H.
Examination of the symbols, images, scriptures, rites and teachings that define gender in various religious traditions. (Same as HUM 477 and WGSS 477.) Prerequisite: An introductory course in Humanities, Religious Studies or Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. LEC.
Zimdars-Swartz, Sandra. TR 1-2:15. SMI 206.
REL 510/EALC 590. Religion in Korea. 3 Hours NW AE42/GE3H / H.
Lindsey, William. TR 2:30-3:45pm. SMI 208.
REL 534/ISP 504. 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, Michael. TR 1-2:15pm. SMI 107.
REL 586. New Religious Movements (Nonwestern). 3 Hours H/W.
A survey of the beliefs, practices, and social impact of religious minorities in the United States, both contemporary and historical, which have developed primarily from sources other than Christianity and Judaism. LEC.
Miller, Timothy. TR 2:30-3:45pm. SMI 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, Jacquelene. W 4-6:30pm. SMI 206.
REL 727. Seminar in Religion, Text and Textuality. 3 Hours.
This seminar explores issues surrounding the production and use of authoritative religious texts (sacred texts) in religious traditions, including such topics as scripturality and canon, scriptural hermeneutics, and material and ritual dimensions of scriptural practice. Specific case studies and content to be selected by the instructor. SEM.
Brody, Samuel. T 4-6:30pm. SMI 107.