Spring 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.

Brody, Samuel. TR 1-2:15pm. SMI 100.

REL 106/EALC 105. 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, 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.

Zahn, Molly. ONLINE. 3/18/19-5/17/19.

REL 124/125/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.

Discussion Sections:

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 315 History and Literature of Early Christianity. 3 Hours.

An examination of the literature produced by early Christians. In addition to New Testament texts, the course includes a broad range of diverse texts produced by early Christians, Jews, and others. Prerequisite: REL 124 or permission of instructor. LEC.

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

REL/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, Samuel. ONLINE. 1/22/19-3/15/19.

REL 357/657 Women and Gender in Islam. 3 Hours H.

Focusing on issues of gender, this course follows major religious developments in the Islamic tradition. Also examines how Muslim women have impacted those developments. LEC.

Brinton, Jacquelene. MW 12-2:30pm. SMI 208. 1/22/19-3/20/19.

REL 374 Religious Perspectives on Selfhood and Sexuality. 3 Hours H.

The nature of the self in its individual and social dimensions. Self experienced and expressed in sexuality. Survey of viewpoints in religious literature. (Same as WGSS 374.) LEC.

Zimdars-Swartz, Paul. TR 11-12:15pm. SMI 208.

REL 377 Religious Ethics and Moral Decisions. 3 Hours AE51 / H.

When faced with ethical dilemmas how do we decide what is the right course of action? In what ways are our decisions affected by religious ideas about morality? In this class we examine the ethical problems we encounter every day in light of the solutions offered from various religious traditions. Cases to be examined include issues of life and death, war and peace, sexual morals, torture, the treatment of animals and the environment. LEC.

Brinton, Jacquelene. ONLINE. 1/22/19-3/15/19.

REL 490 Senior Seminar in Theories and Methods. 3 Hours AE61 / H.

A capstone course for religious studies majors to survey methods and theories in religious studies. Prerequisite: Religious Studies major or permission of the instructor. LEC.

Stevenson, Daniel. TR 4-15pm. SMI 206.

REL 502 Special Topics in Religion: Book Writing Seminar. 3 Hours H.

Topic and instructor to be announced in Schedule of Classes. May be offered by different instructors under different subtitles, and may be taken more than once if subject matter varies sufficiently. Prerequisite: One previous course in Religious Studies or instructor permission. LEC.

Miller, Timothy. By Appointment.

REL 534 Studies in Ritual: Marrying, Burying, and Other Passages 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.

Lindsey, William. TR 2:30-3:45pm. SMI 107.

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.

Zahn, Molly. T 9-11:30am. SMI 107.


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