Undergraduate Religious Studies
2015 Fall Term
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INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN RELIGIONS (GH)
Religious Studies 111
An introduction to the major religious traditions in the cultural areas of South, Southeast, and East Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.
INTRODUCTION TO WESTERN RELIGIONS (GH)
Religious Studies 112
An introduction to the major religious traditions that have shaped Near Eastern and Western culture; especially Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC CIVILIZATIONS (GH)
Religious Studies 135
This course examines emergence and evolution of Islamic Civilizations from the seventh century though the modern era. It covers the birth and spread of Islam, the rise and fall of Muslim Empires, religious and political institutions, scientific and cultural achievements, and the position of women and religious minorities.
NATIVE AMERICAN RELIGIONS (DV)(GH)
Religious Studies 242
This course explores the historical development and manifestations of Native American religions from before European contact to the present. The course examines the diverse experiences of Native Americans, analyzes the changing roles of Native American religions, and questions traditional conceptions of Native Americans and Native American religions throughout American history.
CRITICAL ISSUES IN MODERN RELIGION (GH)
Religious Studies 301
An introduction to selected critical issues relating to contemporary academic concerns. A variety of religion to modern culture and intellectual positions will be analyzed and discussed.
RELIGION, SEXUALITY AND GENDER (GH)
Religious Studies 330
This course will trace changing conceptions of gender roles and the functions of women in various religious traditions. Feminine and masculine images of divinity will be compared and recent scholarship in feminist theology on questions such as the nature of divinity, immortality, and religious devotion will be examined.
RELIGION IN AMERICAN CULTURE (GH)
Religious Studies 351
An examination of the significant role played by religious ideas and traditions in American society from colonial times to the present in historical and cultural perspectives.
RELIGIOUS AND PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES ON DEATH AND DYING (GH)
Religious Studies 365
A critical examination of philosophical and religious materials dealing with death and dying. Issues such as the nature of death, the fear of death, the possibility of an afterlife, the concept of immortality, ethical and legal problems raised in the dying process, the ethics of hospice care, and the morality of euthanasia will be considered.
Religious Studies 498
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable