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Undergraduate Religious Studies

2017 Fall Term

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3 Units

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.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM (GH)

Religious Studies 222

A basic introduction to Judaism, this course explores Jewish traditions from their origins in ancient Israelite religion; Rabbinic Judaism; Jewish philosophy and mysticism; contemporary Jewish movements; the primary texts of Judaism; and the religious experience, values, beliefs, practices, and symbols of a variety of "Judaisms" throughout the world.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

CONTEMPORARY ISLAMIC THOUGHT AND PRACTICE

Religious Studies 304

This course will explore - thematically rather than cronologically - major trends in contemporary Islamic thought and practice through a study of key thinkers and a close reading of their works. Such trends include modernism, reformism, fundamentalism, nationalism, centrism, liberalism and feminism.


3 Units

EVIL AND RELIGION (GH)

Religious Studies 340

This course presents a variety of ways of examining the problem of evil in several of the world's religious traditions--as a philosophical and theological problem for understanding the relationship between God and human beings in monotheistic religions, but also in broader comparative perspective through the confrontation of evil in polytheistic and non-theistic religions.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

MODERN RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS (GH)

Religious Studies 371

Modern Religious Movements will introduce students to the historical development and contemporary manifestations of various religions or religious traditions throughout the world from the early modern era to the present. It explores both those religious forms born within the modern era and those religious movements that are shaping religious expression today.


1-3 Units

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Religious Studies 498

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable

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