Undergraduate Religious Studies
2017 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Religious Studies 498
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable