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Undergraduate Religious Studies

2018 Spring 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

BUDDHISM: THE MIDDLE WAY (GH)

Religious Studies 232

This course introduces the wide range of Buddhist ideas and practices that have developed in Asia. It considers the social context in which Buddhism developed, the philosophical bases of all Buddhist schools, the development of the Mahayana, Buddhist Tantra, and Buddhist practices in South, Southeast and East Asia.


3 Units

THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE (GH)

Religious Studies 252

This course will survey the Bible and some other related Near Eastern literature, focusing on the development of genres, motifs, and other literary forms that have influenced the form and content of Western literature, including the parable, the proverb, the loss of Eden, exile and return, origin stories, and hero stories. (Offered jointly with English).


3 Units

RELIGIONS OF INDIA (GH)

Religious Studies 262

India is well-known as the land of Hinduism, but it is also the birthplace of Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, and it is the home to a substantial portion of the world's Muslims. In this class, we will learn about each of these major Indian religions, as well as the way in which they relate to each other historically.


3 Units

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.


3 Units

GEOGRAPHY OF RELIGION (GI)

Religious Studies 333

This course examines the role of religion in contemporary American society and in communities around the globe from a geographic perspective. Significant places and spatial patterns associated with religions will be investigated along with the relationship between religion and the political landscape. Students will be expected to identify, visit, and analyze two religious sites in their community.


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

THE HOLOCAUST: NAZI GERMANY AND THE GENOCIDE OF THE JEWS

Religious Studies 388

This course will examine the origins, implementation, and legacies of the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews. It is intended to help students gain an appreciation of the importance of the Holocaust to the Jewish experience, while understanding that other groups also were victimized. (Offered jointly with Sociology).


1-12 Units

EXCHANGE STUDY

Religious Studies 497

Variable topics.


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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