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Undergraduate Religious Studies

2019 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

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

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

ASIAN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT (GH)

Religious Studies 303

A study of selected texts and religious thought from India, China, and Japan in relation to their impact on personal spiritual development and cultural integration.


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).


1-3 Units

SPECIAL STUDIES

Religious Studies 496

Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable


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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