Undergraduate Religious Studies
2023 Spring Term
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INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN RELIGIONS
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
An introduction to the major religious traditions that have shaped Near Eastern and Western culture; especially Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
BUDDHISM: THE MIDDLE WAY
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.
THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE
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).
EVIL AND RELIGION
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
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.
THE HOLOCAUST: NAZI GERMANY AND THE GENOCIDE OF THE JEWS
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).