Undergraduate Religious Studies
2023 Fall 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.
INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC CIVILIZATIONS
This course examines emergence and evolution of Islamic Civilizations from the seventh century though the modern era. It covers the birth and spread of Islam, the rise and fall of Muslim Empires, religious and political institutions, scientific and cultural achievements, and the position of women and religious minorities.
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).
ASIAN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT
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.
RELIGIOUS AND PHILOSOPHICAL PERSPECTIVES ON DEATH AND DYING
A critical examination of philosophical and religious materials dealing with death and dying. Issues such as the nature of death, the fear of death, the possibility of an afterlife, the concept of immortality, ethical and legal problems raised in the dying process, the ethics of hospice care, and the morality of euthanasia will be considered.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable