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Religious Studies B.A.

Classical & Near Eastern Studies
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 31 to 50
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Students in religious studies are trained in the critical study of religious thought, practice, institutions, and communities throughout the world and across time periods. The subject of religion is by its very nature interdisciplinary, attracting interest from many perspectives, including textual and literary studies, history, sociology, anthropology, the arts, and philosophy. Students in the religious studies program select one of two tracks. The "religion, culture, and society" track is designed for students who seek to study religious traditions broadly or comparatively. The "texts and traditions" track is for students who seek to study a single tradition deeply, reading its foundational texts in their original language. Both tracks examine religion as a social and cultural force affecting fundamental issues of our world. All majors take courses in at least two religious traditions and develop an interdisciplinary concentration area consisting of four courses, selected from a variety of departments and focused on a theme, tradition, time period, location, practice, or set of questions. The area of concentration must be approved by the major advisor.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Students in Track II are required to complete 4 semester(s) of language connected to their area of concentration, with a grade of C-, or better, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college. Students in Track I do not have a language requirement that is specific to the major. Students in Track I are required to complete 4 semester(s) of any language, with a grade of C-, or S, or better, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college. CLA BA degrees require 18 upper-division (3xxx-level or higher) credits outside the major designator. These credits must be taken in designators different from the major designator and cannot include courses that are cross-listed with the major designator. The major designator for the Religious Studies BA is RELS. At least 12 upper-division credits in the major must be taken at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. This includes learning abroad courses taken for resident credit. Students may earn a BA or a minor in religious studies, but not both. The following restrictions apply to students also completing a major in Jewish studies, biblical studies, or history: (1) the subjects of the courses selected to fulfill the area concentration requirement must be well outside of the focus of the other major in question; (2) the chosen sub-plan should include a comparative element that distinguishes it from the other major. All incoming CLA freshmen must complete the First-Year Experience course sequence.
Preparatory Courses
The preparatory course ensures that students are introduced to the academic study of religion and understand how it is different from what they may have experienced in their own families or religious institutions. Courses that do not appear on this list may be accepted with prior consent by the major adviser.
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· RELS 1001 - Introduction to the Religions of the World [GP] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 1002 - Introduction to the Study of Religions [AH] (3.0 cr)
· AMST 1011 - Religions and American Identity in the United States from World War II to the Present [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 1011 - Religions and American Identity in the United States from World War II to the Present [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· JWST 1034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 1034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 1534 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· CNES 1082 - Jesus in History [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 1082 - Jesus in History [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· CNES 1201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 1201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 1201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
Theory and Method in Religion
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· RELS 3001W - Theory and Method in Religion: Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion [WI] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5001 - Theory and Method in the Study of Religion: Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion (3.0 cr)
Electives
All electives must be approved by the advisor prior to inclusion in the program. The number of credits required for this requirement depends on a student's sub-plan. See further instructions for both tracks below in the Sub-plans requirements section.
Track I: Religion, Culture and Society
Take exactly 8 courses for at least 24 credits. Area concentration: Four of the courses must focus on a specific area of concentration selected in consultation with the major advisor. Religious Traditions Breadth: Two of the courses must focus on two different religious traditions, which are also different from the area concentration. Contexts of Religions: The remaining two courses can be any from this list.
Track II: Texts and Traditions
Take exactly 6 courses for at least 18 credits. Area concentration: Four of the courses must focus on a specific area of concentration, typically a specific religious tradition, selected in consultation with the major advisor. Religious Traditions Breadth: Two of the courses must focus on two different religious traditions, which are also different from the area concentration. The area of concentration must be related to the language chosen within the sub-plan.
Take 6 - 8 course(s) totaling 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
· RELS 3626W - Witches, Seers, and Saints: Women, Gender, and Religion in the U.S. [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3970 - Supplemental Discussion in Religious Studies (1.0 cr)
· RELS 3993 - Directed Studies (1.0-4.0 cr)
· RELS 5504 - Development of Israelite Religion II (3.0 cr)
· RELS 5993 - Directed Studies (1.0-4.0 cr)
· RELS 8190 - Comparative Seminar in Religions in Antiquity (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics [WI] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics [WI] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics [WI] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 5013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3534 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3070 - Topics in Religious Studies (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5070 - Topics in Religious Studies (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3071 - Greek and Hellenistic Religions [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5071 - Greek and Hellenistic Religions (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3071 - Greek and Hellenistic Religions [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or CNES 5071 - Greek and Hellenistic Religions (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3072 - The Birth of Christianity [AH] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5072 - The Birth of Christianity [AH] (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3072 - The Birth of Christianity [AH] (3.0 cr)
or CNES 5072 - The Birth of Christianity [AH] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3076 - The Apostle Paul: Life, Letters, and Legacy (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3076 - Apostle Paul: Life, Letters, and Legacy (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3079 - Muslims and Jews: Conflict and Co-existence in the Middle East and North Africa since 1700 [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3511 - Muslims and Jews: Conflict and Co-existence in the Middle East and North Africa since 1700 [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3092 - Jesus in History [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3092 - Jesus in History [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3092 - Jesus in History [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3113 - History of Modern Israel/Palestine: Society, Culture, and Politics [GP] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3512 - History of Modern Israel/Palestine: Society, Culture, and Politics [GP] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3182 - Egypt and Western Asia: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and Western Asia [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 3182 - Egypt and Western Asia: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and Western Asia [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3182 - Egypt and Western Asia: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and Western Asia [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation [LITR] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3202 - Bible: Prophecy in Ancient Israel (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3202 - Bible: Prophecy in Ancient Israel (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls (3.0 cr)
or CNES 5204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls (3.0 cr)
or JWST 5204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3205 - Women, Gender, and the Hebrew Bible [AH] (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3205 - Women, Gender, and the Hebrew Bible [AH] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3205 - Women, Gender, and the Hebrew Bible [AH] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3321 - American Indian Philosophies [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 3301 - American Indian Philosophies [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3322 - Art of Central and South America Before Columbus [AH] (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 3205 - Art of Central and South America Before Columbus [AH] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3371 - Buddhism [GP] (3.0 cr)
or ALL 3672 - Buddhism [GP] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3372 - Reading Asian Cultures (3.0 cr)
or ALL 3001 - Reading Asian Cultures (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3373 - Religion and Society in Imperial China (3.0 cr)
or ALL 3373 - Religion and Society in Imperial China (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3466 - Religion and Society in Imperial China (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3377 - A Thousand Years of Buddhism in China: Beliefs, Practices, and Culture (3.0 cr)
or ALL 3377 - A Thousand Years of Buddhism in China: Beliefs, Practices, and Culture (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3415W - Art of India [AH, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
or ARTH 3014W - Art of India [AH, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
or ALL 3014W - Art of India [AH, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· RELS 3502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3504 - Apocalypticism, Cosmic Warfare, and the Maccabees: Jewish Strategies of Resistance in Antiquity (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3504 - Apocalypticism, Cosmic Warfare, and the Maccabees: Jewish Strategies of Resistance in Antiquity (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3504 - Apocalypticism, Cosmic Warfare, and the Maccabees: Jewish Strategies of Resistance in Antiquity (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3520 - History of the Holocaust (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3727 - History of the Holocaust (3.0 cr)
or JWST 3520 - History of the Holocaust (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3535 - Death and the Afterlife in the Ancient World [AH] (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3535 - Death and the Afterlife in the Ancient World [AH] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3541 - Age of St. Augustine of Hippo (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3108 - Age of St. Augustine of Hippo (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3543 - Pagans, Christians, Barbarians: The World of Late Antiquity (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3617 - Pagans, Christians, Barbarians: The World of Late Antiquity (3.0 cr)
or MEST 3617 - Pagans, Christians, Barbarians: The World of Late Antiquity (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3544 - History of Christianity I: Martyrs, Monks, Crusaders (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3081 - History of Christianity I: Martyrs, Monks, Crusaders (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3545 - History of Christianity II: From the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3082 - History of Christianity II: From the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3611 - Eastern Orthodoxy: History and Culture (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3767 - Eastern Orthodoxy: History and Culture (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3612 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5612 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 3335 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 5335 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital (3.0 cr)
· HIST 3623W - The Age of Reformation [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3621W - The Christian Right and Left in America: Protestant Liberals, Evangelicals, and Fundamentalists [WI] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5621W - The Christian Right and Left in America: Protestant Liberals, Evangelicals, and Fundamentalists [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3622 - 'Sinners, Saints, and Savages': Religion in Early America (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3802 - "Sinners, Saints, and Savages": Religion in Early America (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3623 - Religion and the American Culture Wars [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3804 - Religion and the American Culture Wars [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3624 - Atheists & Others: Religious Outsiders in the United States [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or SOC 3309 - Atheists & Others: Religious Outsiders in the United States [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3625 - Magic and Medicine (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3285 - Magic and Medicine (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3627 - The End of the World in Literature and History [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or ENGL 3025 - The End of the World in Literature and History [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3671 - Hinduism (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5671 - Hinduism (3.0 cr)
or ALL 3671 - Hinduism (3.0 cr)
or ALL 5671 - Hinduism (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3706W - Art of Islam [AH, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
or ARTH 3015W - Art of Islam [AH, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· RELS 3707W - Anthropology of the Middle East [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5707W - Anthropology of the Middle East [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
or ANTH 3021W - Anthropology of the Middle East [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
or ANTH 5021W - Anthropology of the Middle East [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3708 - The Cultures of the Silk Road (3.0 cr)
or ALL 3872 - The Cultures of the Silk Road (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3504 - The Cultures of the Silk Road (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3709 - Ancient Iran (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3503 - Ancient Iran (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3711 - The Islamic World [SOCS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or GEOG 3145 - The Islamic World [SOCS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or GLOS 3645 - Islamic World [SOCS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3712 - Islam: Religion and Culture (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3493 - Islam: Religion and Culture (3.0 cr)
or ALL 3871 - Islam: Religion and Culture (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3713 - Modern Iran: Nationalism, Religion, and the Struggle to Create Modern Iran (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3506 - Modern Iran: Nationalism, Religion, and the Struggle to Create Modern Iran (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3714 - Islam and the West (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3546 - Islam and the West (3.0 cr)
or GLOS 3643 - Islam and the West (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3715 - History of the Crusades [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3613 - History of the Crusades [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or MEST 3613 - History of the Crusades [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3716 - Gender and the Family in the Islamic World (3.0 cr)
or GLOS 3681 - Gender and the Family in the Islamic World (3.0 cr)
or GWSS 3681 - Gender and the Family in the Islamic World (3.0 cr)
or SOC 3681 - Gender and the Family in the Islamic World (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3717 - Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3606 - Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3718W - Christ in Islamic Thought [WI] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3494W - Christ in Islamic Thought [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3721 - North Africa since 1500: Islam, Colonialism, and Independence (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5721 - North Africa since 1500: Islam, Colonialism, and Independence (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3513 - North Africa since 1500: Islam, Colonialism, and Independence (3.0 cr)
or HIST 5513 - North Africa since 1500: Islam, Colonialism, and Independence (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3722 - The Ottoman Empire [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3547 - The Ottoman Empire [HIS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 4049 - Religion and Culture (3.0 cr)
or ANTH 4049 - Religion and Culture (3.0 cr)
· RELS 4309 - Religion in American Public Life: Culture, Politics, and Communities [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or SOC 4309 - Religion in American Public Life: Culture, Politics, & Communities [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 5513W - Scripture and Interpretation in Israelite Religion and Judaism [WI] (3.0 cr)
or CNES 5513W - Scripture and Interpretation in Israelite Religion and Judaism [WI] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 5513W - Scripture and Interpretation in Israelite Religion and Judaism [WI] (3.0 cr)
· HIST 5614 - The Medieval Church (3.0 cr)
· RELS 5777 - The Diversity of Traditions: Indian Art 1200 to Present (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 5777 - The Diversity of Traditions: Indian Art 1200 to Present (3.0 cr)
Capstone
The capstone gives majors the opportunity to research a specific topic in greater depth than is possible in a normal semester. Students should select a topic that relates to their area concentration. Students in the Text and Traditions option should include a language/translation component in their project. Projects are developed independently under supervision of a faculty advisor selected by the student.
The program strongly recommends that students complete RELS 3001W at least one semester before enrolling in RELS 4952. Enroll in RELS 4952 for 4 credits, or enroll in RELS 4952 concurrent with an advisor-approved upper-division course for a combined 4 credits. Students who double major within CLA and choose to complete the capstone requirement in their other major may waive the Religious Studies BA capstone, but they do need to replace the 3 credits with another upper-division RELS elective.
Take 1 - 2 course(s) totaling exactly 4 credit(s) from the following:
RELS 4952 (4.0 cr)
RELS 4952 - Capstone (1.0-4.0 cr)
or RELS 4952 (1.0 cr) + Advisor-approved Upper-Division Course (3.0 cr)
RELS 4952 - Capstone (1.0-4.0 cr)
with advisor-approved upper-division course (3.0 cr)
Upper Division Writing Intensive within the major
Students are required to take one upper division writing intensive course within the major. If that requirement has not been satisfied within the core major requirements, students must choose one course from the following list. Some of these courses may also fulfill other major requirements.
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· RELS 3001W - Theory and Method in Religion: Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3626W - Witches, Seers, and Saints: Women, Gender, and Religion in the U.S. [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics [WI] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics [WI] (3.0 cr)
or JWST 5013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3621W - The Christian Right and Left in America: Protestant Liberals, Evangelicals, and Fundamentalists [WI] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5621W - The Christian Right and Left in America: Protestant Liberals, Evangelicals, and Fundamentalists [WI] (3.0 cr)
· RELS 3706W - Art of Islam [AH, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
or ARTH 3015W - Art of Islam [AH, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· RELS 3707W - Anthropology of the Middle East [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5707W - Anthropology of the Middle East [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
or ANTH 3021W - Anthropology of the Middle East [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
or ANTH 5021W - Anthropology of the Middle East [SOCS, GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Track I: Religion, Culture, and Society
This track is designed to meet the needs of students who wish to study religion broadly and pursue a highly contextualized investigation of religion as a social and cultural force. It serves students who are drawn to the methodologies of the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. It serves students who are motivated by questions of expression, psychology, religious thought and practice, as well as public and social policy, and the political contexts and ramifications of religion. It prepares students for many careers serving diverse communities in public arenas, as well as for graduate study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences. Students in this sub-plan have developed concentrations in many areas, including religion, human rights, and social justice; religion and gender; religion and politics in the U.S.; religion and art, religion in the U.S.; Muslim, Christian, and Jewish relations; religious violence, and many others. Students should consult with the major advisor as they develop their concentration.
This sub-plan is completed by taking 8 Electives within the core of the major, see instructions above. Final clearance by the major advisor is required.
Track II: Texts and Traditions
This track is designed for students interested in gaining in-depth knowledge of a particular religious tradition by studying the untranslated foundational texts of the chosen tradition. This track prepares students for many careers serving diverse communities in public arenas, as well as for graduate study in a variety of fields or seminary programs. It is particularly recommended for students seeking in depth study of Judaism, Islam, or Christianity; or the study of the traditions and texts of the religions of South or East Asia, whether in their countries of origin or in diaspora.
This track requires that students gain proficiency in a language appropriate to the specific religious tradition and its sources. Students must complete at least one course at the fourth semester or beyond with a grade of C- or better. Language selection must be approved by the major advisor. Sample pairings include, but are not limited to, the following: American Indian religions: Ojibwe or Dakota Religions of Asia: Chinese, Japanese, Sanskrit*, Hindi, Urdu Christianity: Greek or Latin (for scriptural or medieval concentration), German or Spanish (for relevant geographical/cultural themes) Islam: Arabic, Persian*, Turkish* Judaism: Hebrew (for scriptural or historical area of concentration), German or Yiddish* (e.g., for Jewish literature or 20th-century) *Sanskrit, Persian, Turkish, and Yiddish are not taught on campus, but they are available through CourseShare. Contact the CLA Language Center for more information. This sub-plan is completed by taking 6 Electives within the core of the major, and fulfilling the language proficiency requirement below. Final clearance by the major advisor is required.
Language Proficiency
The amount of credits required for this requirement will depend on a student's placement in the language tied to the Area Concentration.
Take 1 - 4 course(s) totaling 3 - 22 credit(s) from the following:
· Fourth semester language or higher (at least 3 cr)
 
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RELS 1001 - Introduction to the Religions of the World (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to major religions of world/academic study of religion. Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, some pre-Christian religions of Antiquity.
RELS 1002 - Introduction to the Study of Religions (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Religions are complex systems that help their adherents to make sense of the world, justify certain ideas and practices, and form relationships and identities. Taking the multifaceted nature of religions into account, scholars have brought diverse questions and methodologies to the study of these systems in order to shed light on various aspects of the human condition. What is the point of religious rituals, for example? How do religions resist or facilitate the exercise of power on physical and psychological levels? How do they shape our perceptions of social markers such as race and gender? This course introduces students to the variety of approaches that scholars of religion use to arrive at a deeper understanding of the function of religions in human life.
AMST 1011 - Religions and American Identity in the United States from World War II to the Present (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02008 - AmSt 1011/RelS 1011
Typically offered: Every Fall
Political/cultural watersheds of last 60 years. Changing ideas about religion. Debates within/between religious traditions/communities. How gender, race, class, and sexuality have shaped relationships between religion and politics. Tensions between secularism and religiosity and liberalism and fundamentalism. Ways in which religion has acted as both a progressive and a conservative political force.
RELS 1011 - Religions and American Identity in the United States from World War II to the Present (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02008
Typically offered: Every Fall
Political/cultural watersheds of last 60 years. Debates within/between religious traditions/communities. How gender, race, class, sexuality have shaped relationships between religion/politics. Tensions between secularism/religiosity, liberalism/fundamentalism.
JWST 1034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01018 - Hist 1534/Hist 3534/JwSt 1034/
Typically offered: Every Fall
Jewish history, society, culture from Second Temple period (5th century BCE) to modern era as illuminated by literature, philosophy, art, film, music, religious law/custom, artifacts of daily life. Emphasizes political, social, cultural contexts that shaped development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.
RELS 1034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01018
Typically offered: Every Fall
Jewish history, society, culture from Second Temple period (5th century BCE) to modern era as illuminated by literature, philosophy, art, film, music, religious law/custom, artifacts of daily life. Emphasizes political, social, cultural contexts that shaped development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.
HIST 1534 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01018 - Hist 1534/Hist 3534/JwSt 1034/
Typically offered: Every Fall
Jewish history, society, culture from Second Temple period (5th century BCE) to modern era as illuminated by literature, philosophy, art, film, music, religious law/custom, artifacts of daily life. Emphasizes political, social, cultural contexts that shaped development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.
CNES 1082 - Jesus in History (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00982 - CNES 1082/Hist 1082/RelS 1082/
Typically offered: Every Spring
Who was Jesus? While there has been some basic consistency in the depictions of Jesus throughout history, there has also been lots of variety. We will explore a whole host of portraits of Jesus at different points in history to demonstrate not only the varying ways that Jesus has been thought of but also to understand the relationship between these portraits and the historical and cultural contexts in which they were created. We will look at the gospels of the New Testament and some from outside the New Testament. We will look at ancient and medieval art. And we will look at modern film. Although we might not get to the bottom of who Jesus was, we might understand more fully how communities throughout history have thought about him. Intended as a course of interest to undergraduates in all colleges of the TC campus. Students of any, all, or no religious background are welcome.
RELS 1082 - Jesus in History (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00982 - CNES 1082/Hist 1082/RelS 1082/
Typically offered: Every Spring
Who was Jesus? While there has been some basic consistency in the depictions of Jesus throughout history, there has also been lots of variety. We will explore a whole host of portraits of Jesus at different points in history to demonstrate not only the varying ways that Jesus has been thought of but also to understand the relationship between these portraits and the historical and cultural contexts in which they were created. We will look at the gospels of the New Testament and some from outside the New Testament. We will look at ancient and medieval art. And we will look at modern film. Although we might not get to the bottom of who Jesus was, we might understand more fully how communities throughout history have thought about him. Intended as a course of interest to undergraduates in all colleges of the TC campus. Students of any, all, or no religious background are welcome.
CNES 1201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01026 - CNES 1201/JwSt 3201/RelS 3201
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the modern academic study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in the historical context of literature from ancient Mesopotamia. Read Babylonian Epic of Creation, Epic of Gilgamesh, Hammurabi, Genesis, Exodus, Psalms. Stories of creation, law, epic conflict, and conquest. prereq: Knowledge of Hebrew not required
RELS 1201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01026 - CNES 1201/JwSt 3201/RelS 3201
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the modern academic study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in the historical context of literature from ancient Mesopotamia. Read Babylonian Epic of Creation, Epic of Gilgamesh, Hammurabi, Genesis, Exodus, Psalms. Stories of creation, law, epic conflict, and conquest. prereq: Knowledge of Hebrew not required
JWST 1201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01026 - CNES 1201/JwSt 3201/RelS 3201
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the modern academic study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in the historical context of literature from ancient Mesopotamia. Read Babylonian Epic of Creation, Epic of Gilgamesh, Hammurabi, Genesis, Exodus, Psalms. Stories of creation, law, epic conflict, and conquest. prereq: Knowledge of Hebrew not required
RELS 3001W - Theory and Method in Religion: Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01522
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theoretical/methodological issues in academic study of religion. Theories of origin, character, and function of religion as a human phenomenon. Psychological, sociological, anthropological, and phenomenological perspectives.
RELS 5001 - Theory and Method in the Study of Religion: Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01522
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theoretical/methodological issues in academic study of religion. Theories of origin, character, and function of religion as a human phenomenon. Psychological, sociological, anthropological, and phenomenological perspectives. prereq: Sr or grad student or instr consent
RELS 3626W - Witches, Seers, and Saints: Women, Gender, and Religion in the U.S. (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02675 - GWSS 3626W/RelS 3626W
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course examines the development and ramifications of gender ideologies within several religious groups in North America from the colonial period to the present and explores women's strategies that have contributed to and resisted these ideologies.
RELS 3970 - Supplemental Discussion in Religious Studies
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Extra discussion section attached to a religious studies course/event.
RELS 3993 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 10.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Student works with faculty on a subject decided upon by both.
RELS 5504 - Development of Israelite Religion II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Ancient Judaism from the Persian restoration (520 B.C.E.) to Roman times (2nd century C.E.). Religious, cultural, and historical developments are examined to understand Jewish life, work, and worship under a succession of foreign empires: Persian, Greek, Roman.
RELS 5993 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
TBD prereq: instr consent
RELS 8190 - Comparative Seminar in Religions in Antiquity
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Topics vary, see Class Schedule. Major cultural movement as it developed over several centuries. Draws on evidence in literature, archival records, inscriptions, documentary papyri, and archaeological remains. Artistic media such as wall painting, architectural ornament, funerary sculpture, or manuscript illumination. prereq: Grad student in relevant field
RELS 3013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00552 - JwSt 3013W/JwSt 5013W/RelS 301
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Significance of religious law in Judaism. Babylonian background of biblical law. Biblical creation of the person as a legal category. Rabbinic transformations of biblical norms. Covenant in Christianity/Islam. Contemporary Jewish literature/philosophy.
JWST 3013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00552 - JwSt 3013W/JwSt 5013W/RelS 301
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Significance of religious law in Judaism. Babylonian background of biblical law. Biblical creation of the person as a legal category. Rabbinic transformations of biblical norms. Covenant in Christianity/Islam. Contemporary Jewish literature/philosophy.
RELS 5013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00552 - JwSt 3013W/JwSt 5013W/RelS 301
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Significance of religious law in Judaism. Babylonian background of biblical law. Biblical creation of the person as a legal category. Rabbinic transformations of biblical norms. Covenant in Christianity/Islam. Contemporary Jewish literature/philosophy.
JWST 5013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00552 - JwSt 3013W/JwSt 5013W/RelS 301
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Significance of religious law in Judaism. Babylonian background of biblical law. Biblical creation of the person as a legal category. Rabbinic transformations of biblical norms. Covenant in Christianity/Islam. Contemporary Jewish literature/philosophy.
RELS 3034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01018
Typically offered: Every Fall
Jewish history, society, culture from Second Temple period (5th century BCE) to modern era as illuminated by literature, philosophy, art, film, music, religious law/custom, artifacts of daily life. Emphasizes political, social, cultural contexts that shaped development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.
HIST 3534 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01018
Typically offered: Every Fall
Jewish history, society, culture from Second Temple period (5th century BCE) to modern era as illuminated by literature, philosophy, art, film, music, religious law/custom, artifacts of daily life. Emphasizes political, social, cultural contexts that shaped development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.
JWST 3034 - Introduction to Jewish History and Cultures (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01018
Typically offered: Every Fall
Jewish history, society, culture from Second Temple period (5th century BCE) to modern era as illuminated by literature, philosophy, art, film, music, religious law/custom, artifacts of daily life. Emphasizes political, social, cultural contexts that shaped development of Jewish ideas, practices, and institutions.
RELS 3070 - Topics in Religious Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics specified in Class Schedule and Course Guide.
RELS 5070 - Topics in Religious Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics specified in Class Schedule and Course Guide.
RELS 3071 - Greek and Hellenistic Religions (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00138
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Greek religion from the Bronze Age to Hellenistic times. Literature, art, archaeology. Homer/Olympian deities. Ritual performance, prayer, sacrifice. Temple architecture. Death/afterlife. Mystery cults. Philosophical religion. Near Eastern salvation religions. Meets with 3171.
RELS 5071 - Greek and Hellenistic Religions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00138
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Greek religion from Bronze Age to Hellenistic times. Literature, art, archaeology. Homer/Olympian deities. Ritual performance, prayer, sacrifice. Temple architecture. Death/afterlife. Mystery cults. Philosophical religion. Near Eastern salvation religions. Meets with 3071.
CNES 3071 - Greek and Hellenistic Religions (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00138
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Greek religion from the Bronze Age to Hellenistic times. Sources include literature, art, and archaeology. Homer and Olympian deities, ritual performance, prayer/sacrifice, temple architecture, death and the afterlife, mystery cults, philosophical religion. Near Eastern salvation religions.
CNES 5071 - Greek and Hellenistic Religions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00138
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Greek religion from Bronze Age to Hellenistic times. Literature, art, archaeology. Homer/Olympian deities. Ritual performance, prayer, sacrifice. Temple architecture. Death/afterlife. Mystery cults. Philosophical religion. Near Eastern salvation religions. Meets with 3071.
RELS 3072 - The Birth of Christianity (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00139 - CNES 3072/CNES 5072/RelS 3072/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Early Jesus movement in cultural/historical setting. Origins in Judaism. Traditions about Jesus. Apostle Paul, controversies/interpreters. Authority, religious practice, structure. Emergence of canon. Contemporary methods of New Testament study. Biblical writings as history/narrative. CNES 3072/CNES 5072/RELS 3072/RELS 5072 meet together.
RELS 5072 - The Birth of Christianity (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00139 - CNES 3072/CNES 5072/RelS 3072/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Early Jesus movement in cultural/historical setting. Origins in Judaism. Traditions about Jesus. Apostle Paul, controversies/interpreters. Authority, religious practice, structure. Emergence of canon. Contemporary methods of New Testament study. Biblical writings as history/narrative. CNES 3072/CNES 5072/RELS 3072/RELS 5072 meet together.
CNES 3072 - The Birth of Christianity (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00139 - CNES 3072/CNES 5072/RelS 3072/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Early Jesus movement in cultural/historical setting. Origins in Judaism. Traditions about Jesus. Apostle Paul, controversies/interpreters. Authority, religious practice, structure. Emergence of canon. Contemporary methods of New Testament study. Biblical writings as history/narrative. CNES 3072/CNES 5072/RELS 3072/RELS 5072 meet together.
CNES 5072 - The Birth of Christianity (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00139 - CNES 3072/CNES 5072/RelS 3072/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Early Jesus movement in cultural/historical setting. Origins in Judaism. Traditions about Jesus. Apostle Paul, controversies/interpreters. Authority, religious practice, structure. Emergence of canon. Contemporary methods of New Testament study. Biblical writings as history/narrative. CNES 3072/CNES 5072/RELS 3072/RELS 5072 meet together.
RELS 3076 - The Apostle Paul: Life, Letters, and Legacy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
How/what can we know about Paul. What his message was. What he was fighting. How he was later understood by friends/foes.
CNES 3076 - Apostle Paul: Life, Letters, and Legacy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01312
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
How/what can we know about Paul. What his message was. What he was fighting. How he was later understood by friends/foes.
RELS 3079 - Muslims and Jews: Conflict and Co-existence in the Middle East and North Africa since 1700 (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01712 - Hist 3511/JwSt 3511/RelS 3079
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Diversity of social/cultural interactions between Muslims and Jews and between Islam and Judaism since 1700. What enabled the two religious communities to peacefully coexist? What were causes of conflict? Why is history of Muslim-Jewish relations such a contested issue?
HIST 3511 - Muslims and Jews: Conflict and Co-existence in the Middle East and North Africa since 1700 (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01712 - Hist 3511/JwSt 3511/RelS 3079
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Diversity of social/cultural interactions between Muslims and Jews and between Islam and Judaism since 1700. What enabled the two religious communities to peacefully coexist? What were causes of conflict? Why is history of Muslim-Jewish relations such a contested issue?
RELS 3092 - Jesus in History (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00982 - CNES 1082/Hist 1082/RelS 1082/
Typically offered: Every Spring
Who was Jesus? While there has been some basic consistency in the depictions of Jesus throughout history, there has also been lots of variety. We will explore a whole host of portraits of Jesus at different points in history to demonstrate not only the varying ways that Jesus has been thought of but also to understand the relationship between these portraits and the historical and cultural contexts in which they were created. We will look at the gospels of the New Testament and some from outside the New Testament. We will look at ancient and medieval art. And we will look at modern film. Although we might not get to the bottom of who Jesus was, we might understand more fully how communities throughout history have thought about him. Intended as a course of interest to undergraduates in all colleges of the TC campus. Students of any, all, or no religious background are welcome.
CNES 3092 - Jesus in History (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00982 - CNES 1082/Hist 1082/RelS 1082/
Typically offered: Every Spring
Who was Jesus? While there has been some basic consistency in the depictions of Jesus throughout history, there has also been lots of variety. We will explore a whole host of portraits of Jesus at different points in history to demonstrate not only the varying ways that Jesus has been thought of but also to understand the relationship between these portraits and the historical and cultural contexts in which they were created. We will look at the gospels of the New Testament and some from outside the New Testament. We will look at ancient and medieval art. And we will look at modern film. Although we might not get to the bottom of who Jesus was, we might understand more fully how communities throughout history have thought about him. Intended as a course of interest to undergraduates in all colleges of the TC campus. Students of any, all, or no religious background are welcome.
HIST 3092 - Jesus in History (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00982 - CNES 1082/Hist 1082/RelS 1082/
Typically offered: Every Spring
Who was Jesus? While there has been some basic consistency in the depictions of Jesus throughout history, there has also been lots of variety. We will explore a whole host of portraits of Jesus at different points in history to demonstrate not only the varying ways that Jesus has been thought of but also to understand the relationship between these portraits and the historical and cultural contexts in which they were created. We will look at the gospels of the New Testament and some from outside the New Testament. We will look at ancient and medieval art. And we will look at modern film. Although we might not get to the bottom of who Jesus was, we might understand more fully how communities throughout history have thought about him. Intended as a course of interest to undergraduates in all colleges of the TC campus. Students of any, all, or no religious background are welcome.
RELS 3113 - History of Modern Israel/Palestine: Society, Culture, and Politics (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01854 - GloS 3942/Hist 3512/RelS 3113
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
History of Zionism/Israel. Arab-Jewish conflict, tensions between religious/secular Jews. Relationships between Mizrahi, Ashkenazi, Russian, Ethiopian, Arab citizens. Israeli cultural imagery. Newsreels, political posters, television shows, films, popular music.
HIST 3512 - History of Modern Israel/Palestine: Society, Culture, and Politics (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01854
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
History of Zionism/Israel. Arab-Jewish conflict, tensions between religious/secular Jews. Relationships between Mizrahi, Ashkenazi, Russian, Ethiopian, Arab citizens. Israeli cultural imagery. Newsreels, political posters, television shows, films, popular music.
RELS 3182 - Egypt and Western Asia: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and Western Asia (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01830
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will provide students with foundational knowledge in the art, architecture and archaeology of Egypt, East Africa, Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, Iran and Central Asia from the Neolithic through Late Antiquity (ca. 7,000 B.C.E. - 650 C.E.). Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between the visual material and the social, intellectual, political and religious contexts in which it developed and functioned. In this regard, students will also gain an understanding of the evolution of, and exchanges and differences among, the visual cultures of these time periods and regions. It will also expose them to the preconditions for contemporary geopolitics in the region.
ARTH 3182 - Egypt and Western Asia: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and Western Asia (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01830
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will provide students with foundational knowledge in the art, architecture, and archaeology of Egypt, East Africa, Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, Iran and Central Asia from the Neolithic through Late Antiquity (ca. 7,000 B.C.E. - 650 C.E.). Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between the visual material and the social, intellectual, political, and religious contexts in which it developed and functioned. In this regard, students will also gain an understanding of the evolution of, and exchanges and differences among, the visual cultures of these time periods and regions. It will also expose them to the preconditions for contemporary geopolitics in the region.
CNES 3182 - Egypt and Western Asia: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and Western Asia (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01830
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will provide students with foundational knowledge in the art, architecture, and archaeology of Egypt, East Africa, Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, Iran and Central Asia from the Neolithic through Late Antiquity (ca. 7,000 B.C.E. - 650 C.E.). Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between the visual material and the social, intellectual, political, and religious contexts in which it developed and functioned. In this regard, students will also gain an understanding of the evolution of, and exchanges and differences among, the visual cultures of these time periods and regions. It will also expose them to the preconditions for contemporary geopolitics in the region.
RELS 3201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01026 - CNES 1201/JwSt 3201/RelS 3201
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the modern academic study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in the historical context of literature from ancient Mesopotamia. Read Babylonian Epic of Creation, Epic of Gilgamesh, Hammurabi, Genesis, Exodus, Psalms. Stories of creation, law, epic conflict, and conquest. prereq: Knowledge of Hebrew not required
CNES 3201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01026 - CNES 1201/JwSt 3201/RelS 3201
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the modern academic study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in the historical context of literature from ancient Mesopotamia. Read Babylonian Epic of Creation, Epic of Gilgamesh, Hammurabi, Genesis, Exodus, Psalms. Stories of creation, law, epic conflict, and conquest. prereq: Knowledge of Hebrew not required
JWST 3201 - The Bible: Context and Interpretation (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01026 - CNES 1201/JwSt 3201/RelS 3201
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the modern academic study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible in the historical context of literature from ancient Mesopotamia. Read Babylonian Epic of Creation, Epic of Gilgamesh, Hammurabi, Genesis, Exodus, Psalms. Stories of creation, law, epic conflict, and conquest. prereq: Knowledge of Hebrew not required
RELS 3202 - Bible: Prophecy in Ancient Israel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01019 - CNES 3202/JwSt 3202/RelS 3202
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of Israelite prophets. Emphasizes Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Second Isaiah. Prophetic contributions to Israelite religion. Personality of prophets. Politics, prophetic reaction. Textual analysis, Biblical scholarship. Prophecy viewed cross-culturally. prereq: [RelS 1001] or [CNES 1201 or JWST 1201 or RELS 1201 or CNES 3201 or JWST 3201 or RELS 3201]
CNES 3202 - Bible: Prophecy in Ancient Israel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01019 - CNES 3202/JwSt 3202/RelS 3202
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of Israelite prophets. Emphasizes Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Second Isaiah. Prophetic contributions to Israelite religion. Personality of prophets. Politics, prophetic reaction. Textual analysis, biblical scholarship. Prophecy viewed cross-culturally. prereq: [RelS 1001] or [CNES 1201 or JWST 1201 or RELS 1201 or CNES 3201 or JWST 3201 or RELS 3201]
RELS 3204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01734 - CNES 3204/RelS5204/JwSt 3204/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran. Contents of Dead Sea Scrolls, significance for development of Bible. Background of Judaism and Christianity. Archaeological site of Qumran.
RELS 5204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01734 - CNES 3204/RelS5204/JwSt 3204/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran. Contents of Dead Sea Scrolls, significance for development of Bible. Background of Judaism and Christianity. Archaeological site of Qumran. The course will focus on the material in translation and academic scholarship on the literature and archaeological site. Open to graduate students across the college; knowledge of classical Hebrew will not be required. The course is open to upper level undergraduate students with permission of the instructor.
CNES 3204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01734 - CNES 3204/CNES 5204/JwSt 3204/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran. Contents of Dead Sea Scrolls, significance for understanding development of the Bible. Background of Judaism and Christianity. Archaeological site of Qumran.
CNES 5204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01734 - CNES 3204/RelS5204/JwSt 3204/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran. Contents of Dead Sea Scrolls, significance for development of Bible. Background of Judaism and Christianity. Archaeological site of Qumran. Open to graduate students across the college; knowledge of classical Hebrew will not be required. The course is open to upper level undergraduate students with permission of the instructor.
JWST 5204 - The Dead Sea Scrolls
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01734 - CNES 3204/RelS5204/JwSt 3204/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to Dead Sea Scrolls and Qumran. Contents of Dead Sea Scrolls, significance for understanding development of the Bible. Background of Judaism and Christianity. Archaeological site of Qumran. Open to graduate students across the college; knowledge of classical Hebrew will not be required. The course is open to upper level undergraduate students with permission of the instructor.
RELS 3205 - Women, Gender, and the Hebrew Bible (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02157 - CNES 3205/JwSt 3205/RelS 3205
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
How men, women, gender, sexuality is portrayed in Hebrew Bible. Social/religious roles/status of women in ancient Israel. Read biblical texts from academic point of view.
CNES 3205 - Women, Gender, and the Hebrew Bible (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02157 - CNES 3205/JwSt 3205/RelS 3205
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
How men, woman, gender, sexuality is portrayed in Hebrew Bible. Social/religious roles/status of women in ancient Israel. Reading biblical texts from academic point of view.
JWST 3205 - Women, Gender, and the Hebrew Bible (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02157 - CNES 3205/JwSt 3205/RelS 3205
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
How men, women, gender, sexuality is portrayed in Hebrew Bible. Social/religious roles/status of women in ancient Israel. Read biblical texts from academic point of view.
RELS 3321 - American Indian Philosophies (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01620 - AmIn 3301/RelS 3321
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
World views of indigenous people of Americas. Topics include native medicines/healing practices, ceremonies/ritual, governance, ecology, humor, tribal histories, status of contemporary native people.
AMIN 3301 - American Indian Philosophies (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01620 - AmIn 3301/RelS 3321
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
World views of indigenous people of Americas. Topics include native medicines/healing practices, ceremonies/ritual, governance, ecology, humor, tribal histories, status of contemporary native people.
RELS 3322 - Art of Central and South America Before Columbus (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01995 - AmIn 3205Anth 3205/RelS 3322/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Art/architecture of native peoples of Americas from twelfth century B.C. until arrival of Europeans in sixteenth century. Ways that people living in diverse areas of South America/Mesoamerica used art/architecture. Tools to investigate Pre-Columbian art at more advanced levels.
ARTH 3205 - Art of Central and South America Before Columbus (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01995 - AmIn 3205Anth 3205/ArtH 3205/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Art/architecture of native peoples of Americas from twelfth century B.C. until arrival of Europeans in sixteenth century. Ways that people living in diverse areas of South America/Mesoamerica used art/architecture. Tools to investigate Pre-Columbian art at more advanced levels.
RELS 3371 - Buddhism (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00682
Typically offered: Summer Even Year
Historical and contemporary account of the Buddhist religion in Asia/world in terms of its rise, development, various schools, practices, philosophical concepts, and ethics. Current trends in the modern faith and the rise of "socially engaged" Buddhism.
ALL 3672 - Buddhism (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00682
Typically offered: Summer Even Year
Historical and contemporary account of the Buddhist religion in Asia/world in terms of its rise, development, various schools, practices, philosophical concepts, and ethics. Current trends in the modern faith and the rise of "socially engaged" Buddhism.
RELS 3372 - Reading Asian Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01954
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Introduction to primary Asian texts in translation. Introducing/applying methods of interpretation to particular text in sequence. Close reading, methodological rigor. Practice, application.
ALL 3001 - Reading Asian Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to primary Asian texts in translation. Emphasizes introducing/applying various methods of interpretation to a particular text in sequence. Close reading, methodological rigor. Practice, application.
RELS 3373 - Religion and Society in Imperial China
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01477
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and popular religion; their relation to society. Role of gender. Conceptualizing relations with the divine. Ritual and its goals. Position of monks/Daoist priests. Readings.
ALL 3373 - Religion and Society in Imperial China
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01477
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to religious traditions of imperial China (Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, "popular" religion), their relation to society. Role of gender. Conceptualizing relations with the divine. Ritual and its goals. Position of religious specialists such as monks and Daoist priests. Primary/secondary readings.
HIST 3466 - Religion and Society in Imperial China
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01477 - ALL 3373/Hist 3466
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Varieties of religious experience in imperial China. Religion as lived practices. Textual traditions. Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, relations among them. Western missionary enterprise in China.
RELS 3377 - A Thousand Years of Buddhism in China: Beliefs, Practices, and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01504 - ALL 3377/RelS 3377
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Buddhism in China, 4th-15th centuries. Introduction of Buddhism to China. Relevance of Buddhist teaching to indigenous thought (e.g., Taoism, Confucianism). Major "schools": Tiantai, Huayan, Chan/Zen, etc.. Cultural activities of monks, nuns, and lay believers.
ALL 3377 - A Thousand Years of Buddhism in China: Beliefs, Practices, and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01504 - ALL 3377/RelS 3377
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Buddhism in China, 4th-15th centuries. Introduction of Buddhism to China. Relevance of Buddhist teaching to indigenous thought (e.g., Taoism, Confucianism). Major "schools": Tiantai, Huayan, Chan/Zen, etc.. Cultural activities of monks, nuns, and lay believers.
RELS 3415W - Art of India (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00709 - ALL 3014W/ArtH 3014W/RelS 3415
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Indian sculpture, architecture, and painting, from prehistoric Indus Valley civilization to present.
ARTH 3014W - Art of India (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00709 - ALL 3014W/ArtH 3014W/RelS 3415
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Indian sculpture, architecture, and painting from the prehistoric Indus Valley civilization to the present day.
ALL 3014W - Art of India (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00709 - ALL 3014W/ArtH 3014W/RelS 3415
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Indian sculpture, architecture, and painting from the prehistoric Indus Valley civilization to the present day.
RELS 3502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00294
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Israelite history in context of what is known from Egyptian, Canaanite, Mesopotamian sources. Focuses on issues raised by archaeological data related to Israelite conquest of Canaan. prereq: Hebrew not required; 3501 recommended
CNES 3502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00294 - CNES 3502/CNES 5502/ Hist 3502
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Israelite history in context of what is known from Egyptian, Canaanite, Mesopotamian sources.Issues raised by archaeological data related to Israelite conquest of Canaan.
HIST 3502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00294 - CNES 3502/CNES 5502/ Hist 3502
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Israelite history in context of what is known from Egyptian, Canaanite, and Mesopotamian sources. Focuses on issues raised by archaeological data related to Israelite conquest of Canaan.
JWST 3502 - Ancient Israel: From Conquest to Exile
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00294
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Israelite history in context of what is known from Egyptian, Canaanite, and Mesopotamian sources. Focuses on issues raised by archaeological data related to Israelite conquest of Canaan. prereq: Knowledge of Hebrew not required, 3501 recommended
RELS 3504 - Apocalypticism, Cosmic Warfare, and the Maccabees: Jewish Strategies of Resistance in Antiquity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02305 - CNES 3504/JwSt 3504/RelS 3504
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The rise of Hellenistic kingdoms in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East created a variety of responses from local, subjugated peoples, and some of the most documented cases are those of Jewish populations in Koele-Syria/Palestine. The main objective of this course is to analyze Jewish responses to imperial rule and military conflict during the Hellenistic and early Roman periods (c. 300 B.C.E. - 150 C.E.), but we will also spend time examining the broader picture of how local, ancestral groups fared under foreign rule. Along with discussing pertinent archaeological evidence, we will discuss Jewish literature and documentary material from this period, including, the sectarian documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Book of Judith (a Jewish "novel"), the Books of Daniel and the Maccabees (all of which provide historical information about the Maccabean revolt and rise of the Hasmoneans), and the writings of Josephus (a Jewish writer who witnessed the Roman takeover of Palestine in the first century C.E.). This course will stay within the confines of the ancient evidence and not examine later interpretations when analyzing each historical period; it will begin with Ptolemaic control of the region and conclude with the Bar Kokhba revolt, its aftermath, and the resilience of Jewish populations in northern Palestine. Topics that will be examined in depth are messianism and apocalypticism, the Jerusalem Temple, Jewish ancestral traditions (which include "biblical" literature), and theoretical models used by scholars to analyze power relationships in antiquity.
CNES 3504 - Apocalypticism, Cosmic Warfare, and the Maccabees: Jewish Strategies of Resistance in Antiquity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02305 - CNES 3504/JwSt 3504/RelS 3504
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The rise of Hellenistic kingdoms in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East created a variety of responses from local, subjugated peoples, and some of the most documented cases are those of Jewish populations in Koele-Syria/Palestine. The main objective of this course is to analyze Jewish responses to imperial rule and military conflict during the Hellenistic and early Roman periods (c. 300 B.C.E. ? 150 C.E.), but we will also spend time examining the broader picture of how local, ancestral groups fared under foreign rule. Along with discussing pertinent archaeological evidence, we will discuss Jewish literature and documentary material from this period, including, the sectarian documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Book of Judith (a Jewish "novel"), the Books of Daniel and the Maccabees (all of which provide historical information about the Maccabean revolt and rise of the Hasmoneans), and the writings of Josephus (a Jewish writer who witnessed the Roman takeover of Palestine in the first century C.E.). This course will stay within the confines of the ancient evidence and not examine later interpretations when analyzing each historical period; it will begin with Ptolemaic control of the region and conclude with the Bar Kokhba revolt, its aftermath, and the resilience of Jewish populations in northern Palestine. Topics that will be examined in depth are messianism and apocalypticism, the Jerusalem Temple, Jewish ancestral traditions (which include biblical literature), and theoretical models used by scholars to analyze power relationships in antiquity.
JWST 3504 - Apocalypticism, Cosmic Warfare, and the Maccabees: Jewish Strategies of Resistance in Antiquity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02305 - CNES 3504/JwSt 3504/RelS 3504
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The rise of Hellenistic kingdoms in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East created a variety of responses from local, subjugated peoples, and some of the most documented cases are those of Jewish populations in Koele-Syria/Palestine. The main objective of this course is to analyze Jewish responses to imperial rule and military conflict during the Hellenistic and early Roman periods (c. 300 B.C.E. - 150 C.E.), but we will also spend time examining the broader picture of how local, ancestral groups fared under foreign rule. Along with discussing pertinent archaeological evidence, we will discuss Jewish literature and documentary material from this period, including, the sectarian documents of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Book of Judith (a Jewish "novel"), the Books of Daniel and the Maccabees (all of which provide historical information about the Maccabean revolt and rise of the Hasmoneans), and the writings of Josephus (a Jewish writer who witnessed the Roman takeover of Palestine in the first century C.E.). This course will stay within the confines of the ancient evidence and not examine later interpretations when analyzing each historical period; it will begin with Ptolemaic control of the region and conclude with the Bar Kokhba revolt, its aftermath, and the resilience of Jewish populations in northern Palestine. Topics that will be examined in depth are messianism and apocalypticism, the Jerusalem Temple, Jewish ancestral traditions (which include biblical literature), and theoretical models used by scholars to analyze power relationships in antiquity.
RELS 3520 - History of the Holocaust
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00352 - Hist 3727/JwSt 3520/RelS 3520
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of 1933-1945 extermination of six million Jews and others by Nazi Germany on basis of race. European anti-Semitism. Implications of social Darwinism and race theory. Perpetrators, victims, onlookers, resistance. Theological responses of Jews and Christians.
HIST 3727 - History of the Holocaust
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00352 - Hist 3727W/JwSt 3521W/RelS 352
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of 1933-1945 extermination of six million Jews and others by Nazi Germany on basis of race. European anti-Semitism. Implications of social Darwinism and race theory. Perpetrators, victims, onlookers, resistance. Theological responses of Jews and Christians.
JWST 3520 - History of the Holocaust
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00352 - Hist 3727/JwSt 3520/RelS 3520
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of 1933-1945 extermination of six million Jews and others by Nazi Germany on basis of race. European anti-Semitism. Implications of social Darwinism and race theory. Perpetrators, victims, onlookers, resistance. Theological responses of Jews and Christians.
RELS 3535 - Death and the Afterlife in the Ancient World (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01213
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors related to death and afterlife found in cultures of ancient Mediterranean and Near East. Literature, funerary art/epitaphs. Archaeological evidence for burial practices and care of dead.
CNES 3535 - Death and the Afterlife in the Ancient World (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01213
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors related to death and the afterlife found in the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East. Literature, funerary art/epitaphs. Archaeological evidence for burial practices and care of dead.
RELS 3541 - Age of St. Augustine of Hippo
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00396 - CNES 3108/RelS 3541
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Cultural diversity (A.D. 363 to circa 500 A.D.). Replacement of Roman Empire in Western Europe by barbarian kingdoms, consolidation of Constantinople. Literature, art, thought resulting from Christianity and Augustine of Hippo. Meets with CNES 3108.
CNES 3108 - Age of St. Augustine of Hippo
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00396 - CNES 3108/RelS 3541
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Cultural diversity A.D. 363 to circa 500 A.D. Replacement of Roman Empire in Western Europe by barbarian kingdoms, consolidation of Constantinople as capital in East. Literature, art, thought resulting from new dominance of Christianity, particularly Augustine of Hippo.
RELS 3543 - Pagans, Christians, Barbarians: The World of Late Antiquity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02304 - Hist 3617/MeSt 3617/RelS 3543
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Between classical and medieval, pagan and Christian, Roman and barbarian, the late antique world was a dynamic age. This course focuses on the Mediterranean region from the 2nd to the mid-7th century exploring such topics as the conversion of Constantine, the fall of Rome, barbarian invasions, the spread of Christianity, and the rise of Islam.
CNES 3617 - Pagans, Christians, Barbarians: The World of Late Antiquity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02304 - CNES 3617Hist/MeSt 3617/RelS
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Between classical and medieval, pagan and Christian, Roman and barbarian, the late antique world was a dynamic age. This course will focus on the Mediterranean region from the 2nd to the mid-7th century exploring such topics as the conversion of Constantine, the fall of Rome, barbarian invasions, the spread of Christianity, and the rise of Islam.
MEST 3617 - Pagans, Christians, Barbarians: The World of Late Antiquity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02304 - Hist 3617/MeSt 3617/RelS 3543
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Between classical and medieval, pagan and Christian, Roman and barbarian, the late antique world was a dynamic age. Course focuses on the Mediterranean region from the 2nd to the mid-7th century exploring such topics as the conversion of Constantine, the fall of Rome, barbarian invasions, the spread of Christianity, and the rise of Islam.
RELS 3544 - History of Christianity I: Martyrs, Monks, Crusaders
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02355 - Hist 3081/MeSt 1081/RelS 3544
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
This course surveys the history of Christianity from its status as a persecuted minority religion of the Roman Empire to its dominant role in medieval Europe and Byzantium. We study Christian traditions in Asia and Africa as well as Europe with special attention to the relationship between Christianity and culture in the ancient and medieval world.
HIST 3081 - History of Christianity I: Martyrs, Monks, Crusaders
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02355 - Hist 3081/MeSt 1081/RelS 3544
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
This course surveys the history of Christianity from its status as a persecuted minority religion of the Roman Empire to its dominant role in medieval Europe and Byzantium. We study Christian traditions in Asia and Africa as well as Europe with special attention to the relationship between Christianity and culture in the ancient and medieval world.
RELS 3545 - History of Christianity II: From the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02514
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
The course examines the history of Christianity from the 13th century to the end of the 18th century. It begins with the Latin church at the height of its power before moving on to a consideration of the disastrous 14th century, the revolts of the 15th and the Reformations of the 16th centuries. The course closes by considering new challenges facing the church in an age of Enlightenment and Revolution.
HIST 3082 - History of Christianity II: From the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02514
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
The course examines the history of Christianity from the 13th century to the end of the 18th century. It begins with the Latin church at the height of its power before moving on to a consideration of the disastrous 14th century, the revolts of the 15th and the Reformations of the 16th centuries. The course closes by considering new challenges facing the church in an age of Enlightenment and Revolution.
RELS 3611 - Eastern Orthodoxy: History and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01622
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of orthodox church in Byzantium, Islamic Near East, Slavic world, and diaspora. Impact of orthodoxy on political/cultural institutions. Interaction with other Christian/non-Christian communities. Orthodox spirituality/aesthetics.
HIST 3767 - Eastern Orthodoxy: History and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01622 - Hist 3767/RelS 3611
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Development of the orthodox church in Byzantium, the Islamic Near East, the Slavic world and in the diaspora; impact of orthodoxy on political and cultural institutions, interaction with other Christian and non-Christian communities; orthodox spirituality and aesthetics.
RELS 3612 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01505 - ArtH 3335/Rels 3162/Hist 3706/
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Center of baroque culture--Rome--as city of spectacle and pageantry. Urban development. Major works in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Ecclesiastical/private patrons who transformed Rome into one of the world's great capitals.
RELS 5612 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01505 - ArtH 3335/Rels 3162/Hist 3706/
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Center of baroque culture--Rome--as city of spectacle and pageantry. Urban development. Major works in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Ecclesiastical/private patrons who transformed Rome into one of the world's great capitals.
ARTH 3335 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01505 - ArtH 3335/Rels 3162/Hist 3706/
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Center of baroque culture--Rome--as city of spectacle and pageantry. Urban development. Major works in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Ecclesiastical/private patrons who transformed Rome into one of the world's great capitals.
ARTH 5335 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01505 - ArtH 3335/Rels 3162/Hist 3706/
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Center of baroque culture--Rome--as city of spectacle and pageantry. Urban development. Major works in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Ecclesiastical/private patrons who transformed Rome into one of the world's great capitals.
HIST 3623W - The Age of Reformation (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
This course will examine the great religious convulsion that gripped Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Chronologically, however, we will begin in the late medieval period as we consider important changes that were occurring in European culture and society culminating with Europe's first Reformation, not in Germany but in Bohemia. Geographically, we begin with Europe but our scope eventually widens out to consider developments also in Asia and the Americas. We conclude by considering the relaxation of religious tensions in the late seventeenth century and concurrent growth of toleration and skepticism. Throughout the course we will consider religion as a dynamic that has had a broad impact on society affecting not only personal belief but also the politics, social patterns, and intellectual and cultural production of the early modern world.
RELS 3621W - The Christian Right and Left in America: Protestant Liberals, Evangelicals, and Fundamentalists (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01628 - RelS 3621/RelS 5621
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Religious, historical, social, and scientific thought/practice across three main U.S. Protestant groups since 1820. Historical processes that brought about diverse understandings of Christianity, theologies, and worship. Theological left/right views of views of society, history, and science, that influence public debates.
RELS 5621W - The Christian Right and Left in America: Protestant Liberals, Evangelicals, and Fundamentalists (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01628 - RelS 3621W/RelS 5621W
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Religious, historical, social, and scientific thought/practice across three main U.S. Protestant groups since 1820. Historical processes that brought about diverse understandings of Christianity, theologies, and worship. Theological left/right views of views of society, history, and science that influence public debates.
RELS 3622 - 'Sinners, Saints, and Savages': Religion in Early America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01684
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Native American, Euro-American, and African American cosmologies. Perceptions of religious differences. Notions of us/them, civility, savagery. How religious beliefs shaped responses to colonization, enslavement, and revolution. prereq: Non-fr or instr consent
HIST 3802 - "Sinners, Saints, and Savages": Religion in Early America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01684 - Hist 3802/RelS 3622
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Native American, Euro-American, and African American cosmologies. Perceptions of religious differences. Notions us/them, civility, and savagery. How religious beliefs shaped responses to colonization, enslavement, and revolution. prereq: Non-fr or instr consent
RELS 3623 - Religion and the American Culture Wars (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01685
Typically offered: Every Fall
Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Thomas Paine, George Washington, and John Adams on religion, faith, and religion in politics. Deism. Enlightenment-era discussions about rational religion. Rise of evangelicalism. Separation of church/state, framers' original intent for first amendment. Religious Right.
HIST 3804 - Religion and the American Culture Wars (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01685 - Hist 3804/RelS 3623
Typically offered: Every Fall
Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Thomas Paine, George Washington, and John Adams on religion, faith, and religion in politics. Deism. Enlightenment-era discussions about rational religion. Rise of evangelicalism. Separation of church/state, framers' original intent for first amendment. Religious Right.
RELS 3624 - Atheists & Others: Religious Outsiders in the United States (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02371
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
What does it mean to be an atheist in the United States today? Atheists comprise a small percentage of the American population, but one with an increasingly visible presence in popular culture, political discourse, and everyday life. How do atheists organize into groups oriented toward identity-formation, social connection, and political action? prereq: SOC 1001 recommended
SOC 3309 - Atheists & Others: Religious Outsiders in the United States (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02371
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
What does it mean to be an atheist in the United States today? Atheists comprise a small percentage of the American population, but one with an increasingly visible presence in popular culture, political discourse, & everyday life. How do atheists organize into groups oriented toward identity-formation, social connection, and political action? prereq: 1001 recommended
RELS 3625 - Magic and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02330 - Hist 3285/RelS 3625
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Course examines how the line between magic and medicine has changed over time. From accusations of witchcraft to proclamations of scientific breakthrough, we will examine the relationship between the supernatural and the natural from the early modern period to today. Specific topics include the practice of exorcism, the concept of the "four humors," the persecution of witches, the development of "voodoo," the effectiveness of placebos, and the professionalization of medicine. Throughout, we will ask how gender, class, and race have affected the construction of "magic" and "medicine."
HIST 3285 - Magic and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02330
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Course examines how the line between magic and medicine has changed over time. From accusations of witchcraft to proclamations of scientific breakthrough, we will examine the relationship between the supernatural and the natural from the early modern period to today. Specific topics include the practice of exorcism, the concept of the "four humors," the persecution of witches, the development of "voodoo," the effectiveness of placebos, and the professionalization of medicine. Throughout, we will ask how gender, class, and race have affected the construction of "magic" and "medicine."
RELS 3627 - The End of the World in Literature and History (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02549 - EngL 3025/RelS 3627
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For at least two and a half millennia, prophets, politicians, and poets have crafted terrifying accounts about the end of the world. This comparatist seminar examines the way different cultures have imagined a final apocalypse with particular attention to the political and social consequences of their visions. Students will read texts that focus on pandemic, extraterrestrial attack, nuclear holocaust, prophecy, cybernetic revolt, divine judgment, resource depletion, meteoric impact, or one of the many other ways in which humans write of their demise. They will use literary analysis to explore the many historical and contemporary wastelands they will encounter. They will write short papers and give in-class presentations on different kinds of apocalypse.
ENGL 3025 - The End of the World in Literature and History (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02549 - EngL 3025/RelS 3627
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For at least two and a half millennia, prophets, politicians, and poets have crafted terrifying accounts about the end of the world. This comparatist seminar examines the way different cultures have imagined a final apocalypse with particular attention to the political and social consequences of their visions. Students will read texts that focus on pandemic, extraterrestrial attack, nuclear holocaust, prophecy, cybernetic revolt, divine judgment, resource depletion, meteoric impact, or one of the many other ways in which humans write of their demise. They will use literary analysis to explore the many historical and contemporary wastelands they will encounter. They will write short papers and give in-class presentations on different kinds of apocalypse.
RELS 3671 - Hinduism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01530 - ALL 3671/ALL 5671/RelS 3671/Re
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of Hinduism focusing on sectarian trends, modern religious practices, myths/rituals, pilgrimage patterns/ religious festivals. Interrelationship between Indian social structure/Hinduism.
RELS 5671 - Hinduism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01530 - ALL 3671/ALL 5671/RelS 3671/Re
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of Hinduism focusing on sectarian trends, modern religious practices, myths/rituals, pilgrimage patterns/ religious festivals. Interrelationship between Indian social structure/Hinduism.
ALL 3671 - Hinduism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01530 - ALL 3671/ALL 5671/RelS 3671/Re
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of Hinduism focusing on sectarian trends, modern religious practices, myths/rituals, pilgrimage patterns/ religious festivals. Interrelationship between Indian social structure/Hinduism.
ALL 5671 - Hinduism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01530 - ALL 3671/ALL 5671/RelS 3671/Re
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of Hinduism focusing on sectarian trends, modern religious practices, myths/rituals, pilgrimage patterns/ religious festivals. Interrelationship between Indian social structure/Hinduism.
RELS 3706W - Art of Islam (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01322
Typically offered: Every Fall
Architecture, painting, and other arts from Islam's origins to the 20th century. Cultural and political settings as well as themes that unify the diverse artistic styles of Islamic art will be considered.
ARTH 3015W - Art of Islam (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01322
Typically offered: Every Fall
Architecture, painting, and other arts from Islam's origins to the 20th century. Cultural and political settings as well as themes that unify the diverse artistic styles of Islamic art will be considered.
RELS 3707W - Anthropology of the Middle East (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01502 - Anth 3021W/Anth 5021W/RelS 370
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Anthropological field methods of analyzing/interpreting Middle Eastern cultures/societies.
RELS 5707W - Anthropology of the Middle East (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01502 - Anth 3021W/Anth 5021W/RelS 370
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Anthropological field methods of analyzing/interpreting Middle Eastern cultures/societies.
ANTH 3021W - Anthropology of the Middle East (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01502
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Anthropological methods of analyzing/interpreting Middle Eastern cultures/societies.
ANTH 5021W - Anthropology of the Middle East (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01502
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Anthropological field methods of analyzing/interpreting Middle Eastern cultures/societies.
RELS 3708 - The Cultures of the Silk Road
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02081
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Past/present state of cultures that flourished in Central Asia (present-day CA republics, Iran, Afghanistan) after Alexander the Great. Decline with opening of sea routes.
ALL 3872 - The Cultures of the Silk Road
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02081
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Past/present state of cultures that flourished in Central Asia (present-day CA republics, Iran, Afghanistan) after Alexander the Great. Decline with opening of sea routes.
HIST 3504 - The Cultures of the Silk Road
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02081
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Past/present state of the cultures that flourished in Central Asia (present-day CA republics, Iran, Afghanistan) after Alexander the Great and declined with opening of sea routes.
RELS 3709 - Ancient Iran
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00947
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of ancient Iranian culture under Achaemenians and Sassanians. Impact of Zoroastrian religion on Iranians, on Hellenism, and on domains such as Bactria. Iran's contribution to cultures of Silk Road.
HIST 3503 - Ancient Iran
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00947
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Development of ancient Iranian culture under Achaemenians and Sassanians. Impact of Zoroastrian religion on Iranians, on Hellenism, and on domains such as Bactria. Iran's contribution to cultures of Silk Road.
RELS 3711 - The Islamic World (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00353
Typically offered: Every Fall
Foundation of Islam in Arabian Peninsula, its spread to Asia and Africa. Islamic civilization, influence on Europe. Rise of capitalism, colonization. Islamic resurgence. State-society and development. Culture/conflict in Moslem societies. Gender and Islam. Islam and the West. Case studies.
GEOG 3145 - The Islamic World (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Geog 3145/GloS 3645
Typically offered: Every Fall
Foundation of Islam in Arabian Peninsula, its spread to Asia and Africa. Islamic civilization, influence on Europe before rise of capitalism. Rise of Capitalist Europe, colonization of Islamic World Islamic resurgence and post-colonial world. State-society and development. Culture/conflict in Moslem societies. Gender and Islam. Islamic World and the West. Moslems in North America and Europe. Case studies.
GLOS 3645 - Islamic World (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Geog 3145/GloS 3645
Typically offered: Every Fall
Foundation of Islam in Arabian Peninsula, its spread to Asia and Africa. Islamic civilization, influence on Europe before rise of capitalism. Rise of Capitalist Europe, colonization of Islamic World Islamic resurgence and post-colonial World. State-society and development. Culture/conflict in Moslem societies. Gender and Islam. Islamic World and the West. Moslems in North America and Europe. Case studies.
RELS 3712 - Islam: Religion and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00546 - ALL 3871/Arab 3036/RelS 3715/H
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is a brief survey of the religion and civilization of Islam. It introduces students to 1) Islamic history from its inception in the seventh century CE to the present, with emphasis on the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the early Caliphate; 2) The authoritative texts of Islam, i.e. the Quran and Prophetic traditions (Hadith); 3) The institutions and discourses characteristic of Islamic civilization; and 4) The transformation of Muslim life and thought in the modern period. By taking this course, students become familiar with the chief ideas, characters, narratives, rites, localities, and movements associated with Islam. prereq: Soph or jr or sr
HIST 3493 - Islam: Religion and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00546 - ALL 3871/Arab 3036/Hist 3493/R
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is a brief survey of the religion and civilization of Islam. It introduces students to 1) Islamic history from its inception in the seventh century CE to the present, with emphasis on the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the early Caliphate; 2) The authoritative texts of Islam, i.e. the Quran and Prophetic traditions (Hadith); 3) The institutions and discourses characteristic of Islamic civilization; and 4) The transformation of Muslim life and thought in the modern period. By taking this course, students become familiar with the chief ideas, characters, narratives, rites, localities, and movements associated with Islam. prereq: Soph or jr or sr
ALL 3871 - Islam: Religion and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00546 - ALL 3871/Arab 3036/Hist 3493/R
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course is a brief survey of the religion and civilization of Islam. It introduces students to 1) Islamic history from its inception in the seventh century CE to the present, with emphasis on the life of the Prophet Muhammad and the early Caliphate; 2) The authoritative texts of Islam, i.e. the Quran and Prophetic traditions (Hadith); 3) The institutions and discourses characteristic of Islamic civilization; and 4) The transformation of Muslim life and thought in the modern period. By taking this course, students become familiar with the chief ideas, characters, narratives, rites, localities, and movements associated with Islam. prereq: Soph or jr or sr
RELS 3713 - Modern Iran: Nationalism, Religion, and the Struggle to Create Modern Iran
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01892
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Iranian history from the fall of the Sassanids (7th C. CE) to the present. Shi'ite Islam in a world context. Iranian dynasties. Iran's entrance into modern world politics.
HIST 3506 - Modern Iran: Nationalism, Religion, and the Struggle to Create Modern Iran
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01892 - Hist 3506/RelS 3713
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Iranian history from the fall of the Sassanids (7th C. CE) to the present. Shi'ite Islam in a world context. Iranian dynasties. Iran's entrance into modern world politics.
RELS 3714 - Islam and the West
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00779
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Cultural/intellectual trends that have defined differences between Islam and the West. Development of historical, philosophical, and intellectual mindset of both spheres. Factors in tension, anxiety, and hatred between Muslim world and Europe and the United States.
HIST 3546 - Islam and the West
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00779
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Cultural/intellectual trends that have defined fundamental differences between Islam and the West. Development of historical, philosophical, and intellectual mindset of both spheres. Factors in tension, anxiety, and hatred between Muslim world and Europe and the United States.
GLOS 3643 - Islam and the West
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: CAS/MELC 3533/GloS 3643
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Cultural/intellectual trends that have defined fundamental differences between Islam and the West. Development of historical, philosophical, and intellectual mindset of both spheres. Factors that have contributed and continue to contribute to tension, anxiety, and hatred between the Muslim world and Europe and the United States.
RELS 3715 - History of the Crusades (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01629
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Crusading spirit in Europe. Results of classic medieval crusades ca 1095-1285. States established by crusaders in Near East. Internal European crusades. Chronological prolongation of crusading phenomenon.
HIST 3613 - History of the Crusades (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01629
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Crusading spirit in Europe. Results of classic medieval crusades ca 1095-1285. States established by crusaders in Near East. Internal European crusades. Chronological prolongation of crusading phenomenon.
MEST 3613 - History of the Crusades (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01629
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Crusading spirit in Europe. Results of classic medieval crusades ca 1095-1285. States established by crusaders in Near East. Internal European crusades. Chronological prolongation of crusading phenomenon.
RELS 3716 - Gender and the Family in the Islamic World
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01847
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Experiences of Muslim women/families from a historical/comparative perspective. Gender/family power relations in colonial representations, sexual politics, family, education/health, paid work, human rights, and Islamic feminism. prereq: At least soph
GLOS 3681 - Gender and the Family in the Islamic World
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01847
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Experiences of Muslim women/families from historical/comparative perspective. Gender/family power relations in colonial representations, sexual politics, family, education/health, paid work, human rights, and Islamic feminism. prereq: At least soph; SOC 1001 recommended
GWSS 3681 - Gender and the Family in the Islamic World
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01847
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Experiences of Muslim women/families from historical/comparative perspective. Gender/family power relations in colonial representations, sexual politics, family, education/health, paid work, human rights, Islamic feminism. prereq: At least soph
SOC 3681 - Gender and the Family in the Islamic World
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01847
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Experiences of Muslim women/families from historical/comparative perspective. Gender/family power relations in colonial representations, sexual politics, family, education/health, paid work, human rights, and Islamic feminism. prereq: At least soph; 1001 recommended
RELS 3717 - Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01964
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Muslim/Christian expansion, jihad/crusade, anti-Jewish violence/persecution. Trade, intellectual exchange, religious dialogue.
HIST 3606 - Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01964 - Hist 3606/JwSt 3606/RelS 3717
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Violent dimensions of these relations: Muslim/Christian expansion, jihad/crusade, anti-Jewish violence/persecution. Peaceful dimensions: trade, intellectual exchange, religious dialogue.
RELS 3718W - Christ in Islamic Thought (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02356 - Hist 3494W/RelS 3718W
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Course examines the history of the figure of Christ in Islamic thought, from the beginnings of Islam in the Qur'an and the Hadith to the recent 2013 book by Reza Aslan, Zealot. The course is based on close reading of primary sources from regions extending from Spain to Iran, and in various languages (in translation): Arabic, Greek, French, Farsi, and Italian. Course demonstrates how much the interpretation of the figure of Christ in Islamic thought belonged to specific historical contexts.
HIST 3494W - Christ in Islamic Thought (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02356
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Course examines the history of the figure of Christ in Islamic thought, from the beginnings of Islam in the Qur'an and the Hadith to the recent 2013 book by Reza Aslan, Zealot. The course is based on close reading of primary sources from regions extending from Spain to Iran, and in various languages (in translation): Arabic, Greek, French, Farsi, and Italian. Course demonstrates how much the interpretation of the figure of Christ in Islamic thought belonged to specific historical contexts. prereq: None
RELS 3721 - North Africa since 1500: Islam, Colonialism, and Independence
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02329 - Hist 3513Hist 5513 /RelS 3721/
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
History of Maghrib (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, disputed territories of Western Sahara) from time of Ottoman expansion/Sharifian dynasties (Sa'dian/'Alawid) in 16th/17th Centuries to end of 20th century. Focus on encounter of Islamic cultures/societies of Maghrib with Africa/Europe.
RELS 5721 - North Africa since 1500: Islam, Colonialism, and Independence
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02329 - Hist 3513Hist 5513 /RelS 3721/
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
History of Maghrib (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, disputed territories of Western Sahara) from time of Ottoman expansion/Sharifian dynasties (Sa'dian/'Alawid) in 16th/17th Centuries to end of 20th century. Focus on encounter of Islamic cultures/societies of Maghrib with Africa/Europe.
HIST 3513 - North Africa since 1500: Islam, Colonialism, and Independence
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02329 - Hist 3513/RelS 3721/RelS 5721
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
History of Maghrib (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, disputed territories of Western Sahara) from time of Ottoman expansion/Sharifian dynasties (Sa'dian/'Alawid) in 16th/17th Centuries to end of 20th century. Focus on encounter of Islamic cultures/societies of Maghrib with Africa/Europe.
HIST 5513 - North Africa since 1500: Islam, Colonialism, and Independence
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02329
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
History of the Maghrib (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and disputed territories of Western Sahara from time of Ottoman expansion/Sharifian dynasties [Sa'dian/'Alawid]) in 16th/17th Centuries to end of 20th century. Focus on encounter of Islamic cultures/societies of Maghrib and Africa/Europe
RELS 3722 - The Ottoman Empire (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00657 - Hist 3547/RelS 3722
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of Islam's most successful empire, from its founding circa 1300 to its demise in 1923. Lands, institutions, peoples, historical legacy.
HIST 3547 - The Ottoman Empire (HIS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00657 - /Hist 3547/RelS 3722
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of Islam's most successful empire, from its founding circa 1300 to its demise in 1923. Lands, institutions, peoples, historical legacy.
RELS 4049 - Religion and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01595 - Anth 4049/RelS 4049
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Religious beliefs and world views cross-culturally. Religious dimensions of human life through theories of origins, functions, and forms (e.g. myth, ritual, symbolism) of religion in society. prereq: ANTH 1003 or ANTH 1005 or instr consent
ANTH 4049 - Religion and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01595
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Religious beliefs and world views cross-culturally. Religious dimensions of human life through theories of origins, functions, and forms (e.g. myth, ritual, symbolism) of religion in society. prereq: 1003 or 1005 or instr consent
RELS 4309 - Religion in American Public Life: Culture, Politics, and Communities (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01524 - RelS 4309/Soc 4309/Soc 4309H
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
How diversity/vitality of American religion shape public life. How religious groups engage in political action, foster understandings of democracy/styles of civic participation. Volunteering/service activities. Race, poverty, the family, sexuality. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
SOC 4309 - Religion in American Public Life: Culture, Politics, & Communities (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01524 - RelS 4309/Soc 4309/Soc 4309H
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
How diversity/vitality of American religion shape public life. How religious groups engage in political action, foster understandings of democracy/styles of civic participation. Volunteering/service activities. Race, poverty, the family, sexuality. prereq: Soc majors/minors must register A-F
RELS 5513W - Scripture and Interpretation in Israelite Religion and Judaism (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02067
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Idea of divine revelation. Impact on religion/literature. How history of Bible's creation, transmission, interpretation helps us think critically about role of idea of revelation in history of religious traditions. prereq: At least one upper level course (3xxx or higher) in academic biblical or religious studies
CNES 5513W - Scripture and Interpretation in Israelite Religion and Judaism (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02067
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Idea of divine revelation. Impact upon religion/literature. How history of Bible's creation, transmission, interpretation helps us think critically about role of revelation in history of religious traditions. prereq: At least one upper level course (3xxx or higher) in academic biblical or religious studies
JWST 5513W - Scripture and Interpretation in Israelite Religion and Judaism (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02067
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Idea of divine revelation. Impact on religion/literature. How history of Bible's creation, transmission, interpretation help us think critically about role of revelation in religious traditions. prereq: At least one upper level course (3xxx or higher) in academic biblical or religious studies
HIST 5614 - The Medieval Church
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to history of western church in Middle Ages. Emphasizes church teachings and institutional structures, beliefs/practices of lay people, medieval Christian encounter with non-Christian world. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
RELS 5777 - The Diversity of Traditions: Indian Art 1200 to Present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02521
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Issues presented by sculpture, architecture and painting in India, from prehistoric Indus Valley civilization to present day.
ARTH 5777 - The Diversity of Traditions: Indian Art 1200 to Present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02521
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Issues presented by sculpture, architecture and painting in India, from prehistoric Indus Valley civilization to present day.
RELS 4952 - Capstone
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Independent research/writing under supervision of faculty sponsor. In-depth research paper/comparable project to be completed in conjunction with RELS course. prereq: Limited to RELS majors and second semester junior and seniors. Please see director of Undergraduate Studies for permission.
RELS 4952 - Capstone
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Independent research/writing under supervision of faculty sponsor. In-depth research paper/comparable project to be completed in conjunction with RELS course. prereq: Limited to RELS majors and second semester junior and seniors. Please see director of Undergraduate Studies for permission.
RELS 3001W - Theory and Method in Religion: Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01522
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theoretical/methodological issues in academic study of religion. Theories of origin, character, and function of religion as a human phenomenon. Psychological, sociological, anthropological, and phenomenological perspectives.
RELS 3626W - Witches, Seers, and Saints: Women, Gender, and Religion in the U.S. (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02675 - GWSS 3626W/RelS 3626W
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course examines the development and ramifications of gender ideologies within several religious groups in North America from the colonial period to the present and explores women's strategies that have contributed to and resisted these ideologies.
RELS 3013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00552 - JwSt 3013W/JwSt 5013W/RelS 301
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Significance of religious law in Judaism. Babylonian background of biblical law. Biblical creation of the person as a legal category. Rabbinic transformations of biblical norms. Covenant in Christianity/Islam. Contemporary Jewish literature/philosophy.
RELS 5013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00552 - JwSt 3013W/JwSt 5013W/RelS 301
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Significance of religious law in Judaism. Babylonian background of biblical law. Biblical creation of the person as a legal category. Rabbinic transformations of biblical norms. Covenant in Christianity/Islam. Contemporary Jewish literature/philosophy.
JWST 5013W - Biblical Law and Jewish Ethics (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00552 - JwSt 3013W/JwSt 5013W/RelS 301
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Significance of religious law in Judaism. Babylonian background of biblical law. Biblical creation of the person as a legal category. Rabbinic transformations of biblical norms. Covenant in Christianity/Islam. Contemporary Jewish literature/philosophy.
RELS 3621W - The Christian Right and Left in America: Protestant Liberals, Evangelicals, and Fundamentalists (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01628 - RelS 3621/RelS 5621
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Religious, historical, social, and scientific thought/practice across three main U.S. Protestant groups since 1820. Historical processes that brought about diverse understandings of Christianity, theologies, and worship. Theological left/right views of views of society, history, and science, that influence public debates.
RELS 5621W - The Christian Right and Left in America: Protestant Liberals, Evangelicals, and Fundamentalists (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01628 - RelS 3621W/RelS 5621W
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Religious, historical, social, and scientific thought/practice across three main U.S. Protestant groups since 1820. Historical processes that brought about diverse understandings of Christianity, theologies, and worship. Theological left/right views of views of society, history, and science that influence public debates.
RELS 3706W - Art of Islam (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01322
Typically offered: Every Fall
Architecture, painting, and other arts from Islam's origins to the 20th century. Cultural and political settings as well as themes that unify the diverse artistic styles of Islamic art will be considered.
ARTH 3015W - Art of Islam (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01322
Typically offered: Every Fall
Architecture, painting, and other arts from Islam's origins to the 20th century. Cultural and political settings as well as themes that unify the diverse artistic styles of Islamic art will be considered.
RELS 3707W - Anthropology of the Middle East (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01502 - Anth 3021W/Anth 5021W/RelS 370
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Anthropological field methods of analyzing/interpreting Middle Eastern cultures/societies.
RELS 5707W - Anthropology of the Middle East (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01502 - Anth 3021W/Anth 5021W/RelS 370
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Anthropological field methods of analyzing/interpreting Middle Eastern cultures/societies.
ANTH 3021W - Anthropology of the Middle East (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01502
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Anthropological methods of analyzing/interpreting Middle Eastern cultures/societies.
ANTH 5021W - Anthropology of the Middle East (SOCS, GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01502
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Anthropological field methods of analyzing/interpreting Middle Eastern cultures/societies.