Religion

Religion Course Descriptions

RELG 150 Biblical Theology
Credit Hours:
3

Surveys major biblical writings to discern the patterns they present about God, God’s acts and God’s purposes. Special attention is given to ways of reading the Bible that give priority to its literary and cultural contexts.

RELG 153 World Religions
Credit Hours:
3

Studies the principal doctrines, historical development, and contemporary practice of the major traditions.

RELG 220 History of Christianity: Ancient and Medieval
Credit Hours:
3

Studies Christianity from its origins to the Reformation. Key people, events, ideas, and the relationship of the church to the world in which it existed are examined.

RELG 226 History of Christianity: Reformation and Modern
Credit Hours:
3

Studies Christianity from the beginning of the Reformation in the sixteenth century to the present. Key people, events, ideas, and the relationship of the church to the world in which it existed are examined.

RELG 251 The World of Islam
Credit Hours:
3

Studies the central doctrines, historical development, and current practice of Islam.

RELG 252 The Judeo-Christian Tradition
Credit Hours:
3

Surveys in historical context the western religions of Judaism and Christianity. Special attention is given to modern manifestations of these two great religious traditions.

RELG 253 Ethics, Reason, and the Bible
Credit Hours:
3

Explores the ethical systems found in the Bible.

RELG 260 Introduction to Christian Theology
Credit Hours:
3

Studies the central doctrines of Christianity as they have developed through the history of the church. Key points of discussion and major thinkers are covered, and students are led to identify and articulate their stance with regard to each doctrine. The contemporary theological scene is introduced as well.

RELG 261 Women and the Bible
Credit Hours:
3

Explores the often ambivalent relationship between women and the Bible. It examines what the Bible says about women, how women are portrayed in biblical texts, and how women readers have broadened our understanding of the Bible.

RELG 290 Topics in Religious Understanding
Credit Hours:
3

Examines a particular topic relevant to religious understanding, chosen by the instructor, that will enable students to probe the important ways in which religion impacts their lives and the lives of others.

RELG 301 Old Testament Literature
Credit Hours:
3

Studies the library of books bequeathed to us in words from ancient Israel. Through literary and historical criticism the message of the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings is discovered in the world of biblical literature.

RELG 302 History and the Bible
Credit Hours:
3

Studies the physical, cultural, and literary remains that help us understand and interpret Old and New Testament literature.

RELG 303 New Testament Literature
Credit Hours:
3

Studies the library of books bequeathed to us in words from the early Christian church. Through literary and historical criticism the message of the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Letters, and the Revelation is discovered in the world of biblical literature.

RELG 304 Jesus in the New Testament
Credit Hours:
3

Studies the person and work of Jesus as presented in the entire New Testament.

RELG 342 Religions and Philosophies of Asia
Credit Hours:
3

Deals with the different forms of religious belief around the world—especially Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, and Islam. Cross listed as PHIL 342.

RELG 352 Religion and Film
Credit Hours:
3

Examines how religious perspective influences the way film is made and understood. This course engages in the cross-cultural examination of religions and cinema. Offered in alternate years.

RELG 353 Religion and Gender
Credit Hours:
3

Explores cross-cultural religious communities by focusing on the interplay between religion and gender. Special consideration is given to the role of myths and symbols in determining power and gender relations.

RELG 356 Death and Dying in the World Religions
Credit Hours:
3

Studies the ways various religions deal with death and dying. Attention is paid to beliefs and practices of contemporary religious practitioners.

RELG 360 Topics in Religion
Credit Hours:
1-3

Allows students to explore special areas of religious study in more depth than regular course offerings can provide.

RELG 385 Teaching Christian Education
Credit Hours:
3

Studies the aims, curriculum, methods, and materials of Christian education. Prerequisites: RELG 301 or 303 or 304, EDUC 112.

RELG 393 Global Issues and Values
Credit Hours:
3

Surveys selected natural issues (such as energy, population, and food supply), political issues (such as human rights, refugees, peace) and particular problems (such as those concerning the Palestinians, South Africa, multi-national corporations)—asking what values are operative and what values are required for responsible citizenship in the global village.

RELG 395 World Mythology
Credit Hours:
3

Focuses on myths and mythic categories important to religions around the world. This course is a cross-cultural examination of contemporary and classical myths from diverse cultures.

RELG 397 Internship in Christian Education
Credit Hours:
2

Provides the opportunity to work under supervision in a church, school, or other agency during one semester or in the summer. Open to juniors and seniors. Prerequisites: Educ 110 and two courses in religion.

RELG 398 Internship in Religion
Credit Hours:
1-2

Provides a supervised experience in which a student works in a multifaith context, a religious organization or non-profit agency, or a chaplaincy context (correctional institute, military, hospital or higher education).  The aim is to allow students to use religious knowledge in paid vocational contexts.  The course number sequence allows for internship covering up to two semesters, consecutive or non-consecutive.  Must be approved and supervised by instructor with relevant content background to the internship.  Students must have taken appropriate courses relevant to the internship.

RELG 399 Continuing Internship in Religion
Credit Hours:
1-2

Provides a supervised experience in which a student works in a multifaith context, a religious organization or non-profit agency, or a chaplaincy context (correctional institute, military, hospital or higher education).  The aim is to allow students to use religious knowledge in paid vocational contexts.  The course number sequence allows for internship covering up to two semesters, consecutive or non-consecutive.  Must be approved and supervised by instructor with relevant content background to the internship.  Students must have taken appropriate courses relevant to the internship.

RELG 401 Directed Readings in Religion
Credit Hours:
1-3

Provides the opportunity for intensive reading in areas of religion selected in consultation with the department.

RELG 494 Senior Studies in Christian Education
Credit Hours:
2

Provides the opportunity for study and writing in a major area of religious education.

RELG 495 Senior Seminar Research in Religion
Credit Hours:
1

Involves research necessary for the completion of the senior seminar. Such preliminary research includes extensive reading, compilation of a bibliography, composition of a thesis statement, and the creation of an initial outline. Students are asked to demonstrate their progress in regular meetings with the instructor and/or department.

RELG 496 Senior Seminar
Credit Hours:
3

Involves writing an extensive research paper on a focused topic. Students are asked to demonstrate their progress in regular meetings with the instructor and/or department. This course culminates in an oral defense of the project. Prerequisite: RELG 495.

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