786 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

786-201 CRITICAL ISSUES IN MODERN RELIGION GH 3 cr
An introduction to selected critical issues relating to contemporary academic concerns. A variety of religion to modern culture and intellectual positions will be analyzed and discussed.

786-211 INTRODUCTION TO EASTERN RELIGIONS GH 3 cr
An introduction to the major religious traditions in the cultural areas of South, Southeast, and East Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto.

786-212 INTRODUCTION TO WESTERN RELIGIONS GH 3 cr
An introduction to the major religious traditions that have shaped Near Eastern and Western culture; especially Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

786-252 THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE 3 cr
This course will survey the Bible and some other related Near Eastern literature, focusing on the development of genres, motifs, and other literary forms that have influenced the form and content of Western literature, including the parable, the proverb, the loss of Eden, exile and return, origin stories, and hero stories. (Offered jointly with English).
Prereq: 680-101 and 680-102.
Unreq: 680-252.

786-303 EASTERN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT GH 3 cr
A study of selected texts and religious thought from India, China, and Japan in relation to their impact on personal spiritual development and cultural integration.
Prereq: 900-140 or consent of the instructor.

786-330 WOMEN AND RELIGION GH 3 cr
This course will trace changing conceptions of gender roles and the functions of women in various religious traditions. Feminine and masculine images of divinity will be compared and recent scholarship in feminist theology on questions such as the nature of divinity, immortality, and religious devotion will be examined.
Prereq: 900-140 or consent of the instructor.

786-351 RELIGION IN AMERICAN CULTURE GH 3 cr
An examination of the significant role played by religious ideas and traditions in American society from colonial times to the present in historical and cultural perspectives.
Prereq: 900-120 or consent of the instructor.

786-353 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION 3 cr
A study of the function and forms of religious groups in primitive and contemporary societies; a theoretical examination of religion as a basic social institution. (Offered jointly with sociology).
Prereq: 3 credits of sociology course work.
Unreq: 880-353.

786-355 THE RENAISSANCE AND THE REFORMATION GH 3 cr
European history from 1300 to 1600 with emphasis on the Renaissance in Italy and northern Europe and the period of the Reformation. (Offered jointly with History).
Prereq: 900-120 or consent of the instructor. Unreq: 740-355.

786-388/588 THE HOLOCAUST: NAZI GERMANY & THE GENOCIDE OF THE JEWS 3 cr
This course will examine the origins, implementation, and legacies of the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews. It is intended to help students gain an appreciation of the importance of the Holocaust to the Jewish experience, while understanding that other groups also were victimized. (Offered jointly with Sociology).
Prereq: 3 credits of sociology, history or religious studies.
Unreq: 880-388/588.

786-490/690 WORKSHOP 1-3 cr
Repeatable

786-494 SEMINAR 1-3 cr
Repeatable

786-496/696 SPECIAL STUDIES 1-3 cr
Repeatable

786-498 INDEPENDENT STUDIES 1-3 cr
Repeatable

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