RELIGIOUS STUDIES COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

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

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

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

 RELIGST 252     THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE         3 u
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: ENGLISH 101 and ENGLISH 102. Unreq: ENGLISH 252.

 RELIGST 303     EASTERN RELIGIOUS THOUGHT     GH         3 u
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: GENED 140 or consent of the instructor.

 RELIGST 330     WOMEN AND RELIGION     GH         3 u
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: GENED 140 or consent of the instructor.

 RELIGST 351     RELIGION IN AMERICAN CULTURE     GH         3 u
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: GENED 120 or consent of the instructor.

 RELIGST 353     SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION         3 u
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 units of sociology course work. Unreq: SOCIOLGY 353.

 RELIGST 355     THE RENAISSANCE AND THE REFORMATION    GH         3 u
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: GENED 120 or consent of the instructor. Unreq: HISTRY 355.

 RELIGST 388/588     THE HOLOCAUST: NAZI GERMANY & THE GENOCIDE OF THE JEWS        3 u
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 units of sociology, history or religious studies. Unreq: SOCIOLGY 388/588.

RELIGST 490/690     WORKSHOP     Repeatable         1-3 u

RELIGST 494     SEMINAR     Repeatable         1-3 u

RELIGST 496/696     SPECIAL STUDIES     Repeatable     1-3 u

RELIGST 498     INDEPENDENT STUDIES     Repeatable     1-3 u
 
 
 
 

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