CO = Co-requisite, POI = Permission of Instructor, PR = Prerequisite, RE = Recommended, XL = Cross-listed

101 Old Testament Survey (3)

A survey of the Old Testament with attention to the history of the people of Israel, the development of the Israelite faith, and the composition of the Old Testament writings. (Fall and Spring)

110 New Testament Survey (3)

A survey of the New Testament with attention to its expression of the Christian faith and the historical development of its writings. (Fall and Spring)

201 Introduction to the Study of Religion and Philosophy (3)

(XL: PHIL 201) This course explores the nature of religion and the history of attempts to understand it. Its questions include: what is religion, how is it formed, and how should it properly be studied? In pursuing these questions, the course will examine myth and ritual, types of religious experience, truth claims of and about religion, ethics and theology, violence and religion, social dimensions of religion, and more. The course will also introduce the main approaches to the academic study of religion, such as sociology of religion, psychology of religion, history of religion, religion and art, ethics, and more. (Fall)

220 International Mission (3)

An introductory course dealing with the mission of the Church with emphasis on the international and cross-cultural aspects of that mission. Possible areas of focus include (1) Biblical basis for mission, (2) some historical patterns of mission, (3) communicating the Gospel to people of other cultures, (4) some theological and moral issues in international mission such as hunger and justice, (5) various ways to be involved in missions today, and (6) partnership with national churches. (Alternate years)

258 Special Topics (1-6)

See Catalog.

280 Third World Experiences and Seminar (4)

(PR: POI) Through experimental learning, readings, discussions, participatory learning activities, writing assignments, and study of selected biblical passages, class participants will be stimulated to critical thinking in regard to their own society. The course includes a week in a Third World country and a weekend at a homeless shelter in a large metropolitan area of the United States.

302 Christian Doctrine (3)

(PR: RELG 101 and 110, or POI) A systematic consideration of the major doctrines of the Christian faith with primary emphasis on the Protestant tradition.

303 Medieval Philosophy and Theology (3)

(XL: PHIL 302) A study of the major Christian, Islamic, and Jewish thinkers of the Medieval period, including Augustine, Aquinas, Avicenna, Al-Ghazali, Averroes, and Maimonedes. Central questions of the course include the relationships between faith and reason and between the body and the soul.

309 Genesis (3)

(PR: RELG 101) A study of the literary, historical, and theological issues arising from the book of Genesis. Special emphasis is given to the development of interpretive skills, Attention is also paid to questions of composition, archaeology, and comparative studies between the Bible and the ancient near East. (Alternate years)

310 World Religions (3)

(PR: RELG 101 and 110, or POI) An examination of the history, teachings, and practices of the major non-Western religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Islam.

312 Women in the Bible (3)

(PR: RELG 101 and 110, or POI; XL: WGST 312) This course will consider the biblical accounts of women as well as the range and significance of the Bible’s portrayal of women. This course is offered in conjunction with the Women and Gender Studies Program. (Alternate years)

313 The Old Testament Prophets (3)

(PR: RELG 101) Begins with a study of early (pre-literary) Hebrew prophecy, moving to an examination of the literary development of the classical prophetic books. Concentration on prophets of 8th and 7th centuries B.C., especially Isaiah and Jeremiah, with attention to their relevance for modern times. (Alternate years)

315 Psychology of Religion (3)

(PR: PSYC 201 or POI; XL: PSYC 315) This course focuses on religious beliefs, religious feelings, and behavior from a psychological perspective. Issues of interest include religious development, conversion, the role of religious faith in promoting health and well-being in the individual and compassion for others. The secular value of religion within a society and religion from an evolutionary perspective will also be explored. (Alternate years)

320 Introduction to Modern Christian Thought (3)

(PR: RELG 101 and 110) An introduction to the major Christian theologians of the 20th century. Both primary and secondary sources are consulted.

322 The Life of Jesus (3)

(PR: RELG 101 and 110) An examination of Matthew, Mark, and Luke and investigation of selected problems in the Synoptic Gospels in light of historical-critical research. (Alternate years)

330 Pauline Epistles (3)

(PR: RELG 101 and 110, or POI) An examination of the letters attributed to Paul in light of their historical contexts along with a consideration of their relevance for modern times. (Alternate years)

332 Hebrews and General Epistles (3)

(PR: RELG 101 and 110, or POI) An in-depth study of Hebrews and selected General Epistles in their historical contexts along with consideration of contemporary issues related to these documents. (Alternate years)

333 Apocalypticism to Extremism (3)

(PR: RELG 101 and 110, or POI) A study of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic apocalyptic texts and movements in history to the present day, with an intensive study of Revelation, interpretive approaches of apocalyptic texts, and the roles which apocalypticism has played and continues to play in the monotheistic religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, particularly in matters of religious extremism and radicalization. (Alternate years)

340 Approaches to the Study of Religion (3)

(XL: PHIL 340) What is religion? What are its origins and what is its future? Is it a source of good or evil? This course will explore contested questions about the nature of religion and the proper way to study it through a survey of various approaches and topics such as theology, philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies. Our central questions will be how to assess (a) religious claims and (b) claims about religion. (Alternate years)

343 Contemporary Use of the Bible (3)

(PR: RELG 101 and 110, or POI) What is the Bible? In what sense can it be regarded as authoritative? How can it be used legitimately as a source of present day ethics, preaching, teaching, and personal guidance? What is the relationship of the Bible to modern history and science? These and similar questions will be addressed by considering the opinions of scholars and church leaders of varying perspectives and by critical analysis of contemporary speeches, sermons, articles, and popular literature.

344 Survey of Sacred Music (3)

The history of sacred music with emphasis on liturgies, hymns, sacred song, psalmody, and contemporary trends and issues. (Alternate years)

355 Religion in America (3)

(XL: HIST 3244) A survey of the American religious experience from colonial times to the present with particular emphasis on the interaction of religion and American life. (Alternate years)

356 The African-American Religious Experience (3)

(XL: HIST 3245) An examination of the African-American contribution to the life of the American people from the period of slavery to the present. Particular emphasis on the relationship of African-American religion to American history and culture. (Alternate years)

357 History of Christianity (3)

(XL: HIST 3441) A historical survey of Christianity from its beginnings to the present. Particular emphasis on the development of Christian thought and its expression in the Church. Primary and secondary sources are consulted. (Alternate years)

398 Honors Research (3-6)

See Catalog.

404 Hymnology (3)

A survey of the history of the hymn as primarily manifested through its practice in congregational song. (Alternate years)

410 God and Globalization (3)

(XL: SOC 410) This course examines the relationship between religion and economics from a historical and a contemporary perspective. It examines the historical roots of capitalism through a reading of Adam Smith’s classic, The Wealth of Nations, and Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Contemporary issues relating to globalization, the process by which international trade has dramatically increased, are examined in the second half of the course. The impact of globalization on developed as well as developing societies will be considered from the perspective of religious and social life.

418 Bonhoeffer’s Theology and Ethics (3)

What is the heart of discipleship? How might Christian community be shaped by practices of private and public devotion and worship? Who is Jesus Christ for us today? This course will address these questions in light of the theology and ethics of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. We will also examine Bonhoeffer’s involvement in Christian resistance movements against the Nazis in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s. Readings will include The Cost of DiscipleshipLife TogetherPrayerbook of the Bible, and Ethics.

420 Virtue and Vice (3)

What does true virtue look like? Is it humanly possible to be without vice? This course will examine answers to these questions with guidance from major Christian thinkers including Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, and Erasmus. Attention will also be given to the role of 16th and 17th century theater in the formation of the moral virtues.

440 Capstone Seminar in Religion and Philosophy (3)

(PR: PHIL/RELG 340; XL: R-CE 440) This research seminar is designed to give religion majors the opportunity to identify a timely research topic, hone their research skills, write a significant research paper, present their findings in an open seminar format, and hear formal responses from their peers. Students will draw from their major course work in religious studies and across the colleges curriculum to address a selected topic in a holistic and integrative fashion as both a presenter and respondent.

442 Directed Studies (1-3)

(PR: POI and department chair) Independent reading and/ or research in an area of the student’s special interest. A plan including a statement of the purpose of the study, a bibliography, and the nature of any paper(s) to be written or project(s) to be completed must be approved by the instructor and the department chair at start of the term. See Catalog.

444 Internships (1-6)

See Catalog.

446 Readings (1-9)

See Catalog.

448 Research (1-9)

See Catalog.

450 Seminar (1-9)

See Catalog.

452 Special Projects (1-9)

See Catalog.

458 Special Topics (1-6)

See Catalog.

CO = Co-requisite, POI = Permission of Instructor,  PR = Prerequisite,  RE = Recommended,  XL = Cross-listed

301 Introduction to Christian Education (3)

A survey of the foundational issues underlying Christian education with an emphasis on biblical, theological, philosophical, historical, and psychological themes. Significant time will also be dedicated to curriculum and design and the selection of curriculum resources. Activities and discussions take place against the background of observations in a local church.

310 Lifelong Discipleship (3)

This course examines the distinctive theories and practices for the developmental stage of faith and life (children, youth, and adults) and provides students with the opportunity to focus on skills for one area while understanding how each part relates and integrates with the whole.

312 The Craft and Creativity of Teaching (3)

Teaching is a creative process in which both art and science are employed for effective communicating of ideas and concepts. This course offers students the opportunity to cultivate, strengthen and grow in their abilities to teach at every developmental stage of life through investigating, experiencing, creating and evaluating teaching methods, models and theories. (Spring)

315 Mission Education (3)

This course examines and equips students in the areas of cross cultural experiences and competency; educating churches, organizations, disciples, community leadership and volunteers on the difference between and the need for both charity and justice; the discipline of putting faith into action with theological reflection; and the planning, administering and leading of mission trips.

323 Advocacy and Ministry with Children and their Families (3)

(PR: R-CE 301 or POI) An analysis of practices and programs in family and child education in the church from a developmental perspective. Emphasis on lesson planning and the development of teaching skills.

324 Ministries with Youth and their Families (3)

An analysis of contemporary culture and the role Christian education can play in the lives of young people. Emphasis on program design and the development of teaching skills.

330 Leadership in Congregation and Faith Based Non-Profit Organizations (3)

This course is an analysis of leadership styles, systems theories, and practices that strengthen congregations and non-profit organizations. Emphasis will be given to planning, visioning, working with governing bodies and boards, and fiduciary responsibilities.

355 Womanist, Feminist and Liberation Theo-Pedagogies (3)

(XL: WGST 355) This course provides students the opportunity to hear and examine the voices who have historically been structurally silenced and oppressed. It will examine major issues and thinkers in womanist, feminist and liberation theologies and pedagogies through integrative study. It will move from context to theology and into the pedagogies that emerge as we engage, empower and engage.

405 Field Work in Christian Education (1.5-3)

(PR: R-CE 301 or POI) Supervised field work in a church or institution done in the area of the student‘s interest (youth, handicapped, children, etc.) and approved by the professor. May be completed in one or two semesters or a summer.

439 Bible, Theology and Theory for Christian Education (3)

(PR: R-CE 301, 310, 350, RELG 101, 110, 302 or POI) This course is an opportunity for students to demonstrate that they have learned to think critically about the intersection of bible, theory, theology and practical application, and requires students to identify a problem within a specific context of the community of faith, propose a solution, and support the proposition with new way of thinking to be enacted. Students will write an educational theory within the field of religion-Christian education and draw both from their major course work within the department as well as across the college’s curriculum to address the selected topic in a holistic and integrated fashion.

440 Christian Education Capstone: Program and Leadership Development (3)

(RELG 101, 110, 302; RE-CE 301 or POI XL: RELG 440) An analysis of the profession of Christian education and how educational programs and leadership are exercised in the church. Students will do research projects and make public presentations of their findings.

442 Directed Studies (3-6)

See Catalog.

444 Internships (1-6)

See Catalog.

446 Readings (1-9)

See Catalog.

448 Research (1-9)

See Catalog.

450 Seminar (1-9)

See Catalog.

452 Special Projects (1-9)

See Catalog.

458 Special Topics (1-6)

See Catalog.

CO = Co-requisite, POI = Permission of Instructor, PR = Prerequisite, RE = Recommended, XL = Cross-listed

201 Introduction to Religion and Philosophy (3)

(XL: RELG 201) This course explores the nature of religion and the history of attempts to understand it. Its questions include: what is religion, how is it formed, and how should it properly be studied? In pursuing these questions, the course will examine myth and ritual, types of religious experience, truth claims of and about religion, ethics and theology, violence and religion, social dimensions of religion, and more. The course will also introduce the main approaches to the academic study of religion, such as sociology of religion, psychology of religion, history of religion, religion and art, ethics, and more. (Fall)

203 Introduction to Ethics (3)

A study of what it means to live a good human life, including reflection on questions of good versus evil, right versus wrong, and virtue versus vice. In the course of our study, we will explore ethical questions that confront us as individuals, as members of society at large, and as members of more specific communities. (Spring)

205 Logic (3)

A study of how to analyze, evaluate, and present arguments. The class will examine arguments in many fields, including law, science, economics, politics, religion, and philosophy. The class will also pay attention to the most effective ways to present arguments. (Fall)

207 Introduction to Philosophy (3)

Philosophy begins with questions. What is good? What is true? What is beautiful? In this historical introduction to Western philosophy, we will explore works by five key thinkers – Plato, Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Kierkegaard – who show us different ways of asking and answering these fundamental questions. Along the way, we will develop skills of careful reading, respectful listening, clear writing, and persuasive speaking. (Fall)

258 Special Topics (1-6)

Special topics courses are those that cover subject matter that is not part of the regular curriculum. A special topics course must have the prior approval of the department and the Provost and may be offered twice. Students may enroll in and receive credit for an unlimited number of special topic courses as long as any prerequisites or other requirements are met. See Catalog.

301 Ancient Philosophy (3)

A study of the Pre-Socratic Philosophers and the major works of Plato and Aristotle. (Spring, even years)

304 Early Modern Philosophy (3)

A survey of European philosophy from Descartes through Kant with special emphasis on epistemology, metaphysics, and questions of religious belief. (Spring, odd years)

314 Professional Ethics (3)

A study of the ethical issues related to the practice of various professions, including law, medicine, science, engineering, business, education, and ministry. (Fall, odd years)

315 Medical Ethics (3)

An introduction to moral issues in modern health care and to ethical concepts and analytic skills relevant to addressing them. We will focus on classic cases in the development of medical ethics. (Spring)

316 Business Ethics (3)

(XL: BADM 316) A study of ethical issues in business with the aim of strengthening our moral discernment and practical judgment. We will focus on classic and contemporary cases in the ethics of business.

317 Environmental Ethics (3)

What matters? Why does it matter? And what should we do about it? This course will survey the challenges that environmental concerns present to traditional ethical theory and practice. In particular, we will explore the relation of human and non-human value as environmental issues (such as global warming and species extinction) intersect with human problems (such as poverty, population growth, and economic development). (Fall, even years)

324 Classical Political Thought (3)

(XL: PLSC 324) An examination of selected political thinkers from the Greek tradition to the Renaissance with an emphasis on ideas concerning the nature of politics and the origins and ends of government.

326 Modern Political Thought (3)

(XL: PLSC 326) The course examines the political ideas and theories of such thinkers as Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, and Mill that helped shape the modern period of politics.

327 Contemporary Political Thought (3)

(XL: PLSC 327) This course is designed to create a deeper understanding and interest in contemporary issues in political thought such as neo-liberalism, neo-conservatism, nationalism, globalization, theopolitics, and Islamism.

330 Philosophy of Law (3)

A survey of philosophical understandings of law, in theory and in practice. Topics of discussion will include the basis of law and legal reasoning, the moral force of law, and theories of rights, responsibilities, and punishment in criminal, civil, constitutional, and international law. (Fall, odd years)

340 Approaches to the Study of Religion (3)

(XL: RELG 340) What is religion? What are its origins and what is its future? Is it a source of good or evil? This course will explore contested questions about the nature of religion and the proper way to study it through a survey of various approaches and topics such as theology, philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies. Our central questions will be how to assess (a) religious claims and (b) claims about religion. (Alternate years)

361 History and Philosophy of Traditional China (3)

(XL : HIST 3610) This course examines the history and philosophy of China from early times through the late-Qing dynasty (1700). Special emphasis will be placed on China’s significant philosophical heritage, including such pivotal philosophers as Confucius, Mencius, Laozi, Chuangzi, Mozi, and Sunzi.

398 Honors Research (3-6)

See Catalog.

442 Directed Study in Philosophy (1-3).

(PR: POI and department) Independent reading and/or research in an area of the students special interest. A plan including a statement of the purpose of the study, a bibliography, and the nature of any papers or projects must have prior approval of the instructor and department chairman.

444 Internships (1-6)

See Catalog.

446 Readings (1-9)

See Catalog.

448 Research (1-9)

See Catalog.

450 Seminar (1-9)

See Catalog.

452 Special Projects (1-9)

See Catalog.

458 Special Topics (1-6)

See Catalog.