Religion Courses

Religion (RELG)
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.

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.

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.

308 Judaism (3) (PR: RELG 101) An introductory overview of the writings, history, beliefs, and practices of Judaism. (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)

317 The Pentateuch (3) (PR: RELG 101) A study of the literary, historical, and theological issues arising from the first five books of the Old Testament. 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)

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 Studies in the Synoptic Gospels (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 Johannine Studies (3) (PR: RELG 101 and 110, or POI) An intensive study of the Gospel and Epistles of John in the light of various modern methods of research and interpretation. Interpretive approaches for the study of Revelation will also be examined. (Alternate years)

340 Theory 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) (XL: MUSC 344) 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) (XL: MUSC 404) 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 Discipleship, Life Together, Prayerbook 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 (3) (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.