Religion (REL)

REL 110The Old Testament3.0 SH[GEB]

Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures as history, as literature, and as a statement of faith. God's covenant with Israel forms a unifying motif, seen against the background of the ancient Near East. A brief overview of the New Testament is also included.

REL 120The New Testament3.0 SH[GEB]

An introductory overview of the thought-world, times, texts, and teachings of the New Testament, with special focus on its enduring relevance and impact, the identity of Jesus, and what it means to be his follower. A brief overview of the Old Testament is also included.

REL 130World Religions3.0 SH[GEH]

An introduction to the world's religious traditions, including the three Abrahamic faiths (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, and other traditions at the discretion of the instructor. This course provides an opportunity to learn about the diversity of religious practice in the world and prepares students for a world impacted by religion at every level.

REL 215The Hebrew Prophets3.0 SH[GEH]

Prophecy as a quest for leadership and as insight into social and moral conditions in Israel before, during, and after the exile.
Prerequisite: REL 110 or REL 120.

REL 218Wisdom Literature and Psalms3.0 SH[GEH]

Close reading of Psalms, Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes, with reference to wisdom traditions of the ancient Near East.
Prerequisite: REL 110 or REL 120.

REL 222The Bible and the Environment3.0 SH[GEH]

This course critically examines and interprets relevant biblical texts within the context of the current ecological crisis with the intent of articulating a biblical case that responds to the challenge to live faithfully and responsibly as stewards of the Earth and its resources.
Prerequisite: REL 110 or REL 120.

REL 224Christian Gospels3.0 SH[GEH]

An examination of the origins and development of Christian gospels in and outside the New Testament canon, as historical, literary, and theological products of the early Church, and of their contemporary interpretations.
Prerequisite: REL 110 or REL 120.

REL 225The Bible & Comparative Ethics3.0 SH[GEH]

A survey of systems of biblical ethics and their basis in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures serves as the basis for comparative study of other religious and secular systems of ethics, and the interaction between ethical teachings of world religions.
Prerequisite: REL 110 or REL 120.

REL 227Paul the Apostle3.0 SH[GEH]

An exploration of the life, letters, thought and impact of the prolific and controversial apostle. The book of Acts, Paul's letters and those attributed to him, are examined in order to better understand both the man and the message.
Prerequisite: REL 110 or REL 120.

REL 230Faith and Film3.0 SH[GEH]

Students will develop evaluative and critical skills for use in their encounter with the medium of film. These skills will be applied both to films with explicitly religious and spiritual themes, as well as to films in which such themes are more hidden and implicit. Theories of film criticism and biblical scholarship and sensitivity will be employed as students view, discuss, review, and research a variety of popular films.

REL 231History of Christianity3.0 SH[GEH]

An exploration of the Christian churches from their beginnings in the apostolic period to their most recent expressions in the twenty-first century. The course considers how Christianity has shaped societies and how societies have shaped Christianity. Major movements, leading figures, theological developments, and religious trends will be examined to better understand the global spectrum of Christian expressions.

REL 240Introduction to Islam3.0 SH[GEH]

The study of Islam as a religion, focusing on the Quran, the prophet Muhammad, ritual, commentary, dissent, and important religious themes and developments during three periods: Middle (650-850 CE); Mature (850-1500 CE); and Modern (1600-present).

REL 260Religion in America3.0 SH[GEH]

An historical survey of religious groups and movements that shaped and were shaped by the American experience.

REL 270Gender & Religion3.0 SH[GEH]

This course examines underlying assumptions about gender roles in the context of scripture and religious practice. It explores historical, cultural, and religious expectations about men's and women's attitudes and interests, and how those appear in scriptures and in various religious traditions. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be taken two times provided the topics differ.

REL 300Biblical Interpretation3.0 SH[  ]

An analysis and practicum of the methods scholars and others have used to interpret biblical literature, from antiquity to the present.
Prerequisite: REL 110 or REL 120.

REL 304Topics in Biblical Studies1.0-3.0 SH[  ]

A seminar on a topic in biblical studies at the advanced level. The content varies, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be repeated up to a total of nine semester hours provided the topics differ.
Prerequisite: REL 110 or REL 120.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

REL 307Spiritual Autobiographies3.0 SH[  ]

In this course we will explore classic and contemporary spiritual autobiographies and learn about the practices of faith that sustained and challenged diverse religous people. Students study texts from different cultures and historical periods, discovering how historical and cultural context shapes faith. Through critical examination of the texts, students will reflect on their own spiritual journeys and identities.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

REL 310Topics in Religious Studies1.0-3.0 SH[  ]

A seminar on a topic in religious studies at the advanced level. The content varies, and the title will be extended to describe the current topic. Topic areas include comparative religions, history of religions, philosophy and ethics of religions, and religion in society. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be repeated up to a total of nine semester hours provided the topics differ.
Prerequisite: at least one REL course.

REL 332The Life of Mary Baker Eddy3.0 SH[  ]

An historical survey of the life and times of Mary Baker Eddy, from her childhood through her work as Discoverer, Founder, and Leader of Christian Science.
Prerequisite: completion of one course in religion, history, or philosophy.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.

REL 370Jews, Christians, & Muslims3.0 SH[GEH]

Judaism, Christianity, and Islam sometimes interact harmoniously, but at other periods have fought bitterly. This course compares these religions theologically, legally, and culturally; traces the history of the interactions among these religions; and also examines contemporary relations between these three religions.

REL 401Capstone Project1.0-3.0 SH[  ]

A selected topic, area, or problem providing opportunity for survey, investigation, research, creative activity, or approved travel-study. May be offered for variable credit from one to three semester hours. May be taken three times up to a total of six semester hours. May be offered on an independent contract basis.
Class Level Restriction: Junior and Senior only.