Courses in Religious Studies

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RLST 1010 Introduction to Classical Hebrew I (4 sem. hours).

This year-long study of classical (ancient, biblical) Hebrew will focus on mastery of grammar, vocabulary, and syntax to lay the foundation for proficient reading of Hebrew texts. Offered every other year in the fall semesters.

RLST 1020 Introduction to Classical Hebrew II (4 sem. hours).

This year-long study of classical (ancient, biblical) Hebrew will focus on mastery of grammar, vocabulary, and syntax to lay the foundation for proficient reading of Hebrew texts. Prerequisite: RLST 1010. Offered every other year in the spring semesters.

RLST 2000 Religions of the World and How to Study Them (4 sem. hours).

A wide-ranging exploration of the phenomenon of religion and of the various approaches to its study. Prerequisite: RLST 1010 and RLST 1020. Offered every year in the fall semester.

RLST 2010 Ethics and Religion (4 sem. hours).

A study of moral reasoning about personal and social issues in various religious, philosophical, and cultural contexts. An Arguments course. Offered every other year.

RLST 2020 Classical Hebrew Readings (4 sem. hours).

This semester course will focus on a wide selection of readings in Classical Hebrew, with some attention to later forms of Hebrew, including Qumran and Rabbinic. A Texts course. Offered every other year in the summer.

RLST 2110 Judaism, Christianity, Islam (4 sem. hours).

A study of the history, literature, thought, and practices of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam with attention to their Connections with one another. A Traditions (A) and Interreligious Encounters course. Offered every other year in the fall semester. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic.

RLST 2120 Introduction to Hinduism (4 sem. hours).

A study of the history, literature, thought, and practices of Hinduism in India and the West. A Traditions (B) course. Offered every other year in the spring semester.

RLST 2130 Special Topics in East Asian Religions (4 sem. hours).

A study of the history, literature, thought, and practices of the religions of China, Korea, and Japan, including Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, and Shinto. A Texts, Traditions (B), and Interreligious Encounters course. Offered every other year in the fall semester. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic.

RLST 2140 Introduction to Buddhism (4 sem. hours).

A study of history, literature, thought, and practices of Buddhism in its various historical and cultural contexts. A Traditions (B) course. Offered every other year in the fall semester.

RLST 2150 Introduction to Islam (4 sem. hours).

A study of the history, literature, thought, and practices of Muslims around the world. A Traditions (A) course. Offered every other year in the fall semester.

RLST 2160 Introduction to Judaism (4 sem. hours).

An introduction to Jewish history, culture, religion, literature, and practices. Modern forms of Jewish practice and identity will be engaged. A Traditions (A) course. Offered every other year in the spring semester.

RLST 2170 Special Topics in Traditions A (4 sem. hours).

This course will cover areas of interest not covered in regular Traditions A courses, and there will be unusual opportunities to study subjects of interest. Offered occasionally. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic.

RLST 2180 Special Topics in Traditions B (4 sem. hours).

This course will cover areas of interest not covered in regular Traditions B courses, and there will be unusual opportunities to study subjects of interest. Offered occasionally. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic.

RLST 2210 The Bible History and Content—Beginnings, Development, Content, and Modern Interpretations (4 sem. hours).

This course explores the beginnings of ancient Israelite literature, the Old Testament/Hebrew (Jewish) Bible, its developments, and the fascinating ways "The Bible"/Old Testament gets used today. A Texts and Traditions (A) course. Offered every other year in the fall semester.

RLST 2220 Jesus and the New Testament: Then and Now (4 sem. hours).

This course is an exploration of the history of Jesus and earliest Christians and their writings, with a look at some of the ways they are presented in the modern world. What do historians really know about Jesus? What is really in the New Testament? A Texts and Traditions (A) course. Offered every other year in the spring semester.

RLST 2230 Special Topics in Texts (4 sem. hours).

This course will cover areas of interest not covered in regular Texts courses, and there will be unusual opportunities to study subjects of interest. Offered occasionally. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic.

RLST 2400 Work, Ethics, and Society (4 sem. hours).

Students in this course will have the opportunity to explore what “work” means within religious traditions and wider societies and cultures. The course includes a substantial ethics component. This course is crosslisted with PHIL 2400 and VESO 2000. A Traditions (A) and Arguments course. Offered every year in the fall semester.

RLST 2610 Re-Thinking Jesus (4 sem. hours).

A study of some of the most important attempts to understand Jesus’ significance, tracing christological ideas and innovations from the canonical gospels into the present. A Texts and Traditions (A) course. Offered occasionally in the spring semester.

RLST 2620 Christian Liberation: Race and Sex (4 sem. hours).

In this course, students investigate the roots of liberation theology within Christian thought and practice, encounter the ground-breaking texts of early liberation theologians, and discuss what is at stake in discussions of Christian liberation. Students will engage with Latina/o, feminist, black, womanist, and queer theology. Offered every other year in the spring semester.

RLST 2750–2753 Special Topics (1–4 sem. hours).

Areas of interest not covered in regular courses; unusual opportunities to study subjects of special interest. Offered occasionally. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic.

RLST 2790 Religion, Peace, and Justice (4 sem. hours).

An examination of the history and literature of peace advocacy with an emphasis on religious approaches to cultivating peace. An Arguments course. Offered every year in the fall semester starting Fall 2017.

RLST 3000 Myth (4 sem. hours).

A study of the symbols and motifs of mythology focusing on the myths of Greece and Rome, with comparative material introduced from Near Eastern, Native American, Asian, African, and Norse mythology. This course is the same as CLST 2000. Offered occasionally.

RLST 3110 Christian Thought (4 sem. hours).

Students in this course will learn about the variety of intellectual traditions within Christianity, including Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, and Protestantism. A Traditions (A) and Arguments course. Offered every other year in the spring semester.

RLST 3120 Christian Theology Today (4 sem. hours).

In this course, students have the opportunity to explore the ways that Christian theologians over the past 250 years have responded to dramatic changes in philosophy, science, and society. A Traditions (A) and Arguments course. Offered every other year in the fall semester.

RLST 3150 Religion, Science, and Nature (4 sem. hours).

An investigation of issues raised by the relationship between Western science and classic religious traditions, including the religious roots of science, the worldview revolutions caused by scientific theories, the environmental impact of religious perspectives and practices, and environmental ethics and policy. An Arguments course. Offered occasionally.

RLST 3160 Special Topics in Religion and Literature (4 sem. hours).

A study of religious approaches and themes in ancient and/or modern literature. A Texts course. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Offered occasionally.

RLST 3200 Religion, Society, and Culture (4 sem. hours).

An anthropological and sociological investigation through primary texts and field experience of the relationships among religious institutions and society and culture. This course is the same as SOAN 3200. Offered every other year in the fall semester.

RLST 3310 Philosophy of Religion (4 sem. hours).

An investigation of issues arising from religious experience and beliefs, including the nature of the divine, evil, and human destiny. This course is the same as PHIL 3310. An Arguments course. Offered occasionally.

RLST 3320 Special Topics in Arguments (4 sem. hours).

This course will cover areas of interest not covered in regular Arguments courses, and there will be unusual opportunities to study subjects of interest. Offered occasionally.

RLST 3460 Biblical Poetry (4 sem. hours).

A careful study of ancient Jewish poetry found in the Hebrew Bible, exploring its ancient cultural environment and with full regard to the style, passion, and emotive elements of the poetic art. A Texts course. Offered occasionally.

RLST 3750–3753 Special Topics (1–4 sem. hours).

Areas of interest not covered in regular courses; unusual opportunities to study subjects of special interest. Offered occasionally. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic.

RLST 3900 Junior Level Religious Studies Seminar (4 sem. hours).

Intensive reading and discussion of selected texts and issues with important implications for the theory and practice of religious studies. Topics will be announced each time the course is offered. This course may be retaken for credit with a different topic. Offered every year in the spring semester.

RLST 4800–4803 Directed Readings (1–4 sem. hours).

Offered occasionally.

RLST 4850–4853 Religious Studies Internship (1–4 sem. hours).

An off-campus learning experience designed in consultation with a professional in a religion-related field and a Department of Religious Studies faculty member. Offered occasionally.

RLST 4900 Senior Level Religious Studies Seminar (4 sem. hours).

Intensive reading and discussion of selected texts and issues with important implications for the theory and practice of religious studies. Topics will be announced each time the course is offered. This course may be retaken for credit with a different topic. Prerequisite: RLST 3900. Offered every year in the spring semester.

RLST HI–HII Honors Project 1 and 2 (1–4 sem. hours).

Offered occasionally.