Spring 2024 Course Offerings (TBA)

REL 1003.10: Introduction to World Religions

I. Koukios
MW 12:45-2:00 PM

Introduction to the major religions of the world: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Daoism. Examination of the central aspects of these religions including the doctrinal, ethical, ritual, experiential, and social dimensions. Exploration of similarities and differences between these religious traditions.

REL 1009.80: The Hebrew Scriptures

C. Rollston
MW 2:20-3:35 PM

The literature, history, and religious thought represented by the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament). Continuities and contrasts between Israel and the ancient Near East are considered through study of the world view, oral and literary tradition, main religious ideas, and chief figures and movements of the biblical literature.

Cross-listed with CLAS 2105.80 and JSTD 2001.80

REL 1010.10: The New Testament

P. Duff
MW 2:20-3:35 PM

Literature and history of earliest Christianity in the setting of the religious movements of the Greco-Roman world and developments within Judaism. The meaning of the earliest Christian proclamation about the significance of the life, teaching, and death of Jesus of Nazareth becomes the basis for tracing the formation and expansion of the Christian movement.

REL 2201.10: Judaism

R. Eisen
TR 12:45-2:00 PM

A survey of Jewish thought and practice from the biblical to the modern period; introduction to the Hebrew Bible, rabbinic Judaism, Jewish philosophy and mysticism, Judaism in the modern period; an examination of the central rituals in Judaism, including Sabbath, dietary laws, and major festivals.

REL 2301.10: Christianity

A. Henry
WF 9:35-10:50 AM

Typical themes, patterns, and points of diversity within the Christian religion; commonly shared and contested features and complex relationship with broader culture.

REL 2501.10: Hinduism

P. Beldio
TR 4:45-6:00 PM

Study of continuity and change in Hinduism, with emphasis on historical development and the consolidating features of the religion. Attention to relations between classical and popular living forms.

REL 2814.80:Religion and Philosophy in East Asia

X. Kang
MW 11:10 AM - 12:25 PM

Historical introduction to the major religious and philosophical traditions in China, Japan, and Korea, with focuses on ancestor worship, shamanistic cults, Confucianism, Buddhism, Daoism, and Shinto. The interactions of common East Asian religious and philosophical traditions how these traditions evolved over time, and the way each cultures assimilates foreign elements. How the very ideas of religion and philosophy are formulated and practiced differently in East Asia from those in the Western tradition.

Crosslisted with EALL 3814.80 and PHIL 3100.83

REL 2831.80: Introduction to Daoism

X. Kang
MW 12:45-2:00 PM

A general introduction to the Daoist tradition from the antiquity to contemporary times, through reading major Daoist classics, scriptures, poems, novels, and examining Daoist material cultures and bodily cultivation techniques. Those who take it for graduate credit will have extra assignments.

Crosslisted with EALL 3831.80, EALL 3831.80, and PHIL 3100.82

REL 2945.80: Psychological Study of Spirituality

D. Schell
MW 3:45-5:00 PM

The complex interrelationship between psychology and spirituality: health and wellness; development of a spiritual life; psychological factors involved in spirituality; therapy and multicultural issues.

REL 2981.80: Women in Western Religion

K. Pemberton
TR 2:20-3:35 PM

Historical, theological, and ethical investigation of the image and role of women in Judaism and Christianity; special consideration of the Biblical experience, the sexual qualifications for religious office, use of male and female images and languages, and contemporary issues.

Crosslisted with WGSS 3981.80

REL 3414.80: Islamic Philosophy and Theology

S. Nasr & M. Faghfoory
TR 3:45-5:00PM

Major schools of Islamic philosophy and theology considered in morphological and historical contexts. Relation between revelation and reason, determination and free will, and divine and human knowledge, and among science, philosophy, and religion.

Crosslisted with REL 6414.80

REL 3419.80: Islamic Civilization and the West

S. Nasr
TR 11:10 AM- 12:25 PM

Interaction between Islamic and Western civilization during the past fourteen centuries. Christian contact with and development of views about Islam; formation of Islamic civilization and the influence of Islamic ideas upon the West; encroachment upon and subsequent colonization of the Islamic world by the West; the spread of Western ideas among Muslims; and Islamic responses to the advent of modernism coming from the West. Present day relations.

REL 3425.80:Islamic Political Thought

M. Faghfoory
TR 9:35-10:50 AM

Islamic political thought from inception during the lifetime of the Prophet to its elaboration and expansion by philosophers, theologians and political theorists and its encounter with political thought from the Western world in the modern period.

Crosslisted with REL 6425.80

REL 3901.10: Thinking About Religion: Classic and Contemporary Approaches

P. Duff
W 5:10-7:00 PM

Analysis of different ways in which religious phenomena can be approached. Readings and discussion of some of the epoch-making books in the development of the study of religion.

REL 3923.10: Violence and Peace in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

R. Eisen
MW 12:45-2:00 PM

Historical analysis of the violent and peaceful dimensions of the three Abrahamic faiths, with focus on the relationship of the scriptures of each of the three traditions to the later interpretations that supported both violent and peaceful readings of those texts.

REL 3990.80: Buddhism and Cognitive Sciences

E. Aviv
TR 12:45-2:00 PM

Special Topics course surveying the ideas and applications of Buddhist Philosophy in the Cognitive Sciences

REL 3999.10: Readings and Research

I. Koukios

REL 4191W.10: Senior Honors Thesis

I. Koukios

Includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement.