Autumn 2018 Courses

Notes in brackets indicate major/minor program requirements met by each course. Please refer to the Religious Studies major and minor pages for detailed program information.

Religious Studies Major/Minor Courses

 

Religious Studies

 
RELSTDS 2102.01 | Literature & Religion
[Major, Comparative/Interdisciplinary Courses]
[Minor, Core Courses]
TR 2:20-3:40 | Michael Swartz | 15593
Study of relationships between religion and secular literature; analysis of religious and spiritual elements of literature and film of diverse cultures and historical periods. Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 2102.01H, CompStd 2102.01 (202.01), or 2102.01H (202.01H). GE lit and diversity global studies course.
 
RELSTDS 2102.02 | Comparative Sacred Texts
[Major, Comparative/Interdisciplinary Courses]
[Minor, Coure Courses}
TR 2:20-3:40 | Hugh Urban | 33519
Introduction to religious views of the universe, the supernatural, social organization, ethics, etc., through sacred texts (oral and written) of diverse cultures and historical periods. Prereq: English 1110 (110), or equiv. Not open to students with credit CompStd 2102.02 (202.02). GE lit and diversity global studies course.
 
RELSTDS 4873 | Contemporary Religious Movements in Global Context (INTSTDS 4875)
[Major, Comparative/Interdisciplinary Courses]
[Minor, Core Course]
TR 11:10-12:30 | Hugh Urban | 33520
Examination of contemporary religious movements within the context of larger political, cultural, and economic processes, including post-colonialism, modernization, and globalization. Prereq: One course in CompStd, RelStds, or IntStds; or Grad standing; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for CompStd 4873 (525) or IntStds 4873 (525). Cross-listed in IntStds.

Arabic

 
ARABIC 4626 | Introduction to Arabic Quran
[Major, Individual Religious Tasditions;]
[Minor, Specific Traditions Elective]
TR 2:20-3:40 | TBA | 33525
A linguistic, literary, and cultural analysis of selected chapters from the Qur'an. Prereq: 2104. Not open to students with credit for 626.

Classics

CLAS 3404 | Magic in the Ancient World 
[Major, Individual Religious Traditions]
[Minor, Specific Traditions Elective]
MWF 1:50-2:45 | TBA | 17798
An introduction to the theory and practice of magic in the ancient Mediterranean, how people viewed it, and how it survived in later epochs. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 324. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course.

Comparative Studies

COMPSTD 3990 | Approaches to Comparative Studies
[Major, Core Courses]
TR 2:20-3:40 | David Horn | 6647
Introduces comparative studies majors to theoretical tools, methods of investigation, and key concepts in comparative studies research and scholarship. Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. CompStd major, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 398.

History

HISTORY 2351 | Early Islamic Society 610-1258
[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 
[Minor, Specific Traditions Elective]
TR 11:10-12:30 | Jane Hathaway | 33152
Origins and early development of selected fundamental Islamic institutions in their historical and cultural context. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx. Not open to students with credit for 540.01. GE historical study course.
 
HISTORY 3219 | Historical Jesus
[Major, Individual Religious Traditions]
[Minor, Specific Traditions Elective]
TR 12:45-2:05 | James Harrill | 33103
The purpose of this course is to consider the problem of how historical facts and religious persuasion are related where a religion, such as Christianity, lays claim to historical truth through examination of the figure of Jesus. Students will learn about historical methodology and a major religious figure about which there is considerable academic and theological debate. Prereq: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. GE historical study course.

Jewish Studies

JEWSHST 2201 | Introduction to Jewish Studies
[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 
[Minor, Specific Tradition Elective]
TR 2:20-3:40 | Naomi Brenner | 13770 
An introduction to the historical, ideological, and cultural growth of Judaism examined from a variety of methodological perspectives. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 201. GE-Cultures and Ideas, Diveristy: Global Studies

Medieval & Renaissance Studies

MEDREN 2666 | Magic and Witch Craft in the Middle Ages & Renaissance
[Major, Individual Religious Traditions]
[Minor, Specific Tradition Elective]
MWF 10:20-11:15 | Sarah Iles Johnston | 33611
A study of the history of witchcraft and magic from 400 to 1700 C.E. within sociological, religious and intellectual contexts. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for Medieval 240. GE culture and ideas and diversity global studies course.

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

NELC 3501 | Introduction to Islam
[Major, Individual Religious Traditions]
[Minor, Specific Tradition Elective]
WF 12:45-2:05 | TBA | 10940
Examination of Islam as a world religion, enabling an understanding of its major tenets and beliefs as they are envisioned by insiders and outsiders. Prereq: English 1110 (110). Not open to students with credit for 351. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course.

Philosophy 

PHILOS 2120 | Asian Philosophies
[Major, Individual Religious Traditions]
[Minor, Specific Tradition Elective]
MWF 11:30-12:25 | Steven Brown | 17763
A survey including at least three of the following philosophical systems of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 215. GE lit and diversity global studies course.
 


 

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