Autumn 2020 Courses

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Major Courses | Minor Courses | Regional Campus Courses


Major Courses Autumn 2020 

 

Religious Studies: 

RELSTDS 2102.01 | Literature and Religion 

[Major, Comparative/Interdisciplinary Courses] 

WF 11:10-12:30 | Spencer Dew | 22484 

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 2370 | Introduction to Comparative Religion  

[Major, Required Core Courses] 

[Minor, Required Courses] 

TR 9:35-10:55 | Hugh Urban | 25548 

Introduction to the academic study of religion through comparison among major traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.) and smaller communities. Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 2370H or CompStd 2370H (270H) or 2370 (270). GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. 

 

RELSTDS 3210 | Kabbalah and the Jewish Mystical Tradition 

[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 

TR 2:20-3:40 | Michael Swartz | 26255 

The history of Jewish mysticism from antiquity to the present, with emphasis on its implications for the comparative study of religious experience. Prereq: English 1110. Not open to students with credit for 2210, 2210H, 3210H, CompStd 2210, 2210H, JewshSt 2210, 3210, 2210H, 3210H, RelStds 2210, 3210, 2210H, or 3210H. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. Cross-listed in JewshSt and Hebrew. 

 

RELSTDS 3673 | The Buddhist Tradition 

[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

TR 12:45-2:05 | Melissa Curley | 25566 

History and structure of Buddhism from founding to present in South, Southeast, and East Asia; emphasis on rituals, beliefs, and local and regional variations. 2370 (270) recommended. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for CompStd 3673 (323), EALL 3223 (323), or RelStds 323. Cross-listed in EALL 3223. 

 

RELSTDS 3680 | Religion and Law in a Comparative Perspective 

[Major, Comparative/Interdisciplinary Courses] 

TR 2:20-3:40 | Isaac Weiner | 33797 

Comparative, interdisciplinary approach to studying religion and law. Drawing on concrete cases, historical studies, and theoretical literature, the course explores how the relationship between religion and law has been configured differently in different liberal democracies, such as the U.S., France, and Israel, and what this might mean for contemporary debates. Team-taught w/ faculty in History. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for History 3680. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. Cross-listed in History. 

 

Comparative Studies: 

COMPSTDS 3990 | Approaches to Comparative Studies 

[Major, Required Core Courses] 

TR 3:55-5:15 | Noah Tamarkin | 14394 

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. 

 

Hebrew: 

HEBREW 3210 | Kabbalah and the Jewish Mystical Tradition 

[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 

TR 2:20-3:40 | Michael Swartz | 26255 

The history of Jewish mysticism from antiquity to the present, with emphasis on its implications for the comparative study of religious experience. Prereq: English 1110. Not open to students with credit for 2210, 2210H, 3210H, CompStd 2210, 2210H, JewshSt 2210, 3210, 2210H, 3210H, RelStds 2210, 3210, 2210H, or 3210H. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. Cross-listed in JewshSt and RelStds. 

 

History: 

HISTORY 2220 | Introduction to the History of Christianity 

[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

MWF 10:20-11:15 | David Brakke | 26079 

Introduces students to the historical study of Christianity as a religious tradition. Sometimes this course is taught in a distance only format. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. 

 

HISTORY 2351 | Early Islamic Society, 610-1258 

[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

TR 12:45-2:05 | Sean Anthony | 24702 

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 3218 | Paul & His Influence in Early Christianity  

[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 

TR 12:45-2:05 | James Harrill | 33702 

Survey of the life and thought of the apostle Paul in translation, and his influence on the formation of Christianity. Prereq: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Clas 3407. GE for lit and historical study course. 

 

HISTORY 3229 | History of Early Christianity  

[Major, Individual Religious Tradition] 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

TR 11:10-12:30 | David Brakke | 33703 

A survey of the history of Christianity from its Jewish and Greco-Roman roots to the late sixth century. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 506. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. 

 

HISTORY 3680 | Religion and Law in a Comparative Perspective 

[Major, Comparative/Interdisciplinary Courses] 

TR 2:20-3:40 | Isaac Weiner | 33797 

Comparative, interdisciplinary approach to studying religion and law. Drawing on concrete cases, historical studies, and theoretical literature, the course explores how the relationship between religion and law has been configured differently in different liberal democracies, such as the U.S., France, and Israel, and what this might mean for contemporary debates. Team-taught w/ faculty in History. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for History 3680. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. Cross-listed in Religious Studies. 

 

Jewish Studies: 

JEWSHST 2201 | Introduction to Jewish Culture, Thought, and Practice 

[Major, Individual Religious Tradition] 

TR 11:10-12:30 | Namoi Brenner | 34213 

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 and diversity global studies course. 

 

JEWSHST 3210 | Kabbalah and the Jewish Mystical Tradition 

[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 

TR 2:20-3:40 | Michael Swartz | 26255 

The history of Jewish mysticism from antiquity to the present, with emphasis on its implications for the comparative study of religious experience. Prereq: English 1110. Not open to students with credit for 2210, 2210H, 3210H, CompStd 2210, 2210H, JewshSt 2210, 3210, 2210H, 3210H, RelStds 2210, 3210, 2210H, or 3210H. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. Cross-listed in Hebrew and RelStds. 

 

Near-Eastern Languages & Cultures: 

NELC 3501 | Introduction to Islam 

[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

TR 2:20-3:40 | Hekmat Dirbas | 25698 

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. 

 

NELC 3508 | Sufism 

[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 

TR 11:10-12:30 | Sean Anthony | 34219  

Examination of the distinctively Islamic mystical and spiritual features of Sufism and the relevance of its historical and cultural context. Prereq: English 110. Not open to students with credit for 358. GE cultures and ideas course. 

 

Philosophy: 

PHILOS 2120 | Asian Philosophies 

[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

MWF 11:30-12:25 | Steven Brown | 23960  

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. 


Minor Courses Autumn 2020 

 

Religious Studies: 

RELSTDS 2370 (2370H) | Introduction to Comparative Religion  

[Major, Required Core Courses] 

[Minor, Required Courses] 

TR 9:35-10:55 | Hugh Urban & Ana Velasco | 25548 

Introduction to the academic study of religion through comparison among major traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.) and smaller communities. Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 2370H or CompStd 2370H (270H) or 2370 (270). GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. 

 

RELSTDS 3673 | The Buddhist Tradition 

[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

TR 12:45-2:05 | Melissa Curley | 25566 

History and structure of Buddhism from founding to present in South, Southeast, and East Asia; emphasis on rituals, beliefs, and local and regional variations. 2370 (270) recommended. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for CompStd 3673 (323), EALL 3223 (323), or RelStds 323. Cross-listed in EALL 3223. 

 

Arabic: 

ARABIC 4626 | Introduction to the Arabic Qur’an 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

TR 3:55-5:15 | Ahmad Al-Jallad | 24781 

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 2220 & CLAS 2220H | Classical Mythology  

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

MWF 11:30-12:25 | Thomas Hawkins | 14109 

TR 7:05-8:25 | TBA | 23491 

TR 9:35-10:55 | TBA | 14110 (H) 

TR 11:10-12:30 | TBA | 23524 (H) 

TR 12:45-2:05 | TBA | 14114 (H) 

Personalities and attributes of the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, their mythology and its influence on Western culture. GE lit and diversity global studies course. (Honors Sections Prereq: Honors standing, or permission of department or instructor. Not open to students with credit for 2220.) 

 

English: 

ENGLISH 2280 | The English Bible 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

WF 2:20-3:40 | Hannibal Hamlin | 34851 

The Bible in English translation, with special attention to its literary qualities, conceptual content, and development within history. Prereq: 1110.01 (110.01) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 2280H (280H) or 280. GE lit course. 

 

Hebrew: 

HEBREW 2241 | Culture of Contemporary Israel 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

MW 12:45-2:05 | Adena Tanenbaum | 34173 

An introduction to the Culture of modern Israel: historical roots, socio-political institutions and developments, and literary and artistic creations reflecting the realities of contemporary Israeli society. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for Hebrew 2241H (241H), 241, JewshSt 2242, or 2242H. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. Cross-listed in JewshSt 2242. 

 

HEBREW 2700 | The Hebrew Bible in Translation 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

TR 9:35-10:55 | Daniel Frank | 15814 

Reading and analysis of selected chapters from the Hebrew scriptures and post-biblical Hebrew writings representative of major historical, cultural, and literary trends. Prereq: English 1110. Not open to students with credit for 2700H, JewshSt 2700, or 2700H. GE lit and diversity global studies course. Cross-listed in JewshSt. 

 

History of Art: 

HISTART 2003 & HISTART 2003H | The Art and Visual Culture of East Asia 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

Lecture Sections: 

MW 11:30-12:25 | Christina Mathison | 15831 

MW 5:30-6:50 | TBA | 25688 

TR 9:35-10:55 | Julia Frances Andrews | 25683 (H) 

Recitation Sections (vary by location):  

R 11:30-12:25 | TBA | 34082 

R 11:30-12:25 | TBA | 34113 

R 11:30-12:25 | TBA | 34114 

R 11:30-12:25 | TBA | 34115 

Art of East Asian cultures from ancient through contemporary times. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 213 or 2003H. (Honors Section Prereq: Honors standing. Not open to students with credit for 2003 (213).) GE VPA and historical study and diversity global studies course. 

 

HISTART 3521 | Renaissance Art in Italy 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

MW 12:45-2:05 | TBA | 34038 

Art and society in Renaissance Italy. Prereq: Soph standing. Not open to students with credit for 315, 515, 4521 (529), or 4630 (530). GE VPA and diversity global studies course. 

 

HISTART 4421 | Medieval Art 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

WF 2:20-3:40 | Karl Whittington | 34040 

Art and architecture of Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean from the 5th to the 15th centuries; focuses on visual culture of monasteries, cathedrals, and castles. Prereq: Soph standing. Not open to students with credit for 603, 625, 651, 525. GE VPA and diversity global studies course. 

 

History: 

HISTORY 2220 | Introduction to the History of Christianity 

[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

MWF 10:20-11:15 | David Brakke | 26079 

Introduces students to the historical study of Christianity as a religious tradition. Sometimes this course is taught in a distance only format. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. 

 

HISTORY 2351 | Early Islamic Society, 610-1258 

[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

TR 12:45-2:05 | Sean Anthony | 24702 

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 3229 | History of Early Christianity  

[Major, Individual Religious Tradition] 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

TR 11:10-12:30 | David Brakke | 33703 

A survey of the history of Christianity from its Jewish and Greco-Roman roots to the late sixth century. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 506. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. 

 

Jewish Studies

JEWSHST 2242 | Culture of Contemporary Israel 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

MW 12:45-2:05 | Adena Tanenbaum | 34173 

An introduction to the Culture of modern Israel: historical roots, socio-political institutions and developments, and literary and artistic creations reflecting the realities of contemporary Israeli society. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for Hebrew 2241H (241H), 241, JewshSt 2242, or 2242H. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. Cross-listed in Hebrew 2241. 

 

Medieval and Renaissance Studies: 

MEDREN 2215 | Gothic Paris 1100-1300 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

WF 2:20-3:40 | Sarah-Grace Heller | 33949 

The arts, architecture, poetry, history, music, theology, food, and fashion of Paris in 1100-1300, the age of Gothic cathedrals and the birth of the university. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for Medieval 215. GE culture and ideas and diversity global studies course. 

 

Near-Eastern Languages and Cultures: 

NELC 3501 | Introduction to Islam 

[Major, Individual Religious Traditions] 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

TR 2:20-3:40 | Hekmat Dirbas | 25698 

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, Elective Courses] 

MWF 11:30-12:25 | Steven Brown | 23960  

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. 

 

Sociology: 

SOCIOL 3467 | Sociology of Religion 

[Minor, Core Courses] 

ONLINE | TBA | 25002 

The social role of religious institutions and beliefs, with particular reference to the United States; the relation between religion and other aspects of society. Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 467. GE diversity soc div in the US course. 

 


 

Regional Campus Courses Autumn 2020 

 

Lima Campus: 

RELSTDS 2370 | Introduction to Comparative Religion  

[Major, Required Core Courses] 

[Minor, Required Courses] 

WF 3:10-4:30 | Theodore Houghton | 23131 

Introduction to the academic study of religion through comparison among major traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.) and smaller communities. Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 2370H or CompStd 2370H (270H) or 2370 (270). GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. 

 

Mansfield Campus: 

HISTORY 2231 | The Crusades  

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

MW 9:45-11:05 | Heather Tanner | 25903 

Examines the various European crusades - in the Holy Land, Spain, Eastern Europe, and southern France - from their origins to the late 15th century. Sometimes this course is offered in a distance-only format. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. 

 

HISTORY 2353 | The Middle East Since 1914 

[Minor, Elective Course] 

TR 11:15-12:35 | Heather Tanner | 34511 

An introductory study of the political, social and cultural history and evolution of Islamic civilization since 1914. The course will examine the impact of outside power on the Middle East, as well as the region's responses to modernity; political, socioeconomic and cultural change; ideological strategy; Islamic identity and globalization; and changes in media of communication. Prereq: English 1110.xx or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 3358 or 540.05. GE historical study course. 

 

Marion Campus: 

CLAS 2220 | Classical Mythology 

[Minor, Elective Courses] 

TR 9:30-10:50 | Katherine Rask | 12220 

Personalities and attributes of the Greek and Roman gods and goddesses, their mythology and its influence on Western culture. GE lit and diversity global studies course. 

 

Newark Campus:  

RELSTDS 2102.01 | Literature and Religion 

[Major, Comparative/Interdisciplinary Courses] 

TR 5:30-6:50 | Cheryl Cash | 21917 

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. 

 

Wooster Campus: 

RELSTDS 2370 | Introduction to Comparative Religion  

[Major, Required Core Courses] 

[Minor, Required Courses] 

MWF 1:50-2:45 | Eric Williams | 12010 

Introduction to the academic study of religion through comparison among major traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, etc.) and smaller communities. Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 2370H or CompStd 2370H (270H) or 2370 (270). GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course.