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COMPSTD 3990 – Appr Comp Stds | LEC | 9:35-10:55am WF | McPherson 1041 | Stevens, Maurice E | 12418 | MAJOR ONLY

Introduces comparative studies majors to theoretical tools, methods of investigation, and key concepts in comparative studies research and scholarship. CompStd major, or permission of instructor.

RELSTDS 2370 – Introduction to Comparative Religion | LEC | 9:35-10:55am T R | Scott Lab E004 | Urban, Hugh Bayard | 23569                                                           

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 2370H – Introduction to Comparative Religion | LEC | 2:20-3:40pm T R | Enerson Classroom 206 | Swartz, Michael Dov | 23573                                                                                                    

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

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ENGLISH 2280H – The English Bible | SEM | 12:45-2:05pm WF | Denney 213 | Hamlin, Hannibal | 24129

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 2700 – Hebrew Bible | LEC | 12:45-2:05pm WF | Mendenhall 185 | Meier, Sam | 13838                                                                                                   

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.

HEBREW 2700H – Hebrew Bible | LEC | 9:35-10:55am T R | Frank, Daniel | 34203                                                                                                        

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. Prereq: 2700H requires Honors standing or permission of instructor. 

HISTORY 2220 – Intro Christianity | LEC | 10:20-11:15am MWF | Fontana 2020 | Brakke, David Bernhard | 24100                                                                                                            

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 | LEC | Journalism 304 | 2:20-3:40pm W F | Whitehead, Christopher Raymond | 22724  

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 | LEC | 2:20-3:40pm T R | Knowlton 195 | Sessa, Kristina Marie | 35208

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 3245 – The Age of Reformation | LEC | 11:10-12:30pm T R | Hopkins 250 | Brakke, David Bernhard | 33933                                                                                                       

The history of the Protestant, Catholic, and Radical Reformations of 16th and early 17th century Europe. Prereq: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 511. GE historical study course.

JEWSHST 2700 – Hebrew Bible | LEC | 12:45-2:05pm W F | Mendenhall 185 | Meier, Sam | 24180                                                                                                 

Reading and analysis of selected chapters from the Hebrew scriptures and post-biblical Hebrew writings representative of major historical, cultural, and literary trends.  Prereq for 2700H: Honors standing, and English 1110 (110); or permission of instructor. GE lit and diversity global studies course.

JEWSHST 2700H – Hebrew Bible | LEC | 9:35-10:55am T R | Frank, Daniel | 34204 

Reading and analysis of selected chapters from the Hebrew scriptures and post-biblical Hebrew writings representative of major historical, cultural, and literary trends.  Prereq for 2700H: Honors standing, and English 1110 (110); or permission of instructor. GE lit and diversity global studies course.

PHILOS 2120 – Asian Philosophies | LEC | ONLINE | 11:30-12:25pm M W F  | Brown, Steven G | 21982

A survey including at least three of the following philosophical systems of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, and Confucianism. GE lit and diversity global studies course.

RELSTDS 3674 - African Religions | LEC | 11:10-12:30pm TTH | McPherson 2015 | Dew, Spencer | 34787 | 

Survey of African traditional religions and their interaction with Islam and Christianity in Africa and the diaspora; emphasis on cosmologies, myth, ritual, ethics, and witchcraft. Comparative Studies 2370 (270) or 2370H (270H) recommended. 
Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for CompStd (324) or RelStds 324.

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HISTORY 2680 – It's The End of The World!: Apocalypticism in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam | LEC | 11:10-12:30pm W F | McPherson 2015 | Goldish, Matthew D | 23428

This course will explore how the end of the world-generally understood to be preceded by enormous wars and disasters as well as the judgment of people and a reckoning of their deeds-was imagined over two millennia by Christians, Jews, and Muslims. The course will cover primary and secondary historical works, as well as fictional bestsellers, about the apocalypse from around the world. Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for NELC 2680. Cross-listed in NELC. GE historical study and diversity global studies course.

MEDREN 2666 – Magic and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages and Renaissance | LEC | 11:30-12:25pm M W F | University Hall 14 | Johnston, Sarah Iles | 22815                     

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.

PHILOS 2120 – Asian Philosophies  | LEC | 11:30-12:25pm M W F | ONLINE | Brown, Steven G | 21982

A survey including at least three of the following philosophical systems of Asia: Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, Taoism, and Confucianism. GE lit and diversity global studies course.

RELSTDS 2102.01 – Literature and Religion  | LEC | 2:20-3:40pm W F | Mendenhall 131 | Dew, Spencer L | 20507                                                                                 

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 3678 – Religion and American Culture | LEC | 12:45-2:05pm W F | Macquigg 162 | 34932         

Thematic approach to the intersections of religion and American culture, with attention to varied topics such as pluralism, nationalism, race, gender, sexuality, law, media, science, economics, and popular culture. 2370 (270) recommended.Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for CompStd 3678. GE diversity soc div in the US course.

SOCIOL 3467 – Sociology of Religion | LEC | ONLINE | 23024

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.