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RELSTDS 2102.02 | Comparative Sacred Texts | LEC | 11:10-12:30 TR | Hagerty 050 | Finver, Savannah H. | 22143 

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 2370 | Introduction to Comparative Religions | LEC | 11:10-12:20pm TR | Ramseyer 059 | Weiner, Isaac | 35444

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 3972 | Theory and Method in the Study of Religion | 9:35-10:55am MW | Hayes Hall 025 | 18617

Survey of contemporary theories and methods used in the academic study of religion.

Prereq: 2370 (270) or 2370H (270H) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for RelStds 4972 or CompStd 4972 (520).

* COMPSTDS 4990 | Senior Seminar | LEC | 2:20-3:40pm WF | Baker Systems Engineering | Dew, Spencer | 18634

Writing seminar based on students' independent research.

Prereq: 3990 (398), and 500 or a 4000-level course in CompStd, and Sr standing; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 598.

*For Major credit only.

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ENGLISH 2280 | The English Bible | LEC | 12:45-2:05pm WF | Denney 238 | Hamlin, Hannibal | 34436 

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 OR JEWSHST 2700 | The Hebrew Bible | LEC | 11:10-12:30pm TR | Denney 238 | Meier, Sam | 29604 or 29609 

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 2220 | Introduction to Christianity | LEC | 9:35-10:55am TR | McPherson 2017 | TBA | 30253 

Introductory survey of the New Testament writings in translation, including non-canonical sources of the early Christian movement. 

Prereq or concur: English 1110.xx, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for Clas 2221, 2221E, 2401, or 2401E. GE for lit and historical study course. Cross-listed in Clas. 

HISTORY 3219 | Historical Jesus | LEC | 9:35 – 10:55am TR | Ramseyer 110 | Harrill, James | 33742

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.

JEWSHST 2201 |Introduction to Jewish Culture, Thought, and Practice | LEC | 2:20-3:40pm MW | Hagerty 046 | Tanenbaum, Adena | 34923

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. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course.

PHILOS 2120 | Asian Philosophies | LEC | 12:45-2:05pm WF | McPherson 2017 | Papenhausen, Vaughn | 29735

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. 

PHILOS 2120 | Asian Philosophies | LEC | 11:10-12:30pm TR | Hagerty 180 | Brown, Steven | 23733

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.

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AFAMAST 4342 | Religion, Meaning, and Knowledge in Africa | LEC | 12:45-2:05pm WF | Derby 080 | Dew, Spencer | 28718

While the practice of religion in Africa is as diverse as its people, three major belief systems define the practice: African Traditional Religion, Islam, and Christianity. This course will examine classical and contemporary definitions of African Traditional Religion/s and the introduction and adaptations of Islam and Christianity in Africa.

GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course.

HEBREW 3704 OR JEWSHST 3704 | Women in the Bible and Beyond | LEC | 3:55-5:15pm TR | ONLINE | TBA | 29606 OR 29607

An examination of the social, legal, and religious position of women as they appear in the Hebrew Bible and the ways in which they have been represented and interpreted in later textual, visual, and audio sources.

Prereq: English 1110. Not open to students with credit for 2704, JewshSt 2704, or 3704. GE lit and diversity global studies course. GE foundation lit, vis and performing arts and race, ethnicity and gender div course. Cross-listed in JewshSt.

HISTORY 2680 OR NELC 2680 | Apocalypticism in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam | LEC | 9:35-10:55am WF | Page 060| TBA | 33739 OR 34931

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. GE historical study and diversity global studies course. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course. Cross-listed in NELC.

MEDREN 2666 | Magic and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages and Renaissance | LEC | 9:35-10:55am TR | Hagerty 180 | Brewer, David |28737

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. GE foundation historical and cultural studies course.

PHILOS 2670 | Science and Religion | LEC | 11:10-12:30pm TR | Cockins 218 | Blanks, David | 33882

A philosophical examination of the relationship between science and religion, concentration on issues regarding the creation of the universe and the origins of life. 

Prereq: Not open to students with credit for CompStd 2670 or RelStds 2670. GE cultures and ideas course. Cross-listed in RelStds. 

RELSTDS 3666 | Magic in the Modern World | LEC | 11:10-12:30pm MW | Cockins 312 | Urban, Hugh | 35477

This course traces the modern revival of magic and neo-paganism, both in new religious movements and in popular culture, novels, music and film, from 1870 to the present. The course examines the intersections between emergent magical groups and various social and political movements.

GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course. GE foundation lit, vis and performing arts and historical and cultural studies course.

SOCIOL 3467 | Sociology of Religion |LEC | ONLINE | TBA | 28008

The social role of religious institutions and beliefs, with particular reference to the United States; the relation between religion and other aspects of society.

GE diversity soc div in the US course.