Course Descriptions – Religion

REL 1300 – Introduction to Religion – 3 hours. This course will formulate a definition of and reason for religion. It will probe the way religions claim to “know” about the sacred, and the way that modernism has challenged these claims. Religion will be examined from the perspectives of brain science, politics and social sciences. Offered every semester.

REL 1302 – Survey of Christian Traditions – 3 hours. This is a survey of doctrines and concepts in the Christian religion. Students will examine and critically evaluate the variety of Christian viewpoints about topics such as God, Jesus the Christ, salvation and eschatology. Offered every semester.

REL 2371 – Biblical Greek I – 3 hours. This course enables the student, after two semesters, to read most portions of the New Testament in its original language. Emphasis is placed on Greek vocabulary and grammar. Offered on an irregular basis.

REL 2372 – Biblical Greek II – 3 hours. A continuation of REL 2371. Offered on an irregular basis.

REL 2373 – Biblical Hebrew I – 3 hours. This course enables the student, after two semesters, to read most portions of the Old Testament in its original language. Emphasis is placed on Hebrew vocabulary and grammar. Offered on an irregular basis.

REL 2374 – Biblical Hebrew II – 3 hours. A continuation of REL 2373. Offered on an irregular basis.

REL 3100, 3200, 3300 – Topics in Religion – 1-3 hours. This course permits advanced study of religion. Subject matter will vary. Topics might include courses in non-Christian religions or study of contemporary issues in religion. Prerequisites: REL 1300, or 1303, or permission of the instructor. Offered on an irregular basis.

REL 3303 – The Bible in Its Context – 3 hours. This course surveys the entirety of the biblical canon in relation to its historical context as a foundation for considering the reading of biblical texts in contemporary contexts. No pre-requisites. Offered in the fall of even numbered years. Offered in the fall of even-numbered years.

REL 3340 – Topics in Comparative Religion – 3 hours. An in-depth comparison of multiple religious traditions with a particular focus that will rotate between Food Traditions in Major World Religions, Pilgrimage in Asian Traditions, and Experiences of the Divine in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. No prerequisites. Offered in the Spring of odd-numbered years.

REL 3343 – Abrahamic Faiths – 3 hours. This course is a study of the three great religious traditions that call Abraham their father, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. This course is designed to highlight the diversity of human cultures and their response to the sacred as well as their interaction with the modern world. Prerequisite: REL 1300 or 1302. Offered every fall.

REL 3344 – Eastern Religious Traditions – 3 hours. The course provides an overview of Eastern religious traditions such as Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism, Chinese Religion, etc. Differences and commonalities between these religious traditions will be explored through a critical examination of their ethical concepts and value systems, beliefs, and rituals. Offered every spring.

REL 3365 – Selected Old Testament Writings – 3 hours. Selected texts from the Old Testament. Offered in the spring of evennumbered years on a rotation with REL 3366 and REL 3377.

REL 3366 – Selected New Testament Writings – 3 hours. This course permits advanced study of selected New Testament literature. Topics might include an in-depth study of letters attributed to Paul, literary study of ancient narratives about Jesus, or research on the historical Jesus. Offered in the spring of even-numbered years on a rotation with REL 3365 and REL 3377.

REL 3377 – The Bible and Literature – 3 hours. Explores the Bible’s artistic value and some literary art that it has inspired. Students will examine the major biblical genres, including creation myth, origin myth, lyric poetry, prophetic poetry, didactic parable and wisdom literature. Students will study significant examples of western literature that reveal profound influence from biblical language, imagery, plots, or themes. This combination of ancient, medieval and modern literature will stimulate consideration of historical and cultural factors that play a role in the production, preservation and transmission of literature. Cross-listed with ENGL 3377. Prerequisite: REL 1300, or 1303, or permission of the instructor. Offered in the spring of even-numbered years on a rotation with REL 3365 and REL 3366.

REL 3381 – Topics in Religion and Society: Religion and Pop Culture, Religion and Gender, OR Religion and Ecology. 3 hours. An exploration of the function of religion in its social context. The focus of this course will rotate between religion and gender, religion and ecology, and religion and popular culture. No prerequisites. Offered in the fall of odd-numbered years.

REL 4100, 4200, 4300 – Religion Research – 1-3 hours. Supervised study and research in religion according to student needs. Prerequisite: The consent of the instructor.