Religion (REL)

REL-101  Survey of World Religions  (3)  

Introduces the study of religions and religious phenomena through an examination of several historical and contemporary religions from around the world. Includes a study of some of the following: American Indian traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Shintoism, ancient and contemporary feminist spirituality, gnosticism, shamanism, Confucianism and Taoism. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

REL-120  Judaism, Christianity and Islam  (3)  

Introduces the beliefs, values, and practices of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Both historical and contemporary phenomena are used to develop an understanding of the diversity and complexity of the religious dimension of human life. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

REL-125  Introduction to Islam  (3)  

Introduces the beliefs, values and practices of Islam. Both historical and contemporary phenomena are used to develop an understanding of the diversity and complexity of the Muslim religion. Attention is also given to critical issues within Islam in the modern world. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

REL-130  Introduction to Religions of the East  (3)  

Introduces some of the religious traditions and systems of belief found in the East. Both historical and contemporary phenomena are used to develop an understanding of the diversity and complexity of the religious dimension of human life. Various forms of some of the following religions are included: Buddhism, Shintoism, Hinduism, Taoism, Jainism and Confucianism. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

REL-140  Religion in the United States  (3)  

A historical survey of religion in the United States from the colonial period to the present, with emphasis upon the increasing diversity of American religions. Religious developments will be related to the broader cultural aspects of the American experience. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

REL-145  Introduction to Christianity  (3)  

Introduces the beliefs, values and practices of Christianity. Examines both historical and contemporary phenomena to develop an understanding of the diversity and complexity of the Christian tradition. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

REL-165  Japanese Religions  (3)  

Covers some of the main religious systems and traditions of Japan, both pre-modern and modern. The general rubric used will divide Japanese religious systems into five main categories: Shinto, Daoist, Buddhist, Confucian and New/Popular, although attention will be given to studying the reality that Japanese religion as practiced tends to cross over such artificial boundaries. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A

Hours per week: 3.0 lecture

REL-924  Honors Project  (1)  

Allows a qualified honors student to pursue a special concentration of study under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires completion of an honors project contract. May be taken more than once. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Comments: Requires approval of supervising professor and dean

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture

REL-928  Independent Study  (1-3)  

Provides readings, papers, study and research under the guidance of a faculty member. Arts & Sciences Elective Code: A; Comments: Permission of instructor, dean

Hours per week: 1.0 lecture