Skip to main content

Religion

Course Descriptions

Religion Courses


REL 140 Old Testament/Hebrew Bible (RP) (4.00 SH). This course provides a survey of the content and major themes of the books accepted as canon in the Jewish and Christian traditions. It will cover methods of interpretation and aim for an understanding of the intersection of religion, faith, and history expressed in these writings. It will also explore the various ways in which Jews and Christians approach and appropriate the texts. It is highly recommended that students majoring in Christian Education or the Christian Traditions concentration take this required course before taking REL 107. Offered Fall Semester. Meets Religious and Philosophical Though Intellectual Perspective requirement (RP).

REL 150 New Testament (RP) (4.00 SH). A survey of the content and major themes of the New Testament. It will cover methods of interpretation and aim for an understanding of the intersection of religion, faith, and history as expressed in these early Christian texts. It will explore the relationship between Christianity and its Jewish roots, as well as theological, ethical, and institutional developments reflected in the New Testament. It is highly recommended that students majoring in Christian Education or the Christian Traditions concentration take REL 106 before taking this course. Offered Spring Semester. Meets Religious and Philosophical Though Intellectual Perspective requirement (RP).

REL 160 Understanding Christianity (RP) (4.00 SH). A study of the ways Christians have expressed and explained the Christian faith in various periods of history and in various situations. The relationships among the various denominations and their ways of expressing the faith will be examined. Meets Religious and Philosophical Though Intellectual Perspective requirement (RP).

REL 170 Intro to Religion in the World (RP) (4.00 SH). A cross-cultural study of religious life as a global phenomenon. The course examines the narratives, rituals, symbols, beliefs, forms of salvation, and moralities of the world’s religious communities. Particular attention is given to concepts and tools for analyzing and understanding these expressions and dimensions of human experience. Meets Religious and Philosophical Though Intellectual Perspective requirement (RP).

REL 171 Religion in the Western World (RP) (4.00 SH). A study of the histories, narratives, rituals, and scriptures of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, with special attention to Judaism and Islam in the 20th century. Meets Religious and Philosophical Though Intellectual Perspective requirement (RP).

REL 172 Religions from India (RP) (4.00 SH). A study of the histories, narratives, rituals, scriptures, and meditative practices that have historically made up the major religious traditions of India, with special attention given to Hinduism in its modern Indian and Western forms. Meets Religious and Philosophical Though Intellectual Perspective requirement (RP).

REL 173 Religion in China (RP) (4.00 SH). A historical, social, and philosophical study of Confucianism, Buddhism, and Daoism, as these three broad traditions developed and interacted in China from the 6th century B.C. down to the modern era, with specific consideration given to the modern period. Meets Religious and Philosophical Though Intellectual Perspective requirement (RP).

REL 200 Applied Biblical Interpretation (4.00 SH). A survey of various methods of interpretation and their application to selected biblical texts. It will explore the possibilities of meanings suggested by the texts and their practical application in contemporary contexts (e.g., church education, ethics, mission, preaching, theology).

REL 270 Method/Theory in Study of Religion (4.00 SH). How should we go about the study of religion? Various disciplines (psychology, anthropology, sociology, philosophy of religion) have provided their own approaches, and these methods will be considered briefly. They do not, however, deal with the initial attitude that is adopted toward the phenomenon of religion. A frank admission of our own lack of knowledge, putting our own beliefs to one side, and imaginative re-experiencing, as well as Christian theological attitudes towards other religions, will be considered as possible methodological principles, as will the results of adopting these attitudes.

REL 592 Field Experience/Internship (2.00 SH).

REL 601 Capstone (4.00 SH). This course is required of senior majors in religion and Christian education who are not doing an Honors project in religion.

REL 622 Independent Study (2.00 SH). Individual study in a specific academic area under the guidance of a selected faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor and the department chair.

REL 624 Independent Study (4.00 SH). Individual study in a specific academic area under the guidance of a selected faculty member. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor and the department chair.

REL 662 Honors Research (2.00 SH).

REL 663 Honors Research (4.00 SH).

REL 664 Honors Research (4.00 SH).

REL 672 Honors Research (2.00 SH).

REL 673 Honors Research (3.00 SH).

REL 674 Honors Research (4.00 SH).

REL 683 Honors Research (3.00 SH).

 

 

What can you do with a Religion degree?

Imagine yourself an international business executive, a counselor, a lawyer, journalist, teacher, social worker, Peace Corps volunteer, or pastor.