REL: Religion Courses

College:Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities

Courses

REL 1300   World Religions

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Broad understanding of the major religious traditions. May include Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and others. Comparative study of similarities and differences among these traditions. Meets General Education requirement in Humanities. Meets Gordon Rule Writing Requirement.

REL 2905   Directed Study

1-12 sh (may be repeated indefinitely for credit)

REL 3142   New Perspectives on the Religious Self

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Focus on selected understandings of the nature of the self as a religious being. Various models of the self will be examined. Meets Gordon Rule Writing Requirement. Meets Multicultural Requirement.

REL 3213   Studies in Hebrew Scriptures/Old Testament

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Analysis of literature of ancient Israel, interrelation of faith and history, evolution of ethical monotheism from primitive beginnings to oracles of prophets. Meets Gordon Rule Writing Requirement.

REL 3241   Studies in the New Testament

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Exegetical study of literature of the early Christian community with emphasis on life and teaching of Jesus and letters of Paul from variety of theological perspectives. Meets Gordon Rule Writing Requirement.

REL 3310   Philosophies of the East

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Indian philosophy including concept of Brahman in Vedanta and Yoga meditation. Buddhism in India, China and Japan. Confucian humanism and Taoist mysticism in China. Meets Multicultural Requirement.

REL 3905   Directed Study

1-12 sh (may be repeated indefinitely for credit)

REL 3948   Service Learning Field Study II

1-3 sh (may be repeated for up to 4 sh of credit)

Placement in community agency or other social organizational setting related to field of study. Supervision by faculty and agency. Students and faculty "customize" courses to fit a full range of services that are available in the setting. Student must be able to draw correlation between the discipline and field study. Journal and reflective experience paper are required. With the agreement of the student's faculty sponsor, a minimum of 4-6 hours per week must be done at the field site per semester hour of credit. Permission is required.

REL 4420   Contemporary Theology

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Types of theology: fundamentalism, liberalism and neo-orthodoxy. Current trends: religious atheism (Nietzsche, Altizer), secular theology (Bonhoeffer, Cox), process theology (Whitehead, Chardin), existential theology (Tillich, Bultmann), personalism (Bertocci, DeWolf), liberation theology (Gutierrez, Boff).

REL 4592   Development of Christian Thought

3 sh (may not be repeated for credit)

Beginning with the early Christian communities in Rome and Jerusalem, the course explores the development of the Christian faith and thought with an emphasis on the relationship between philosophy and theology. The impact of cultural and social-political changes over the centuries and how they affected life in the Christian communities are examined. Meets Gordon Rule Writing Requirement. Meets Multicultural Requirement.

REL 4905   Directed Study

1-12 sh (may be repeated indefinitely for credit)