Religious Studies (REL)


1000

REL 1000 Religions of the World (3 credits)
Primarily for non-majors. Survey of the religions of the world such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and indigenous religious traditions.
REL 1001 [Not Offered] Beginning Hebrew (4 credits)
See HEBR 1001.
REL 1002 [Not Offered] Beginning Hebrew (4 credits)
See HEBR 1002.
REL 1004 Old Testament (3 credits)
Scholarly study of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) against the background of the history and religious life of ancient Israel.
REL 1005 New Testament (3 credits)
Introduction to the history, religion, and literature of early Christianity from about 30 to 150 CE; emphasis on the writings of the New Testament and the methods by which scholars study them.
REL 1006 [Not Offered] HONORS: New Testament (3 credits)
Same as REL 1005, with special honors emphasis for qualified students.
REL 1007 [Not Offered] HONORS: Old Testament (3 credits)
Same as REL 1004, with special honors emphasis for qualified students.
REL 1015 [Not Offered] HONORS: Introduction to Religion (3 credits)
Same as REL 1000, with special honors emphasis for qualified students.

2000

REL 2000 Introduction to the Study of Religion (3 credits)
Thematic introduction to the academic study of religion; ways of being religious; forms of religious literature; beliefs and rituals; the place of religion in human life.
REL 2001 [Not Offered] Faith and Doubt (3 credits)
Intellectual sources of religious doubt; alternatives to traditional Judeo-Christian religion, including existentialism, Freudianism, and psychological behaviorism.
REL 2003 [Not Offered] Intermediate Hebrew (4 credits)
See HEBR 2003.
REL 2004 [Not Offered] Intermediate Hebrew (4 credits)
See HEBR 2004.
REL 2006 [Not Offered] HONORS: Jesus in History and Tradition (3 credits)
Primarily for honors students and students concentrating in religious studies. Ideas about Jesus from antiquity to the present, including the modern quest for the historical Jesus.
REL 2027 Asian Religions (3 credits)
Survey of the history, beliefs, and practices of the major religions of Southern and Eastern Asia, focusing on Hinduism, Buddhism, and the religions of China and Japan.
REL 2028 Philosophy of Religion (3 credits)
Same as PHIL 2028. Meaning of religion as a pervasive phenomenon in human societies; faith and reason, nature of divinity, arguments for and against God's existence, religious knowledge and experience, morality and cult, the problem of evil.
REL 2029 Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (3 credits)
Survey of the history, beliefs, and practices of these three related religions.
REL 2030 [Not Offered] HONORS: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (3 credits)
Same as REL 2029, with special honors emphasis for qualified students.
REL 2031 [Not Offered] HONORS: Asian Religions (3 credits)
Same as REL 2027, with special honors emphasis for qualified students.
REL 2033 AMERICAN RELIGIONS (3.0 credits)
REL 2034 [Not Offered] Indigenous Religions (3 credits)
Introduction to the religions of the indigenous peoples or �First Nations�of the Americas, Africa, and Australia.
REL 2120 [Not Offered] The Holocaust (3 credits)
Responses of Judaism and the Christian church to Nazi Germany's killing of the Jews; issues about God, human morality, Western civilization, and modernity.
REL 2925 [Not Offered] Independent Study/Tutorial (1 credits)
Prereq.: 3 sem. hrs. of religious studies courses and at least a 2.50 gpa. May be taken for a max. of 3 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Readings, conferences, and reports under faculty direction.

3000

REL 3000 CHRISTIANITY (3.0 credits)
REL 3002 [Not Offered] Modern Catholicism (3 credits)
The religious and institutional development of Catholicism and the Roman Catholic Church from about the year 1500 to present, including issues of church and state, the question of the �other�in missions and ecumenism, devotionalism and popular piety, and the challenges of and responses to modernity.
REL 3004 [Not Offered] Archaeology and the Bible (3 credits)
Also offered as ANTH 3004. Major figures and discoveries influencing the historical study of the Bible; emphasis on results of excavations and discovery of written documents and inscriptions.
REL 3005 [Not Offered] Paul and Early Christianity (3 credits)
Paul's writings in historical context; assessment of his place in the development of the church; significant themes in his theology.
REL 3010 [Not Offered] Special Topics in Religious Studies (3 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 12 hrs. of credit when topics vary.
REL 3015 [Not Offered] Christian Philosophy (3 credits)
See PHIL 3015.
REL 3030 [Not Offered] Topics in Mysticism (3 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Studies of the literature and practices of particular mystical traditions, such as Christian, Kabbalistic, Sufi, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Afro-Caribbean, or the shamanistic traditions of the Americas, or Tibet and Central Asia.
REL 3033 [Not Offered] Native American Religions (3 credits)
Survey of native North American religious traditions from prehistory to the present; including issues of conversion and Christianization, freedom of religion, and gender.
REL 3051 [Not Offered] Apocalypse: Then and Now (3 credits)
Ideas about the end of the world from antiquity to the present; emphasis on the book of Revelation and its continuing influence.
REL 3090 Comparative Mythology (3 credits)
See CLST 3090.
REL 3092 [Not Offered] Fundamentalisms and Religious Nationalism (3 credits)
Also offered as INTL 3092. Investigates how the phenomenon of fundamentalism manifests itself in combinations of religion and politics in various countries around the world as a response to �modernity.�
REL 3100 [Not Offered] Judaism (3 credits)
Religious texts, faith, and practice in Judaism, from antiquity to the present.
REL 3101 [Not Offered] American Judaism (3 credits)
American Jewish history; Judaism as a cultural entity and religious faith.
REL 3102 [Not Offered] American Catholic History (3 credits)
Roman Catholicism in its North American context: the European heritage; immigration; political, intellectual, and devotional life.
REL 3104 [Not Offered] Ancient Hebrew Prophets (3 credits)
Prophetic movement in ancient Israel; different modern interpretations of prophecy.
REL 3124 [Not Offered] The Literature of the English Bible (3 credits)
Also offered as ENGL 3124.
REL 3201 [Not Offered] Psychological Theories of Religion (3 credits)
Also offered as PSYC 3201. Use of various psychological theories to explain religious belief and practice, conversion experiences, ritual acts, and altered states of mind.
REL 3203 Religion and Parapsychology (3 credits)
Extraordinary human experiences such as faith healing, death and dying, exorcism, apparitions, and witchcraft, examined from the perspective of religious phenomenology, philosophy, and psychology.
REL 3236 [Not Offered] Literature and Religion: An Overview (3 credits)
See ENGL 3236.
REL 3238 [Not Offered] Religion and Film (3 credits)
Interaction between religion and film; approaches to the analysis of religion in film; emphasis on shared literary grounds.
REL 3300 [Not Offered] Women and Religion (3 credits)
Role of women in the religions of the world.
REL 3786 [Not Offered] The Religion of Islam (3 credits)
Also offered as INTL 3786. Introduction to the major religious and cultural dimensions of the Islamic world, both those that express its diversity and those that express its continuity; emphasis on the development of classical Islamic institutions and ideas, the diverse forms of Islamic religious and cultural life over the past fourteen centuries as the Islamicate tradition has spread around the world.

4000

REL 4001 [Not Offered] South Asian Society, Polity, and Culture (3 credits)
See INTL 4002.
REL 4005 [Not Offered] History of the Christian Church: 50-450 (3 credits)
Also offered as HIST 4005. Christianity's rise to prominence; its struggle against paganism; emphasis on institutional history of the church.
REL 4006 [Not Offered] History of the Christian Church: 450-1350 (3 credits)
Also offered as HIST 4006. Medieval Latin Christianity; emphasis on central role of the church in culture, politics, and social organization.
REL 4010 Selected Topics in Religious Studies (3 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 12 hrs. of credit when topics vary.
REL 4011 The Age of Reformation (3 credits)
See HIST 4011.
REL 4012 [Not Offered] History of Modern Christian Thought (3 credits)
Prereq.: one religious studies course. Also offered as HIST 4012. Major figures in the history of Christian thought from the Reformation through the 19th century.
REL 4018 [Not Offered] RELIGION & HEALING (3.0 credits)
REL 4031 [Not Offered] Comparative Religions (3 credits)
See ANTH 4031.
REL 4032 [Not Offered] Religion, Gender, and Society (3 credits)
Also offered as ANTH 4032. Examination of the link between religious ideas and gender formulations within simple and complex societies and certain religious communities.
REL 4035 [Not Offered] WOMEN & BUDDHISM (3.0 credits)
REL 4041 [Not Offered] Women and Witchcraft (3 credits)
A cross-cultural examination of �witchcraft�and issues of gender in North America, Europe, and Africa.
REL 4050 [Not Offered] A History of God (3 credits)
Traces the development of the concept of God from antiquity to the present.
REL 4060 [Not Offered] Ideas of the Afterlife (3 credits)
Traces the development of ideas concerning life after death in various traditions from antiquity to the present.
REL 4079 [Not Offered] Geography of Religion (3 credits)
See GEOG 4079.
REL 4095 [Not Offered] The Middle East to 1800 (3 credits)
See HIST 4095.
REL 4096 [Not Offered] The Modern Middle East (3 credits)
See HIST 4096.
REL 4097 [Not Offered] Political Theology (3 credits)
See POLI 4097.
REL 4098 [Not Offered] Muslims of South Asia (3 credits)
See HIST 4098.
REL 4124 [Not Offered] Studies in Af rican Diaspora Religions (3 credits)
Also offered as AAAS 4124. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Analysis of religious beliefs, rituals, and practices and their roles in the lives of African Diaspora peoples.
REL 4125 [Not Offered] History of Ancient Israel (3 credits)
Also offered as HIST 4125. Israelite history from its beginnings to the Christian era; readings from biblical and other ancient Near Eastern texts.
REL 4161 [Not Offered] History of Religion in the United States (3 credits)
See HIST 4161.
REL 4171 [Not Offered] Religion in Southern Culture (3 credits)
Religion as a component of Southern history and culture; emphasis on the religious culture of Louisiana.
REL 4191 Religions of China and Japan (3 credits)
See HIST 4191.
REL 4200 GENDER&SEX BLACHURCH (3.0 credits)
REL 4227 [Not Offered] Contemporary Christian Thought (3 credits)
Major theologians and theological movements of the 20th century.
REL 4228 [Not Offered] Major Religious Thinkers (3 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Concentrated study of the work of a religious thinker.
REL 4236 [Not Offered] Studies in Literature and Religion (3 credits)
See ENGL 4236.
REL 4301 [Not Offered] Theories of Religion (3 credits)
Theories about the origin, nature, and function of religion from the social sciences and other disciplines.
REL 4350 [Not Offered] Religious Ethics (3 credits)
Ethical issues derived from religious traditions.
REL 4400 [Not Offered] MLK & MALCOM X (3.0 credits)
REL 4500 [Not Offered] Seminar in Biblical Studies (3 credits)
Prereq.: one course in Biblical studies. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit when topics vary.
REL 4505 [Not Offered] RISE OF CHRISTIANITY (3.0 credits)
REL 4507 [Not Offered] CHRISTIAN MONASTICSM (3.0 credits)
REL 4600 [Not Offered] Hinduism (3 credits)
Prereq.: REL 2027 or consent of instructor. A survey of Hinduism from its origins to the present.
REL 4800 Buddhism (3 credits)
Prereq.: REL 2027 or consent of the instructor. A survey of Buddhism from its origins to the present.
REL 4850 [Not Offered] Buddhist Psychology (3 credits)
Buddhist conceptions of mind, self, psyche, and personhood in comparison to Western views of the same.
REL 4928 [Not Offered] Medieval Philosophy (3 credits)
See PHIL 4928.
REL 4939 [Not Offered] Kierkegaard (3 credits)
See PHIL 4939.
REL 4944 [Not Offered] Philosophical Theology (3 credits)
See PHIL 4944.
REL 4990 Independent Reading and Research (1-3 credits)
Open to advanced students with prior approval of faculty member who will direct the course. Student is responsible for selecting area of reading and research and gaining agreement of faculty member to direct the course. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit when topics vary.

7000

REL 7250 [Not Offered] Seminar: Theoretical Study of Religion (3 credits)
Method, theory, and approaches in the study of religion; emphasis on classical and recent works in the discipline.
REL 7600 [Not Offered] Seminar: Western Religions (3 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Modern critical study of Western religions; relationship between religion and Western culture.
REL 7700 [Not Offered] Seminar: Asian Religions (3 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Texts, ideas, and practices of major Asian religions; sociological, anthropological, historical, and psychological issues.
REL 7990 Independent Study (3 credits)
May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary.