Religious Studies Courses
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Introductory course in the academic study of religion. Required for majors and minors. 4 credits. (UQ or GP)
Introduction to the academic study of the three main Abrahamic religions. Themes include historical and contemporary interrelations among Muslims, Christians and Jews; their core beliefs and practices; sacred literature; gender and the body. 4 credits. (UQ or GP)
Formation and meaning of religious ethics in contemporary life. Human responsibility, community, racism, sexism, violence, war. 4 credits (UQ or GP or US)
Literature of the Old Testament: its form, content, historical development, and interpretation. 4 credits. (UQ or VP)
Literature of the New Testament: its form, content, historical development, and interpretation. 4 credits. (UQ or VP)
Literature of the Qur'an: its form, content, historical development, and interpretation. Course designed especially for students with some familiarity with Old and New testament narrative. Provides students an opportunity for further study of the major world faith that is Islam. 4 credits. (UQ or VP or GP)
Comparative introductory study of major philosophical traditions of east and west: ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of religion. 4 credits. (UQ or GP)
Study of Greek grammar; readings from the New Testament; use of exegetical tools. With RELS 201 (Greek Readings), meets the language requirement for the BA. 5 credits.
Greek from the New Testament, Stoic authors, Hellenistic Jewish texts, and early church fathers. Prerequisite: RELS 200. 3 credits.
Elements of Hebrew grammar. Language tapes and class exercises to give the student experience in spoken, elementary, Modern Hebrew; readings from prose sections of the Hebrew Bible. With RELS 203, meets the language requirement for the B.A. 5 credits.
Selected passages from the prose and poetry of the Hebrew Bible. Prerequisite: RELS 202. 3 credits.
Introduction to Sanskrit language: Reading, writing, pronunciation basic grammar. Fulfills BA language requirement when completed with RELS 205. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. 4 credits.
Continuation of first-year Sanskrit. Continued study of basic grammar necessary to begin reading Sanskrit literature. Fulfills BA language requirement when completed with RELS 204. Prerequisite: RELS 204 or consent of instructor. 4 credits.
Selective introduction to prominent Buddhist traditions of Asia and contemporary West. Introduction to basic Buddhist doctrines, practices, institutions and material culture. Analysis of Buddhist sacred literature with attention to historical context and contemporary lived realities. 4 credits. (UQ or GP)
Introduction to the Hindu tradition in South Asia and beyond. Analysis of representative selections of literature and film alongside ethnographic accounts of contemporary practice. Basic doctrines and practices; institutions and identity formation; tradition and modernity; nationalism and globalization. 4 credits. (UQ or GP)
Prominent people, movements, and doctrines within Christianity. Special attention to primary source materials and biographies. 4 credits. (UQ or VP)
Exposition of contemporary theologians through primary reading sources. 4 credits. (UQ)
Comparative anthropological study of traditional oral literature: myths, legends, folktales, riddles, proverbs, jokes. Dynamics of folklore, its creation, performance, and transmission; functions of folklore and myth in diverse cultures, including the contemporary United States. 4 credits.
Examination of how people have conceived the relationship between humanity and the natural world, and how people have found religion in nature. Topics include historical, ethical, and philosophical questions, as well as contemporary environmental and ecological concerns. Selections may be drawn from Asian religions (Buddhist, Hindu, Daoist, Shinto, etc.), Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam), indigenous (native American, African) traditions, or other traditional or non-traditional selections. Opportunities for experiential learning and for students to articulate and evaluate their own perspectives. 4 credits. (UQ or GP)
Historical and critical analysis of selected Old Testament Prophetic literature, focusing on form, content, historical development and interpretation. May focus on a single Prophet, like Isaiah, or introduce several Prophets. Special attention to primary source materials. 4 credits. (UQ or VP).
Prominent periods and events in the formation and development of the three major religious traditions of the Middle East: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Historical context, the prophet, conquest and empire, crisis and disaster, Holy Text. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or higher. 4 credits. (UQ or VP or GP)
Examination of the relationship between politics and religion in varying contexts: theories of the role of religion in government and society, religious social movements, contemporary political controversies involving religion. Prerequisite: one of POLS 201, POLS 210, POLS 220, RELS 110, RELS 115, or consent of instructor. 4 credits.
A study of the role and practices of pilgrimages in major religious traditions. Exploration of symbolic pilgrimages including the use of labyrinths. Relevance for personal practice and sacred journeys. 4 credits. (UQ or GP)
A study of the theology, role and practices of forgiveness in four major religious traditions: Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. Includes examination of forgiveness, revenge, reconciliation and restorative justice. Case studies will focus on individuals, group/cultures, and national contexts. Relevance for personal practice will be explored. 4 credits. (UQ)
History of prominent religious experiences in America. Protestant empire, Native American presence, minority appropriation, post-Christian responses. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. 4 credits. (UQ or VP or US)
Study of western monasticism and the way of the mystic. Focus on Trappists, their community and spiritual disciplines. Visits to Trappist Abbey, dialogue with monks. Additional trip to Brigittine monastery and Benedictine convent. Academic reflection and personal exploration. 4 credits. (UQ)
Examination of the depictions of women and roles that women play in selected religious traditions. May focus on the depiction of women in a religious tradition's sacred literature or the practices and roles of women in particular historical or contemporary religious contexts. Special attention to primary source materials. 4 credits. (UQ)
The discovery, content, and historical context of the Dead Sea Scrolls. What the Scrolls tell us about Second Temple Judaism, the origins of Christianity, the history of the biblical text, the Qumran community. Making the scrolls available to the general public. Not open to those who have taken INQS 125 "The Dead Sea Scrolls." 4 credits. (UQ or VP)
Examination of the Gnostic Christian texts discovered at Nag Hammadi, Egypt, as context for the Gospel of John. Topics include: the variety of early Christian communities; roles of women in early Christian churches; the so-called Q document; the politics of Christian canon formation; the Gospel of John as an orthodox response to Gnostic Christians. Not open to those who have taken INQS 125 "John and the Gnostic Gospels." 4 credits. (UQ or VP)
The invention of the alphabet. How the Bible became a book. The Canaanite origin of the Biblical God. How to read a Northwest Semitic inscription. The ancient world of the patriarch Abraham. 4 credits. (UQ)
Reading Buddhist texts as literature; understanding the nature, purposes, and forms of Buddhist literature; Buddhist narrative genres; Buddhist past-life stories; Buddhist miracle tales; traditional and modern Buddhist poetry; Buddhist literature and philosophy. Specific textual focus may vary from semester to semester. Topics may include narrative and identity; gender dynamics in Buddhist literature; narrative and ritual performance; narrative and practices of self-cultivation. 4 credits. (UQ or CS or GP)
Origins and historical development of Mahayana Buddhism. Close reading and analysis of Mahayana Buddhist literature. Prerequisite: Previous coursework in Religious Studies recommended. 4 credits. (UQ or GP)
Introduction to Buddhism of Tibet and the Tibetan diaspora communities, particularly in India and the Himalayan region (Nepal, Bhutan, etc.), as well as that of westerners (Americans, Europeans, Australians, etc.) who identify themselves as Buddhist within a specifically Tibetan tradition. Basic Tibetan Buddhist doctrines and practices, institutions and identity formation, historically and in a contemporary context. 4 credits. (UQ or GP)
American ways of death and dying. Cultural immorality, obscenity, confrontation, technicalities, realities, living. 4 credits. (UQ)
Advanced opportunity for outstanding students to assist faculty members in the classroom. Normally the student will function as a tutor in a language course or introductory content course. Focus on course content and pedagogy. Prerequisites: application and consent of instructor. 1-4 credits. (S/U) (EL)
Independent study for students of advanced standing under the supervision of departmental faculty. Prequisite: consent of instructor. 1-5 credits.
First course of departmental capstone sequence. Examination of academic approaches to the understanding of religious phenomena. Focus on theories and methods of analysis. Leads to completion of a proposal for the senior thesis. Prerequisite: Departmental permission required. 4 credits.
Individualized learning in applied religion through working in a church, synagogue, temple, or other institution related to a denomination or ecumenical group. Letter grades. Prerequisite: consent of department. 4 credits. (EL)
Second course of departmental capstone sequence. Advanced research and writing in consultation with one or more members of the department. Prerequisites: RELS 485 and senior standing. 4 credits. (MWI)
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