Religion (REL)

REL 250  Religions of East Asia and Oceania     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Survey of major and minor religions with relevant historical and cultural elements, focusing primarily on religious traditions with origins in East Asia and Oceania.

REL 251  Religions of the West     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Survey of major and minor religions with relevant historical and cultural elements, focusing primarily on religious traditions with origins in West Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

REL 252  Religions of South Asia and Africa     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Survey of major and minor religions with relevant historical and cultural elements, focusing primarily on religious traditions with origins in South Asia and Africa.

REL 260  Introduction to Biblical Studies     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Introduction to the method and content of Biblical scholarship, covering the Jewish (Hebrew) Bible and the Christian (Greek) New Testament, with some discussion of relevant apocryphal and non-canonical texts. LAS International/Intercultural.

REL 263  Religion of the Hebrew Bible     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion .

Course Description: Introduction to the major elements of the Hebrew Bible from the perspective of contemporary biblical scholarship.

REL 265  Religion of the New Testament     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Introduction to major elements of the New Testament from the perspective of contemporary New Testament scholarship.

REL 350  Philosophy of Religion     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Study of classical and contemporary philosophical inquiry into the nature of religion and questions about God and ultimate reality. Same as PHL 350. Prerequisite(s): Any previous course in philosophy or religion.

REL 360  Selected Topics in Religion     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Specialized course work in the study of religion, normally a comparative exploration of a theme considered across a variety of global religious traditions. May be repeated as content varies for a maximum of 6 credits.

REL 361  War, Peace, & Religion     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: A course in comparative religious ethics thematically exploring a variety of global religious traditions, both East and West, examining their respective scriptures, doctrines, histories, and contemporary examples through the lens of their various perspective on violence and nonviolence. Special emphasis will be given to the resources each has available for nonviolent responses to interpersonal and international conflict. LAS Ethics; LAS International/Intercultural.

REL 365  Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Specialized course work in interpersonal and/or international conflict studies. May be repeated as content varies for a maximum of 9 credits.

REL 450  Independent Research/Project     Credits: 1-3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Investigation of a research problem, project, or topic on an individual conference basis. Consent of departmental chairperson is required. Students are normally expected to discuss proposed work with REL faculty two semesters before registration is anticipated. May be repeated with departmental approval for a maximum of 6 credits.