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100

RELI 100. Introduction to Religion. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course will introduce students to religious studies, and will examine such basic religious categories as history, myth, ritual, and text.

105

RELI 105. Introduction to the Bible. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Critical, literary, and historical analysis of Hebrew (Tanak) and Christian scriptures. Prerequisite: first-year or sophomore standing. Open to others by permission of the instructor.

110

RELI 110. Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A comparative survey of the three major monotheistic traditions, including their histories, scriptures, beliefs, and practices. Attention also will be paid to issues that each tradition has faced in the modern world. Prerequisite: first-year or sophomore standing. Open to others by permission of the instructor.

115

RELI 115. Introduction to Asian Religions. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A comparative study of the basic teachings and practices of Asian religions through lectures, discussions, readings, and films; inquiry into similarities and differences. Prerequisite: first-year or sophomore standing. Open to others by permission of the instructor.

125

RELI 125. Introduction to Ethics. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This introductory course in ethical reflection draws from a variety of religious and philosophical perspective to address a range of contemporary moral issues. Prerequisite: first-year or sophomore standing. Open to others by permission of the instructor.

150

RELI 150. Introduction to Religious Existentialism and Literature. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3
An introduction to some of the central religious questions associated with "Existentialism and Literature." A variety of literature (prose and poetry), film, and art will address the religious, philosophical, and psychological quandaries that have haunted human beings in their search for meaning.

180

RELI 180. Introduction to Religion in America. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course will examine the ways in which a wide variety of Americans have articulated and practiced their religious commitments. Prerequisite: first-year or sophomore standing. Open to others by permission of the instructor.

200

RELI 200. Buddhism. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:1
An interdisciplinary introduction to Buddhism, including basic teachings of liberation from suffering, impermanence, no-self, ethics, and meditation. Also explores the historical development of various streams of Buddhism in Asia and the West, with attention to the mutual influence between Buddhism and society, politics, and material culture. Crosslisted as EAST 251.

201

RELI 201. Islam. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
An overview of the many cultural expressions of this religion which emerged from the Arabian peninsula in the 6th century C.E. and spread through Eurasia to the larger world. The course will focus on the role of Muhammad as prophet, the Qur'an as scripture, and Hadith as religious narrative. The tensions between Law (Shar'iah), modernity and mysticism (Sufism) also will be explored.

202

RELI 202. Hinduism. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A historical survey of the family of Hindu religious traditions. This course traces the development of Hindu scriptures, rituals, philosophies, and ethics from the ancient to the contemporary world. Concepts such as karma, yoga, and reincarnation will be put in the broader contexts of Hindu dharma (religious law), theism, and ritual.

203

RELI 203. Hinduism and Film. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
A survey of Indian cinema and Hinduism, exploring early Hindu mythological films, the underlying religious messages of popular "secular" films, and the influence of Hindu worship practices on Indian cinema.

205

RELI 205. Hebrew. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
Essentials of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew. Includes readings of narrative portions of the Hebrew Bible and additional texts in Hebrew.

207

RELI 207. Holocaust: (1) Event and Reception. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
During the Holocaust more than six million Jews, one third of the Jewish population of the world, were systematically killed. We study the event, reflections by major thinkers and scholars, and the aftermath of the Holocaust.

209

RELI 209. Israel: Land, People, and Tradition. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
Study of the complex relationship between Judaism and the sacred traditions of the Jews as related to the Land of Israel including the cultural situation and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

210

RELI 210. Judaism. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A survey of Jewish religious traditions, addressing major historical developments (e.g., biblical, rabbinic, and modern periods) and basic rituals and theological issues (e.g., "chosenness", covenant, salvation).

211

RELI 211. Women In Judaism. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
Survey of Jewish texts and films that focus specifically on women or use feminine imagery; considers feminist and historical-critical interpretations of the evolving role of Jewish women. Crosslisted as WMST 211.

212

RELI 212. Christianity. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A broad introduction to Christianity, including a survey of Christian scripture, various Christian doctrines and beliefs, and major traditions of thought and practice within Christianity.

213

RELI 213. God, Suffering, and Evil. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
An investigation into the problem suffering and evil pose for western religious and Christian reflection on the existence and nature of God.

214

RELI 214. God, Nature, and Knowledge. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Study of various philosophical, religious, and scientific theories regarding the concept of divine nature, human nature, and non-human nature.

215

RELI 215. Essentials of Christian Thought. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
A survey of major topics in Christian thought, including God, creation, human nature, sin, salvation, the Christian life, the church, the status of other religions, and the future of human history and the world.

216

RELI 216. Philosophy of Religion. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Problems for rational inquiry arising from the claims and practices of religious faith, e.g., the nature of religious language, arguments for the existence of God, the concept of evil. Prerequisite: PHIL 100 or permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as PHIL 223.

217

RELI 217. Catholicism. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A broad survey of Roman Catholicism, including its main beliefs and practices, within the larger context of the history of Christianity and the history of Christian thought.

218

RELI 218. Christian Ethics. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Major trends in Christian ethics, with particular attention to the diversity of sources and methods used by Christian thinkers to reflect on moral issues.

219

RELI 219. Contemporary Religion: Race, Gender, and Sexuality. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
Through historical, political, and sociological analysis, this course will study how sexuality, race, and gender issues are affecting contemporary religious thought. Crosslisted as WMST 219.

220

RELI 220. Comparative Ethics. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
An examination of the symbols, concepts, beliefs, and practices of a variety of religious traditions and their role in providing ethical guidance for human life. Special attention will be given to critical methods of comparative analysis and their application to diverse traditions.

221

RELI 221. God and Morality. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
An overview of Western religious ethics, focusing on the relation between religion and morality, the connection between ideas of human selfhood and moral goodness, and the uses of argument to justify religious and moral claims.

222

RELI 222. Images of Jerusalem. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This is a writing class (W2) focusing on Jerusalem (Israel), its history, as a pilgrimage site, and the three Western religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) in the city.

223

RELI 223. History Western Religious Thought. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
A survey of the major religious ideas and problems which have shaped the Western intellectual tradition. Topics to be explored include conceptions of God, theories of human nature, and the relation between religious belief and cultural values.

224

RELI 224. Global Religions and the Politics of Pluralism. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
This interdisciplinary course explores the presence and practice of global relations and analyzes the cultural and political challenges of religious pluralism. Students will examine a wide variety of religious traditions, assess how minority religions negotiate issues of acculturation, and evaluate the political problems often created by religious diversity. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

225

RELI 225. Religion and Literature. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Examination of the religious, philosophical, and ethical quandaries confronting human beings through the study of literary works. Themes may include autobiography and the construction of identity; the nature of human freedom, love, and aspiration; the problems of evil, suffering, and alienation; the experience of moral conflict; and other topics.

226

RELI 226. Environmental Ethics. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
A survey of the major theories of environmental ethics, with particular attention to the challenge of developing an ethic commensurate with increasing human power. Crosslisted as ENST 236.

227

RELI 227. Bioethics: Issues in Ethics, Medicine, and the Life Sciences. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
Systematic study of the moral and social implications of practices and developments in medicine and the life sciences including abortion, human experimentation, genetic intervention, behavioral control, death and dying.

228

RELI 228. Religions in the Modern World. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
An examination of how religious communities respond to contemporary issues such as nationalism, secularism, atheism, culture and history of a group. The formation of religious identities and institutions in contexts of cultural diversity and pluralism will be discussed.

229

RELI 229. The Ethics of Consumption. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Analysis of ethical issues related to human consumption, such as world hunger, poverty, environmental destruction, and the effects of consumerism on human values and interactions.

230

RELI 230. End of Nature, Posthuman Future. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Analysis of ethical issues related to human technological interventions (both environmental and medical), and their implications for our changing conceptions of nature and human nature.

233

RELI 233. Global Feminism and Religion. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
This course examines the relationship between developments in feminist thought and movements in various parts of the world and the array of religious ideologies and practices in those societies. Crosslisted as WMST 233.

234

RELI 234. Issues of Religion and Culture. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3,Other:1; Repeatable
Focus on interdependence of religion and cultural phenomena: ideology; alienation; formation of world view; understandings of time and space; relation between church and state; faith and science.

235

RELI 235. Religion and Popular Culture. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course examines the relationship of religion to contemporary popular culture, both in how religion is portrayed (in music, movies, sports, and consumer culture) and how it is replicated (in ritual, myth, and morality).

237

RELI 237. Judaism in Film. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This is an introduction to Judaism in Film. Judaism has been characterized as a culture, a civilization, a philosophy, a nation, an ethnic group, and a religion. In this introductory class we will discuss ritual, ethical and historical issues.

239

RELI 239. Queering (Christian) Theology. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the relationship between queer theories, sexuality studies, and Christian theology. In addition to the concepts of gender, race and sexuality, it offers a survey of major topics in Christian thought, including God, love, justice, sin, and salvation. Crosslisted as WMST 239.

240

RELI 240. Perspectives in Religion and Science. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
Survey of theories, topics, and problems involved in understanding the historically evolved and complex relationship between western religion and science and their respective truth claims.

241

RELI 241. Religion and the Loss of Traditional Faith. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Examination of new approaches (linguistical, philosophical, and hermeneutical) that challenge traditional Western religious ideas and the role of faith in contemporary world. Emphasis is on intersection of religion and critical theory.

242

RELI 242. Religious Naturalism. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course will examine some of the diverse perspectives and ideas associated with religious naturalism. Students will explore the ways religious naturalists reconceptualize traditional concepts (God or supernatural theism), and examine their various approaches to understanding evil, morality, human nature, and humans' connectivity to nature.

243

RELI 243. Religions of South Asia. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Focused study of one or more South Asian religious traditions. This course centers on South Asian religions and on topics that may include, but will not be limited to: Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Islam in Pakistan and India, and Buddhism in Tibet, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.

244

RELI 244. Religions of East Asia. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Focused study on one or more East Asian religious traditions. This course centers on religions and on topics that may include, but will not be limited to: Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism, Shinto, and new East Asian religious movements. Crosslisted as EAST 244.

245

RELI 245. Religions of China. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
An introduction to the religious traditions of China through study of their origins, basic beliefs, practices and values, historical development, as well as their interaction and involvement with politics, culture, society and each other. Focus on the three major traditions - Confucianism, Daoism, and Chinese Buddhism. Crosslisted as EAST 252.

246

RELI 246. Religions of Japan. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3,Other:1
An introduction to the religious traditions of Japan through study of their origins, basic beliefs, practices and values, historical development, as well as their interaction and involvement with politics, culture, society, and each other. Focus on Shinto and the various forms of Japanese Buddhism. Crosslisted as EAST 253.

247

RELI 247. Epic India: Comics, Films, Text. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Survey of the great Indian religious epics, focusing on the place of these stories in classical India, and how they are retold in new times and places as they are recast in new media.

248

RELI 248. Religions of the African Diaspora. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
This course examines the historical development of African-derived or African-inspired religions in the African diaspora, including in the United States. It also examines the expansion and appropriation of major world religions into particular African diaspora communities. Crosslisted as WMST 248.

249

RELI 249. Pilgrimage in South Asia. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
An exploration of the sacred spaces of South Asia and the religious journeying practices of Hindus, Jains, Buddhists, and others in the Indian subcontinent.

276

RELI 276. Judaism and Masculinity. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
Theories of Judaism masculinity and maleness appiled to the bodies of atheletes; Jewish/Black bodies; the body of soldiers; stereotyping; human and divine bodies; Jewish feet, nose, ideal bodies.

279

RELI 279. Judaism and Law. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
Explores the cultural and ethical complexities of Jewish Law in the U.S., Europe, and the unique legal system of the state of Israel.

280

RELI 280. Religion and Constitutional Law. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the developing relationship between religion and American constitutional law, focusing on historic documents and Supreme Court decisions relating to the First Amendment.

281

RELI 281. Religion and American Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the historical relationship of religion and American politics, focusing on the impact of religion in both domestic and foreign policy.

307

RELI 307. Post-biblical Literature. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
A survey of Jewish post-biblical literature and thought which may include one or more of the following: the literature of the Second Temple period and rabbinic literature (Pseudepigrapha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Targum, Josephus, Mishnah-Tosefta, Midrash, Talmud, as well as contemporary phenomena) in their religious, historical, literary, and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as UNIV 307.

310

RELI 310. Topics in Religion and Law. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
This course will examine aspects of the relationship between religion and law in global, regional, tradition-based, and/or historical contexts. Prerequisite: junior or senior status only. Open to others by permission of the instructor.

311

RELI 311. Spirituality and Mysticism. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course studies the nature, role and meaning of mysticism and spirituality for Western audiences by focusing on different models, practices, and accounts. We will examine the social/cultural variables that influence mystical quests; concepts of truth, reality, and transcendence implied in diverse mystical experiences and spiritual practices; and the role of the body in spiritual practices. Prerequisite: not open to first-year students.

315

RELI 315. Topics in American Religion. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
This course will examine specific topics in American religion including in-depth analyses of religious movements and traditions in America. Prerequisite: junior or senior status only. Open to others by permission of the instructor.

316

RELI 316. Topics in Religion and Culture. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
This course will examine the interrelation between religion and cultural phenomena in diverse contexts of human experience. Prerequisite: junior or senior status only. Open to others by permission of the instructor.

317

RELI 317. Cultivating the Self. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course is an upper-level seminar on the idea of self-cultivation as a central theme in religious and philosophical reflection. Students will explore different meanings of the idea of self-cultivation as a practice of training the self's energies to attain an ideal of human excellence in a variety of traditions (including, e.g., Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, and western philosophical perspectives). Prerequisite: junior or senior status only. Open to others by permission of the instructor.

318

RELI 318. Jewish Thought. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3
Text-based class: cultural influences upon Jewish thought and practice in major Jewish books, traditional and contemporary Judaism, from Philo to Derrida: Human existence and identity.

320

RELI 320. Individual Studies In Religion. .5-1 Credits.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:Varies,Other:Varies; Repeatable
Guided investigations. Open to qualified students with some previous study of religion who wish to pursue individual programs of study in the field. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

321

RELI 321. Introduction to Jewish Law. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3
Jewish law: function, ethical and philosophical principles. Major sources: Bible, Rabbinics, Interpretations (Commentaries & Codifications), science. Applications to contemporary legal issues.

325

RELI 325. Major Religious Thinkers. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
The thought, historical setting, and influence of one or more classical religious thinkers, e.g., Paul the Apostle, Augustine, Kierkegaard, Confucius, Rosenzweig, Gandhi.

326

RELI 326. Major Religious Movements. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Origins, beliefs, and significance of selected religious communities and movements, e.g., Mysticism, Modern Catholicism, Evangelicalism, Monasticism, Religious Socialism.

330

RELI 330. Theories of Religion. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
An exploration of theoretical models and methods employed in the study of religion. Readings will be from major texts, which may include sociological, psychological, anthropological, and phenomenological approaches, along with recent challenges to such theories from thinkers of feminist, postmodern, and postcolonial perspectives. Prerequisite: junior or senior status only. Open to others by permission of the instructor.

350

RELI 350. Honors Thesis. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Honors thesis. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

400

RELI 400. Senior Seminar - Culminating Experience. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
The Senior Seminar (a one-semester topical course) is required for all majors in Religious Studies, and is designed to give majors an opportunity to integrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired, and to hone their research, writing, and oral skills, through the production of a significant research project. Prerequisites: open to seniors in Religious Studies only.

411

RELI 411. The Male Body in Judaism. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Investigates the male body from Jewish and comparative perspectives: the body of athletes; Jewish/Black relations; theories of masculinity; the body of soldiers; stereotyping; human and divine bodies. Prerequisites: junior or senior status and permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as UNIV 327.

412

RELI 412. Messianism and Madness. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3
Judaism and Jewish sectarianism include numerous Messianic figures: from Jesus to Messiah Ephraim; Shabbetai Zvi; Zionism; kabbalistic, midrashic, philosophical, Hassidic, and contemporary ideas of redemption.

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