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SPRING 2016 OFFERINGS

REL 23000: Religions of the East
CRN: 10598
Meets w/PHIL 23000-10596
Professor Ashley Purpura
MWF 3:30-4:20; HIKS B853
This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of Indian, Southeast Asian, Chinese, and Japanese religious traditions, including: Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, and Zoroastrianism. The philosophical and religious contexts of each tradition will be considered by examining its history, primary texts, key teachings, rituals, present practice and diverse cultural expressions. *Counts towards Area A

REL 23100: Religions of the West
CRN: 10592
Meets w/PHIL 23100-10243
Professor Thomas Ryba
MWF 11:30-12:20; LWSN B151
This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction  to the three Abrahamic monotheistic religions of the West: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will examine the diversity of practices and belief systems within these religions and address debates within and between communities as well as contemporary concerns.  The philosophical and religious contexts of each tradition will be considered by examining its history, primary texts, key teachings, and cultural expressions. *Counts towards Area A

REL 31800: The Bible & Its Early Interpreters
CRN: 17959
Professor Stuart Robertson
TTH 3:00-4:15; BRNG B222
Our purpose will be to see how alive the Bible still is, its continuing influence not only in Judaism and Christianity, but more broadly beyond what we think of as religious matters. In the process of our study, we will observe how some modern Jewish and Christian interpreters of the Bible (e.g., Martin Buber, Robert Alter, James Kugel, and Richard Longenecker) have built on ancient ways of understanding the Bible, both the Old Testa-ment and the New Testament. This course will be of interest to anyone who is interested in the Bible and would like to dig into it more deeply. The Bible has had great influ-ence on the shaping of ideas throughout the history of the world. To see how early interpreters understood this collection of books that we read and think about today provides insight into how we have come to understand so diversely the meaning of the various parts of the Bible.

REL 35000: History of Christian Theology
CRN: 15327
Professor Thomas Ryba
MWF 10:30-11:20; BRNG B260
A study of the development of Christian theology in light of the opposing philosophical ideas and movements that challenged it.  Specifically, the development of theology will be understood in light of Western conceptions of science.

REL 45000: Christian Ethics
CRN: 15328
Professor Ashley Purpura
TTh 3:00-4:15; REC 103
This course offers students the opportunity to study the sources, issues, and theologies of Christian ethics within a variety of diverse historical and denominational contexts. It includes a study of biblical, patristic, medieval, modern, and contemporary understandings and challenges of Christian morality. Diverse Christian responses to ethical dilemmas will be discussed and debated in class to encourage students to develop their own informed perspectives. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own interests through self-designed course projects and optional service learning. Counts towards the Religious Studies major/minor.  All students are welcome without prerequisite!

IDIS 49100: Muslims in America
CRN: 14648
Meets w/HIST 30200-15376 & AMST 30100-
Professor Jackleen Salem
TTh 12:00-1:15; REC 103
The history of Muslims in the United States is complex, representing a wealth of diverse people around the world including but not limited to Arabs, African-Americans, Indo-Pakistanis, Turks, Bosnians, Indonesians, and others. The Muslims’ journey in America began with pre- Columbian links and still continues to the present day.  The class will study the first exclusionary acts and the journey of African Muslim slaves who came on the Trans-Atlantic slave trade through personal narratives and official archival documents. From the African Muslim slaves to the immigrants who slowly began to trickle in from the political, economic, and social deterioration of the Middle East with the fall of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of nationalism, Muslim communities began to develop across the United States as of the late 1800s. The struggle between their ethnic heritage, religion, and their new country was the test Muslims communities’ of the US have faced. The course will further examine their ethnic/national backgrounds, patterns of migration, gender issues, the role of religion versus culture in Muslim communities, ties to US domestic and foreign politics, and American conversions to Islam. Plus, the class will also look at the educational, social, and religious institutions of Muslim communities in the US. It will also address the development of Nation of Islam and the role of Malcolm X. The class will conclude with an examination of the role and participation of Muslim women in all aspects of life as well as gender relations, the impact of 9/11 on Muslims in America, the Patriot Act and the challenges around civil liberties, and the war on terror

CMPL 23000-005: Supernatural & Uncanny in German Literature
CRN: 13643
Meets w/GER 23000-13646 & IDIS 49100-15592
Professor Jeffrey Turco
TTh, 1:30-2:45; SC G030

ENGL 26400: The Bible as Literature
CRN: 15048
Professor Dorothy Deering
MWF 9:30-10:20; HEAV 102
Through close reading students will study historical and biographical narratives,  plot and character, prophetic and poetic styles and tradition, distinctive features of wisdom and apocalyptic literatures.  Students will write 10-12 one page papers and participate in weekly team discussions. No tests or final exam.

HEBR 12200: Biblical Hebrew II
CRN: 64550
Professor Stuart Robertson
TTh 9:00-10:15; EE 224
The second semester of biblical Hebrew will continue the study of reading, vocabulary and grammar, based on selections form the Hebrew Bible.

HEBR 22200: Biblical Hebrew IV
CRN: 64551
Professor Stuart Robertson
TTh 10:30-11:45; EE 224
The fourth semester of biblical Hebrew exposes the student to both narrative and poetic sections of the Bible.

HIST 31800: History of the Christian Church II
CRN: 13578
Professor Deborah Fleetham
MWF 1:30-2:20; UNIV 201
Continuation of HIST 31700. The Reformation, the major developments in Christianity, and the churches in the modern world.

JWST 33000: Introduction to Jewish Studies
CRN: 38313
Meets w/HIST 30200-16211 & POL 49300-38314
Professor Alon Kantor
TTh 12:00-1:15; LILY G420
An interdisciplinary course touching on the full range of Jewish experience from antiquity to the present. Several members of the Jewish Studies faculty and guest lecturers participate, representing such fields as anthropology, history, language, literature, philosophy, politics, religion, and sociology.

PHIL 20600: Philosophy of Religion
CRN: 14991
Staff
MWF 8:30-9:20; BRNG 1268
The course encourages critical reflection on traditional and contemporary views about God and other religious ideas.  Topics include arguments for God's existence, the problem of evil, understanding the divine attributes, miracles, religious pluralism, and life after death.

PHIL 40600: Intermediate Philsophy of Religion
CRN: 14950
Professor Paul Draper
TTh 9:00-10:15; BRNG 1248
An intensive study of some important problems such as the existence of God, the problem of evil, immortality, or the nature of religion. Or the religious philosophy of some significant thinkers such as Buber, Berdyaev, Tillich, Barth, Maritain, or Chardin may form the content of the course.

SOC 36700: Religion in America
CRN: 63286
Professor Daniel Olson
TTh 10:30-11:45; HAMP 1252
Examines the social dimensions of religion in American life; religion in American culture; social profiles of America's religious groups, trends in individual religious commitment; and religion's impact on American life.

FALL 2015 OFFERINGS

REL 20000: Introduction to Study of Religion
CRN: 45031/63049 (Learning Community)
Professor Ashley Purpura
MWF 3:30-4:20 BRNG 2290
This course offers an introduction to the interdisciplinary, multicultural, and academic study of religion where students are invited to reflect on religion as a cultural phenomenon and to survey the major facets of nine different religious traditions. This course features multiple field trips, expert guest speakers, religiously-themed films and foods, organized debates, and field research opportunities to develop students as informed global citizens who can recognize, respect, and speak with confidence about religion.  All students are welcome! *Counts towards Area A

REL 23000: Religions of the East
CRN: 41412
Meets w/PHIL 23000-25269
Professor Ashley Purpura
MWF 4:30-5:20 HIKS B853
This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the study of Indian, Southeast Asian, Chinese, and Japanese religious traditions, including: Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, and Zoroastrianism. The philosophical and religious contexts of each tradition will be considered by examining its history, primary texts, key teachings, rituals, present practice and diverse cultural expressions.
*Counts towards Area A

REL 23100: Religions of the West
CRN: 41413
Meets w/PHIL 23100-25272
Professor Thomas Ryba
MWF 12:30-1:20; WTHR 160
This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction  to the three Abrahamic monotheistic religions of the West: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will examine the diversity of practices and belief systems within these religions and address debates within and between communities as well as contemporary concerns.  The philosophical and religious contexts of each tradition will be considered by examining its history, primary texts, key teachings, and cultural expressions.
*Counts towards Area A

REL 45100: Christology
CRN: 14946
Professor Thomas Ryba
MWF 11:30-12:20 REC 112
The course examines the historical development of Christological doctrine in the Christian faith from the age of the New Testament to the late 20th/early 21st century, paying special attention to the New Testament and conciliar formulations. *Counts towards Area D-Category III

ANTH 37300 - Anthropology of Religion
CRN: 15321
MWF 11:30-12:20, STON 217
Professor Ellen Gruenbaum
Anthropological theories of the origin, development, and functions of religion, ritual, and myth. Data drawn from western and non-western societies, with special emphasis on the relationship of religion to social structure, cultural patterns, and social change.

ANTH 39200 - Race, Religion & Popular Culture in America
CRN: 16809/16808
Meets w/AAS 37300-13391/13389 & IDIS 49100-15084/15083
MWF 11:30-12:20, BRNG B242
Professor Su'ad Khabeer
Using the roles of the “emcee” and the “jihadi” in US popular culture as a backdrop this course introduces students to important theories of popular culture, how to interpret several “mainstream” genres (music, film, and television) of popular culture and to look critically at the relationship between race, power, and popular culture.

ARAB 23000: Arabic Literature in Translation
CRN: 67784
Meets w/AMST 20100-69867, CMPL 23000-68897 & ENGL 23200-68892
Professor Lynne Dahmen
TTH 9:00-10:15 SC G039

ARAB 28100: Introduction to Islami Civilization & Culture
CRN: 13287
Meets w/CMPL 23000-14740, ENGL 23200-14739 & IDIS 49100-14741
Professor Idrissi Alami
TTH 12:00-1:15 KRAN G013

CLCS 38700: Roman Religion
CRN: 13377
Professor Keith Dickson
MWF 10:30-11:20 SC G030
A study of the religious beliefs and practices of the ancient Romans. We will learn how they understood, represented, and related to the gods. We will see how they legitimized their view of the world by linking it to a transcendent reality. We will ask whether their use of the sacred continues to influence modern Western religious behavior.

ENGL 44400: Milton
CRN: 19677
Professor Angelica Duran
TTH 9:00-10:15 KRAN G009
In addition to Protestantism and Biblical themes and characters pervading Milton's works, we will read relevant biblical passages and learning about the Protestant Reformation to illuminate his works and times.

ENGL 46200: The Bible as Literature - Old Testament
CRN: 57589
Professor Sandor Goodhart
MW 4:30-5:45 HEAV 206
A study of the Old Testament - Pentateuch, Prophets, and other books such as Psalms, Proverbs, Job, and Ecclesiastes - with emphasis on its unique literary characteristics.

ENGL 53400: 17th-Century English Literature
CRN: 14228
Professor Angelica Duran
TTH 10:30-11:45 KRAN G009
This course will cover religious readings like, portions of the Bible, Pilgrim's Progress, Paradise Regained, Donne's Holy Sonnets, English translations of Luther's works, the first English translation of the Koran.

HEBR 12100: First Semester First Year Biblical Hebrew
CRN: 43123
Professor Stuart Robertson
TTH 9:00-10:15 KRAN G013

HEBR 22100: First Semester Second Year Biblical Hebrew
CRN: 21285
Professor Stuart Robertson
TTH 10:30-11:45 KRAN G013

HEBR 28000: Modern Israel: Cinema, Literature, Politics & History
CRN: 67990
Profesor Alon Kantor
TTH 1:30-2:45 SC G039

HEBR 28400: Ancient Near Eastern History & Culture
CRN: 13460
Meets w/HIST 20100-14694
Professor Stuart Robertson
TTH 3:00-4:15 CL50 129

HIST 10300: Introduction to the Medieval World
CRN: 10922
Professor Melinda Zook
MWF 8:30-9:20 WTHR 320
This course is a survey of medieval history in Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire to the birth of the Renaissance. We explore political, religious, and social changes as well as economic, technological, and cultural developments, seeking to understand the complexity of the medieval past, including an awareness of the experiences of peasants, townsfolk, students, the religious, knights and nobles. Topics include: the Birth of Christianity and decline of the Roman Empire; Barbarian nations; the Feudal World and Crusades; Chivalry, Medieval Warfare, and the Arthurian legend; Cities, Education and Daily Life; the Church, Heresy & Witchcraft; and The Black Death.

HIST 31700: History of the Christian Church I
CRN: 66760
Professor Deborah Fleetham
MWF 1:30-2:20 UNIV 201
The Christian Church shaped the West, and continues to influence it profoundly. Born within the ancient Roman Empire, Christianity survives in diverse forms throughout the world: the Church is arguably the most influential and long-lived institution in world history. Tracing the Church’s evolution from its foundations to the fourteenth century, History 317 will concentrate on five interlocking themes: 1) the Christianization of the Roman Empire and of the Germanic peoples; 2) the hierarchical structure and governance of the Church; 3) the relations between the Church and various monarchies; 4) the rise, triumph, and decline of papal authority; and 5) the principal movements aiming at the reform of the Church. Until about 600 CE, the course concerns the Church throughout the Mediterranean world. Thereafter, it concentrates on the Latin Church in Western Europe, devoting little attention to the Greek, Oriental, or Slavic churches.

HIST 40300: Europe and the Reformation
CRN: 11191
Profesor James Farr
TTH 3:00-4:15 UNIV 301
Between 1450 and 1650 Europeans experienced religious upheaval of unprecedented proportions. Heresies there had always been, but rival churches to the once universal Christian Church signaled a sundered Christendom that many contemporaries believed could only end in punishment from God. But religious conflict, important as it was, was only part of the "disorder" that marked the experience of Europeans. Economic transformation, social mobility, unprecedented poverty and vagrancy, rebellion, and war all conspired with religious upheaval to make this epoch an age of anxiety. To fathom these earth-shattering changes, we will search for interconnections between and among these historical phenomena, using interdisciplinary methodology (like psychology and cultural anthropology) at times to aid in our interpretation of what happened during this epoch and why. In the process, we will explore the many minor paradoxes and the one great contradiction that marks these two hundred years: why Europeans were obsessed with a search for order in an age of perceived chaos.

PHIL 20600: Philosophy of Religion
CRN: 14676
Professor Paul Draper
TTH 10:30-11:45 BRNG 1230
The course encourages critical reflection on traditional and contemporary views about God and other religious ideas. Topics include arguments for God's existence, the problem of evil, understanding the divine attributes, miracles, religious pluralism, and life after death.

PHIL 27500: Philosophy of Art
CRN: 45406
Professor Daniel Smith
TTH 9:00-10:15 BRNG 1230
A survey of the principal theories concerning the nature, function, and value of the arts from classical times to the present, including discussion of the religious origins of art.

PHIL 40200: Studies in Medieval Christian Thought
CRN: 14680
Profesor Jeffrey Brower
TTH 12:00-1:15 BRNG 1230
A survey of some of the main trends and major figures of the Christian Middle Ages, with an emphasis on the way thinkers from this period make use of philosophy in theology. Readings (in English translation) may include Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Abelard, Aquinas, Scotus, and Ockham.

SOC 36700: Religion in America
CRN: 61934 - TTH 12:00-1:15 HAMP 1252 - Professor Daniel Winchester
CRN: 16959 - TTH 3:00-4:15 REC 314 - Professor Daniel Olson
Examines the social dimensions of religion in American life; religion in American culture; social profiles of America's religious groups, trends in individual commitment; and religion's impact on American life.
*Counts towards Area C-Category II

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