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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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