Religious Studies (RELST)Arts and Sciences

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RELST 2112

This course examines Black spirituality, religion, and protest from an historical perspective, beginning with African traditions and Christianity during enslavement, which created resistance ideology and ... view course details

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  •  9298RELST 2112  SEM 101

RELST 2156

Does hatred have a history? Historians insist that Europe invented a tradition of hating Jews and Judaism; some go so far as to argue that the destruction of European Jewry during the Holocaust was the ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 2156JWST 2156

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17849RELST 2156  SEM 101

RELST 2204

This course is designed for students who are interested in reading the language of the Qur'an with accuracy and understanding. The first week (4 classes) will be devoted to an introduction of the history ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ARAB 2204ASRC 2204

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7315RELST 2204  SEM 101

  • Taught in English. Does not count towards Arts and Sciences language requirement.

RELST 2247

Whether it is politics, society, the law, sexuality, popular culture or minorities' rights, the media are saturated with news on Islam. This course introduces topical issues in Islam as a religious, historical, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASIAN 2247NES 2649

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8700RELST 2247  LEC 001

RELST 2277

This course probes the truths behind traditional claims of the priority of internal practice in Indian traditions. We will examine both practices themselves - techniques of meditation and contemplation ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASIAN 2277

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

RELST 2330

Global conflicts, raising children, electing presidents, praying for a loved one: from the mundane to the extraordinary, religion plays a significant role in social life, regardless of whether or not one ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: SOC 2330

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17076RELST 2330  SEM 101

RELST 2360

What does Islam "say" about music? This course will trace circulations of this question in scholarly, popular, media, and religious discourses. Why and how does it matter what sound is called music and ... view course details

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  • 17382RELST 2360  LEC 001

RELST 2575

This course will survey the cultic practices and beliefs of ancient Babylonia and Assyria, the two major civilizations of Mesopotamia. We will examine the major myths of this region, e.g., Ishtar's Descent ... view course details

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  •  7227RELST 2575  LEC 001

RELST 2617

In the early twentieth century, a series of movements arose in the Middle East and South Asia, calling Muslims to return to Islam. Today, leaders and members of such groups –now known as Islamists –insist ... view course details

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  • 16329RELST 2617  LEC 001

RELST 2695

This course offers an introduction to the history of Christianity from the first century through the seventeenth and perhaps a bit beyond. Our emphasis will be on the diversity of Christian traditions, ... view course details

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  • 16360RELST 2695  LEC 001

RELST 3150

A selective survey of Western philosophical thought from the fourth to the 14th century. Topics include the problem of universals, the theory of knowledge and truth, the nature of free choice and practical ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: MEDVL 3210PHIL 3210

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17148RELST 3150  LEC 001

RELST 3309

How do Buddhists live out their philosophies and ethics? What are the spaces of ritual, devotion, meditation, education, and politics? How do Buddhist practices and affiliations satisfy aesthetic and emotional ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASIAN 3309

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8143RELST 3309  LEC 001

RELST 3328

Ancient Gandhara, modern northwestern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan, has long captivated the imagination of scholars with its great cultural diversity and haunting Hellenistic Buddhist art. This course ... view course details

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  • 16577RELST 3328  LEC 001

RELST 3344

This course will survey the rich and sophisticated tradition of Indian philosophical thought from its beginnings in the speculations of Upanishads, surveying debates between Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and ... view course details

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  • 16515RELST 3344  LEC 001

RELST 3416

This course explores the Zen's central religious, historical and aesthetic developments. We read primary sources in translation and secondary sources. We examine the rise of the Ch'an tradition in China ... view course details

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  •  7891RELST 3416  LEC 001

RELST 3588

The purpose of the course is to place the Bible within the context of a larger ancient world that can be explored by systematic excavation of physical remains. Students will become familiar with archaeological ... view course details

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  • 16365RELST 3588  SEM 101

RELST 3719

This course will explore the relationship between DNA and Jewish life. We will conceive of Jews and Judaism broadly, in terms of religious, ethnic, and national discourses as we consider theories of kinship ... view course details

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  • 16322RELST 3719  LEC 001

RELST 4100

Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts. view course details

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  •  7051RELST 4100  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • MacDonald, S

RELST 4102

From the Garden of Eden to Noah's Ark, from Abraham's journey from Haran to Joseph's coat of many colors, the book of Genesis contains stories that are at once familiar to Western readers, and foreign ... view course details

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  • Topic: Biblical Hebrew Prose: Genesis

  • 16671RELST 4102  SEM 101

RELST 4400

This course is an exploration of the development of the Vajrayana tradition through a focus on the myths and stories about, and writings by central figures in what is known in the west as Tibetan Buddhism. ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: ASIAN 4400

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16624RELST 4400  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: one course on Asian religion or permission of instructor.

RELST 4404

This course examines beliefs in magic and magical creatures, looking at how the occult organized all aspects of early modern life.  Scientists believed that magic could help them create gold, doctors practiced ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: HIST 4405

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17473RELST 4404  SEM 101

RELST 4434

With sectarian conflicts and discussions on orthodoxy and heresy dominating the headlines, it becomes important to better understand the relationship between Muslim majorities and minorities. This seminar ... view course details

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  • 16476RELST 4434  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: One course in the humanities.

RELST 4465

In popular discourses, Buddhism and Islam are now often conceptualized as sharply contrasting religious traditions. Moreover, tensions between Buddhists and Muslims now feature strongly in some contemporary ... view course details

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  • 16581RELST 4465  SEM 101

RELST 4545

From the ringing of Tibetan singing bowls to the quiet of desert monasticism, religious imagination and ritual is replete with sound and silence.  Cityscapes resound with church bells and calls from the ... view course details

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  • 16674RELST 4545  SEM 101

RELST 4931

Chinese discourses have long linked the circulation of cosmic energies, political power, and bodily vitalities. In these models political order, spiritual cultivation, and health are achieved and enhanced ... view course details

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  • 16923RELST 4931  SEM 101

RELST 4991

For undergraduates who wish to obtain research experience or do extensive reading on a special topic. Students select a topic in consultation with the faculty member who has agreed to supervise ... view course details

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  • 2-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  • 2-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

RELST 4995

RELST 4995 is the first course in the Honors two-part sequence. The Honors Program is open to Religious Studies majors who have done superior work and who wish to devote a substantial part of their senior ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  8377RELST 4995  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

  • RELST 4995 is the FIRST course in the Honors two-part sequence.

RELST 4996

RELST 4996 is the second course in the Honors two-part sequence. The Honors Program is open to Religious Studies majors who have done superior work and who wish to devote a substantial part of their senior ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  6266RELST 4996  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

  • RELST 4996 is the SECOND course in the Honors two-part sequence.

RELST 6020

Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts. view course details

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  •  7046RELST 6020  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • MacDonald, S

RELST 6616

This course explores the Zen's central religious, historical and aesthetic developments. We read primary sources in translation and secondary sources. We examine the rise of the Ch'an tradition in China ... view course details

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  •  7893RELST 6616  LEC 001

RELST 6628

Ancient Gandhara, modern northwestern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan, has long captivated the imagination of scholars with its great cultural diversity and haunting Hellenistic Buddhist art. This course ... view course details

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  • 16579RELST 6628  LEC 001

RELST 6665

In popular discourses, Buddhism and Islam are now often conceptualized as sharply contrasting religious traditions.  Moreover, tensions between Buddhists and Muslims now feature strongly in some contemporary ... view course details

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  • 16584RELST 6665  SEM 101