Religious Studies (RELST)Arts and Sciences

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RELST 1110

This course is designed to introduce students to the language, grammar, and vocabulary of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. By the end of the semester students will be able to read and understand a number ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HEBRW 1110JWST 1110

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16742RELST 1110  SEM 101

    • MW
    • Monroe, L

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ARAB 2204ASRC 2204

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16469RELST 2204  SEM 101

    • MTWR
    • Younes, M

RELST 2250

This course will explore religious traditions in South Asia (Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka) and East Asia (China, Japan, and Korea) including Hinduism, Buddhism (South Asian and East Asian), Sikhism, ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ASIAN 2250

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16686RELST 2250  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Boucher, D

  • 16688RELST 2250  DIS 201

    • F
    • Boucher, D

  • 16689RELST 2250  DIS 202

    • F
    • Boucher, D

  • 16690RELST 2250  DIS 203

    • F
    • Boucher, D

  • 16691RELST 2250  DIS 204

    • F
    • Boucher, D

RELST 2279

Students will study Chinese myths from the earliest times. Focus will be on understanding how people have used myth to create and convey meaning, on examining the form Chinese myths take, and on considering ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASIAN 2279

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17233RELST 2279  LEC 001

    • TR
    • McNeal, R

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: JWST 2575NES 2575NES 6575

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7104RELST 2575  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Tenney, J

RELST 2629

This course provides a literary and historical introduction to the earliest Christian writings, especially those that eventually came to be included in the New Testament.  Through the lens of the Gospel ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: CLASS 2613JWST 2629NES 2629

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16466RELST 2629  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

  • 16514RELST 2629  DIS 201

    • F
    • Staff

  • 16515RELST 2629  DIS 202

    • F
    • Staff

RELST 2630

What must (or could) God be like, and what reasons do we have for thinking that a being of that sort actually exists? What difference would (or could) the existence of God make to our lives? Religion & ... view course details

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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PHIL 2530

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16768RELST 2630  LEC 001

    • MW
    • MacDonald, S

RELST 2644

Jewish communities have been established, flourished and often struggled for millennia, throughout much of the world, and in vital contact with a vast range of other peoples and cultures. This course examines ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: JWST 2644NES 2644

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16478RELST 2644  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Monroe, L

RELST 2722

From the poet-kings of medieval Persia to the trading networks of the famed "Silk Road" to the wandering mystics of Herat to the constitutional revolution of Iran to the colonial and post-colonial occupations ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASIAN 2294MEDVL 2722NES 2722

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16537RELST 2722  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Golestaneh, S

RELST 3281

A knowledge of the Bible's images, stories and themes is crucial to understanding not only the art and literature of many cultures, but also ancient and contemporary world politics. It is the world's most ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ENGL 3280

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16570RELST 3281  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Zacher, S

RELST 3359

This course explores central dynamics and challenges in Buddhism as it established itself in Japan. We focus on six major figures central to the history of Japanese Buddhism: Saichô (767-822), Kûkai (774-835), ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASIAN 3359

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16706RELST 3359  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Law, J

RELST 3420

Examines how systems of thought, symbolic forms, and ritual practice are formulated and expressed in primarily non-Western societies. Focuses on anthropological interpretations of space, time, cosmology, ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: ANTHR 3420

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17339RELST 3420  LEC 001

    • MW
    • Willford, A

  • 17340RELST 3420  DIS 201

    • F
    • Willford, A

  • 17341RELST 3420  DIS 202

    • F
    • Willford, A

RELST 3677

As the founder of Islam Muhammad is one of the most influential figures in world history. An important source for his life is the Sira of Ibn Ishaq (d. ca. 761), a biography that opens with Muhammad's ... view course details

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  • 16524RELST 3677  SEM 101

    • MW
    • Powers, D

RELST 4100

Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts. view course details

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  •  6935RELST 4100  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • MacDonald, S

RELST 4215

Advanced discussion of a topic in medieval philosophy. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PHIL 4215

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • Topic: Aquinas

  • 18406RELST 4215  LEC 001

    • TBA
    • MacDonald, S

RELST 4441

This course will explore the origins and early developments of a movement in Indian Buddhism known as the Great Vehicle. We will intensively examine a small slice of this movement's voluminous literature ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASIAN 4441

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16707RELST 4441  SEM 101

    • T
    • Boucher, D

  • Prerequisite: One course with significant Buddhist content.

RELST 4540

Moses Maimonides who was born in Cordoba (1138), moved to Fez as a youth and died in Cairo (1204) is regarded by Jewish, Islamic, and Christian tradition alike as the most important Jewish religious ... view course details

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  • 16447RELST 4540  SEM 101

    • W
    • Brann, R

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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  • 16517RELST 4545  SEM 101

    • W
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 2-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 2-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 2-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  8077RELST 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  6173RELST 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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  •  6930RELST 6020  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • MacDonald, S

RELST 7758

What is "religion," and how can we use material culture to investigate ancient beliefs and rituals? This course (1) explores major themes and problems in the archaeology of ancient Greek religion, and ... view course details

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  • 17516RELST 7758  SEM 101

    • W
    • Barrett, C