Religious Studies (RELST)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.

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 2204NES 2204

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7975 RELST 2204   SEM 101

    • MTWR White Hall 114
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Younes, M

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 2208

In this course we will learn about the rich varieties of religious life in imperial China, focusing on major historical transformations between the tenth and sixteenth centuries. We will investigate the ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASIAN 2251HIST 2208

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 18473 RELST 2208   SEM 101

    • MW To Be Assigned
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Hinrichs, T

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

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

  •  6981 RELST 2250   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  •  6982 RELST 2250   DIS 201

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  •  6983 RELST 2250   DIS 202

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  •  6984 RELST 2250   DIS 203

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

  •  6985 RELST 2250   DIS 204

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 2257

We are living in a period of mass extinctions of animals, insects, plants and mega-flora (trees) and widescale climate disruption. Our paradigms for making sense of what is being called "the great unraveling" ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASIAN 2257

  • 3 Credits GradeNoAud

  • 20070 RELST 2257   LEC 001

    • TR Uris Hall 202
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Law, J

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

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

  • 17508 RELST 2279   LEC 001

    • TR Malott Hall 251
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • McNeal, R

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 2644

This course is an introduction to Jewish identities, values, and practices from the ancient to modern era. Organized thematically, it examines Judaism as a religious phenomenon, with a particular emphasis ... view course details

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

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6945 RELST 2644   LEC 001

    • TR To Be Assigned
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Mokhtarian, J

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 2853

Before Jewish politics, Jewish identity and Jewish philosophy, there was Jewish law. No other institution is more important to the history of Judaism and to the Jewish way of life. In this lecture course, ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HIST 2853JWST 2853

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 18671 RELST 2853   LEC 001

    • MW Morrill Hall 106
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Litvak, O

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

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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  • 18306 RELST 3150   LEC 001

    • MW Uris Hall 204
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • MacDonald, S

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 3341

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASIAN 3341

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17320 RELST 3341   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ASIAN 3344CLASS 3674PHIL 2540

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 17351 RELST 3344   LEC 001

    • MWF To Be Assigned
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • McCrea, L

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

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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Syllabi: none
  • 17322 RELST 3416   LEC 001

    • TR To Be Assigned
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Law, J

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    One course in Asian religions or Religious Studies.

RELST 3720

This course focuses on how Biblical texts represent women in ancient Israel, and how the Bible's representations constitute both a fabrication and a manifestation of social life on the ground.  We will ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 18077 RELST 3720   LEC 001

    • MW Sibley Hall 115
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Monroe, L

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 3738

Have you ever been asked 'who are you' or 'which group do you belong to'? You would have noted how the answer shifts according to who is asking, in which context, etc. While everyone is unique, the possible ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ARKEO 3738ARKEO 6838CLASS 3738

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7343 RELST 3738   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 3888

This course explores the interactions between Jews, Christians, and other religious groups in late antiquity, especially in Sasanian Persia circa the first through seventh century C.E. Students pay particular ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 18060 RELST 3888   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 4100

Reading and translation of Latin philosophical texts. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •  5429 RELST 4100   SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • MacDonald, S

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 4102

Seminar covering a topic in Biblical Hebrew prose. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: HEBRW 4102HEBRW 6102JWST 4102

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Topic: Genesis Ancestors

  • 18081 RELST 4102   SEM 101

    • W Uris Hall 438
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Monroe, L

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 4351

Topic Spring 22: Spiral Relief Columns. In this seminar, we will consider the Roman medium of the spiral relief column (beginning with the Columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius) and its reception ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • Topic: Spiral Relief Columns

  • 17758 RELST 4351   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

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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Syllabi: none
  • 17328 RELST 4465   SEM 101

    • TR To Be Assigned
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Blackburn, A

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 4742

Martyrdom is one of the most troubling legacies of monotheistic belief. The idea and the practice of martyrdom remain with us, despite the inroads of secularization into every other aspect of Judaism and ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 18662 RELST 4742   SEM 101

    • W To Be Assigned
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Litvak, O

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 4767

How does nature and the environment shape religious traditions?   And what impacts do religious thought and practice have on the environment?   These two questions are at the heart of this seminar in which ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 19139 RELST 4767   SEM 101

    • T White Hall B14
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 2-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4729 RELST 4991   IND 601

    • TBA
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies
    To apply for independent study, please complete the on-line form at https://data.arts.cornell.edu/as-stus/indep_study_intro.cfm.

Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 2-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5790 RELST 4991   IND 602

    • TBA
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Boucher, D

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies
    To apply for independent study, please complete the on-line form at https://data.arts.cornell.edu/as-stus/indep_study_intro.cfm.

Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 2-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5791 RELST 4991   IND 603

    • TBA
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Brann, R

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies
    To apply for independent study, please complete the on-line form at https://data.arts.cornell.edu/as-stus/indep_study_intro.cfm.

Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 2-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6225 RELST 4991   IND 604

    • TBA
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Law, J

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies
    To apply for independent study, please complete the on-line form at https://data.arts.cornell.edu/as-stus/indep_study_intro.cfm.

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  6276 RELST 4995   IND 601

    • TBA
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Law, J

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies
    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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  4717 RELST 4996   IND 601

    • TBA
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies
    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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Syllabi: none
  •  5424 RELST 6020   SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • MacDonald, S

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 6210

Graduate seminar covering a topic in medieval philosophy. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 18310 RELST 6210   SEM 101

    • MW Uris Hall 204
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • MacDonald, S

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 6351

Seminar topics rotate each semester. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • Topic: Spiral Relief Columns

  • 17781 RELST 6351   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 6425

This course begins with a word - mysticism - that doesn't work, and for good reason: for the authors variously associated with the mythical traditions of medieval Christianity, words are necessary failures.  ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: FREN 6425ITAL 6420MEDVL 6425

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 20116 RELST 6425   SEM 101

    • T Uris Hall 254
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Howie, C

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Conducted in English.

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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Syllabi: none
  • 17324 RELST 6616   LEC 001

    • TR To Be Assigned
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Law, J

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    One course in Asian religions or Religious Studies.

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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Syllabi: none
  • 17330 RELST 6665   SEM 101

    • TR To Be Assigned
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Blackburn, A

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 6720

This course focuses on how Biblical texts represent women in ancient Israel, and how the Bible's representations constitute both a fabrication and a manifestation of social life on the ground.  We will ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 19587 RELST 6720   LEC 001

    • MW Sibley Hall 115
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Monroe, L

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 6742

Martyrdom is one of the most troubling legacies of monotheistic belief. The idea and the practice of martyrdom remain with us, despite the inroads of secularization into every other aspect of Judaism and ... view course details

View Enrollment Information

Syllabi: none
  • 18665 RELST 6742   SEM 101

    • W To Be Assigned
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Litvak, O

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 6767

How does nature and the environment shape religious traditions?   And what impacts do religious thought and practice have on the environment?   These two questions are at the heart of this seminar in which ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 19142 RELST 6767   SEM 101

    • T White Hall B14
    • Jan 24 - May 10, 2022
    • Haines-Eitzen, K

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

RELST 6888

This course explores the interactions between Jews, Christians, and other religious groups in late antiquity, especially in Sasanian Persia circa the first through seventh century C.E. Students pay particular ... view course details

View Enrollment Information

Syllabi: none
  • 18072 RELST 6888   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person