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Religious Studies

Course Number Course Name Credits
RS 101

Introduction to the Bible

This course is a study of the sacred literature of the Jewish and Christian religions. Key concepts and great themes of both testaments are studied.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 102

Belief & Unbelief in the Brave New World

This introductory course in the phenomenon of religious faith examines the classic examples of the case for and against living in faith,with the view of enabling students to evaluate their own attitudes toward religion. Faith traditions of Western and Eastern cultures provide additional data for this evaluation.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3
RS 201

Religion & Social Responsibility

The nature and principles of religious ethics in the Judeo-Christian tradition are explored with an emphasis on historical and contemporary attitudes of religion towards social responsibility. Topics for discussion include: sexuality,identity,power,violence,war,racism and medical ethics.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 202

Life of Christ

This is a study of the person of Jesus Christ in history and in faith including theories regarding his identity and his role,his impact on society from his day to ours.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 209

Major Western Faiths

This course surveys the main elements of the history, thought and practice of the major religious traditions of the Western world:judaism,christianity and islam.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 211

Catholicism Today

This is a systematic study of the foundational beliefs of catholicism; where they came from,how they have changed and how they are interpreted today.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 214

Challenges of Death

This course examines the ways in which death challenges human meaning and action. Topics such as the meaning of suffering and death,challenges of death to morality,psychological spiritual processes of dying and bereavement are considered.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 309

Letters of Paul to the Early Christians

This is a study of letter writing in the Hellenistic era and St.Paul's use of this pedagogical technique for addressing religious,social and cultural problems faced by the primitive christian church. St.Paul's response to these issues in the epistles provide a framework for discussion of several major theological themes,including faith and revelation,grace and salvation, and the development of doctrine.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 312

Bioethics Seminar

Ethical dilemmas and problems posed by developments in the biosciences are analyzed. Problems discussed include choices for life or death,allocation of resources,human experimentation,reproductive technologies,professional client relationships,etc.

Prequisites: PHI-201 or PHI/RS-214

3
RS 314

The Message of the Prophets

This course is designed to introduce the student to the prophetic literature of the Old Testament. The religious importance of the prophetic books will be examined through an investigation of the political cultural and theologcial milieu of the Middle East from the tenth to the fifth centuries B.C. The course also explores the impact of the prophetic personality in our times regarding questions of social justice,peace and international relations.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 315

Spirituality in Human Experience

This course explores the history of spirituality in human experience. Traditional and non-traditional expressions will be investigated as will varied applications in life. Offered as needed.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 316

Catholic Social Teaching

This course provides a historical,theoretical and practical overview of the principles and themes of the Roman Catholic encyclical tradition. It explores views of christian social responsibility through classic texts and contemporary problems.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 351

Religion in American History

This curse will explore the many important issues in American religious history over the past 400 years. Offered as needed.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 369

Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

This course will focus on understanding the purpose, development and experience of spirituality, religious thought and practice and it's implication for individual and social behavior. Offered as needed.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 411

Mysticism

This course defines mysticism, the history, theory, phenomena and practices of selected mystical school and the positive and negative aspects of the mystical experience.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 412

Special Studies in Religion

This course explores selected issues of concern to students and faculty in religious studies in seminar format. Topics are announced at the time of registration. Students follow a schedule of readings, discussion and research writing.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 420

Special Topics

This course examines interactions among individuals and groups within institutions. Attention is paid to the role of the state and the super-state in perpetuating social stratification in both North America and globally, and how unequal power relations organize society and shape identities. The ways in which individuals negotiate their lives in different social and economic contexts are also considered. Fundamental sociological concepts are investigated, such as culture, socialization, stratification, social structure, social institutions, and social interactions. This course meets the core requirements in sociology.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 444

Religious Studies Internship

Religious Studies majors complete an internship in line with their career aspirations. Internships can take place in a variety of institutional and business settings and are designed to build on and extend classroom learning with practical experience in a setting with a meaningful religious component. Possible placements include organizations that address social justice issues, healthcare, or the environment, and business settings that require religious literacy. Prerequisite: Religion major and permission of instructor; Offered as needed.

Prequisites: None

3