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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This curse will explore the many important issues in American religious history over
the past 400 years. Offered as needed.
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.
This course defines mysticism, the history, theory, phenomena and practices of selected
mystical school and the positive and negative aspects of the mystical experience.
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.
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.
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.