Courses

RELG 102 Intro. to Christian Theology

An examination of the basis tenets of C hristian belief, its moral teachings, an d way of life. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 J. Peterson M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM

RELG 103 The Jewish Tradition

An overview of the history of Judaism, its teachings, and its traditions. Lectu re: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2015 H. Jordan M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM

RELG 130 Living Religions of the World

The major living religions of the world ; their sources, nature, and attempt to deal with certain human problems. Lectur e: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 H. Jordan M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM
Fall 2015 H. Jordan M/W/F 2:20PM-3:20PM

RELG 202 New Testament Christianities

An historical and critical study of the earliest Christian communities and their literature. Particular attention will be given to understanding early Christians' complicated relationship with Judaism and Greco-Roman Society. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 P. Hinlicky M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM
Fall 2015 P. Hinlicky T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM

RELG 204 Islam

This course will not only be an introduction to the Qur'an, the Muslim faith, and the fabric of Islamic societies, starting with the life of Muhammad, but we will explore Islamic cultures around the world as incredibly varied living traditions. We will study Islamic political and intellectual history from the liberal end of the spectrum through the ultraconservative Islamist (and militant) end of the spectrum, and examine Islamic practices, both early and contemporary, and will also work in our classroom and in area mosques to get to know Muslims themselves, through examining Islamic spirituality, art, culture and family life. (1) Lecture: 3hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 M. Trexler T/Th 2:50PM-4:20PM
Spring 2016 H. Jordan M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM

RELG 207 Native American Religions

Long before Jamestown was founded, Native Americans practiced elaborate religious traditions. This course will explore the rich diversity of practices that existed before first contact and those that evolved when Christianity began to spread. We will read Native American myths and stories from around the continent and also research individual tribal traditions. We will seek to understand ancient native rituals as well as those movements that arose in response to Christianity such as the peyote cult and Ghost Dance. Finally, some recent expressions of Native American religion in literature and film will be examined. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2015 M. Larson-Harris M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

RELG 208 Buddhism

This course will encounter the varieties of one of the oldest and most diverse religions as it developed in India, China, Japan, Tibet, and the United States. The course will examine Buddhism?s history, philosophy, ethics, Art, literature, and ritual practices. First, we will study the life and awakening of the Buddha, how the Buddha?s perception of reality transforms our relationships to ourselves and to each other, and how it directs us to live a life of compassion for others. Second, we will see how the Buddha?s core teachings changed as they spread to other countries. The course is divided into three parts: Foundations, which provides an introduction to the Buddhist world view; Development, which charts the changes and elaborations made to that world view under the Mahayana philosophers; and Literature, which explores how Buddhist ideas have been expressed in poetry, the novel, and film. (1) 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 M. Larson-Harris M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM
Spring 2016 M. Larson-Harris M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

RELG 212 The Reformation

The Protestant Reformation of the 16th c entury and the Roman Catholic reaction. (Religion 212 and History 231 may not bo th be taken for credit.) Lecture: 3 hrs/ wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Summer Term 2, 2014 P. Hinlicky

RELG 213 Relg & Phil of India

An interdisciplinary examination of the philosophical and religious traditions of South Asia. Topics include the centra l ideas and practices of these tradition s, their historical development, their s tyles of reasoning, and the relationship between religion and philosophy. (Cross -listed with Philosophy 213). Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 M. Larson-Harris M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

RELG 214 Religion in America

An investigation and examination of the distinctive beliefs and practices of mai nstream religious groups and their influ ence upon the development of America. Le cture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 G. McDermott T/Th 1:10PM-2:40PM
Spring 2016 V. Staff M/W 7:30PM-9:00PM

RELG 216 Pauline Christianity

A study of the Apostle Paul's teachings and the development of his churches through a critical examination of his writings. Particular attention will be given to exploring new scholarly methods of studying early Christianity. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2015 P. Hinlicky M/W 2:20PM-3:50PM

RELG 218 Religions & Philosophies China

An interdisciplinary examination of the philosophical and religious traditions of East Asia. Topics include the central ideas and practices of these traditions , their historical development, their st yles of reasoning, and the relationship between religion and philosophy. (Cross- listed with Philosophy 218). Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2015 M. Larson-Harris M/W/F 1:10PM-2:10PM

RELG 220 Christian Ethics

An examination of Christian moral values and their relation to the issues of con temporary personal and social life. Lect ure: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 J. Peterson T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM
Spring 2016 J. Peterson T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM

RELG 225 Religious Life/Young Adults

An introduction to the faith developmen t of young adults and their psychologica l and social characteristics. This cours e will identify and foster communication skills for effectively communicating wi th adolescents. The role of adult leader ship in youth groups will be examined. F inally, the course will consider resourc es for developing and implementing youth ministry programs in congregations. Lec ture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 R. Henrickson M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM

RELG 246 Holocaust

An historical account and a religious a nalysis of the Holocaust, including an e xamination of theological reactions to t his event. (Cross-listed as History 246) . Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 R. Willingham M/W/F 12:00PM-1:00PM
Spring 2014 R. Willingham M/W/F 9:40AM-10:40AM

RELG 250 New Religions in America

A study of non-traditional religious co mmunities in America, such as the Mormon s, New Age, Scientology, and Branch Davi dians. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2015 G. McDermott T/Th 2:50PM-4:20PM

RELG 277 IL: Fascism, Marxism, Nazism

1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
IL 2014 P. Hinlicky

RELG 282 Augustine and His Legacy

In this course we read primary texts, discuss and work together orally and in writing on the critical interpretation of the formative Western theology of Augustine of Hippo and investigate its legacy throguh the time of the Reformation. In the process we reflect on how comtemporary thinkers (beginning with ouselves!) appropriate, develop critique or extend this classical stance in modern projects of learning, inquiry, practice and/or devotion. (1) Lecture: 3hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2015 P. Hinlicky M/W 7:30PM-9:00PM

RELG 284 Luther and His Legacy

In this course we read in the primary sources, discuss and work together orally and in writing on the critical interpretation of the Reformation theology of Martin Luther and investigate its legacy through the time of the Reformation. In the process we reflect on how contemporary thinkers (beginning with ourselves!) appropriate, develop critique or extend this classical stance in modern projects of learning, inquiry, practice and/or devotion. (1) Lecture: 3hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Summer Term 2, 2014 P. Hinlicky
Spring 2016 P. Hinlicky T/Th 2:50PM-4:20PM

RELG 286 Legacy of Modern Theology

A study of ways Christian theologians responded to the intellectual and cultural challenges of the modern world (1650-the present). (1) 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2015 N. Wisnefske T/Th 10:10AM-11:40AM

RELG 295 Meth & Theories Stdy of Relg

By comparing early theories of religion, testing classic definitions and concepts, we appreciate and evaluate modern and postmodern methods and theories in religious studies. Along the way we gauge the implications of thinking about religious studies as a distinct subject, but also think reflectively about our role as observers of the world's religions as part of vast landscapes of human experiences and cult.(1) 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments One prior RELG course

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2015 H. Jordan M/W/F 10:50AM-11:50AM
Spring 2015 M. Larson-Harris

RELG 317 Systematic Theology

A study of the interrelationships betwee n the main Christian articles of faith i n the thought of major 19th and 20th cen tury theologians. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Previous course in RELG or PHIL or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 P. Hinlicky M 4:30PM-7:30PM

RELG 330 Christian Theol & World Relg

An examination of religious pluralism, with special attention to three problems : the truth status of competing religiou s claims, salvation of religious others, and whether God has been revealed in ot her religions. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Previous course in RELG or PHIL or permission

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 G. McDermott M/W 7:30PM-9:00PM

RELG 340 Seminar in Cont. Christian St.

This course will investigate a topic in contemporary Christian Studies chosen by the instructor. The course will be conducted as a seminar. (1) Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments One 200-level course in the department

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2016 N. Wisnefske M/W 2:20PM-3:50PM

RELG 406 Independent Study & Research

Selected topics in religion carried out under the supervision of the department staff. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 M. Larson-Harris
Fall 2014 H. Jordan
Spring 2014 W. Larson-Harris
Spring 2014 G. McDermott
Spring 2014 M. Larson-Harris
Spring 2014 M. Trexler
Spring 2014 P. Hinlicky
Spring 2015 J. Berenson
Spring 2015 M. Henold
Spring 2015 P. Hinlicky
Spring 2015 J. Peterson

RELG 407 Independent Study & Research

Selected topics in religion carried out under the supervision of the department staff. 1/2 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 N. Wisnefske

RELG 410 Senior Thesis

At the end of the junior year every maj or will register with a member of the de partment to study and write a major pape r in the final year. Guidelines, require ments and dates are explained in The Se nior Thesis. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1/2 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Senior standing

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 G. McDermott

RELG 411 Senior Thesis

At the end of the junior year every maj or will register with a member of the de partment to study and write a major pape r in the final year. Guidelines, require ments and dates are explained in The Se nior Thesis. Lecture: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments Senior standing

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 M. Larson-Harris
Spring 2014 G. McDermott
Spring 2015 N. Wisnefske
Spring 2015 G. McDermott

RELG 416 Internship

A supervised placement in a local churc h, clinical setting, or social service a gency, in which the student would be req uired to make a practical application of theological and ethical insights. Lectu re: 3 hrs/wk. 1 Unit

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 G. McDermott

RELG 495 Honors Project

A program of independent study culminati ng in a paper. 1/2 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments See catalog

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Fall 2014 N. Wisnefske

RELG 496 Honors Project

A program of independent study culminati ng in a paper. 1 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments See catalog

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Summer Term 3, 2015 N. Wisnefske
Spring 2015 H. Jordan
Spring 2015 M. Larson-Harris

RELG 497 Honors Project

A program of independent study culminati ng in a paper. 1/2 Unit

Pre-requisites/Comments See catalog

Offerings

Semester Instructor Time
Spring 2014 N. Wisnefske
Spring 2015 N. Wisnefske