Courses in Religious Studies
100 Introduction to the Study of Religion (3)
of the religious dimension of life, with an introduction to the theory and practice
of religion, including such topics as myth, ritual, belief, reason, revelation,
mysticism, religious organization, etc., and their relation to other personal,
social and cultural aspects of human experience, past and present. [DP if taken
before Fall 2004; HU]
103 (= A Clg 103) Introduction to New Testament Greek I (4)
to the fundamentals of the grammar and vocabulary of the New Testament. Readings
in the gospel of John and the Book of Acts. No previous knowledge of Greek required.
Only one of A Clg 103 & A Rel 103 may be taken for credit.
104 (= A Clg 104) Introduction to New Testament Greek II (4)
of A Clg 103. Only one of A Clg 104 & A Rel 104 may be taken
for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Clg 103 or permission of instructor.
116 (= A Phi 116) World Views (3)
of some of the major systems of assumptions and values humans have used in attempting
to understand reality, the meaning of life, and their dealings with others.
World views studied may vary from semester to semester. Examples are Greek,
Judeo-Christian, Marxist and libertarian. Only one of A Phi 116 & A Rel
116 may be taken for credit. [HU]
155 (= A Jst 155) Judaism: Traditions and Practices (3)
development of normative Jewish traditions and practices from rabbinic period
to present. Major focus is Jewish religious groups and observances in contemporary
United States. Topics include how different Jewish groups situate themselves
in American society; Jewish calendar and life-cycle observances; impact of feminism;
social action agendas; role of Israel. [DP]
175 (= A Ant 175) Anthropology and Folklore (3)
to the study of folklore as an aspect of culture, symbolically expressing people's
identity, beliefs and values. The focus is on oral text traditions-myths, folktales,
and legends-topics in folk custom and ritual, folk music and folk art are also
included. Includes folklore from Western and non-Western cultures. Offered fall
semester only. Only one of A Ant 175 & A Rel 175 may be taken
for credit. [HU]
200 Introduction to the Bible (3)
course is intended to introduce the student to the content, background, and
nature of the writings that constitute the basis of Judeo-Christian culture.
Modern methods of research (textual, archaeological) will be discussed, and
class sessions will often be illustrated by slides of works of art (statuary,
mosaic, painting) inspired by the Biblical narrative. May not be offered in
203 (= A Heb 203) Biblical Hebrew (3)
and research tools of modern Bible study. Grammar and syntax of classical Hebrew
for students familiar with modern Hebrew. Only one of A Rel 203 & A Heb
203 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Heb 102.
214 (= A Phi 214) World Religions (3)
of the major religions of the world, concentrating on those practices and beliefs
that contribute to their value systems. Religions include Buddhism, Christianity,
Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Taoism. Only one of A Rel 214
& A Phi 214 may be taken for credit. May not be offered in 2005-2006.
[DP if taken before Fall 2004; GC]
221 (= A Eng 221 & A Jst 242) The Bible as Literature (3)
genres of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and the cultures from which they
emerged. Attention to parallel developments in other literatures and to the
influence of the Hebrew Bible on Western life and letters. Only one of A Eng
221, A Jst 242 & A Rel 221 may be taken for credit. [HU]
231 (= A Jst 231) Modern Jewish Thought (3)
examination of changes over time in Jewish thought and philosophy from the seventeenth
century to the present. Focuses on key Jewish thinkers, philosophers, and theologians.
One-third of the course is devoted to Jewish thought in the American context.
252 (= A Jst 252) Jews, Hellenism, and Early Christianity (3)
of the Jewish people from Alexander the Great to the decline of the ancient
world. Topics include examination of cultural conflict in Judaea and the diaspora,
confrontation with Greco-Roman Hellenism and early Christianity, sectarianism,
and the beginnings of Rabbinic institutions. Only one of A Jst 252, 342,
342Z & A Rel 252 may be taken for credit. [EU]
253 (= A His & Jst 253) Medieval Jews Among Muslims and Christians
Jewish history, life and culture in the contexts of the Muslim and Christian
civilizations of the Middle Ages. Discusses differences among Jews, Muslims
and Christians; emphasizes reactions to persecution, Jewish autonomy and social
life as a minority group in a majority culture, and the development of Jewish
law, literature, philosophy and mysticism. Only one of A Jst 253, 343,
343Z & A Rel 253 may be taken for credit. [EU]
261 (= A Eas 261) Introduction to the Religions of Japan (3)
introduction to the major religious traditions of Japan, particularly Shinto
and Buddhism, this course will cover the major forms of religious expression
in Japanese history from the earliest historical records to the so-called New
Religions which arose in the twentieth century. Discussion will include the
philosophical, artistic, social, and political dimensions of religion in Japanese
265 (= A Eas 265) Introduction to Indian Buddhism (3)
introduction to the story of Buddhism in South Asia. Focus is on the evolution
of the Buddhist view of sentient life during its first 1500 years on the subcontinent
as expressed primarily in doctrine, but cultural, artistic, social, and political
issues will also be considered.
266 (= A Eas 266) Buddhism in China & Japan (3)
introduction to the heritage of Buddhism in East Asia. Focus is on the cultural
interaction between Indian Buddhist notions of the human condition and the traditional
religious and philosophical assumptions of China and Japan. Discussion will
center on doctrine and the history of its transmission and understanding, including
issues in language, artistic expression, and the establishment of the monastic
270 (= A Jst 270) Jewish-Christian Relations (3)
course compares and contrasts the belief systems and historical contacts, both
positive and negative, of Jews and Christians, from the origins of Christianity
to the ecumenical movement in the contemporary United States. Only one of A Jst
270 & A Rel 270 may be taken for credit. [DP]
275 (= E Edu 275) Social Morality and Citizenship Education in a Pluralistic
course discusses the concepts of good and bad citizens that have given rise
to disputes about citizenship and education for citizenship. It considers various
historical, philosophical, and cultural perspectives on public virtues and the
concept of the common good in the context of a pluralistic and democratic society.
Only one of A Rel 275 & A Edu 275 may be taken for credit. [DP]
280 (= A Jst 280) The Torah (3)
introduction to The Five Books of Moses (in English) considered against a background
of religious, social and philosophical aspects. Studies the significance of
the Torah in the development of Judaic civilization. Only one of A Jst
280 & A Rel 280 may be taken for credit.
281 (= A Jst 281) The Prophets (3)
of the prophets in general (in English), emphasizing the moral and social role
of the individual prophet and his impact upon Judaism and Western civilization.
A Rel 281Z & A Jst 281Z are the writing intensive versions of
A Jst 281 & A Rel 281; only one of the four courses may be taken
281Z (= A Jst 281Z) The Prophets (4)
281Z & A Jst 281Z are the writing intensive versions of A Jst
281 & A Rel 281; only one of the four courses may be taken for credit.
282 (= A Jst 282) Late Biblical Literature (3)
of books in the 'Ketuvim' (Writings) section of the Hebrew Bible and some works
of the Apocrypha (in English). Topics include stories (Ruth, Judith) poetry
(Psalms Song of Songs) wisdom (Job, Ecclesiastes) historiography (Chronicles)
and apocalyptic (Daniel, II Esdras) and how these works develop themes from
earlier biblical literature. Only one of A Rel 282 & A Jst 282
may be taken for credit.
285 (= A Jst 285) Hero and Antihero in Scripture (3)
examination of different kinds of heroic figures in biblical literature, with
questions about literary presentation, religious significance, and historicity.
The course looks at ideal and roguish characteristics of heroic individuals
in the biblical text and how these are treated in later exegesis and modern
scholarship. A wide variety of men and women from the Hebrew Bible, the Apocrypha,
and the New Testament are studied, but particular emphasis is placed on Moses,
David and Jesus. [BE] [OD]
286 (= a Jst 286) Jerusalem: the City and the Idea (3)
the capital of Israel, Jerusalem has been central to Jewish history and religion,
as well as to Christianity and Islam. The course surveys its physical history,
its image in religion, nationalism, literature, and the arts, and its various
populations and their subgroups. It aims to provide a sophisticated understanding
of the demographics and politics of contemporary Jerusalem. [GC]
291 (= A His 291 and A Jst 291) Messiah and Messianism in Judaism
and Christianity (3)
of Jewish and Christian messianism in the Old and New Testaments and related
literature. Topics include the projection of a society's ultimate values, and
the tension caused by the actual attempts to realize those values; i.e., to
achieve salvation through messianic movements. Only one of A His/Jst/Rel
291 may be taken for credit. [GC]
297 (= A His 297) Religion and Society in History (3)
course will focus on the role religion has played in societies from antiquity
to the present. Our examination will include the anointed kings of ancient Israel,
the idealized unity of emperor and patriarch in Byzantium, the universal claims
of the Holy Roman Empire, the role of the prophet in Islam, the divinity of
the Emperor in China and Japan, the conception of the monarchy in Western and
Eastern Europe, the anti-religious rhetoric of European revolutions, the separation
of church and state in contemporary secular societies, the current revival of
fundamentalism, and the persistence of wards based on religion. Architecture,
music, iconography, and rituals will be examined for the information they provide.
297Z (= A His 297Z) Religion and Society in History (4)
297Z is the writing intensive version of A Rel 297; only one may be taken
for credit. [GC HU WI]
299 Topics in Religious
of a selected topic in religious studies. May be taken more than once with different
content. Consult fall and spring schedule of classes for specific topics.
322 (= A Phi 322) Philosophy of Religion (3)
analysis of selected religious concepts and programs, based upon the writings
of representative philosophers and theologians. Focuses on Judeo-Christian tradition.
Only one of A Rel 322 & A Phi 322 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s):
a 100- or 200-level course in philosophy.
325 (= A Jst 325) Rabbinic
study of one or more works of rabbinic literature from among Mishnah, Talmud,
Midrash, commentaries, and codes. Analytical reading of the texts in English
translation and discussion of their religious, legal, historical, and literary
implications. May be repeated for credit if topic differs. Prerequisite(s):
A Jst 150 or A Jst 155.
335 (= A Jst 335) The Holocaust in Christian and Jewish Theology (3)
Christian and Jewish theological and philosophic response to the genocide committed
by the Nazis. Christian theologians deal with Christianity's role in the Holocaust,
and Jewish theologians examine the problem of God's justice. Examines the works
of Flannery, Eckhardt, Littell, Rubenstein, Fackenheim and Berkovits. Only one
of A Jst 335 & A Rel 335 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s):
A Jst 150 or a course in philosophy.
342 (= A Phi 342) Indian Philosophies (3)
to Indian philosophies from pre-Vedic India to contemporary thought. Only one
of A Rel 342 & A Phi 342 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s):
A Phi 214 or A His 176 or A His 177 (or 177Z), or junior or senior
344 (= A Eac 344 & A Phi 344) Chinese Philosophies (3)
to Chinese philosophies from the Chou period to contemporary thought. Only one
of A Phi 344, A Eac 344 & A Rel 344 may be taken for credit.
Prerequisite(s): A Phi 214 or A Eac 170 or A His 176 or A His
177 (or 177Z); or junior or senior class standing.
345 (= A Eas 345) Ethical Issues in East Asian Thought (3)
is a discussion course that looks at ethical issues of contemporary significance
to the cultures of Asia. Students read contemporary academic discussions of
how problems such as suicide, euthanasia, abortion, sexuality, cloning, etc.
have been understood historically and in terms of contemporary social morality
in India, China, Tibet, and Japan.
346 (= A Phi 346) Japanese Religions and Philosophies (3)
to Japanese philosophies and religions from the pre-Buddhist period to contemporary
Japan. Only one of A Rel 346 & A Phi 346 may be taken for credit.
Prerequisite(s): A Phi 214 or A His 176 or A His 177 (or 177Z),
or junior or senior class standing.
357 (= A Eas 357) Zen Buddhism (3)
introduction to the religious, philosophical, and artistic tradition of Zen
Buddhism in China, Korea, and Japan and the West. This course looks at the birth
and subsequent historical evolution of the Zen or Ch'an school of Buddhism in
East Asia. We will look at the intersection of :Buddhist and Chinese presumptions
about spirituality that gave rise to this unusual religious form, discussing
precisely what is and I not iconoclastic about its tenets. The experience of
American Zen communities will also be considered.
363 (= A Ant 363) Ethnology of
of the form and functions of ritual systems as related to myth and world view
on a cross-cultural basis. Emphasizes the religions of nonliterate and peasant
peoples. Only one of A Ant 363 & A Rel 363 may be taken for credit.
Prerequisite(s): A Ant 100 or 108 or 108Z, or A Phi 214. May not be
offered in 2005-2006.
387 (= A His 387) Islam in the Middle East: Religion & Culture I (3)
political, economic and religious dimensions of Islam from the time of Mohammed
through the 18th century with emphasis on the intellectual, cultural,
and educational institutions of the Middle East. Among topics discussed will
be Sunnism-Shi'ism and the schools of law, social and economic infrastructure,
science and education, and reasons for the waning of the Muslim world. Prerequisite(s):
Junior or Senior class standing or 3 credits of history. [BE]
388 (= A His 388) Islam in the Middle East: Religion & Culture II (3)
political, economic and religious changes in the Middle East from the 18th
century to Ayatollah Khomeini. Among the topics discussed will be the impact
of the West on the Middle East, the role of oil in shaping the global economy,
nationalist movements, the crisis in the Persian Gulf, and the rise of Islamic
Revivalism. Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior class standing or 3 credits of
390 (= A Heb 390) Readings in Biblical Literature (3)
in a selected biblical book or genre emphasizing the tools and concerns of current
biblical research as applied to both classical (traditional) and modern commentaries.
The course may be taken more than once if different topics are examined. Prerequisite(s):
second-year Hebrew competence, A Heb 203, or permission of instructor.
391 (= A Heb 391) Wisdom Literature in the Bible (3)
study of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes as representatives of Biblical Wisdom literature.
The literary form, cultural tradition and world outlook of these wisdom books
will be examined. Course is conducted in Hebrew. Only one of A Rel 391
& A Heb 391 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): third-year Hebrew
competence, A Heb 203, or permission of instructor.
392 (= A Heb 392) Love Poetry in the Bible (3)
study of the Song of Songs. The place of this erotic literature in the Hebrew
Bible and the puzzling literary form of the work will be examined. Course in
conducted in Hebrew. Only one of A Rel 392 & A Heb 392 may be
taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): third-year Hebrew competence, A Heb
203, or permission of instructor.
393 (= A Eas 393) Readings in Buddhist Texts (3)
is an advanced course in the study of Buddhism that will focus on the close
reading of Buddhist scriptures in English translation. Prerequisite(s): A Eas
265/A Rel 265; A Eas 266/A Rel 266, or permission of the instructor.
394 (= E Eas 394) Readings in Japanese Religious Studies (3)
is an advanced course in the religious traditions of Japan. We will read English
translations of religious texts native to the Japanese experience of religion,
specifically Buddhist, Shinto, Confucian, and Folk. Prerequisite(s): One of
the following: A Eaj 261/A Rel 261; A Eas 266/A Rel 266, A Eas
190, A Eas 357 or permission of the instructor.
397 Independent Study of Religious Studies (1-4)
reading and research on selected topics under the direction of a faculty member.
May be repeated for credit when topics differ. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior
class standing, permission of faculty member, and approval of program director.
402 (= A Clc 402) Greek and Roman Religion (3)
of Greek and Roman religions at large followed by a detailed examination of
the so-called mystery religions. Interdisciplinary in nature, it employs not
only religious but also philosophical, especially ethical, literary, historical
and archaeological materials. Only one of A Rel 402 & A Clc 402
may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): junior or senior class standing and
some background in either classical or religious studies. May not be offered
403 (= A Clc 403) Roman Civilization and Christianity (3)
civilization in the late Empire; the relation between pagan and Christian culture
based on a study of literary and archaeological sources. Only one of A Rel
403 & A Clc 403 may be taken for credit. Prerequisite(s): A Clc
134 or A His 235 or 235Z. May not be offered during 2005-2006
499 Senior Seminar in Religious
on selected topics in religious studies. Preparation of a paper under the direction
of a faculty member. Open to seniors with permission of director.