101 Introduction to World Religions (M. Naparstek). MW 3-4:15 
Religion is one of the most influential forces on humanity across the world, and religious practices and beliefs continue to inform daily life and global institutions. As an introduction to the academic study of religion, this course looks at the world through the lens of religion and its myriad expressions in a global context, from indigenous traditions to world religions, while also asking what it means to study religion from the scholarly perspective. World Cultures course.
117 Understanding the Holocaust (R. Levy) TR 9:30-10:45.  
This course will attempt to place the Holocaust of European Jewry into historical perspective. Through the reading of primary and secondary sources, films, and lectures, students will confront a painful, emotionally charged subject matter. Our purpose is not, however, to whip up sympathy for the victims or to engage in commemorative activities. Rather we shall do our best to come to a rational understanding of one of the hallmark events of the twentieth century.The course is divided into three parts: 1) the origins and development of antisemitic ideology; 2) the history of German political institutions, 1848-1933; and the coming together of these two elements to produce, 3) the genocide of European Jews.
125  African American Religious Traditions (J. Jabir) TR 9:30-10:45
Introduction to Jewish History (L. Edwards) TR 11-12:15
The Jewish People today comprise approximately one quarter of one percent of the world’s population. Despite their small numbers, their influence on religion and culture has been remarkable. This course will survey the history of the Jews primarily from a secular/academic perspective, that is, not as the sacred history of the people of the Bible, but as a socio-political phenomenon. Since Judaism – the religion of the Jews – has been important to the self-understanding of the Jewish people, some attention will necessarily be paid to the basic elements of Jewish religious tradition. There will also be opportunities to reflect on what we mean by “history,” as well as to consider the relevance of the Jewish experience to that of other peoples, especially those who have been diasporic minorities.
127 Diaspora, Exile, Genocide: Aspects of the European Jewish Experience in Literature and Film (E.  Loentz)  MWF 12-12:50.
Literature and films on European Jewish responses to anti-Semitism and persecution in a historical context to reveal the condition of post-Enlightenment German-speaking Jewish and Yiddish-speaking societies. Course Information:  Past course, and World Cultures course.
Introduction to Islam (S. Parvizian) TR 11-12:15 
Introductory study of the religion, culture, history, and varieties of Islam, with an emphasis on its philosophical tradition. World Cultures course.
Middle Eastern Civilization (S. Quadri) MW 11-11:50
This course surveys the history of the Middle East from the pre-Islamic era to recent events and debates. You will study the culture and milieu in which Islam emerged and its remarkably quick expansion; the various Muslim empires that ruled the areas now known as the Middle East; and the impact of European colonialism on the Muslim world.   Past, and World Cultures course.
208 Greek Mythology (N. Marinatos) MWF 2-2:50  
Intensive study of the gods and heroic sagas of the Greeks, through original sources in translation. Course Information: Same as CL 208 All readings are in English. Prerequisite(s):  CL 100 or CL 102 or CL 103 or the equivalent. Individual and Society course, and Past course.
243 Archaeology of Buddhism (M. Hendrickson) TR 12:30-1:45 
This course focuses on the material record of Buddhism from sites associated with the historical Buddha to the dispersal and manifestation of Buddhist religion across South, East and Southeast Asia in the Medieval period. In addition to surveying the core elements and evolution of the Buddhist religion, we will evaluate its transformative role on early societies through direct investigation of archaeological, art historical and architectural evidence.
Eastern and Western Philosophies of Religion (M. Naparstek) MW 4:30-5:45
Comparative approaches in the study religion can both illuminate profound similarities shared by religions across the globe, while at the same time, obscure meaningful difference. This course
seeks to better understand the role of religion through consideration of historical and contemporary interactions between Christianity and Buddhism in both Asia and the West. Through critical consideration of the practices, theories, and views that inform different traditions, we will engage with questions that challenge the categorization of religion in a variety of contexts, including: ritual, pilgrimage, mythology, orthodoxy, assimilation of new religious movements, and questions of our own scholarly perspective.
The Founders of Christianity and Other Religions (L. Dingeldein) TR 12:30-1:45
Nearly two millennia ago, Jesus Christ founded a new religious movement that his students and followers helped to spread throughout the Roman Empire. Christianity eventually became one of the most well known world religions, but the exact reasons for its spread and success remain obscure due to our great chronological remove from its beginnings as well as our scarcity of evidence. In this class, we will attempt to gain greater insight into the beginnings of Christianity by looking to see how new religious movements (NRMs) of the 20th and 21st centuries have arisen and sustained themselves in the first several decades of their existence. By examining the reasons for the successes and failures of these modern NRMs, we will arrive at a clearer and fuller understanding of the reasons that the Christ movement survived and flourished in its earliest stages.
Dante's Divine Comedy (C. Fabbian) MW 3-4:15
Close readings of selected cantos from Dante's Divine Comedy will bring into relief the history and culture of the Medieval Mediterranean world. We will discuss various aspects of medieval culture, such as Medieval views on women or the persistence of classical tradition, while learning about Dante's idea of love and relationship to literary models as well as his political views, philosophical thought and theology. While Dante's poetic vision of the afterlife offers a panorama of the medieval world, many of the issues confronting Dante and his age are important to individuals and societies today: social justice, the relationship between church and state, personal and civic responsibility, governmental accountability, literary and artistic influences. No pre-requisites. Creative Arts / Understanding the Past Course
Catholicism: In the Beginning (L. Dingeldein) TR 3:30-4:45
Today, over a billion people in this world identify as Catholic Christian. But 2,000 years ago, Catholicism did not exist, nor did any other form of Christianity. Rather, there existed in the eastern part of the Mediterranean basin a Jewish teacher and healer named Jesus. After a few short years of teaching, Jesus was executed by the Roman Empire for insurrection and soon after worshipped as a divine being by his followers. Decades later, these followers became known as Christians. It is this momentous period in history that constitutes our focus of study for this course. We will study the people, events, and texts of the first and second centuries that shaped a small Jewish reform movement into the religion now known as Christianity, using as our main evidence the letters and stories of the New Testament.