115 Bible as Literature (3 hours)

A broad overview of various literary genres in the Bible such as origin narrative, historical narrative, poetry, wisdom literature, prophetic/apocalyptic literature, parable, and epistle. Course Information: Same as ENGL 115. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture and one Discussion/Recitation.

120 Catholic Thought (3 hours)

Introduction to the main topics, interests, and methods of Catholic thought. Course Information: Same as CST 120.

124 Introduction to Hebrew Bible (3 hours)

A study of the Five Books of Moses (a.k.a Torah or Pentateuch) within the contexts of the ancient Near East and biblical literature. Course Information: Same as CL 124 and JST 124. Taught in English.

130 Introduction to Islam (3 hours)

Introductory study of the religion, culture, and present variety of Islam in Islamic countries and in the West.

150 Catholicism in US History (3 hours)

The Catholic experience in the United States from its colonial origins to the present. Course Information: Same as CST 150 and HIST 150.

215 Anthropology of Religion (3 hours)

Exploration of varieties of religious experience, including magic and witchcraft, with emphasis on non-Western religions and the role of religious institutions in social integration. Course Information: Same as ANTH 215. Prerequisite(s): ENGL 161.

225 Muslim-Jewish Relations (3 hours)

Muslim-Jewish interactions from the rise of Islam until contemporary times, the relationship between Biblical and Quranic materials, the Jewish and Islamic interpretive tradition and the legal systems of the two religious traditions. Course Information: Same as CL 225 and JST 225.

230 Topics in Islam (3 hours)

Topics, issues, and methodologies in Islamic studies. Course Information: May be repeated if topics vary. Recommended background: ENGL 160.

235 Intro to Jewish Thought I (3 hours)

Introduces students to the fundamental Jewish texts, theology, and thought of the Rabbinic period (100CE - 900 CE). Topics include: ethics, authority, sexuality, exegesis, and law. Course Information: Same as CL 235 and JST 235. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above.

240 Philosophy and Revelation (3 hours)

Introduction to philosophical ways of addressing the claim that a book (the Bible, the Quran) comes from God. Texts by Immanuel Kant, Moses Mendelssohn, and Soren Kierkegaard, among others. Course Information: Previously listed as RELS 141. Same as PHIL 240 and JST 240. Prerequisite(s): Two courses in philosophy or consent of the instructor. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Discussion/Recitation and one Lecture.

242 Hist of Jewish Biblical Interp (3 hours)

Jewish interpretation of the Hebrew bible. A survey of the span of Jewish history and the wide range of cultural contexts that have impacted the understanding of the Torah. Course Information: Same as CL 242 and JST 242.

246 Sociology of Religion (3 hours)

Analysis of the structures and functions of religious institutions in modern society.Special attention to the interplay between religion and other social phenomena, such as economics, politics, and secular culture. Course Information: Same as SOC 246. Occasional field trips. Prerequisite(s): One social sciences Course Distribution Credit (CDC) course and sophomore standing. Class Schedule Information: To be properly registered, students must enroll in one Lecture-Discussion and one Practice.

250 East & West Phil of Religion (3 hours)

Eastern and Western philosophies of religion: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity. Course Information: Same as INST 250.

254 Prophets in Judaism & Islam (3 hours)

A cross-cultural survey of prophets. Texts include the Hebrew Bible, the Quran and Islamic and Jewish exegetical material. Course Information: Same as CL 254 and JST 254.

255 Religious Diversity (3 hours)

The facts of religious diversity and the questions raised by them. Special attention to Catholic Christian perspectives, treating them from secular and other religious perspectives.

256 Religious Exper in Amer Hist (3 hours)

A survey of the varieties of religious experience in American history from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries, with emphasis on social and cultural consequences. Course Information: Same as HIST 256.

293 Dante's Divine Comedy (3 hours)

An in-depth study of the Divine Comedy, read in English, against the historical, religious, philosophical and cultural background of the Middle Ages. Course Information: Same as CST 293 and ITAL 293. Previously listed as RELS 193.

294 Topics in Catholic History (3 hours)

An investigation of the impact of human migration and cultural pluralism on Catholicism and an analysis of the role of the Catholic Church in group relations. Topics will vary. Course Information: Same as CST 294 and HIST 294. May be repeated if topics vary.

295 Topics in Cath Thought (3 hours)

Critical investigation of a topic or topics central to the development of Catholic thought, carried on by study of its proponents and opponents. Topics will vary. Course Information: Same as CST 295. May be repeated if topics vary.

311 Gender in Western Relig (3 hours)

Examination of the root of contemporary perspectives on gender and sexuality in the early traditions of Judaism and Christianity including the Bible, the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Church Fathers, the Talmud, and legends of the saints. Course Information: Same as GWS 311 and JST 311.

320 Major Religious Thinkers (3 hours)

An examination of one or more major/classical thinkers and their writings. Course Information: May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): One 100- or 200-level religious studies course.

330 The Quran (3 hours)

Introduction to the text, history of interpretation, and the significance of the Quran. Course Information: Prerequisites: Junior standing or above; or consent of the instructor and one 200-level course in Islamic studies.

343 Literature and Religion (3 hours)

Studies in the relation of literature to doctrines, imagery, practices, experiences, or history of one or more religious traditions. Course Information: Same as ENGL 343. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ENGL 240; and Grade of C or better in ENGL 241 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 242 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 243.

392 Problems in Relig Studies (3 hours)

In-depth examination of a major topic or problem in religious thought. Topics will vary. Course Information: May be repeated if topics vary. Prerequisite(s): At least one course in religious studies.

394 Catholic History and Culture (3 hours)

Exploration of various topics in Catholic history and culture. Course Information: Same as CST 394 and HIST 394. Prerequisite(s): One course in history or Catholic studies; or consent of the instructor.

399 Independent Study (1 to 3 hours)

Selected topics for individual study. Course Information: May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or above; and consent of the instructor. Recommended Background: Two courses in religious studies.

446 Religion:Race,Ethnic,Gender (3 or 4 hours)

Religious institutions in the U.S. as a crucible for racial, ethnic, and gender identities, group formation, and intergroup relations; major world religions represented in the U.S. Course Information: Same as SOC 446. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): SOC 100 and junior standing or above; or consent of instructor.

478 Bible as Lit: Hebrew Bible (3 or 4 hours)

Literary analysis of genres and themes of the Hebrew Bible and close reading of the biblical texts. Sources of the Bible and their historical context. Course Information: Same as ENGL 478, and JST 478. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Taught in English. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ENGL 240; and Grade of C or better in ENGL 241or Grade of C or better in ENGL 242 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 243; or consent of the instructor.

479 Bible as Lit: New Testament (3 or 4 hours)

Literary analysis of the New Testament and its historical and religious contexts, focusing on the gospels and Pauline letters. Course Information: Same as ENGL 479. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite(s): Grade of C or better in ENGL 240; and Grade of C or better in ENGL 241 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 242 or Grade of C or better in ENGL 243; or consent of the instructor.

495 Topics in Religious History (3 or 4 hours)

Specific topics are announced each term. Course Information: Same as HIST 495. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. May be repeated. Students may register in more than one section per term. Prerequisite(s): 3 hours of history or consent of the instructor.