Course Descriptions

RELI 2210 Introduction to the Study of Religion (3 credits)—A
comparative and historical introduction to the world’s ways of being
religious. (fall, spring, summer)

RELI 3220 Western Religions (3 credits)—Prerequisite(s): RELI
2210, or permission of the instructor. A study of the religious life of the West,from preliterate societies and classical civilizations of the past through
contemporary Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. (spring, odd years)

RELI 3230 Asian Religious and Philosophical Traditions (3 credits)—A study of religions
whose origins were in the East: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism,
Taoism, and Zen. (spring, even years)

RELI 3240 Hebrew Scriptures (3 credits)—Prerequisite(s): RELI
2210, or permission of the instructor. A historical and literary survey of the
Hebrew Bible. (fall, odd years)

RELI 3250 Greek Scriptures (3 credits)—Prerequisite(s): RELI 2210, or permission of the instructor. A historical and literary survey of the Greek/Christian Scriptures. (spring, even years)

RELI 3261-63 Religion Colloquium (1-3 credits)—Prerequisite(s): RELI 2210 or permission of the instructor. Some issue, movement, or person of importance to the study of religion will be selected for the topic.Course may be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) credit hours. (3263 – fall, odd years)

RELI 4220 Contemporary Religious Thought (3 credits) Prerequisite(s): At least one (1) RELI course at the 3000 level; or permission of the instructor. A survey of developments in religious thought from the mid 19th century to the present.

RELI 4920 Independent Studies in Religion (1-3 credits)— Prerequisite(s): At least one (1) RELI course at the 3000 level or permission of the instructor. (fall, spring)


Department of Sociology and Anthropology

SOAA 3800 Religion, Society, and Culture (3 credits)—
Prerequisite(s): SOCI 1020, ANTH 1240, or permission of instructor. Analysis of the social and cultural dimensions of religion and the origins, functions,and place of religion in human societies.

ANTH 4250 Ethnomedicine (3 credits)—A cross-cultural and historical examination of medical belief systems, focusing in particular on the context of medical pluralism and culturally competent health care delivery. Medical belief systems examined include Latin American folk medicine, Native American medicine, Chinese traditional medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, Euro-American folk medicine, and biomedicine.


Department of History

HIST 3910 History of Christianity (3 credits)
—A survey of the history of the Christian movement, from the early Church to the diverse expressions of Christianity in the modern world.

HIST 3920 History of Islam (3 credits)—A survey of pre-Islamic Arabia, the Prophet and his career, the Qur’an, doctrine and ritual, law, Sufism, sects in Islam, the Caliphate, and Islam in the modern world.

HIST 4207/5207 Ancient Religions (3 credits)—A study of the origins, development, and function of religion in the ancient world of the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Greece and Rome. The course will cover the religions of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Palestine, Greece and Rome, as well as Gnosticism, Jainism, and Zoroastrianism.


Department of English

ENGL 3280 Mythology (3 credits)—
Classical mythology and myths from other cultures and relation of myth to literature, psychology, and popular culture.

ENGL 3700 The Bible as Literature (3 Credits)—
An introduction to the literary genres employed (e.g., narrative, lyric poetry, proverbs,
apocalyptic writing) and the Bible’s unique place in English and world literary heritage.