RELIG ST 101 — RELIGION IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

3 credits.

Foundational and thematic approaches in the academic study of religion applied across global religious systems.

RELIG ST 102 — EXPLORING RELIGION IN SICKNESS AND HEALTH

3 credits.

An introduction to the study of religion through the lens of health and health through the lens of religion employing approaches from the humanities and social sciences in conversation with health-related disciplines. It asks questions such as, How do religious peoples understand and live in sickness and health? How do people connect physical well-being to spiritual well-being? Medicine to meaning-making? How does looking at religion in sickness and health provide insight into its roles in a variety of cultures and contexts, globally and locally? How do health and religion connect particularly in situations of social marginalization and immigration? How does religion impact understandings of health and sickness beyond the borders of specific religious communities?

RELIG ST 103 — EXPLORING RELIGION AND SEXUALITY

3 credits.

An introductory examination of "what religion is" via investigation of how religious traditions imagine, interrogate, and regulate sexuality using several approaches in the discipline of religious studies. It focuses, although not exclusively, on the religions of the Ancient Mediterranean (Greeks, Romans, Rabbinic Jews, and early Christians) and also considers the(re)construction of ideas and practices over time and contexts.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY/​MEDIEVAL  112 — THE WORLD OF LATE ANTIQUITY (200-900 C.E.)

4 credits.

History of the Mediterranean World from the late Roman Empire to the development of distinct European, Byzantine and Islamic civilizations (ca. 200-900 CE). Special attention will be paid to the rise and development of Christianity and Islam.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY  131 — INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIANITY: JESUS TO THE PRESENT

4 credits.

Survey of Christianity from its beginnings to its diverse global manifestations today, including beliefs, institutions, ritual, lived experience, and interactions with broader culture and society.

RELIG ST/​CNSR SCI  173 — CONSUMING HAPPINESS

3 credits.

As the saying goes, money can't buy happiness -- but in modern America, we certainly try. This course will provide an overview of the study of happiness and well-being, examine how consumers engage in consumption in pursuit of happiness, as well as explore the emergence of the experience economy, and the intersection of money and well-being. Students will read academic and popular pieces on positive psychology, prosocial spending and explore the psychology of persuasion in the promises associated with this industry. In addition to integrating visual media, students will have the opportunity to experience first-hand whether the advice works in their own lives.

RELIG ST 200 — INTRODUCTORY TOPICS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES (HUMANITIES)

3-4 credits.

Topics in religious studies in the humanities at an introductory level.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY/​LCA  205 — THE MAKING OF THE ISLAMIC WORLD: THE MIDDLE EAST, 500-1500

3-4 credits.

Development of society and culture in the Middle East and North Africa from the emergence of Islam (7th century) to early modern times.

RELIG ST/​LCA  206 — INTRODUCTION TO THE QUR'AN

4 credits.

An introduction to the Qur'an, the sacred scripture of the Islamic religious tradition, focused on Muslim approaches to reading the text, its themes and history, and its use as a source of law, theology, aesthetics, politics, and practices of piety.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY  208 — WESTERN INTELLECTUAL AND RELIGIOUS HISTORY TO 1500

3-4 credits.

Survey of key themes in Western intellectual history and religious thought from ancient Greece through the Renaissance, focusing on relationships among classical, Jewish, and Christian traditions.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY  209 — WESTERN INTELLECTUAL AND RELIGIOUS HISTORY SINCE 1500

3-4 credits.

A survey of major trends in Western intellectual history and religious thought in the modern era, a period that saw a new range of competing ideas about the divine, the human condition, justice and the social order, and the quest for meaning. The course explores shifts in Christian and Jewish thought as well as secular alternatives to religious outlooks. Topics include the impact of the Reformation, Scientific Revolution, and Enlightenment; radical critiques of religion; existentialism; theological responses to World Wars and the Holocaust; and civil rights and social justice. Sources include films, novels, autobiographies, essays, theological works, and political manifestos.

RELIG ST/​JEWISH  211 — INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM

4 credits.

General introduction to Judaism covering the biblical, classical rabbinic, medieval, and modern periods.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY  212 — THE HISTORY OF WESTERN CHRISTIANITY TO 1750

4 credits.

A survey of Christianity from being a small, persecuted sect in the Roman Empire to becoming the dominant religion of western Europe, penetrating into the lives of Europeans, fissuring into multiple churches, and spreading across the globe. Attention is given to doctrine, ritual, worship, architecture, images, and music.

RELIG ST/​CLASSICS/​JEWISH/​LITTRANS  227 — INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL LITERATURE (IN ENGLISH)

4 credits.

Introduction to the literature and literary history of the Old Testament, Apocrypha, Dead Sea Scrolls, Talmud, and Midrashim.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY  230 — JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY, AND ISLAM: BRAIDED HISTORIES

3 credits.

An examination of the braided histories of Judaism, Christianity and Islam from 2000 BCE to 2000 CE, emphasizing their theological, cultural, and political relationships.

RELIG ST/​ILS  234 — GENRES OF WESTERN RELIGIOUS WRITING

3 credits.

Writing intensive course based on the conventions in which Western writers have expressed religious ideas. Readings from Jewish, Christian, and other spiritualities. Open to Fr

RELIG ST/​E ASIAN/​LCA  235 — GENRES OF ASIAN RELIGIOUS WRITING

3 credits.

Writing intensive course based on the conventions in which Asian writers have expressed religious ideas. Readings introduce major Asian religious traditions and expressive genres. Open to Fr

RELIG ST/​CLASSICS/​JEWISH/​LITTRANS  237 — BIBLICAL POETRY IN TRANSLATION

3 credits.

A study of the poetry of the Hebrew Bible as literature within the context of other ancient Near Eastern poetry. Influence of biblical poetry on the Dead Sea Scrolls, New Testament, medieval Hebrew poetry, and Jewish and Christian liturgies.

RELIG ST/​LITTRANS/​MEDIEVAL  253 — LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION: DANTE'S DIVINE COMEDY

3 credits.

RELIG ST/​LITTRANS  257 — LITERATURES OF MUSLIM SOCIETIES IN TRANSLATION

3 credits.

LCA majors and all Grads register for LCA/​RELIG ST  357

RELIG ST/​PHILOS  261 — INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

3-4 credits.

Doctrines and arguments of Western and Eastern religious and philosphical traditions: deity, human nature, immortality, resurrection, religious experience, faith, reason, good, evil, etc.

RELIG ST/​E ASIAN/​HISTORY  267 — ASIAN RELIGIONS IN GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

3-4 credits.

Comparative and thematic introduction to diverse Asian religious traditions, ideas and communities, and their relevance to human societies of the past and present..

RELIG ST/​ENVIR ST  270 — ENVIRONMENT AND RELIGION

3-4 credits.

What are sources on which members of religious communities draw in order to understand and address environmental change? This course explores how religious persons and communities confront global environmental questions and challenges today, with case studies drawn from culturally and religiously plural societies such as India and Indonesia. Introducing diverse varieties of Christianity, Islam, and Hindu and Buddhist systems, course gives overview of some approaches in the environmental humanities related to philosophy, history, sociology and anthropology, and ethics. Fulfills requirement for Environmental Studies and Religious Studies degree programs.

RELIG ST 271 — RELIGION IN HISTORY AND CULTURE: THE WEST

3 credits.

An interdepartmental, multidisciplinary survey of the major religious traditions of prehistory; the ancient near east; the ancient Mediterranean; biblical, post-biblical and contemporary Judaism; Christianity; Islam; and selected topics for comparative-historical study.

RELIG ST/​LCA  274 — RELIGION IN SOUTH ASIA

3 credits.

Introductory survey of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism, etc., and an examination of the cultural, historical, ritual, and philosophical foundations of South Asian religion.

RELIG ST/​JEWISH  278 — FOOD IN RABBINIC JUDAISM

3-4 credits.

Rabbinic literature frames the fundamental attitudes for how Judaism relates to food. Students will examine the history of food in rabbinic Judaism. In addition, theories from the field of food studies will be applied to rabbinic texts.

RELIG ST 300 — AMERICA AND RELIGIONS

3 credits.

Explores the colorful, contested relationship of religion and American (U.S.) culture. While surveying a variety of themes from Native American-European encounters to the present, the course employs significant court cases to focus on the tension between a quest for American consensus and an abiding religious and cultural pluralism.

RELIG ST/​GEN&WS  305 — WOMEN, GENDER AND RELIGION

3 credits.

Explores themes significant to the impact of religion on women and women on religion, historically and today, across a diverse range of contexts.

RELIG ST/​E ASIAN/​HISTORY/​LCA  308 — INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM

3-4 credits.

The basic thought, practices and history of Buddhism, including selflessness and relativity, practices of meditation, merit-making and compassion from both local and translocal perspectives. Includes a discussion of Buddhism as a contemporary, North American religion.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY/​MEDIEVAL  309 — THE CRUSADES: CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM

3-4 credits.

An examination of the Crusades from both Christian and Islamic perspectives; the historical, social, and religious context and significance of the Crusades for both Christians and Muslims.

RELIG ST 311 — SECTS AND CULTS

3 credits.

An introduction to new religious movements in the U.S. frequently referred to as "sects," "cults," and "fringe religions."

RELIG ST/​HISTORY/​MEDIEVAL  312 — THE MEDIEVAL CHURCH

3-4 credits.

The course covers the formation and development of exxlesiastical institutions and religious life in Western Europe from the fourth century to the Protestant Reformation.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY/​MEDIEVAL  318 — MEDIEVAL SOCIAL AND INTELLECTUAL HISTORY, 1200-1450

3-4 credits.

Emphasis on social change and intellectual developments.

RELIG ST/​SLAVIC  325 — EASTERN CHRISTIANITY/RUSSIAN ORTHODOXY IN A GLOBAL CONTEXT

3 credits.

The course will focus on the history and doctrine of Eastern Christianity from its origins in the early Church through today, with special emphasis placed on the cultural manifestations of Orthodox doctrine, including liturgy, iconography, ritual practice.

RELIG ST 327 — CHRISTIANITY AND THE ALMIGHTY DOLLAR

3 credits.

Examines the relationships of Christian beliefs, ethics, spaces and practices to money, marketplace, wealth and poverty, consumption and business culture. It examines how Christians in a variety of situations and in a variety of ways shape and are shaped by capitalism and other economic forms. It focuses primarily on modern (19th-century) American contexts up to today. Global contexts and interactions with American religious cultures and well as earlier historical factors, however, figure prominently as well.

RELIG ST/​JEWISH/​LITTRANS  328 — CLASSICAL RABBINIC LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION

3-4 credits.

Introduction to the literature of the Classical Rabbinic or Talmudic period of Judaism (2nd to 7th centuries CE). Historical and intellectual background; the interrelation of liturgy, legal and non-legal literature.

RELIG ST/​HIST SCI/​MED HIST  331 — SCIENCE, MEDICINE AND RELIGION

3-4 credits.

Science, medicine and religion from antiquity to the present, with emphasis on Western civilization.

RELIG ST/​CLASSICS/​HEBR-BIB/​JEWISH/​LITTRANS  332 — PROPHETS OF THE BIBLE

4 credits.

An introduction to the thought, literature, and history of the prophets of ancient Israel (in English).

RELIG ST 333 — EARLY CHRISTIAN LITERATURE: MATTHEW-REVELATION

3 credits.

An exploration of Christianity's charter documents in the light of what modern scholarship has discovered about the New Testament's sociohistorical context, composition, theologies, and presentations of Jesus.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY  334 — THE REFORMATION

3-4 credits.

The division of Western Christendom, 1500-1650, and its impact on Europe and the world.

RELIG ST/​CLASSICS/​JEWISH  335 — KING DAVID IN HISTORY AND TRADITION

3 credits.

An exploration of the literary and historical aspects of the text of 1-2 Samuel + 1 Kings 1-2; the history and archaeology of Jerusalem during the tenth century B.C.E.; and the varieties of ways in which the figure of King David has been received in subsequent religious and secular literature, visual art, music, television, and cinema.

RELIG ST/​FOLKLORE/​LITTRANS/​MEDIEVAL  342 — IN TRANSLATION: MYTHOLOGY OF SCANDINAVIA

3-4 credits.

RELIG ST/​ANTHRO  343 — ANTHROPOLOGY OF RELIGION

3-4 credits.

Anthropological approaches. Illustrated by critical considerations of outstanding contributions. Selected religious systems; areal and topical comparative studies; religion as an ethnographic problem.

RELIG ST/​CLASSICS/​JEWISH  346 — JEWISH LITERATURE OF THE GRECO-ROMAN PERIOD

3 credits.

Jewish literature from 350 BCE to 150 CE. The Greek and Hebrew sources include stories, religious poetry, wisdom books and apocalyptic texts. Readings (in translation) from the Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha, and the Dead Sea Scrolls in their historical, cultural and literary setting.

RELIG ST/​E ASIAN  350 — INTRODUCTION TO TAOISM

3-4 credits.

A study of the writings attributed to Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu and their concepts, and the history and various aspects of religious Taoism. Consideration is given to Taoist influences on literature. Undergraduate majors register for 4 cr; non-majors and graduate majors register for 3 cr.

RELIG ST/​FOLKLORE  352 — SHAMANISM

3 credits.

Survey of shamanism as a religious tradition and sociocultural force in Siberian, Asian, and Native American societies. Exploration of shamanic rituals, roles, cosmology. Cultural and political uses of shamanism in traditional and modern contexts.

RELIG ST/​LCA  355 — HINDUISM

4 credits.

An historical survey of Hindu scriptures, rituals, philosophies, and ethics from the ancient to the contemporary world. Concepts such as karma, yoga, and reincarnation will be put in the broader contexts of Hindu theism, worship, and law.

RELIG ST/​ENVIR ST/​HIST SCI/​LCA  356 — ISLAM, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT

3-4 credits.

Survey of Muslim religious understandings of science, technology, nature and environment. Lectures and readings present a global perspective through case studies, covering sources such as the Qur'an, theology and law, and traditions of esoteric piety (mysticism), and historical and contemporary issues like medical ethics, virtual realities, and environmental change, challenge and crisis.

RELIG ST/​LCA  357 — LITERATURES OF MUSLIM SOCIETIES

3 credits.

Survey in English of the literatures of the Islamic Middle East and South West Asia in Turkish, Persian and Arabic. Emphasis on comparative approaches within an Islamic cultural continuum and reactions to this heritage in the moden and post-modern periods.

RELIG ST/​FOLKLORE  359 — MYTH

3 credits.

The relationship between myth and tale, history, culture. Myth research; methodological approaches; world mythologies; myth and modern times.

RELIG ST/​ENGL/​HISTORY  360 — THE ANGLO-SAXONS

3 credits.

Life and literature during the Old English period (c450-c1100). Primary emphasis on the vernacular and Latin writings of the Anglo-Saxons themselves. Extensive historical and archaeological background; attention to the development and character of monasticism, to the production of manuscripts, etc. All reading in translation. Students who have taken English 360 prior to fall 2014 may not enroll in the course.

RELIG ST 361 — EARLY CHRISTIAN LITERATURE: PAULINE CHRISTIANITY

3 credits.

By conventional reckoning, Paul was a major contributor to the development of Christianity. This course analyzes both Paul's and other contemporary writings to assess the extent to which he contributed to the development of the early church.

RELIG ST/​E ASIAN  363 — INTRODUCTION TO CONFUCIANISM

3 credits.

The development of Confucianism in pre-Buddhist China emphasizing interactions with competing viewpoints. Particular attention to issues of morality and human nature, stressing the roots of Confucianism in more general theories of value. All readings in translation.

RELIG ST/​LCA  367 — JAINISM: RELIGION OF NON-VIOLENCE

3 credits.

An examination of the theological, ritual, and social frameworks of the Jain tradition; explores the moral and physical implications of asceticism and non-violence from a Jain perspective through a study of sacred texts and contemporary practice.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY/​JEWISH/​MEDIEVAL  368 — THE BIBLE IN THE MIDDLE AGES

3 credits.

Medieval Bible and its shaping effect on medieval culture.

RELIG ST/​AFRICAN/​LCA  370 — ISLAM: RELIGION AND CULTURE

3-4 credits.

The emergence and development of Islam; schism; theology; asceticism; speculative and popular mysticism; literatures in diverse Islamic languages.

RELIG ST/​ANTHRO/​JEWISH  372 — JEWS OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

3-4 credits.

Course will focus on main characteristics of Central and Eastern European Jews (Ashkenazim) in their cultural-historical development. Open to Fr with cons inst

RELIG ST/​ART HIST  373 — GREAT CITIES OF ISLAM

3 credits.

This course offers a comparative study of the foundation and development of five great cities in the history of Islam: Cairo, Istanbul, Delhi, Mecca, and Isfahan. Architectural projects, ornamental idioms, and changes to the urban plan are studied from aesthetic and cultural perspectives. Integrating historical and religious studies, this course highlights the shifting nature of Islamic culture, from the tenth century CE to the present.

RELIG ST/​COM ARTS  374 — THE RHETORIC OF RELIGION

3 credits.

Rhetorical character of religious controversy and sectarian persuasion in Western religion.

RELIG ST/​JEWISH  377 — JEWISH CULTURAL HISTORY (IN ENGLISH)

4 credits.

Survey of Jewish cultural history from the Biblical to Talmudic and early Muslim periods; and its interaction with other cultures, including Hellenistic, Roman, and Muslim.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY  379 — ISLAM IN IRAN

3 credits.

History of Islam in Iran from Arab conquest in the seventh century to the Islamic Revolution in 1978-89.

RELIG ST 400 — TOPICS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES - HUMANITIES

3-4 credits.

Topics may include religion in specific societies or regions; religion in the arts; contemporary themes in religion.

RELIG ST 401 — TOPICS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES - SOCIAL STUDIES

3-4 credits.

Topics in religious studies in the social sciences.

RELIG ST/​LCA  402 — THOUGHT OF GANDHI

3 credits.

Critical analysis of Gandhi's social, political, and religious thought, tracing his experiences in South Africa and India, noting links between his concepts and classical Hinduism, examining criticisms raised against Gandhi's thought, and identifying contemporary continuities of Gandhi's thought in India, Europe, and the U.S.

RELIG ST 403 — TOPICS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES-US ETHNIC STUDIES

3-5 credits.

Topics in Religious Studies-US Ethnic Studies. Topics in historical or contemporary religious culture and society pertaining to persistently marginalized racial or ethnic groups in the United States.

RELIG ST/​AFROAMER  404 — AFRICAN AMERICAN RELIGIONS

3 credits.

Explores the varieties of African American religious expressions from the colonial era to the present with emphasis on racism and resistance, marginalization and resilience, creative expression and the continued influence of Africa and the Caribbean.

RELIG ST/​LCA  421 — A SURVEY OF TIBETAN BUDDHISM

3 credits.

By studying the distinctively Tibetan forms of Buddhism, we also examine more general issues, such as the relationship between theory and practice, the politics of "world-makinhg", and the connection between identity and experience.

RELIG ST/​POLI SCI  433 — RELIGION AND POLITICS

3-4 credits.

Explores the relationships and interactions between religion and politics from a comparative perspective. The course will discuss the appropriate relationship between religion and state. In the first part of the course students will investigate the implications of the various ways in which the religion-state relationship have been involved in political conflict. Building on this, the course will then turn to several of the current issues in religion and politics asking: Why is religion apparently more important than ever despite an increasingly secular world? What is religious nationalism? What is fundamentalism? How can we explain the similarities and differences between religious fundamentalist movements across the globe? How should democratic states cope with the emergence of fundamentalist movements? In order to begin answering these questions, the course will integrate the theoretical frameworks we develop with explorations of the historical and local context of relevant case-studies from around the world.

RELIG ST/​ENGL  434 — MILTON

3 credits.

Major poems and selected prose.

RELIG ST/​JEWISH/​PHILOS  435 — JEWISH PHILOSOPHY FROM ANTIQUITY TO THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY

3 credits.

A survey of major philosophers and philosophical currents within Judaism from antiquity through the seventeenth century.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY  437 — WESTERN CHRISTIANITY FROM AUGUSTINE TO DARWIN

4 credits.

A survey of Christianity from the fourth century through the nineteenth. Explores the culture of Christianity--architecture, literature, images, and mosic--in orner to understand how Christianity has become a world religion.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY/​LCA  438 — BUDDHISM AND SOCIETY IN SOUTHEAST ASIAN HISTORY

3-4 credits.

Therevada Buddhism in Southeast Asia; ideas and basic tenets; history and its impact on social and political institutions; the monastic order and relations with the states; roles in the early history up to the present; focus on Thailand and Burma.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY  439 — ISLAMIC HISTORY FROM THE ORIGIN OF ISLAM TO THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE

3-4 credits.

Political action and organization in medieval Islam (ca 600-1500), with focus on selected states.

RELIG ST/​MEDIEVAL  440 — FRANCIS OF ASSISI: LITERATURE AND THE ARTS

3 credits.

Francis of Assisi: Literature and the Arts." Focus on accounts of St. Francis's life as written by medieval authors (e.g., Bonaventure of Bagnoregio, Thomas of Celano, the Franciscan Brother Leo) as well as works written by Francis himself. Examination of the relevance of Francis's teachings to contemporary reflections regarding relationships with the Other, the environment and animals. Discussion of issues related to religion, politics, bio-politics and environmental studies.

RELIG ST/​LCA  444 — INTRODUCTION TO SUFISM (ISLAMIC MYSTICISM)

3 credits.

The rise and development of mysticism in Islam; basic Sufi doctrines, values and practices; life and works of important speculative and popular Sufi saints; Sufi brotherhoods in the Middle East, South Asia and North Africa.

RELIG ST/​JEWISH  448 — CLASSICAL RABBINIC TEXTS

3 credits.

Introduction to the language and literature of the rabbinic period in Judaism (2nd-7th century CE). Acquisition of language skills to read Hebrew texts of this period, including Mishna, Tosephta, and Midrash.

RELIG ST/​E ASIAN/​LCA  466 — BUDDHIST THOUGHT

3 credits.

Survey of the fundamental trends in Buddhist thought through the works of major philosophers. Themes include the concept of "selflessness" and concomitant theories of essencelessness, perception, language and rationality. Previous study of Buddhism or philosophy is strongly recommended. Prev study of Buddhism or philos strongly recommended.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY  470 — RELIGIOUS THOUGHT IN MODERN EUROPE

3-4 credits.

History of religious thought in modern Europe (19th and 20th centuries) as reflected in theology, philosophy, literature, and political and social theory. Major emphasis on Protestant and Roman Catholic traditions but with additional discussion of Judaism and Orthodoxy.

RELIG ST 472 — CHRISTIAN LITERATURE: THE GOSPELS

3 credits.

The first century Gospels show how early Christians used traditions about Jesus' deeds and words to define themselves and others. This course investigates how those Gospels were composed and how their authors portrayed Jesus so as to address their concerns.

RELIG ST/​ART HIST  478 — ART AND RELIGIOUS PRACTICE IN MEDIEVAL JAPAN

3 credits.

A study of spaces, objects, and images within the context of religious belief and practice in Japan between 1300 and 1600, when great Zen monasteries grew up alongside older Buddhist/Shinto religious "megaplexes," and new salvationist sects spread throughout Japan. Knowledge of Asian religion recommended

RELIG ST 500 — ADVANCED TOPICS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

2-4 credits.

Topics may include religion in specific contexts, religion and other disciplines or specific themes in Religious Studies.

RELIG ST/​PHILOS  501 — PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

3-4 credits.

Analysis of religious experience and activity, and examination of principal religious ideas in light of modern psychology, philosophy, science, and anthropology.

RELIG ST/​PHILOS  502 — SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

3 credits.

One or more topics selected from among the following: religious discourse, God, evil, survival, great philosophers of religion, etc. Variable content.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY  512 — THE ENLIGHTENMENT AND ITS CRITICS

3 credits.

European intellectual history in the 17th and 18th centuries, from the Wars of Religion to the French Revolution. The course examines the rise of Enlightenment thought in relation to political and religious conflict, revolutions in science and philosophy, and the emergence of the public sphere. Special attention is devoted to the Enlightenment's relationship to religion and to critiques made of Enlightenment thinking, including by early Romanticism.

RELIG ST/​CURRIC/​ED POL  516 — RELIGION AND PUBLIC EDUCATION

3 credits.

Examines theories and practices related to the role of religion in public schooling and its accompanying tensions: political and philosophical, practical and personal.

RELIG ST/​CLASSICS/​HISTORY  517 — RELIGIONS OF THE ANCIENT MEDITERRANEAN

3 credits.

Ancient religions in their political, social and cultural contexts; topics include ritual, literary and artistic representations, religious persecutions, and/or modern approaches to the study of ancient religions. Chronological and geographical focus will vary between Greece, Rome, Judaea and Egypt.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY/​JEWISH  529 — INTELLECTUAL AND RELIGIOUS HISTORY OF EUROPEAN JEWRY, 1648-1939

4 credits.

Main movements and trends of thought, religion, and culture as European Jewry gained emancipation and adjusted to mass society.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY/​LCA  547 — RELIGION, COLONIALISM & MODERNITY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA

3 credits.

Examines changes in Southeast Asian religions (Buddhism, Confucianism, Islam) and experiences of modernity during the colonial period. Focus on religious and literary expressions from Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

RELIG ST 600 — RELIGION IN CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE

3 credits.

Readings in the analysis of religion as a human phenomenon from various perspectives, such as: skeptical and sympathetic views toward religion; theories of religion's origins and functions; and examinations of religious awe. Should be taken junior year. Seminar format. Preference given to religious studies majors

RELIG ST 601 — SENIOR CAPSTONE RESEARCH AND COLLOQUIUM

4 credits.

Integrated capstone course combining discussion of research methods, conduct of senior thesis research, and presentation and discussion of research results. Only for students in religious studies. This course takes the place of 695 + 697.

RELIG ST/​LCA/​SOC  614 — SOCIAL STRUCTURES OF MUSLIM SOCIETIES

3 credits.

Analysis of legal, religious, familial, educational, and political institutions in Muslim societies, with special attention to the interaction between these institutions and contemporary social and economic processes.

RELIG ST/​POLI SCI  618 — POLITICAL ISLAM

3-4 credits.

Examines the political origins of contemporary Islamist movements and their impact upon Middle Eastern politics.

RELIG ST/​LCA  620 — PROSEMINAR: STUDIES IN RELIGIONS OF ASIA

3 credits.

Historical and structural analysis and discussion of specific topics in one or more religions of Asia.

RELIG ST/​LCA  623 — YOGA: METHODS AND GOALS

3 credits.

Explores Yoga techniques propagated in the ancient Indian texts, as well as their adaptions in the Western world.

RELIG ST/​LCA  624 — MEDITATION IN INDIAN BUDDHISM AND HINDUISM

3 credits.

Examines contemplative practices in the two major Indian religions, Buddhism and Hinduism. Covers practices described in ancient texts but also provides an overview of selected modern practices.

RELIG ST/​LCA  626 — GODS AND GODDESSES OF SOUTH ASIA

3 credits.

Explores the deities of South Asia by examining the development of iconographic concepts and devotional practices associated with the worship of deities.

RELIG ST/​LCA/​LEGAL ST  628 — HINDU LAW

3 credits.

An examination of the nature, history, institutions, and thought of the Hindu legal tradition from its origins ca. 200BCE to the present.

RELIG ST/​LCA/​SOC  634 — SOCIAL STRUCTURE OF INDIA

3 credits.

Analysis of the major institutions of India with special attention to the relationship between Hindu community organization, caste and the family; the effects of political developments, population growth, industrialization, and urbanization.

RELIG ST/​LCA  650 — PROSEMINAR IN BUDDHIST THOUGHT

2-3 credits.

Advanced topics in Buddhist thought. 1 crse in Buddhism strongly recommended

RELIG ST/​ANTHRO  666 — THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF SHAMANISM AND OCCULT EXPERIENCE

3 credits.

Shamanism is a global form of religious practice involving direct contact with the spirit world through ecstatic and magical techniques. This course examines shamanic practice and considers allied forms of occult experience outside of the major world religions.

RELIG ST 681 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

Independent research undertaken by students in the honors program.

RELIG ST 682 — SENIOR HONORS THESIS

3 credits.

Independent research undertaken by students in the honors program.

RELIG ST 691 — SENIOR THESIS

3 credits.

RELIG ST 692 — SENIOR THESIS

3 credits.

RELIG ST 695 — RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM FOR MAJORS

1 credit.

Colloquium for students conducting research under Religious Studies 697, wich must be taken concurrently. Discussion of problems that arise in conducting research, interpreting evidence, and composing an argument. Students will present research-in-progress for group discussion. Con reg in RELIG ST 697

RELIG ST 697 — INDEPENDENT RESEARCH FOR MAJORS

3 credits.

Original research project supervised by individual faculty; only for students majoring in religious studies. Topics depend upon students' interest and faculty members' expertise. Students must register concurrently in Religious Studies 695. Con reg in RELIG ST 695

RELIG ST 699 — DIRECTED STUDY

1-4 credits.

RELIG ST/​LCA  706 — SEMINAR: TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF BUDDHISM

3 credits.

RELIG ST 799 — INDEPENDENT RESEARCH

1-6 credits.

Independent research for graduate students.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY  858 — SEMINAR IN PROBLEMS OF ISLAMIC HISTORY

2-3 credits.

Social and economic history of North Africa and the Middle East in Islamic and modern times.

RELIG ST/​PHILOS  961 — SEMINAR-PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

3 credits.

RELIG ST/​HISTORY  963 — AMERICAN RELIGIOUS HISTORY TO 1860

3 credits.

The creation of a national religious culture from the earliest settlements to the mid-nineteenth century.

RELIG ST 999 — INDEPENDENT WORK

1-6 credits.

Individual tutorial on topics in religious studies.