Upper Division Courses
Prereq.: One religion course or one course in Asian philosophy or permission. A study of the doctrines, practices and institutional formations of the meditation school of Mahayana Buddhism in China, Korea, Japan and the contemporary West. Emphasis will be placed upon the transmission/creation of the tradition in China, its transmission/re-creation in medieval Japan and its transmission/re-creation in the West after World War ll. (CULTURAL DIVERSITY and HUMANITIES)
(Same as ATH-302.) Spring. An anthropological approach to religious meaning and ritual in tribal and pre-industrial cultures. The course analyzes theories of religion, myth and ritual by comparing cultures in various areas of the world including contemporary crisis and change. (CULTURAL DIVERSITY)
Fall. Alt. years. Prereq.: REL-112 or permission. An exploration of what can be known about the activity and teaching of the historical Jesus and of the methodological problems involved.
Fall. Alt. years. Prereq.: REL-111 or 112 or permission. A topical examination of the task of theological reflection and of its expression in the primary beliefs of the Christian church. Particular attention will be focused on the mutual correlation of scripture and tradition with a contemporary understanding of society.
(Same as HIS-325.) Fall. Alt. years. A study of basic Classical and Hellenistic (Koine) Greek grammar and syntax with primary involvement in the New Testament.
Alt. years. Prereq.: HIS/REL-325. A continuation of REL-325 with a focus on the translation of selected Greek texts and the use of textual criticism.
(Same as HIS-327.) Prereq.: HIS/REL-326 or permission. Reading and translation of Greek texts selected to meet student needs and interests. This course is designed to maintain and improve student proficiency in Greek (may be repeated for a total of 4 credits).
Prereq.: Two courses in religion and/or philosophy or permission. An examination of specific issues, themes or figures in religion. Topics vary from year to year.
Prereq.: One course in religion. An experiential encounter with the practice and theory of spiritual development, in an inter-religious context.
(Same as HIS-346) Spring. Alt. years. An examination of the tumultuous changes that rocked Europe between 1517 and 1648, focusing on the interactions between theological, economic, political and personal factors that split the Christian church and changed the Western world.
(Same as PHI-351) Alt. years. Prereq: one course in philosophy or religion, or permission. A philosophical consideration of such fundamental ideas as the existence and nature of God, evil, miracles, freedom and immortality with special attention given to religious language and to representative systems of thought.
Spring 2010. (Same as HIS-363.) An analysis of the origins of Christianity within the Roman Empire. Special attention will be given to theological development and church-state relations between the second and fourth centuries. (HUMANITIES)
(Same as HIS-368) Prereq: HIS-101, 102, 103, or 104 or permission. This course will serve as an introduction to the history of the Jewish people from the First Revolt against Rome in 66 A.D. until the reestablishment of the State of Israel. Students will also study the theological, literary and legal texts of the Diaspora (the Jews in Exile, 132 to 1948). (CULTURAL DIVERSITY and HUMANITIES)
Fall, winter, spring. Prereq.: Permission. Directed readings in religion on a topic selected by the student, to be evaluated by quizzes, examinations, journal and/or papers, as agreed upon with the instructor. This course does not fulfill the Liberal Arts Core requirement for religion or independent work.
Fall, winter, spring. Prereq.: Permission. Individually arranged internships designed to provide practical experience in the work and organization of religious institutions. Periodic reports and papers may be required. See internship guidelines. (INDEPENDENT WORK)
Spring. Prereq.: Declared major or minor in religion. Advanced study in religion with intensive reading in topics selected by the instructor. Most class discussion is student led. All religion majors are required to enroll in the seminar each year, though freshmen, sophomores and juniors may petition to be excused. Course is one credit per year for a maximum of four credits.
Prereq: Declared major in religion and senior standing. A capstone experience for senior religion majors in which they will propose, research, write, and revise a senior thesis for formal presentation. (INDEPENDENT WORK)