Religion & Philosophy

Professors

Joseph T. Reiff, Chair

James M. Dawsey

Adam Wells

Ben Letson

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

RELG 111 : World Religions

Important traditions, ideas, and practices of major religions in historical and cultural context.

Semester Hours

3

RELG 130 : Introduction to the Bible

Survey of the Jewish and Christian scriptures using modern historical methods. Attention to development of Judaism in ancient Israel and of early Christianity.

Semester Hours

3

RELG 131 : Old Testament Survey

Development of Israelite history and literature explored by modern historical methods. Attention to theological relevance of the material.

Semester Hours

3

RELG 132 : New Testament Survey

The life and teachings of Jesus, the message of Paul, first-century Judaism and Greco-Roman culture, and development of the early Christian Church explored by using modern historical methods.

Semester Hours

3

RELG 201 : Religious Individual Change

The lives, times, and influences of religious people who have become agents of social change. Attention to changes in culture, economics, and value systems.This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Understanding the Individual and Society.

Semester Hours

3

RELG 205X : The Gospels

Translation of selected passages from New Testament gospels, developing vocabulary, grammar, and interpretive ability.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

102.

RELG 213 : Comparative Theology

Study of major theological and philosophical themes in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

sophomore status.

RELG 301X : Letters of Paul

Translation and interpretation of representative passages from Paul’s writings.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

102.

RELG 310 : History of Christianity

History, liturgy, and doctrine of the church from approximately 100 C.E. to the present. Includes Augustine, Francis of Assisi, Luther, Calvin, Isabella of Spain, Wesley, and John XXIII.This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Oral Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

RELG 321 : Contemporary Religion in the U.S.

Study of the contemporary American religious landscape, using current literature and survey data on the range of religious affiliation, participation, beliefs, and practices. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Quantitative Literacy in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

111, 131, 132, or 200.

RELG 335X : Philosophy of Religion

Critical examination of philosophical problems of religion: nature of religion, religious experience, theistic proofs, religious knowledge, religious language, alternative views of God, problem of evil, relation of religion and value-experience.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

101 or 211 or permission of instructor.

RELG 343 : Church & Community Ministries

Exploration of the challenge, promise, and problems of church ministries in the community, including action for social justice, work with the poor, and other forms of outreach. Participation in church and community ministry through a service learning component.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

sophomore status and either 131 or 132.

RELG 345 : Psych Developement&religious Faith

Relationship of cognitive, moral, and emotional developmental processes to the formation of religious faith from childhood through older adulthood. Special emphasis on James Fowler's faith development theory, including psychological and theological sources, critiques, and alternative approaches.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

junior status or permission of instructor.

RELG 350 : Seminar

Comprehensive understanding of selected topics through intensive study, discussion, and participation in other learning activities.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

131 and 132, or permission of instructor.

RELG 352 : Jesus

Exploration of historical, literary, and artistic portrayals of Jesus through the centuries. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Critical Thinking in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

132 or permission of instructor.

RELG 356 : Women and Christianity

The lives, writings, and influences of women on Christianity. Attention to the history of thought and the changes in culture and value systems. This course satisfies the Modes of Inquiry requirement for Understanding the Individual and Society.

Semester Hours

3

RELG 431 : Advanced Old Testament Studies

Concentrated, critical study of a theme or block of literature from the Old Testament, such as the Torah. Instructor may permit student to take two different themes under this course heading. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Written Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

131.

RELG 432 : Advanced New Testament Studies

Concentrated, critical study of a theme or block of literature from the New Testament, such as the "quest of the historical Jesus." Instructor may permit student to take two different themes under this course heading.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

132.

RELG 433 : Paul

Exploration of Paul's life, writings, and influence on the Christian Church. This course satisfies the proficiency requirement for Written Communication in the disciplines.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

132 or permission of instructor.

RELG 450 : Senior Seminar

Capstone experience required of all majors to review learning in three content areas: Bible, Christian tradition, and non-Christian religions. Evaluation of student research presentations by the entire Religion Department, and reflective evaluation by students of their experiences as majors. For seniors only, except with permission of department chair.

Semester Hours

1

RELG 460 : Independent Study

Advanced directed study in a specific area, under the supervision of a faculty member.

Semester Hours

4

Prerequisites

departmental permission.

RELG 470 : Internship I

Work experience related to the student's major, jointly supervised by the department and a professional in the field. Although the usual internship will carry either three or six hours credit, a student may elect to arrange an internship carrying between two and six hours credit with the permission of the department. Each hour of credit will require forty hours at the internship site.

Semester Hours

6

Prerequisites

2.

RELG 471 : Internship II

Work experience related to the student's major, jointly supervised by the department and a professional in the field. Although the usual internship will carry either three or six hours credit, a student may elect to arrange an internship carrying between two and six hours credit with the permission of the department. Each hour of credit will require forty hours at the internship site.

Semester Hours

6

Prerequisites

2.

RELG 480 : Senior Project

Individually-designed reading and research programs, developed in consultation with faculty in the department, requiring the senior religion major to apply acquired analytical and reasearch skills in exploring an appropriate religious studies topic.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

departmental permissions.

RELG 490 : Honors Thesis I

Independent research in a special topic for honors.

Semester Hours

3

Prerequisites

senior status, GPA of 3.