445 W. Engineering Building
Professor Roy Rappaport, Director
May be elected as an interdepartmental concentration program
The Studies in Religion Program provides students with a basic knowledge of the history, psychology, philosophy, and anthropology of religion; promotes an understanding of diverse religious traditions; and examines religious questions which arise in all cultures. The concern of the program is not to inculcate a particular doctrine or faith but rather to broaden and deepen a student's knowledge and understanding of religious traditions.
Prerequisites to Concentration. Religion 201 and 202.
Concentration Program. Two courses chosen from Religion 365, 369, 452, and
455; and 18 additional credits of electives chosen in consultation with and approved by a concentration advisor. Electives may be structured as follows:
1. Concentration in a single department, with a theme which enables a student to approach the study of religion from a single perspective:
Religion as an idea (Philosophy).
Religion as a cultural force through time (History).
Religion as a social phenomenon (Anthropology, Psychology, or Sociology).
Religion as a subject of expression (English or History of Art).
Religion as tradition (Near Eastern Studies, Asian Languages and Cultures, Classical Studies, Linguistics; appropriate elementary language proficiency is required for concentration in these departments).
2. Selected electives in Religion are listed below. (Many of these courses are crosslisted with other departments.)
3. Students may also choose from a large selection of courses in other departments which relate to religion in the areas of: Afroamerican and African Studies, American Culture, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, College Honors, English, Asian Languages and Cultures, Germanic Languages and Literatures, History, History of Art, Linguistics, Music History and Musicology, Near Eastern Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Permission must be granted by the Director of the program for related courses to be included as electives.
Advising. Prospective concentrators are encouraged to consult concentration advisor, Dr. Astrid Beck. Appointments are scheduled at 445 W. Engineering Building, 764-4475.
120/ABS 120. Introduction to Tanakh/Old Testament. (4). (HU).
121/ABS 121. Introduction to the New Testament. (4; 3 in the half-term). (HU).
179/UC 179. Mere Ritual, Meaningful Gesture: The Psychology of Sacred and Secular Rituals. (4). (HU).
201/GNE 201. Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern. No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in ABS 200. I. (4). (HU).
202/Budd. Studies 220/Asian Studies 220. Introduction to World Religions: South and East Asia. II. (4). (HU).
203. Introduction to the Christian Tradition. I. (4). (HU).
204/GNE 204. Islamic Religion: An Introduction. (4). (HU).
225/S&SEA 225. Hinduism. (3). (HU).
230/Asian Studies 230/Budd. Studies 230/Phil. 230. Introduction to Buddhism. (4). (HU).
245/GNE 245/Great Book 245. Great Books of the Ancient Near East. (4). (HU).
280/ABS 280. Jesus and the Gospels. (4; 3 in the half-term). (HU).
281/ABS 281. Jesus and the Gospels. Rel. 280. (4). (HU).
283/ABS 283. The Beginnings of Christianity. II. (4). (Excl).
286/Hist. 286. A History of Eastern Christianity from the 4th to the 18th Century. (3). (HU).
303/SSEA 303. Sikhism. (3). (HU).
304/Rel. 304. Sikhism II. Rel. 303. (3). (HU).
310/CAAS 335. Religion in the Afro-American Experience. (3). (HU).
312. Church and American Society. (3). (HU).
316/Budd. Studies 316/Asian Studies 316. Japanese Religion. (3). (Excl).
323/Buddhist Studies 325. Buddhism in Zen Perspective. (3). (HU).
350/ABS 350. History of Christian Thought, I: Paul to Augustine. (4). (Excl).
355/Women's Studies 355. Women and Religion in the U.S. Women's Studies 240. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
358/GNE 362/Hist. 306. History and Religion of Ancient Israel. (3). (HU).
359/GNE 363/Hist. 307. History and Religion of Classical Judaism. May be elected independently of Religion 358. (3). (HU).
360/ABS 360. Studies in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament): The Primary History. I. (4). (HU).
361. Studies in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament): The Prophets. (4). (Excl).
365/Phil. 365. Problems of Religion. (4; 2 in the half-term). (HU).
369/Psych. 313. Psychology and Religion. Introductory psychology or senior standing. (4). (Excl).
375/MARC 375/German 375. Celtic and Nordic Mythology. (3). (Excl).
380/ABS 380. Selected Topics in Christian Studies. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Only one course from Religion 380, 387, and 487 may be elected in the same term.
387. Independent Study. I, II, and III. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. Only one course from Religion 380, 387 and 487 may be elected in the same term.
401/ABS 491. Seminar in Religion. Permission of department. (3). (Excl). May be elected for a total of six credits.
402. Topics in Religion. Religion concentrators with junior or senior standing. (1-3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
403/Phil. 403/Amer. Cult. 403. American Philosophy. One Philosophy Introduction. (3). (Excl).
404/ABS 496/Anthro. 450. Comparative Religion: Logos and Liturgy. Upperclass standing and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated with permission for a total of 6 credits.
447/Poli. Sci. 447. Comparative Studies in Religion and Politics. (3). (Excl).
452/Anthro. 448. Anthropology of Religion: Ritual, Sanctity and Adaptation. Junior standing. (3). (Excl).
455/Soc. 455. Religion and Society. (3; 2 in the half-term). (Excl).
469/GNE 468/Jud. Stud. 468. Jewish Mysticism. (3). (Excl).
470/GNE 567/Jud. Stud. 470. Topics in the Study of Judaism: The Sabbath and Sacred Time. Graduate standing or permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of nine credits.
478/GNE 478/Jud. Studies 478. Topics in Modern Judaism: Modern Jewish Thought. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.
480/Asian Studies 480/Budd. Studies 480/Phil. 457. Problems in Buddhism. Rel. 230 or equivalent. (3). (Excl).
481/GNE 481/Engl. 401. The English Bible: Its Literary Aspects and Influences, I. (4). (HU).
485/GNE 485. Muslim Sages. (3). (Excl).
487. Independent Study. I, II, and III. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. Only one course from Religion 380, 387 and 487 may be elected in the same term.
488/ABS 483/Class. Civ. 483. Christianity and Hellenistic Civilization. (4). (Excl).
497. Senior Honors Thesis. I and II. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.
585/ABS 585. Wisdom and Apocalyptic. (3). (Excl).
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