Courses in Religion (Division 457)

201/GNE 201. Introduction to World Religions: Near Eastern. (4). (HU).

An introduction to the major religious traditions of the Near East, with emphasis on the Bible, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism. The course will survey the origins, major personalities, sacred texts, practices and central concerns of each religion. This is an introductory course. Questions for the final exam will be announced during the first week of class. (Brooks)

320/Asian Studies 320/Buddhist Studies 320/Phil. 335. Introduction to Buddhism. Religion 202 or equivalent. (3). (HU).

See Buddhist Studies 320. (Gomez)

324/History 324. The Biblical and Patristic Roots of Christian Mysticism. (3). (HU).

This course will present the biblical sources for mystical theology and the most influential of the patristic mystics, concentrating on Augustine, Gregory the Great, and Bernard of Clairaux. The writings of these guides to the contemplative life will be read in English. Brief essays in response to each of the readings will be required, as will a longer paper tracing the influence of one of the Fathers on later Western mystical thought and an annotated bibliography and class presentation on the topic of that paper. The course will combine lecture and recitation. This course is the first half of a sequence which concludes with Religion 325, Mysticism and the Early English Mystics. No special background is required. (Stuckey)

369/Psych. 370. Psychology and Religion. Introductory psychology or senior standing. (4). (SS).

See Psychology 370. (R. Mann)

387. Independent Study. (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.

This course is designed to accommodate students who may be unable to take listed offerings or have special reasons for undertaking directed readings. Course content and requirements are worked out individually between the student and the instructor.

388/Near Eastern Studies 388. Eternal Life. (3). (HU).

See Ancient and Biblical Studies 388. (Kung)

452/Anthro. 448. Anthropology of Religion: Ritual, Sanctity and Adaptation. Junior standing. (3-5). (SS).

See Anthropology 448. (Rappaport)

455/Soc. 455. The Sociology of Ecstasy, Belief, and Religious Organization. (3). (SS).

See Religion 455. (Heirich)

487. Independent Study. (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.

This course is designed to accommodate students who may be unable to take listed offerings or have special reasons for undertaking directed readings. Course content and requirements are worked out individually between the student and the instructor. This course is also approved for graduate students.

497. Senior Honors Thesis. (1-6). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be elected for a total of 6 credits.

Each student will prepare a substantial paper under the direction of a staff member. (Open only to seniors admitted to the Honors Program.)

525(484)/Anthro. 504/Asian Studies 525. Buddhism and Society in South and Southeast Asia. Senior concentrator or graduate standing. (3). (SS).

See Anthropology 504. (Ortner)


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