Courses in Religion (Division 457)

202/Buddhist Studies 220/Asian Studies 220. Introduction to World Religions: South and East Asia. (4). (HU).

See Far Eastern Languages and Literatures: Buddhist Studies 220. (Schopen)

310. Religion in the Afroamerican Experience. (3). (HU).

A general survey of the religious experience of Afro-Americans, concentrating on developments in the religious life of Black people in America. Various religious impulses within the Black community will be studied, including traditional Christianity, Islam, Judaism, cultic Christianity (as expressed in the various Pentecostal movements) and other movements which have been described as "personality cults" such as those led by Father Divine, Daddy Grace, Prophet Jones, and Rev. Ike. A brief survey of the traditional African approach to religion is given as a background for a proper understanding of the ways in which the introduction of Christianity affected African people, followed by a study of the development of religion among Black people in the ante-bellum America. A study of Black religion since 1900 will explore the social and political cross-currents which led to the rise of separatist religious groups early in the twentieth century. The role of mainline churches and their success or failure in translating the needs and aspirations of the Black community to the larger society will be studied in relation to the civil rights struggle of the 1960s and the development of new social-action oriented religious movements. The course will conclude with an exploration of Black religious moods in contemporary society. (N. Miles)

325. Mysticism and the Early English Mystics. (3). (HU).

This course treats the early English mystics in the English translation of the original Middle English and Latin texts and glances at the antecedents in western Christianity. No prerequisites are necessary, though acquaintance with other Christian writings, especially the Bible, would contribute to full understanding and appreciation of the English mystical tradition. The course is not part of a departmental sequence. Students will be evaluated on the basis of several short essays, one long paper, and a final exam. The course will combine lectures with a great deal of discussion. (Stuckey)

354/Women's Studies 354. Women and Religion. (3). (HU).

This course is a study of the role of women in the Western religious tradition. It is divided into several chronological sections: The Near Eastern Background; The Biblical Period; Traditional Western Religion: Judaism; Traditional Western Religion: Christianity; and the Feminist Impact on Contemporary Religion. Within each section we will concentrate on two separate aspects: the ideological conception of women in the religion, and the practical question of the actual position of women. The topics discussed include female goddess, priestesses, the Biblical image of women, post-Biblical and Rabbinic statements about women and the position of women in Jewish though and law, the image of Mary, options available to women in the Catholic church, women-led religions of the nineteenth century, women in ministry today, and the main currents of contemporary thought about women in religion. Course requirements include class participation and examinations at the end of each unit. (Frymer-Kensky)

360. Studies in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament): The Primary History. (4). (HU).

The focus of this course is on the interpretation of the Bible in the light of the people who wrote, edited, compiled, and preserved it. The objective is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to understand and interpret the Bible for themselves. It is designed for undergraduates in all disciplines and areas, and is intended to acquaint them with aspects of the Bible which have figured so importantly in the religious and cultural history of the Western World. Although the course will deal with historical, literary, anthropological, archeological, and sociological aspects to some degree, the particular approach offered here will attempt to bring all of these disciplines to bear on the literature. Methods of instruction: 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion per week. Student evaluation: midterm and final exam and one paper. Required texts: The Biblical Period from Abraham to Ezra by W.F. Albright. (Freedman)

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

See Psychology 370. (R. Mann)

424/Psych. 403. Personality and Religious Development. (3). (HU).

See Psychology 403. (J. Mann)

482/GNE 482/Engl. 402. The English Bible: Its Literary Aspects and Influences, II. (3). (HU).

See English 402. (Gellrich)

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.)


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