Courses in Religion (Division 457)

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

See Buddhist Studies 220. (Jackson)

203. Introduction to the Christian Tradition. (4). (HU).

A survey of the institutions, doctrine, political involvement, and culture of the Christian Churches of the West from Apostolic times to the 20th century. A textbook and two lectures a week will provide students with the necessary historical continuity. Two sections a week will be devoted to discussion of selected documents (such as creeds and confessions, papal encyclicals, monastic rules, and religious tracts) and some "literary classics" of the tradition (by such authors as St. Augustine, St. Benedict, St. Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Wesley, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.) This is an introductory course with no prerequisites; and although previous religious education might obviously prove helpful, the staff will not assume that students have any background in the history or doctrine of the Christian Church. (Tentler)

204/GNE 204. Islamic Religion: An Introduction. (3). (HU).

See GNE 204. (Mir)

280/ABS 280. Jesus and the Gospels. (4). (HU).

See Ancient and Biblical Studies 280. (Hoffmann)

325/MARC 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 a class presentation, several short essays, one long paper, and a final exam. The course will combine lectures with a great deal of discussion. (M. Dutton)

355/Women's Studies 355. Women and Religion II: Judaism and Christianity and Beyond. (3). (HU).

This course studies the image of women and the role of women in the Western Religious Tradition. The course is divided into three units: a) Women in Judaism: The position of women in Classical Judaism; women in Jewish Law; marital and family issues; roles for women; attitudes towards women; modern developments concerning women; the issue of women's ordination. b) Women in Christianity: development of church attitudes concerning women and sexuality, the role of women in the medieval church, women in the Protestant Reformation; changes in the nineteenth century; religious feminism and social action; current feminist thought and activities; ordination of women. c) Modern feminist religions: The reformist feminist impact on Judaism and Christianity; the radical feminist cultivation of neo-pagan goddess cults; the concept of feminine spirituality. This course is the second of a two-term sequence, following Rel. 354/WS 354 "Women and Religion I: Goddesses, Women and the Bibles." Each course can be taken separately, and no special background or prerequisites are required. The course is designed as a lecture class with some time devoted to class discussions. There will be a quiz after each unit, and a small written paper is required. (Frymer-Kensky)

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

See Psychology 370. (R.D. 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.

419/Anthro. 419. Religion and Society in Native North America. Anthro. 315 or permission of instructor. (3). (SS).

See Cultural Anthropology 419. (Kan)

424/Psych. 403. Personality and Religious Development. (4). (HU).

See Psych. 403. (J. Mann)

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

See Cultural Anthropology 452. (Rappaport)

488/ABS 483/Class. Civ. 483. Christianity and Hellenistic Civilization. (4). (HU).

See Ancient and Biblical Studies 483. (Hoffmann)

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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