Religious Studies (RS)

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RS-101   Introduction to Religious StudiesCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): CD

Introduction to the study of religion. Emphasis on the cultural history of the study of religion, classical theories and methods in the study of religion, and contemporary conversations and issues in the study of religion. Readings drawn from anthropology, sociology, history, political theory, psychology, economics, and the biological sciences.

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RS-104   EthicsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): SJL

Theoretical ethics and its application to enduring and contemporary moral issues. Thorough examination of the basic principles of a rational, humane, and practical moral system. Also listed as PL-104.

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RS-201   Philosophy of ReligionCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: PL-101.

Term Offered: Spring Term

Course Type(s): None

An examination of certain salient features of Western religious thought emphasizing the problems of religious language, the nature and validity of religious experience, traditional and contemporary ideas of God, morality, death, and evil. Also listed as PL-201.

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RS-203   Philosophy and History of Christianity ICredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Survey the development of Christianity in the Middle East and Europe and its continued expansion from the first to the fifteenth century. Focus on selected literature and most significant historical events in the development of Christianity. Highlights some of the institutions and people that came out of this movement and how they helped to shape the philosophical, religious, political, economic, and social realities of their day.

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RS-216   Religions and Philosophies of IndiaCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): BI.EL, CD, RE

Introduction to the fundamental elements of the orthodox and non-orthodox philosophical and religious systems of India. Highlights plurality of timeless, distinct gnostic systems that, having discovered the "Self," search for liberation from the stream of time. Also listed as PL-216.

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RS-272   Magic, Witchcraft, and ReligionCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): WT

Explores the motivation of human behavior within the realm of religion and the supernatural with an emphasis on the role of gods and goddesses. A cross-cultural approach will be used while exploring cultures both past and present across the globe. Also listed as AN-272.

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RS-277   Comparative ReligionsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): BI.EL, GU, RE

Students are introduced to the fundamental differences and similarities of world religions that, throughout history, were and are at war with each other. Highlights a plurality of distinct creeds that, postulating an Absolute Truth, search to regain that Ultimate Reality through various ways of life or moral codes. Also listed as PL-277.

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RS-298   Special Topics in ReligionCredits: 1-3   

Term Offered: Fall Term

Course Type(s): None

Exposition and discussion of a current event or an enduring human concern with religious significance.

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RS-375   Islam and PoliticsCredits: 3   

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): RE

Examination of the interrelationship between Islam as a religion and a way of life and politics in different regions of the world. Following a quick survey of the belief and practice of Islam since its inception, the focus will be placed on the past 100 years, particularly the Muslim responses to the challenges of colonialism, modernization, and globalization and Islam's reassertion in public affairs and society. Concludes with ways for improving Islam-West relations in the hope that these will generate better understanding and peace. Also listed as PS-375.

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RS-397   Christianity in AfricaCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: EN-101 and EN-102 or permission of the instructor.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): RE, WT

Examination of Christianity from a historical perspective. Discussion of the foundation of the religion, its spread to the Roman Empire, and its introduction to Africa. Discussion of the proliferation of Christian missions and missionaries and the relationship between Christianity and other religions in Africa. Examination of the impact of Christianity on the social, cultural, and political life of Africans. Also listed as HS-397.

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RS-400   Love, Life, and LibertyCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Completion of eighty-seven credits.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): ISP

Examination of the historical and philosophical aspects of love and the assertion for freedom starting from the biological concept of life. Throughout history, the various interpretations of these ideas have shaped the world. Students will be introduced to some of the most important related works that are the fiber of history, philosophy, and science. The analysis of revered cultural traditions will show the impact of love on the rational thinking and artistic creation. Also listed as PR-400.

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RS-435   The Way and the WordCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Completion of eighty-seven credits.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): ISP

A comparison of classic texts central to two Asian traditions, The Bhagavad Gita and The Analects; the impact of the ethos of each tradition on secular narratives, Asian and Western. The disciplines represented include Comparative Religion and Literature. Also listed as PR-435.

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RS-436   The ReformationCredits: 3   

Prerequisite: Junior standing or twelve credits in History.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): HSEU

A study of sixteenth and early seventeenth-century religious and political developments in Europe: causes of the Reformation, its political and social institutionalization, ideas of reformers, wars of religion, and the Counter-Reformation. Also listed as HS-436.

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RS-499   Independent Study in Religious StudiesCredits: 3   

Prerequisites: Junior standing and prior permission of the directing professor and department chair.

Term Offered: All Terms

Course Type(s): None

Guided research on selected topics; conference with sponsoring professor.