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Five core courses plus ten elective courses are required for the major in Religious Studies. A minimum of five core courses are needed for a minor. Any substitutions must be approved by the Director of Religious Studies.

introductory course
(Required for major/minor.)

RLST 110/CLAS 110 Introduction to Religious Studies (3). Staff. This course gives an overview of the development of the western approach to the study of religion. It will be comparative and cover many aspects of world civilization, provide a window on the cultural dimensions of global politics, and supply a way of perceiving approaches to the study of religion under the rubrics of anthropology of religion, sociology of religion, history and phenomonology of religion, and philosophy of religion. Important theorists and schools of thought will be examined.

Western Religions
(Three courses required for major/minor.)

CLAS 232/HISA 318 Greek Temples and Festivals

CLAS 322 Introduction to the New Testament

JWST 210/CLAS 210 Hebrew Bible - Old Testament

non-western religions
(One course required for major/minor.)

ANTH 335/635 Culture and Religion

ANTH 309 The Many Faces of Islam

ANTH 386 Religions of Native North America

ARHS 370 Pre-Columbian Art

ARHS 651 Seminar on Aztec Arts

HISM 320 History of Islam

PHIL 350 Buddhism

Elective Courses
Note: Any course listed above in Non-Western may be taken as an elective.

ARHS 320 Early Christian and Byzantine Art

ARHS 321 Medieval Art

ARHS 353 Survey of Russian Art

CLAS 104 Classical Mythology

CLAS 220 The Development of Early Christianity

CLAS 324 The Historical Jesus

CLAS 325 Paul the Apostle

CLAS 329 Gnosticism and Early Christianity

CLAS 360 Women in the Hebrew Bible

CLAS 418/618 Seminar in Ancient Religion
(Note: this course may be repeated for credit so long as the topic is different each time.)

CLAS 430 The Literature of Early Christianity

GREK 415 The Undisputed Letters of Paul

COLQ H302 God(s) and Science

COLQ H303 Science and Religion

ENLS 448 Milton

HISA 102 The Barbarian West

HISA 103 Medieval Europe

HISA 303 Early Medieval and Byzantine Civilization from Constantine to the Crusades

HISA 311 Rome and the Jews (167 BCE - 165 CE)

HISA 418 Medieval Spain

HISA 601 The Later Roman Empire

HISA H609/CLAS H609 Seminar in Select Topics in Byzantine History

HISA 625 Medieval Religious Culture

HISE 342 The Age of Reformation

HISE 610 Renaissance and Reformation, 1450-1660

HISL 372 Religion in Modern Latin American History

HISU 343 History of American Religion

HISU H345 Salem Witchcraft

HISU 344 African-American Religious History

HISU 354/JWST 324 Early American Jewish History

JWST 101 Introduction to Jewish Civilization

JWST 220 Modern Jewish History

JWST 314 Hebrew Bible

JWST 315 Second Temple Judaisms

JWST 321 American Judaism

JWST 350 The Golden Age of Spanish Jewry I: Moslem Spain

JWST 352 The Golden Age of Spanish Jewry II: Christian Spain

JWST 353 Jewish Life and Thought in the High Middle Ages

JWST 354 Jewish LIfe and Thought from the Renaissance to the Age of Reason

JWST 411 Rabbinic Judaism

JWST 415 Women, Judaism, and Jewish Culture

JWST 435 Rashi, Halevi, Maimonides: Rabbinical Luminaries of the Middle Ages

MUSC 309 Music Before 1600

MUSC 333/JWST 333 Jewish Music

PHIL 301 Philosophy of Religion

PHIL 302 Bible and Philosophy

PHIL 324 Medieval Philosophy

PHIL 336 Sacred Symbols

RLST 291, 292 Special Topics in Religious Studies (3,3). Staff. This course will cover special topics in Religious Studies offered one of the cooperating departments in the RLST program. The course may be repeated for credit with a different topic.

RLST 389 Service Learning (1). Staff. Student complete a service activity in the community in conjunction with the content of the corequisite course.

RLST 395, 396. Special Topics in Religious Studies. (3,3). Staff. This course will cover special topics in Religious Studies offered one of the cooperating departments in the RLST program. The course may be repeated for credit with a different topic.

RLST 491, 492 Independent Study (3,3). Staff. Prerequisite: approval of program director. Open to students provided that the appropriate faculty director is available.

RLST 495, 496 Special Topics in Religious Studies (3,3). Staff. This course will cover special topics in Religious Studies offered one of the cooperating departments in the RLST program. The course may be repeated for credit with a different topic.

RLST H499-500 Honors Thesis (3,4) Staff. Admission by approval of the program director and the honors committee.

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