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.
(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.
(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
(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
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
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.