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RELIG101A RELIGIONS OF WORLD Course Page

Description: An introduction to the major religious traditions of the past and present. Note: Not open to students with credit in ET RE 102 or 103.

RELIG101B RELIGIONS OF WORLD Course Page

Description: An introduction to the major religious traditions of the past and present. Note: Not open to students with credit in ET RE 102 or 103.

RELIG102 Introduction to Western Religious Traditions Course Page

Description: An introduction to the major religious traditions originating in West Asia, including, but not limited to, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Note: not open to students with credit in RELIG 101.

RELIG103 Introduction to Eastern Religious Traditions Course Page

Description: An introduction to the major religious traditions originating in South and East Asia, including, but not limited to, Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. Note: not open to students with credit in RELIG 101.

RELIG111 Comparative Themes in World Religions Course Page

Description: May be repeated for credit when course content differs.

RELIG200 Classical Theories of Religion Course Page

Description: Survey of the history of Religious Studies; introduction to classical theories and main disciplinary approaches. Required for Honors, Majors, and Minors.

RELIG201A INTRO TO BIBLICAL HEBREW Course Page

Description: This is an introduction to Hebrew alphabet, grammar, vocabulary, and syntax. The goal is to enable the student to read parts of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. The course serves also as foundation for the study of Mishnaic, Medieval, and Modern Hebrew. Designed for students with no previous knowledge of Hebrew.

RELIG201B INTRO TO BIBLICAL HEBREW Course Page

Description: This is an introduction to Hebrew alphabet, grammar, vocabulary, and syntax. The goal is to enable the student to read parts of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament. The course serves also as foundation for the study of Mishnaic, Medieval, and Modern Hebrew. Designed for students with no previous knowledge of Hebrew.

RELIG202 Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Course Page

Description: An introduction to the critical study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.

RELIG205 Introduction to Judaism Course Page

Description: An introduction to the varied world of Judaism: its ways of life, beliefs, history and thought.

RELIG209 Coptic Language and Literature Course Page

Description: The coptic alphabet, grammar, syntax and vocabulary. The goal is to enable students to read parts of the early Christian (Sahidic) Coptic writings. Note: not open to students who have received credit in RELIG 297 Topic: Coptic Language and Literature.

RELIG211 Introduction to Early Christian Writings Course Page

Description: Critical introduction to the New Testament and other early Christian Writings in their historical cultural context.

RELIG212 Introduction to Christianity Course Page

Description: A survey of the Christian traditions in historical context. Note: Not open to students with credit in HIST 297 or ET RE 248.

RELIG220 Introduction to Islam Course Page

Description: A survey of the main elements of the Muslim tradition and their role in the formation of Islamic culture. Note: Not open to students with credit in RELIG 221.

RELIG230 Introduction to Hinduism Course Page

Description: A study of the major traditions of classical Hinduism, and of the religious thinking and experience formed through these traditions.

RELIG239 Introduction to Sanskrit I Course Page

Description: Fundamentals of the Sanskrit language for reading and translation purposes. Designed for students with no previous knowledge of Sanskrit.

RELIG240 Introduction to Buddhism Course Page

Description: A study of the emergence of Buddhism as a religion, its basic ideas, spirituality, and literature.

RELIG252 Introduction to Chinese Religions Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG270 Contemporary Issues in Religion Course Page

Description: May be repeated for credit when course content differs.

RELIG274 Studies in Witchcraft and the Occult Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG277 Women and the Conflict of Ideas in Religious Traditions Course Page

Description: An exploration of the agency of women within selected religious traditions, examining their contributions to their own faith tradition and to broader historical and sociopolitical contexts.

RELIG280 RELIGION AND VIOLENCE Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG297 Special Topics in Religious Studies Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG302 Studies in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Course Page

Description: An intermediate level study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible, focusing on a variety of genres and critical approaches.

RELIG303 Biblical Narrative Course Page

Description: Narrative art in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.

RELIG305 Ancient Near East I Course Page

Description: Religion, society and culture in Sumer, Babylon, Assyria and ancient Israel. Note: not open to students with credit in CLASS 376.

RELIG306 Ancient Near East II Course Page

Description: Religion, society and culture in Egypt, the Hittite Empire and Phoenicia. Note: Not open to students with credit in CLASS 377.

RELIG307 The Kabbalah Course Page

Description: Studies in Jewish mysticism from the earliest period to modern times. Note: Not open to students with credit in RELIG 340.

RELIG308 From Cyrus to Jesus Course Page

Description: Religion, society and culture in Palestine from the Persian conquest to the time of Jesus. Note: Not open to students with credit in CLASS 380.

RELIG309 ANC EAST/ISRAELITE RELIG/MYTH Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG312 Eastern Orthodoxy Course Page

Description: History, sacral art, liturgy, spirituality and distinguishing points of doctrine.

RELIG313 Studies in Early Christian Writings Course Page

Description: Social and literary study of select early Christian texts.

RELIG314 Jesus Course Page

Description: A study of representations of Jesus in various historical and social contexts.

RELIG320 The Qur'an Course Page

Description: An examination of the style, structure, and doctrine of the Qur'an in the light of the Western critical evaluation of the text.

RELIG322 Contemporary Movements in Islam Course Page

Description: Recent developments in the philosophical, social, and religious life of Islam throughout the world. Note: Not open to students with credit in RELIG 328.

RELIG331 Devotional Hinduism (bhakti) Course Page

Description: A study of the various strands of devotional and mystical Hinduism (such as Vishnuism, Shivaism, Shaktism).

RELIG333 Modern Yoga Course Page

Description: The history, practices, and politics of contemporary Yoga movements.

RELIG343 Zen/Chan Buddhism Course Page

Description: A study of the history of Zen/Chan Buddhism in China and Japan in terms of the major movements, their main figures, and samples of the representative texts. Prerequisite: RELIG 240 or EASIA 223, or consent of Instructor.

RELIG344 Buddhism in Tibet and in the Himalayas Course Page

Description: A study of the dissemination of Buddhism in the Himalayas and in Tibet, its incorporation of local beliefs, the formation of monasticism, religious thought and literature.

RELIG345 Tantric Traditions Course Page

Description: Introduction to the foundational texts, esoteric rituals, and sexual alchemy associated with Tantric practices in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain contexts.

RELIG379 The Religions of Aboriginal North-Americans Course Page

Description: A critical analysis of native North-American beliefs of the past and present. Note: Not open to students with credit in RELIG 280.

RELIG397 Special Topics in Religious Studies Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG402 Historical and Textual Studies in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Course Page

Description: Detailed studies of the individual books of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and related themes. Prerequisite: One course in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible or consent of Program Coordinator.

RELIG404 Literary Studies in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: One course in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible or consent of Program Coordinator.

RELIG409 Midrash and Literature Course Page

Description: Rabbinic Midrash (exposition of Scripture) in relation to contemporary literary theory and the construction of religious community, with textual examples. Prerequisite: one course in Judaism, Hebrew Bible, or consent of Program Coordinator.

RELIG415 Advanced Studies in Christianity Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: one course in Christianity or consent of Program Coordinator.

RELIG422 Advanced Studies in Islam Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: one course in Islam or consent of Program Coordinator.

RELIG432 Advanced Studies in Hinduism Course Page

Description: Detailed studies of particular texts, practices, and traditions within Hinduism. Prerequisite: one course in Hinduism or consent of program.

RELIG442 Advanced Studies in Buddhism Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: one course in Buddhism or consent of Program Coordinator.

RELIG460 Topics in Religion in Latin America Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG475 Contemporary Theories of Religion Course Page

Description: Theories and disciplinary approaches in the study of religion, religions, and religious practices. Required for Honors and Majors.

RELIG480 Directed Reading in Religious Studies Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: consent of Program Coordinator.

RELIG480A DIRECTED READING Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG497 Special Topics in Religious Studies Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG499A Honors Essay in Religious Studies Course Page

Description: Preparation of the Honors essay. Formerly RELIG 501.

RELIG499B Honors Essay in Religious Studies Course Page

Description: Preparation of the Honors essay. Formerly RELIG 501.

RELIG502 Historical and Textual Studies in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG504 Literary Studies in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG509 Advanced Studies in Midrash and Literature Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG510 Selected Topics in Religious Studies Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG516 Special Topics in Early Christianity Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG520 Specialized Studies in Islam Course Page

Description: An in-depth study of the problems of Islamic Studies.

RELIG542 Advanced Studies in Buddhism Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG560 Topics in Advanced Studies in Religion in Latin America Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG575 Contemporary Theories of Religion Course Page
No description available for this course.
RELIG580 Directed Reading Course I Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: consent of Department.

RELIG581 Directed Reading Course II Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: consent of Department.

RELIG675 Graduate Seminar Course Page

Description: This is a pass/fail course.