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Religious Studies (RL ST)

RL ST 001 (GH;US;IL) Introduction to World Religions (3) An historical and comparative survey of the principal beliefs and practices of the world's major religions.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

RL ST 003 (GH;US;IL) (ASIA 003) Introduction to the Religions of the East (3) Religious experience, thought, patterns of worship, morals, and institutions in relation to culture in Eastern religions.
Effective: Spring 2015
 

RL ST 004 (GH;US;IL) (CAMS 004, J ST 004) Jewish and Christian Foundations (3) Introduction to the perspectives, patterns of worship, morality, historical roots, and institutions of the Judaeo-Christian traditions; their relationships to culture.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

RL ST 012 (GH;IL) (CAMS 012, J ST 012) Lands of the Bible (3) Textual and archaeological evidence for the lands, cities, and peoples associated with the Hebrew Bible and Christian scriptures.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

RL ST 044 (GH;IL) (CAMS 044) Ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian Mythology (3) Survey of major ancient Mediterranean myths, gods, and goddesses in their cultural contexts; influence on later cultures.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

RL ST 070 (GH;IL) (CAMS 070, J ST 070) Prophecy: The Near East Then and Now (3) Prophecy in the ancient Near East, the ancient Jewish and Christrian traditions, and today.
Effective: Summer 2007
 

RL ST 083S (GH) First-Year Seminar in Religious Studies (3) Critical approaches to the dimensions and directions in Religious Studies.
Effective: Summer 1999
 

RL ST 090 (GH;IL) (CAMS 090, J ST 090) Jerusalem: Past, Present, and Future (3) Social, cultural, religious, political, and archaeological history of Jerusalem from earliest times (c. 3000 BCE) to the present.
Effective: Fall 2015
 

RL ST 101 (GH;IL) Comparative Religion (3) Comparative or historical analysis of religious factors--worship, theology, ethics, scriptures, etc., in two or more religious traditions.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

RL ST 102 (GH;IL) (CAMS 102, HIST 102, J ST 102) Canaan and Israel in Antiquity (3) Political, social, and intellectual history of the land of Canaan/Israel in the Biblical era: Late Bronze and Iron Ages.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

RL ST 103 (GH;US;IL) (ASIA 103) Introduction to Hinduism (3) Historical development of Hinduism to the present.
Effective: Spring 2015
 

RL ST 104 (GH;US;IL) (ASIA 104) Introduction to Buddhism (3) A general survey of the basic doctrine, practice, and historical development of Hinayana and Mahayana Buddhism.
Effective: Spring 2015
 

RL ST 105 (GH;US;IL) Buddhism in the Western World (3) A general survey of the development of Buddhism as a religious tradition in the West, focusing especially on America.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

RL ST 106 (GH;IL) (J ST 106) Mysticism and Kabbalah (3) A survey of the history, philosophy, and cultural impact of various mystical traditions in relation to world religions.
Effective: Fall 2015
 

RL ST 107 (GH;US;IL) Introduction to Islam (3) Community and message of the early movement; development of authoritative structures and traditions; proliferation of sects; theology and creeds; mysticism.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

RL ST 110 (GH;US;IL) (CAMS 110, J ST 110) Hebrew Bible: Old Testament (3) Introduction to the history, literature, and religion of ancient Israel.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

RL ST 111 (GH;IL) (CAMS 111, J ST 111) Early Judaism (3) Religious thought, practices, and parties in the Second Temple period; the emergence of rabbinic Judaism.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

RL ST 113 (GH;IL) (J ST 113, CAMS 113, CMLIT 113) Myths and Legends of the Jews (3) Comparative study of diverse interpretations of stories from the Bible in Judaism and Christianity.
Effective: Fall 2016
 

RL ST 114 (GH;US;IL) (J ST 114) Modern Judaism (3) Trends in Jewish life and thought since the French revolution; Judaism's responses to the challenge of modernity.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

RL ST 115 (GH;US) (HIST 115, J ST 115) The American Jewish Experience (3) Examination of the history, culture, social tensions, and contributions of Jews and Judaism in America.
Effective: Fall 2015
 

RL ST 116 (GH;IL) Muslims in America (3) This course is a study of Muslims from multiple racial, cultural, and national perspectives; it explores what it means to be a Muslim in America.
Effective: Summer 2010
 

RL ST 120 (GH) (CAMS 120, J ST 120) New Testament (3) Introduction to the history, literature, and religion of early Christianity in its Jewish-Hellenistic setting.
Effective: Spring 2004
 

RL ST 121 (GH;IL) (J ST 112, CAMS 121) Jesus the Jew (3) A historical critical examination of the life of Jesus of Nazareth within the content of first century Palestinian Judaism.
Effective: Fall 2015
 

RL ST 122 (GH;IL) (CAMS 122, J ST 122) Apocalypse and Beyond (3) This course surveys apocalyptic literature and apocalyptic movements from the ancient Near East to the modern world.
Effective: Summer 2014
 

RL ST 123 (GH;IL) (CAMS 123, J ST 123) Ancient Monotheisms: Judaism, Christianity, Islam (3) Examines the origins and early development of the three major monotheisms of ancient Near East: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Effective: Summer 2014
 

RL ST 124 (GH;US;IL) (CAMS 124, J ST 124) Early and Medieval Christianity (3) Analysis in cultural context of selected thinkers, ideas, and movements in Christianity from the second through the fifteenth century.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

RL ST 125W (GH) Modern Christianity (3) Analysis in cultural context of selected thinkers, ideas, and movements in Christianity from the sixteenth century to the present.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

RL ST 130 (GH) The Ethics of Western Religion (3) History of theological-social ethics of the Judaeo-Christian tradition.
Effective: Summer 1995
 

RL ST 131 (GH) (PHIL 132) Introduction to Bioethics (3) Studies questions of ethics in relation to biotechnology research and implementation, genetic engineering, medicine, animal and human rights.
Effective: Spring 2003
 

RL ST 132W Sects and Cults (3) The origins, beliefs, and practices of new or dissenting religious groups and their relationship to the dominant religious culture.
Effective: Spring 1994
 

RL ST 134 (GH;IL) (CAMS 134) Archaeology of Biblical Israel (3) Archaeology of Biblical Israel from 1200 B.C.E. to c. 640 C.E.; relationship between archaeological and textual evidence.
Effective: Fall 2015
 

RL ST 135 (GH;IL) (J ST 135, PHIL 135) Ethics in Jewish Tradition and Thought (3) Examination of Jewish ethical thought from biblical foundations to the modern period, with attention to contemporary issues in moral philosophy.
Effective: Summer 2015
 

RL ST 137 (GH;US;IL) (WMNST 137, J ST 137) Women and Religion (3) Jewish and Christian religious views on womanhood; thought and lives of important religious women; and feminist understandings of these.
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: third-semester standing  

RL ST 140Y (GH;US) (AM ST 140Y) Religion in American Life and Thought (3) The function, contributions, tensions, and perspectives of religion in American culture.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

RL ST 145 (GH;US;IL) (AF AM 145) African American Religions and Spirituality (3) History and significance of the religious dimension of the Black American struggle for equality from enslavement to the contemporary period.
Effective: Spring 2015
 

RL ST 146 (GH;US) (AF AM 146) The Life and Thought of Martin Luther King, Jr. (3) A survey of the civil rights leader including his religious beliefs, intellectual development, and philosophy for social change.
Effective: Spring 2013
 

RL ST 147 (GH;US) (AF AM 147) The Life and Thought of Malcolm X (3) The life of Malcolm X/El Hajj Malik El Shabazz (1925-1965) and his social, political, economic, and moral thought.
Effective: Fall 2013
 

RL ST 153 (GH;IL) (CAMS 153, J ST 153) Dead Sea Scrolls (3) Examines the discovery, contents, and interpretations of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Jewish texts from approximately 225 B.C.E. to 68 C.E.
Effective: Summer 2014
 

RL ST 160 (GH;IL) (CAMS 160, J ST 160) Sacrifice in Ancient Religions (3) Examines theories of sacrifice and its manifestations in especially the religions of the ancient Mediterranean world and the Near East.
Effective: Summer 2014
 

RL ST 164 (GH;IL) (ARAB 164) Muhammad and the Qur'an (3) History of the Qur'an and its interpretation by the early Muslim community; life of Muhammad and his role within Islam.
Effective: Fall 2015
 

RL ST 165 (IL) (ARAB 165, HIST 165) Introduction to Islamic Civilization (3) Islamic history, culture, religious life c.600-1500 C.E.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

RL ST 181 (IL) (ASIA 181) Introduction to the Religions of China and Japan (3) A survey of the history, philosophy, and cultural impact of the major Far Eastern religions: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Shinto.
Effective: Spring 2015
 

RL ST 190 (GH;IL) (J ST 190, HIST 190) Religion and Conflict (3) Critical examination of the role religion has played in human conflict.
Effective: Summer 2015
 

RL ST 197 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject that may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Spring 1995
 

RL ST 235 (US;IL) (HIST 235, J ST 235) The Church and the Jews (3) Examination of the relationship between Western church and the Jews from the First Century to Enlightenment.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

RL ST 280 (GH;IL) (WMNST 280, J ST 280) WOMEN AND JUDAISM (3) Explores the Jewish views of women that have influenced the roles of women wit hin both the religion and Western culture.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

RL ST 294 Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 1994
 

RL ST 297 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

RL ST 395 Internship (1-18) Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction including field experiences, practica, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.
Effective: Summer 1996
Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor  

RL ST 400 Theories of Religion (3) Comparative and interdisciplinary study of two or more systematic theories of religion: anthropological, psychological, sociological, philosophical/theological.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: 6 credits in religious studies or seventh-semester standing  

RL ST 405 (IL) (J ST 405) Jews and Food (3) Jewish laws, customs and attitudes with regard to food production, agricultural policy and eating from biblical to modern times.
Effective: Spring 2016
 

RL ST 407Y (IL) (J ST 409Y, HIST 409Y) Antisemitisms (3) Surveys the history of anti-Semitism from antiquity through the Middle Ages to the present.
Effective: Fall 2015
 

RL ST 408 (US;IL) Hindu Studies (3) Special topics in Hindu studies.
Effective: Summer 2005
Prerequisite: 3 credits in religious studies  

RL ST 409 (US;IL) Buddhist Studies (3) Special topics in Buddhist studies.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in religious studies  

RL ST 410 (US;IL) (J ST 410, HIST 410) Jews in the Medieval World (3) Trends in medieval Jewish society under Islam and Western Christendom.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

RL ST 411 (US;IL) (J ST 411) Jewish Studies (3) Study of the life and thought of a particular period or movement in the history of Judaism.
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: 3 credits in religious studies  

RL ST 412 (J ST 412) American Judaism (3) The development of Jewish religion and culture in America from the colonial era to the present.
Effective: Summer 1999
Prerequisite: HEBR 010 orJ ST 010  

RL ST 420 Major Christian Thinkers (3) Systematic inquiry into the religious thought of one or more Christian thinkers, such as Paul, Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Kierkegaard, or Tillich.
Effective: Fall 1983
Prerequisite: 3 credits in religious studies  

RL ST 422 (GH;US) (HIST 422, AM ST 422) Religion and American Culture (3 per semester/maximum of 6) Selected topics, problems, or historical movements in American religion. Relation between religion and American culture.
Effective: Fall 2015
Prerequisite: 3 credits of history or religious studies  

RL ST 423 (GH;IL) (HIST 423) Orthodox Christianity: History and Interpretations (3) Examines Orthodox Christianity from origins to present using critical historical analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Effective: Spring 2015
Prerequisite: HIST 105  

RL ST 424H (HIST 424H, J ST 424H) Monotheism and the Birth of the West (3) The birth of monotheism and its relation to social organization, the idea of individuality, and science.
Effective: Fall 2012
Prerequisite: RL ST 004, RL ST 102, RL ST 110 orRL ST 120  

RL ST 425W (J ST 425W, CAMS 425W) Books of the Bible: Readings and Interpretation (3 per semester/maximum of 12) Study of a biblical book/topic in terms of literary, historical, and cultural contexts, history of interpretation, and critical scholarship.
Effective: Summer 2015
Prerequisite: 3 credits in CAMS or J ST or RL ST recommended CAMS/J ST/RL ST 110 or 120; or ENGL 104  

RL ST 440Y (US;IL) The Orthodox Christian Tradition (3) History, culture, and beliefs of the Eastern Orthodox religious tradition with special reference to Russia.
Effective: Summer 2011
Prerequisite: RL ST 004, RL ST 124, RL ST 125, RUS 100 orRUS 110  

RL ST 461 (US;IL) (SOC 461) Sociology of Religion (3) Contemporary religion in the global perspectives: beliefs, structure, and function of major religious traditions, denominations, and cults.
Effective: Fall 2013
Prerequisite: 3 credits of sociology or religious studies  

RL ST 471Y (IL) (HIST 471Y) Classical Islamic Civilization, 600-1258 (3) Pre-Islamic Arabia; Muhammad; Arab conquest; Islamic beliefs and institutions; literary, artistic, and scientific achievements; relations with Europe; breakdown of unity.
Effective: Spring 2006
 

RL ST 478 (J ST 478) Ethics After the Holocaust (3) Explores the philosophical effects of the Holocaust for thinking about the primary question: Is ethics possible?
Effective: Summer 2012
Prerequisite: one course in Jewish Studies or Philosophy  

RL ST 483 (IL) (ASIA 487) Zen Buddhism (3) The development and current state of Zen Buddhist thought and practice.
Effective: Fall 2016
 

RL ST 494 Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Summer 1994
 

RL ST 494H Research Project (1-12) Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.
Effective: Fall 2007
 

RL ST 495 Internship (1-18) Supervised off-campus, non-group instruction, including field experience, practica, or internships.
Effective: Summer 2004
Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor  

RL ST 496 Independent Studies (1-18) Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

RL ST 497 Special Topics (1-9) Formal courses given infrequently to explore, in depth, a comparatively narrow subject which may be topical or of special interest.
Effective: Fall 1983
 

RL ST 499 (IL) Foreign Study--Religious Studies (1-12) Courses offered in foreign countries by individual or group instruction.
Effective: Summer 2005
 

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