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REL 1002   NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: ENC 0025 or EAP 1695 or satisfactory score on the SPC placement test. This course examines religious movements since 1800 with particular emphasis on the association with and deviation from traditional religions. Global in perspective, this course examines the context and content of new religions; elaborates their social meaning and significance; and reviews the ways these religions express new forms of organization, offer distinct moral perspectives, and provide alternative spiritualities. 47 contact hours.

REL 1060   RELIGION AND POLITICS

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: ENC 0025 or EAP 1695 or satisfactory score on the SPC placement test. This course examines the relationship between religion and politics, the interaction between personal conviction and public service. It explores the American commitment to the separation of church and state and how this has shaped the role of religion in society. This American model is then contrasted to the way other cultures interpret the place of religion in a contemporary world. 47 contact hours.

REL 1070   WOMEN IN WORLD RELIGIONS

credits: 3  
This course examines the world religions through the perspectives of the feminine. Topics include the role of women in religion, major female religious figures, and the divine expression of the feminine. Examples of world religions examined are Indigenous Religions, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Christianity, Islam and New Religious Movements are examined. Women and the feminine will be explored through cultural contexts, purpose for life and the uniqueness of the role of women in religious practice. 47 contact hours.

REL 1210   OLD TESTAMENT SURVEY

credits: 3  
This course is designed to give the student an overview of Old Testament religious perspectives as reflected in the geographical, historical, thematic development, and cultural influences of the biblical text. The study will include an examination of the issues of text integrity, content problems, higher criticism, and theological insights. 47 contact hours.

REL 1240   NEW TESTAMENT SURVEY

credits: 3  
This course is an introductory study of the historical, cultural, literary, and religious concepts in the New Testament. Topics include: "the synoptic problem," "the historical Jesus," "the social and economic ideas of the Acts," and "the relation of Petrine with Pauline concepts of social classes." 47 contact hours.

REL 2000   INTRODUCTION TO RELIGION

credits: 3  
This course is a study of the phenomena of religious belief and practice in both primitive and advanced cultures. The course focuses on the universal components of a religious worldview which include concepts of the divine and ultimate reality, origins of the natural and social order, the human problem, dealing with evil, patterns of moral action, and ways to achieve salvation or liberation. Major theories of religion and the impact that these theories have had on society are examined. 47 contact hours.

REL 2121   RELIGION IN AMERICA

credits: 3  
This course introduces the student to the unique religious nature of American culture. It begins with indigenous religions of the North American continent and then examines the impact of various religious traditions as immigrants came to America. The course highlights the unique aspects of religion in American history, the key leaders, and the major concepts which have made religion a vital part of American life. The cultural, intellectual and political influence of religion is explored with the goal of appreciating the ongoing tensions in society that are inherent in a commitment to free religious expression. 47 contact hours.

REL 2300   WORLD RELIGIONS

credits: 3  

"G" Prerequisite: ENC 0025 or EAP 1695 or satisfactory score on the SPC placement test. This course examines the general characteristics of the major religions of the world. Topics include the nature of religion, Indigenous Religions, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Christianity, Islam and New Religious Movements. Each is examined in its cultural context, how basic human concerns are addressed, the way purpose for life is defined, and the uniqueness of religious practice. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education and Enhanced World View Requirements. 47 contact hours.

REL 2300H   HONORS WORLD RELIGIONS

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: (Appropriate score on the CPT or PERT) or (acceptance into the Honors College or approval from the dean) This course the major religious traditions of the world with particular attention given to examining their origins, distinctive worldviews, and impact on culture. It stresses the continuing influence of religious convictions in the contemporary setting. Students develop critical tools for analyzing concepts of the sacred, understandings of the human condition, and the ultimate goals of each religion. They evaluate the place and purpose of ritual, symbol, myth, and belief systems in each. This course partially satisfies the writing requirements outlined in the General Education and Enhanced World View Requirements. 47 contact hours.

REL 2302   THE ABRAHAMIC RELIGIONS: A STUDY OF JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM

credits: 3  

This course is an introductory and comparative study of the three major monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It covers the history, main beliefs, sacred texts, God concepts, and practices of each; and then compares and contrasts them. It focuses on their major differences and examines why there has been so much conflict among them and how this has dramatically affected the geopolitical stability of the world. 47 contact hours.

REL 2464   PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: ENC 0025 or EAP 1695 or appropriate score on the SPC placement test. This course is designed to introduce students to the main topics and debates in contemporary analytic philosophy of religion. Topics to be explored include the existence and nature of God, the problem of evil, religious experience, life after death, and the relationship between rational and religious belief. Contemporary and historical arguments critically examining these and other basic religious concepts and beliefs will be studied. 47 contact hours.

REL 2955   STUDY ABROAD IN RELIGION

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: ENC 0025 or EAP 1695 or appropriate score on SPC placement test or permission of the Dean. This course, exclusively for students in the SPC Study Abroad Programs, is designed to offer topics of special interest in religion to students combined with actual travel and study on-site at one or more SPC Study Abroad program partners. Such course offerings include an examination of the influence and interrelationships of religion and culture by experiencing various expressions of religious tenets including literature, philosophy, music, art, and architecture. Specific content will vary depending on the specific study abroad program. The course includes lectures, discussions, field trips and multiple writing experiences. In addition, the course involves extensive orientation and preparation plus careful monitoring of student work and progress while studying abroad.


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