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Fall 2004 Course Schedule - Religion

The Religion Department has thoroughly revised its curriculum, including major changes in the way that courses are numbered. If students have already taken courses in the Religion Department, they should be careful not to repeat the same course under a new number, because you can only earn credit for a course once! The requirements for the Major and the Minor in Religion have also been significantly revised. Students are encouraged to contact the Religion Department for more information.

!* REL-100-S01 Intro to Religion 3 1:20PM-2:10PM MWF MART 104 R. Fowler/
J. Gordon/A. Kolp/E. Posman
Core Academic Skill: Writing
Core Academic Skill: Ethical Impact
REQUIRED FOR RELIGION MAJORS AND MINORS. OPEN ONLY TO CURRENT AND INCOMING FRESHMEN. NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN REL 103 INTRO TO RELIGION. An introduction to Religion, utilizing Ninian Smart’s seven "dimensions of the sacred": the ritual or practical; the doctrinal or philosophical; the mythic or narrative; the experiential or emotional; the ethical or legal; the organizational or social; and the material or artistic. Team-taught by Gordon, Kolp and Posman.

!* REL-101I-S01 Religions of India 3 2:55PM-4:10PM TTH MART 316 E. Posman
Core Academic Skill: Writing
Core Academic Skill: Ethical Impact
NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN REL 111 RELIGIONS OF INDIA. An introduction to the beliefs and practices of the major religions of India, including Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Islam and Sikhism.

!* REL-110-S01 Judaism 3 1:00PM-3:30PM T MART 314 M. Oppenheimer
Core Academic Skill: Writing
Core Academic Skill: Ethical Impact
An introduction to modern Judaic faith, with emphasis on understanding the main themes of Jewish faith and practice in the contemporary world. Offered with support from the Jewish Chautauqua Society.

!* REL-121-S01 Spiritual Disciplines 3 10:40AM-11:30AM MWF MART 314
A. Kolp
Core Academic Skill: Writing
Core Academic Skill: Ethical Impact
NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN REL 111 SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES. Spiritual Disciplines are the path to spiritual growth. Classical disciplines such as prayer, fasting, meditation and others will be examined with respect to both process and content. A practical experiential component is an essential feature of the class. 

!* REL-161-S01 Christian Faith & Thought 3 9:20-10:10AM MWF MART 314
A. Kolp
Core Academic Skill: Writing
Core Academic Skill: Social Interaction
NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN REL 105 CHRISTIAN FAITH & THOUGHT. An introduction to the field of Christian theology. The course will consider the major forms of Christian faith and thought, with an emphasis on contemporary expression of Christianity in churches today. Some attention will be given to these topics: faith and reason, church and state, scripture and its interpretation, science and faith, personal faith and communal worship, ecumenical patterns and the future of Christianity.

!* REL-215I-S01 Death & the Afterlife 3 9:55AM-11:10AM TTH MART 314
E. Posman
Core Academic Skill: Writing
Core Academic Skill: Ethical Impact
NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN REL 263I DEATH AND DYING. A comparative examination of the world’s religions in terms of their beliefs and rituals associated with death and the afterlife. The course also includes a segment on near-death experiences and a segment on current life-and-death issues in the modern West.

!* REL-243-S01 Jesus and the Gospels 3 1:00PM-2:15PM TTH MART 316 M. Steiger
Core Academic Skill: Writing
NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN REL 203I JESUS AND THE GOSPELS. A study of the life and teachings of the historical Jesus of Nazareth, as well as a critical examination of the literary portraits of him, represented by the canonical Gospels and the Gospel of Thomas.

!* REL-244-S01  Christianity in the New Testament  3  9:55AM-11:10AM  Mart 316 Gordon
Core Academic Skill: Writing & Ethical Impact

!* REL-261-S01 Christian Ethics 3 1:00PM-2:15PM TTH KAMM TBA D. Krueger
Core Academic Skill: Writing
Core Academic Skill: Ethical Impact
NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN REL 221 CHRISTIAN ETHICS. This course will examine the major forms of ethical thought within the Christian tradition. The implications of these ethical approaches will be related to special current issues and moral problems.

!* REL-266-S01 Religion & Film 3 1:00PM-3:00PM TTH MART 316 J. Gordon
Core Academic Skill: Writing
Core Academic Skill: Ethical Impact
NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN REL 263 RELIGION AND FILM. This course will explore the ways in which film illumines and critiques the religious dimension of life as primarily articulated within the Christian tradition. Themes such as, though not limited to, faith, grace, redemption, evil and community will be examined.

!* REL-293-S16 Hist of Gospel Music 3 6:15PM-8:45PM M MART 314 J. Hairston
Core Academic Skill: Writing
Core Academic Skill: Social Interaction
Above is P.M. Day Tuition Rates Apply. NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN REL 263 HISTORY OF GOSPEL MUSIC. This course will examine the history and evolution of Gospel music in the context of the religious experience of the African-American Church, from slavery to the present. Emphasis will be placed on defining the essence of gospel music, identifying its styles, sounds and rhythms, highlighting its pioneers and exploring its progressive role in the response to social change in America.

! REL-393-S01 Sem: Gospels of John & Thomas 3 2:40-3:55PM MW MART 316 R. Fowler
Core Academic Skill: Writing
PREQ: PREVIOUS COURSEWORK IN RELIGION. The Gospel of John has been in the Bible "forever"; the Gospel of Thomas was lost for 1600 years and was only rediscovered in the 1940’s. John’s Gospel is officially "orthodox"; Thomas is suspected of being "heretical." Both have been recently incorporated into major films: THE GOSPEL OF JOHN and STIGMATA. Both gospels are addressed in a recent, deeply personal book by the noted scholar of ancient gnosticism, Elaine Pagels. This seminar will explore all of the above!

 
REL-490-S01 Depart Colloquium 1 4:00PM-5:00PM W MART 315 Kolp/Posman
Meets weekly, to discuss various issues in Religion. Required for Majors and Minors. Graded S/U.

REL-499-S01 Senior Project 3 R. Fowler
Each Religion Major must complete a senior project, independently designed and carried out in consultation with a member of the Religion Department. Usually the senior project will take the form of a major research paper and will conclude with an oral review conducted by the faculty of the Department.

REL-499-S02 Senior Project 3  J. Gordon
Each Religion Major must complete a senior project, independently designed and carried out in consultation with a member of the Religion Department. Usually the senior project will take the form of a major research paper and will conclude with an oral review conducted by the faculty of the Department.

REL-499-S03 Senior Project 3  A. Kolp
Each Religion Major must complete a senior project, independently designed and carried out in consultation with a member of the Religion Department. Usually the senior project will take the form of a major research paper and will conclude with an oral review conducted by the faculty of the Department.

REL-499-S03 Senior Project 3  E. Posman
Each Religion Major must complete a senior project, independently designed and carried out in consultation with a member of the Religion Department. Usually the senior project will take the form of a major research paper and will conclude with an oral review conducted by the faculty of the Department.


MINIMESTER  A

!* REL-120-A01 Catholic Faith Today 2 1:00PM-4:20PM TH MART 314 E. Kordas
Core Academic Skill: Writing
Core Academic Skill: Ethical Impact
A study of the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church today, seen especially in the light of the changes introduced by the Second Vatican Council.

MINIMESTER  B

!* REL-193-B01 Mod Catholic Social Thought 2 1:00-4:20PM TH MART 314
E. Kordas
Core Academic Skill: Writing
Core Academic Skill: Ethical Impact
NOT OPEN TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE TAKEN REL 111 MODERN CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT. Over the last century, the Roman Catholic Church has developed one of the most comprehensive systems of social justice for the study of contemporary ethical issues. This course will examine the origins of human dignity and its impact on social issues such as Third World poverty, capital punishment, war, domestic violence, the preservation of the environment, sexual abuse, as well as other topics.

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