Undergraduate Courses

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REL ST 1100: Introduction to Religion (3)

Engages students in reflection on the religious questions that human existence poses, and introduces them to conceptual tools for understanding and evaluating answers which have emerged in human history.

REL ST 1100H: Introduction to Religion - Honors (3)

Engages students in reflection on the religious questions that human existence poses, and introduces them to conceptual tools for understanding and evaluating answers which have emerged in human history. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 1500: Religion and Culture (3)

The study of religion as expressed in art, literature, music, dance, drama, architecture. Restricted to Freshmen and Sophomores only.

REL ST 1820: Asian Humanities (3)

(same as Art History and Archeology [AR_H_A] 1230, History [HIST] 1820, South Asian Studies [S_A_ST] 1152).

This course is an introduction to the literature and visual arts of Asia through selected master works. It focuses principally on India and China and investigates the distinctive features of their cultures.

REL ST 1820H: Asian Humanities - Honors (3)

(same as Art History and Archeology [A R HA] 1230, History [HIST] 1820, South Asian Studies S_A_ST] 1152).

This course is an introduction to the literature and visual arts of Asia through selected master works. It focuses principally on India and China and investigates the distinctive features of their cultures.

REL ST 2001: Topics in Religious Studies- General (3)

Organized study of selected topics which vary by semester and are announced at time of registration.

REL ST 2005: Topics in Religious Studies- Humanities (1-3)

Organized study of selected topics which vary by semester and are announced at time of registration.

REL ST 2100: Indigenous Religions (3)

(same as Anthropology [ANTHRO] 2100).

Explores the central aspects of religious life in indigenous communities. Focusing on speci!c groups, it considers individual and group identity, the meaning of the sacred, and the impact of foreign domination. 2100H same as 2100 with the addition of Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 2100H: Indigenous Religions - Honors (3)

(same as Anthropology [ANTHRO] 2100H).

Explores the central aspects of religious life in indigenous communities. Focusing on speci!c native communities, it considers individual and group identity and the meaning of the sacred. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 2110: Major World Religions (3)

Explores the differing ways in which Asian and Western religions interpret life and reality. Includes study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

REL ST 2110H: Major World Religions - Honors (3)

Explores the differing ways in which Asian and Western religions interpret life and reality. Includes study of Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 2230: Religion and Popular Culture in the U.S. (3)

Explores intersections of religion and popular culture and methods for analysis.

REL ST 2240: Harry Potter, Magic, and Religion (3)

This course explores religious themes in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Topics include ancient Greek, Roman, Celtic, and Norse mythological themes, the relationship between religion and magic, and reactions to the books among various religious groups.

REL ST 2250: Religious Perspectives on Peace and War (3)

In this course we will study religious approaches to peacemaking as well as religious justi!cations of war. We will examine the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thich Nahat Hanh, and the Dalai Lama among other religious leaders. Traditions studied include Native American, Buddhist, Hindu and Christian.

REL ST 2270: Modern Literature and the Quest for Values (3)

This course is an interdisciplinary study of the religious and ethical questions, quests, and solutions in the literary works of selected modern writers: Beckett, Eliot, Camus, Kazantzakis, O’Connor, Updike, Wiesel, Percy and Morrison.

REL ST 2270H: Modern Literature and the Quest for Values - Honors (3)

This course is an interdisciplinary study of the religious and ethical questions, quests, and solutions in the literary works of selected modern writers: Beckett, Eliot, Camus, Kazantzakis, O’Connor, Updike, Wiesel, Percy and Morrison. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 2280: Biblical Themes in American Literature (3)

This course is a study of the reinterpretation of Hebrew scriptures and New Testament sources in classic American texts. The works of Melville, Faulkner, MacLeish, Baldwin, O’Connor,Updike, Percy, and Morrison create a history of certain American ideas as they transform traditional biblical !gures and ideas.

REL ST 2280H: Biblical Themes in American Literature - Honors (3)

A study of the sources in the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament and their reinterpretation in classic American texts. Such a study, initially textual, results in a history of American ideas. Authors studied include MacLeish, Baldwin, O’Connor, Updike, Percy and Morrison. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 2310: Religions of China and Japan (3)

Introduction to the religions of East Asia, focusing on both popular beliefs and institutionalized religion. Topics include: Buddhist, Confucian, and Daoist traditions of China; Buddhism and Shinto in Japan; self-cultivation practices; spirit mediumship; ritual; cosmology; religion and society; religion and the state.

REL ST 2310H: Religions of China and Japan - Honors (3)

Introduction to the religions of East Asia, focusing on both popular beliefs and institutionalized religion. Topics include: Buddhist, Confucian, and Daoist traditions of China; Buddhism and Shinto in Japan; self-cultivation practices; spirit mediumship; ritual; cosmology; religion and society; religion and the state. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 2400: Judaism (3)

A comprehensive introduction to Judaism: an overview of Jewish philosophy and theology, rituals and customs.

REL ST 2410: Essential Stories of the Torah (3)

Students will examine major narratives and texts from the Pentateuch section of Hebrew Bible. This class will present such ancient, medieval, and contemporary interpretations that will demonstrate how biblical texts could be construed in more than one way.

REL ST 2450: The Holocaust and Re!ections on Genocide (3)

Examines the nature of genocide as an historical phenomenon using the Holocaust as the primary case study.

REL ST 2500: Introduction to Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament (3)

An introduction to the literature, history, institutions, and thought contained in the Hebrew Bible and to the methods and principles necessary for the scholarly study of scripture.

REL ST 2500H: Introduction to Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament - Honors (3)

An introduction to the literature, history, institutions, and thought contained in the Hebrew Bible and to the methods and principles necessary for the scholarly study of scripture. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 2510: Introduction to the New Testament (3)

An introduction to the literature of the New Testament and the methods and principles guiding its interpretation, with particular mention to its structure, thought, and historical setting.

REL ST 2510H: Introduction to the New Testament - Honors (3)

An introduction to the literature of the New Testament and the methods and principles guiding its interpretation, with particular mention to its structure, thought, and historical setting. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 2600: Early Christianity (3)

(same as History [HIST] 2600).

History of Christian practices and teachings from Christian origins through the 5th century, including Eastern Orthodoxy Syrian Christianity, Roman Catholicism. Themes such as interpretation and creation of Scriptures, worship style, central rituals, debates about right teaching (orthodoxy) mysticism and developing lifestyles both in and apart from the world.

REL ST 2600H: Early Christianity - Honors (3)

(same as History [HIST] 2600).

History of Christian practices and teachings from Christian origins through the 5th century, including Eastern Orthodoxy Syrian Christianity, Roman Catholicism. Themes such as interpretation and creation of Scriptures, worship style, central rituals, debates about right teaching (orthodoxy) mysticism and developing lifestyles both in and apart from the world. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 2610: Medieval Christianity (3)

(same as History [HIST] 2610)

History of Christian practices and teachings from the 5th-15th centuries, including Byzantine and Western Christianity Themes such as the in"uence of the Islamic world on Christianity, popular and elite formulations of theology and ritual activities.

REL ST 2610H: Medieval Christianity - Honors (3)

(same as History [HIST] 2610).

History of Christian practices and teachings from the 5th-15th centuries, including Byzantine and Western Christianity Themes such as the in"uence of the Islamic world on Christianity, popular and elite formulations of theology and ritual activities. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 2620: History of Christianity, 1500-Present (3).

(same as History [HIST] 2620).

History of Christian practices and teachings from the 15th - 21st centuries, including global dimensions of Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant and other forms of Christianity. Themes such as right teaching and practice, indigenous-Christian contact, mission and expansion, impact of secular theories, contemporary debates.

REL ST 2620H: History of Christianity, 1500-Present - Honors (3)

(same as History [HIST] 2620).

History of Christian practices and 375 teachings from the 15th - 21st centuries, including global dimensions of Orthodox, Catholic, Protestant and other forms of Christianity. Themes such as right teaching and practice, indigenous-Christian contact, mission and expansion, impact of secular theories, contemporary debates. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 2700: Islam (3)

Examines the historical development of Islamic traditions, noting the manner in which various sects & factions understand religion, humanity and God.

REL ST 2900: Contemporary Religious Thought (3)

Explores issues within contemporary Christian theology that cut across denominational lines such as: the nature and existence of God; secularization, relativism, and humanism; the authority of the Bible; attitudes toward other religions; the moral integrity of Christianity; and the purpose of human existence.

REL ST 2910: Religion and Contemporary Social Issues (3)

Study of the social ethics of Jewish and Christian theologians and movements of the 19th and 20th centuries and an examination of selected social problems in light of these systems.

REL ST 2920: Images of Good and Evil (3)

Study of the symbols and myths which explore the nature and power of good and evil. Includes examination of the music, art and literature of both ancient and contemporary religions.

REL ST 2930: Religion and Psychological Perspectives (3)

Examines how religion is understood from various psychological perspectives, and how psychological theories re"ect religious presuppositions about the nature and purpose of human life.

REL ST 2939: Religion and Human Sexuality (3)

Examines attitudes within the Christian tradition toward sexuality, with particular reference to the alternatives of patriarchy and feminism, especially as they consider issues such as the meaning of bodiliness, masturbation, pornography, prostitution, homosexuality and sexual pluralism.

REL ST 2950: Directed Readings in Religious Studies (3)

Independent readings selected in consultation with supervisory faculty member. May not be repeated.

Prerequisite: instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3000: History of Religion in America to the Civil War (3)

(same as History [HIST] 3000).

Surveys major American religious traditions, patterns, and themes from 1492 to the Civil War, especially the role of religion in American social, cultural, and political developments.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3000H: History of Religion in America to the Civil War - Honors (3)

(same as History [HIST] 3000).

Surveys major American religious traditions, patterns, and themes from 1492 to the Civil War, especially the role of religion in American social, cultural, and political developments.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing or instructor’s consent. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 3001: Topics in Religious Studies- General (3)

Organized study of selected topics which vary by semester and are announced at time of registration.

Prerequisite: instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3005: Topics in Religious Studies- Humanities (3)

Organized study of selected topics which vary by semester and are announced at time of registration.

Prerequisite: instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3100: Religious Literacy for the Public and Professions (3)

This course teaches students to engage and encounter religion in day-to-day life and in the professional workplace. Its primary goal is to examine religious diversity in private and professional contexts from a practical standpoint by examining a variety of case studies.

REL ST 3200: Hinduism (3)

(same as South Asia Studies [S_A_ST] 3200).

Origin and development of central themes of traditional Hinduism from earliest times to the modern period. Topics include: the Vedic tradition, rituals and practice, varieties of yoga, and meditation, Indian religious thought, and devotional Hinduism.

REL ST 3210: History of Religion in Post-Civil War America (3)

(same as History [HIST] 3210).

Surveys major American religious traditions, patterns, and themes from 1865 to the present, especially the role of religion in American social, cultural and political developments.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3210H: History of Religion in Post- Civil War America - Honors (3)

(same as History [HIST] 3210).

Surveys major American religious traditions, patterns, and themes from 1865 to the present, especially the role of religion in American social, cultural and political developments.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing or instructor’s consent. Honors Eligibility Required.

REL ST 3230: Buddhism and Environmental Ethics (3)

(same as South Asian Studies [S_A_ST] 3230).

Global environmental crisis is associated with rapidly expanding human population. Buddhist teachings about the interdependent aspects of existence and interrelatedness of all life may provide critical insights for how humanity can achieve balance and reciprocity with nature.

REL ST 3240: Buddhism of South and Southeast Asia (3)

(same as South Asian Studies 3240).

Examines the origins of Buddhism in India, the narratives of the life of the Buddha, the development of early Buddhist schools, the extension of Buddhism into Central and Southeast Asia, and the current practice of Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia.

Prerequisites: Religious Studies [REL_ST] 2110 or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3250: Buddhism in East Asia (3)

This course will trace the transmission of Buddhism from the Indian subcontinent to China, and from there to Korea and Japan. We will examine the historical development of East Asian forms of Buddhism, deal with key issues of Buddhist thought and practice, and look at the role of Buddhism in modern East Asian societies.

Prerequisites: Religious Studies [REL ST] 2110, 2300, 2310 or 3200, or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3280: Chinese Popular Religion (3)

Starting with a consideration of conceptual issues (what is ‘popular religion’?), the course will give a survey of the beliefs and practices of Chinese popular religion, including ancestor worship, territorial cults, spirit-mediumism, divination, and popular sects.

Prerequisite: Religious Studies [REL ST] 2110 or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3300: The Prophets (3)

Study of the prophetic writings of the Hebrew Scriptures, with consideration of the origin and nature of Israelite prophecy. Includes the narratives of the period of prophetic activity and study of the classical prophets.

Prerequisites: Religious Studies [REL ST] 2500 or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3310: The Psalms and Wisdom Literature (3)

Detailed interpretation of the Psalms, Proverbs and related writings of the broad wisdom tradition, with critical attention to the literary style and structure of the writings.

Prerequisites: Religious Studies [REL ST] 2500 or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3380: Native American Religions (3)

(same as Anthropology [ANTHRO] 3380).

Investigation of religious lives of the native peoples of the Americas through cultural contact with modernity. Perspectives based on historical, anthropological and native texts.

Prerequisite: Religious Studies/Anthropology [REL ST/ANTHRO] 2100 or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3380H: Native American Religions - Honors (3)

(same as Anthropology [ANTHRO] 3380H).

Investigation of religious lives of the native peoples of the Americas through cultural contact with modernity. Perspectives based on historical, anthropological and native texts.

Prerequisite: Religious Studies/Anthropology [REL ST/ANTHRO] 2100 or instructor’s consent. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 3400: The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke (3)

Examination of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke as single works and as literarily related compositions. Interpretation focuses on the literary form of passages and the theological and ethical themes expressed.

Prerequisite: Religious Studies [REL ST] 2510 or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3400H: The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke - Honors (3)

Examination of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke as single works and as literarily related compositions. Interpretation focuses on the literary form of passages and the theological and ethical themes expressed.

Prerequisite: Religious Studies [REL ST] 2510 or instructor’s consent. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 3410: Life and Letters of Paul (3)

Reconstruction of the life and letters of the Apostle Paul; examination of his thought in relation to Jesus of Nazareth and to earliest Christianity.

Prerequisite: Religious Studies [REL ST] 2510 or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3410H: Life and Letters of Paul - Honors (3)

Reconstruction of the life and letters of the Apostle Paul; examination of his thought in relation to Jesus of Nazareth and to earliest Christianity.

Prerequisite: Religious Studies [REL ST] 2510 or instructor’s consent. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 3430H: Revelation and Apocalyptic Literature - Honors (3)

A study of Jewish and Christian apocalyptic literature with an emphasis on the Revelation to St. John.

Prerequisite: Religious Studies [REL ST] 2510 or instructor’s consent. Honors eligibility required.

REL ST 3451: Religion in Science Fiction (3)

Investigation of religious themes in science !ction novels, short stories and !lms. Themes include the nature of the sacred, the limits of human knowledge, understanding and experiencing transcendence, revelation and apocalypse.

REL ST 3500: Second Temple Judaism: The Persian, Hellenistic, & Roman Periods (3)

This course is an introduction to the origin and development of Judaism from the time of the destruction of the !rst Jerusalem temple (587 BCE) to the Bar Kochba revolt (132-135 CE)

Prerequisite: Religious Studies [REL ST] 2400, 2410 or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3530: Rabbinic Judaism: Perspective and Literature (3)

Overview of the Jewish oral tradition during the Rabbinic era. The information covered in this course will focus upon the vast literature created during the Mishnaic and Talmudic periods and the emerging new styles and directions of Jewish religious thought.

Prerequisite: Religious Studies [REL ST] 2400 or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3540: Jewish-Christian Relations (3)

Explores historical and contemporary relations between Christians and Jews, and the transformations in Christian thought and practice resulting from awareness of Christianity’s role in the Holocaust and from post-Holocaust dialogues between Jews and Christians.

REL ST 3600: Spirituality (3)

Comparative investigation of selected mystical writings from Western religious traditions; consideration of contemporary psychological, philosophical, and phenomenological interpretations of mystical experience.

REL ST 3700: Modern Religious Thought (3)

Examination of the theological systems of major Christian thinkers and movements of the 19th and 20th centuries in relation to historic religious traditions and modern cultural challenges.

REL ST 3710: Reality of God (3)

Will explore the meaning of “the loss of God” (Tillich) and various 20th-century attempts to reaf!rm the reality of God.

REL ST 3740: Religion and Film (3)

Addresses issues of interpretation and analysis in the convergence of religion and !lm. Addresses three areas under this broad rubric: 1) !lm representations of established religions; 2) !lm and the construction of social values; 3) !lm as contemporary “myth”. Treating !lms as social texts, we will ask what such representations of ourselves to ourselves suggest about culture in general.

REL ST 3750: Women and Religions (3)

(same as Women’s and Gender Studies [WGST] 3750). A rediscovery of the wealth of religious activity which women have created and enacted. Investigates women’s roles and rituals in large-scale and local 376 religions, including ancient Goddess religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and African, South American, and native American groups.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

REL ST 3760: Geography of the World’s Religions (3).

(same as Geography [GEOG] 3760).

Explores the signi!cance of place in the origin, diffusion, distribution and practice of religions, emphasizing imprints of religion on the cultural landscape and connections between culture, politics, economics, and religion.

Prerequisite: 1000/2000 level Geography course; junior standing or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 3800: Religion in America Today (3)

Explores in depth a few selected issues currently shaping or being shaped by religion in the United States. Speci!c topics will be chosen from events con"icts, developments, or news items within the last !ve years.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Graded on A/F basis only.

REL ST 3820: Religion and Law in America (3)

This class explores how the U.S. legal system is navigating an increasing diversity of religious traditions. Course examines the place of religious values and the ongoing tension between religion and law in the legal system of the U.S. through a variety of controversial topics.

REL ST 3990: Junior Seminar (3)

In this seminar religious studies majors will be encouraged to form a community of inquiry focused on the subject of religion and public life.

Prerequisite: Religious Studies majors in their junior year. Graded on S/U basis only.

REL ST 4001: Topics in Religious Studies- General (3)

Organized study of selected topics which vary by semester and are announced at time of registration.

Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 4005: Topics in Religious Studies- General (3)

Organized study of selected topics which vary by semester and are announced at time of registration.

REL ST 4100: Modern Perspectives in the Study of Religion (3)

The course investigates the history of the modern academic study of religion, closely exploring in"uential theories and methods that have shaped scholarly perspective. May include approaches such as structuralism, phenomenology, Durkheimian and Weberian sociology, Marxism, feminism, thick description, psychoanalysis, and others. Limited to Religious Studies majors and MA students.

REL ST 4110: Myth and Religious Symbolism (3)

Emphasizes the comparison of one theme; e.g., a divine !gure (Trickster, High God), memory and forgetting, creation, fertility, origins of death, etc.

REL ST 4120: Studies in Ritual (3)

Exploration of particular themes of religious expression in seasonal, calendric and life-cycle rituals and in personal and public ceremonies. Includes comparisons of indigenous communities and modern society.

REL ST 4130: Haunting and Healing (3)

This course explores instances, stories, and representations of haunting in the United States. We apply a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to illuminate the diversity of meanings, functions, and contexts of supernatural beings in American popular and folk cultures.

REL ST 4150: Religion, Spirituality, and the Brain (3)

Explores neuropsychology of religion, spirituality, transcendence, and mystical experience. Covers development in neuroscience about how the brain works in a variety of religious and spiritual contexts, including prayer, medication, and altered states of consciousness.

Prerequisite: junior or senior standing.

REL ST 4200: Survey of West African and African Diasporic Religions (3)

Explores indigenous African religions and Islam in West Africa, as well as the development of African American Christianity and African diasporic religions in the Americas.

REL ST 4210: African-American Religion (3)

(same as Black Studies [BL_STU] 4210).

Historical and thematic examination of African American religious traditions and practices. Addresses intersections of religious expression with race, identity, culture, and society.

REL ST 4280: Archaeology of Religion (3)

(same as Anthropology [ANTHRO] 4280).

This course examines how anthropologists conceptualize religious behavior, and how archaeologist use material remains to examine past religious behavior, rituals, religious practitioners, cosmological constructs, worldview and ideology in the Americas.

Prerequisite: Anthropology [ANTHRO] 2020 and/or Religious Studies [REL ST] 2100.

REL ST 4300: Religious Narratives of South Asia (3).

(same as South Asian Studies [S A ST] 4300).

Study of major narratives of India and their interpretation in literature and art. Topics include: Vedic and Epic mythology, stories of Krishna, myths and images of Shiva, and forms of the Goddess.

Prerequisite: Religious Studies [REL ST] 2110, 3200, or 3240, or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 4310: The Confucian Tradition: Past and Present (3)

Investigates Confucianism as the dominant religio-philosophical tradition of China and its impact on Korea and Japan. We will study basic Confucian canonical texts, follow its historical development, look at its interactions with other religions, and discuss the continuing relevance of the Confucian tradition in modern East Asia.

REL ST 4320: Introduction to Daoism (3)

An introduction to the Daoist religious tradition, beginning with its background in earlier forms of philosophy, ritual, and belief. We will follow the development of the various Daoist schools and movements over the centuries and examine key aspects of their belief and practice, both historical and contemporary.

REL ST 4380: Anthropological Theories of Religion (3)

(same as Anthropology [ANTHRO] 4380).

Course provides a critical evaluation of anthropological explanations of various forms of traditional religious behavior such as magic, shamanism, divination, ritual, mythology, and witchcraft. The anthropological explanations examined range from nineteenth century classics to the current approaches of today.

Prerequisites: Anthropology [ANTHRO] 2030, ANTHRO/ Religious Studies [REL ST] 2100, or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 4400: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition (3)

Students will read the great thinkers of the Catholic church such as Augustine, Abelard, Bernard of Clairvaux, Aquinas, Bonaventure, Nicholas of Cusa, Pascal, Newman, Maritain, Rahner, Johnson, Tracy. The theme examined may vary from year to year.

REL ST 4410: Major Religious Thinkers (3

Concentrated study of one or more selected theologians, such as Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Buber, Tillich, and Rahner.

REL ST 4418: Religion Reporting and Writing (3)

(same as Journalism [JOURN] 4426).

Advanced seminar in religion reporting and writing. Examines the role of religion journalism in faith, public life, and culture.

Prerequisite: Journalism [JOURN] 4450 professional writing experience and instructor’s consent.

REL ST 4500: Greek and Roman Religion (3)

(same as Classical Humanities [CL_HUM] 4500)

Survey of religious development among the Greeks and Romans.

Prerequisite: sophomore standing and Classical Humanities [CL_HUM] 1060, Art History and Archaeology [AR_H_A] 1110 or History [HIST] 1520.

REL ST 4550: The Historical Jesus (3)

This course examines theory, method, and conclusions in recent Jesus scholarship. Attention is also paid to the historical and cultural context in which Jesus research becomes prominent.

Prerequisites: Religious Studies [REL ST] 2510 or instructor’s consent.

REL ST 4630: Sanskrit I (3)

(same as South Asian Studies [S A ST] 4350).

This intensive course will cover the essentials of Sanskrit grammar in one semester and prepare students for further readings in Hindu and Buddhist literature.

REL ST 4640: Sanskrit II (3)

(same as South Asian Studies [S A ST] 4640).

This course is intended as a “sampler” of Sanskrit literature. We will read Sanskrit tests in the original. The objectives of the course are 1) Expanding the students’ knowledge of the Sanskrit language, 2) To acquaint the students with a broad range of textual genres in Sanskrit literature, and 3) To acquaint the students with some central ideas of Hindu and Buddhist philosophy.

REL ST 4750: Women, Religion and Culture (3)

(same as Women’s and Gender Studies [WGST] 4750).

An advanced study of the role of women in religion, focusing on the methods of determining the signi!cance of gender in religious life, sacred texts, symbols, rituals and/or beliefs. Traditions studied include Christianity, Islam, contemporary pagan communities, and Native American traditions.

REL ST 4960: Directed Readings in Religious Studies (1-6)

Independent readings selected in consultation with supervisory faculty member. May be repeated up to 6 hrs.

Prerequisite: instructor’s consent.

REL ST 4990: Senior Seminar in Religious Studies (3)

A seminar in which Religious Studies majors use methods of understanding and comparing religions by focusing on times and places of signi!- cant contact among peoples of different religions.

Prerequisite: Religious Studies [REL ST] 4100 and Religious Studies Major.