For a full list of courses offered by the Religious Studies department, see http://catalog.missouri.edu/courseofferings/rel_st/
Religious Studies courses offered in the Spring of 2018:
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 2110—Religions of the World (3). Explores the differing ways in which Asian and Western religions interpret life and reality. Traditions studied may include Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
REL ST 2500—Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible and its World (3). An introduction to the literature of the Hebrew Bible in its Ancient Near Eastern cultural context. Students are exposed to the art, archaeology, literature, and histories of the great civilizations of the ANE and their impact on Israelite history and the formation of the Hebrew Bible. Emphasis is placed on the development and changes in Israelite theology in response to historical circumstances over the centuries that witnessed the Hebrew Bible's composition, compilation, and canonization.
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 reflect religious presuppositions about the nature and purpose of human life.
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 3020 LST 01—(3). Religion, Health and Healing. What does it mean to “be healthy” and “to heal” in different contexts? What sorts of medical, ritual, or religious expertise authorizes different sorts of healers and forms of healing? These questions probe entanglements of religion, culture and medicine in everyday life. This course focuses on ways in which these issues might inform, challenge, and enrich thinking about global health.
REL ST 3200 – Hinduism (3) (same as SAST 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 3270, LST 01 – Yoga and Meditation in the Modern World (4). This course explores the practice of Yoga and meditation, both as an ancient tradition of India and as an example of the globalization of religion. Examines the history of yoga, exploring the ways in which an ancient religious tradition was reinvented against the backdrop of India’s colonial experience, and has emerged in the global context.
REL ST 3350 Monsters in Western Religion and Forklore (3). This course focuses on monsters found in Western cultures and more specifically how monsters are instantiated and put to use in contexts of popular culture. Theoretical and methodological approaches to the material are drawn from both Religious Studies and Folkloristics.
REL ST 3360 Cults and New Religious Movements (3). Possibly Online. While religious traditions constantly change, and new religions emerge in every historical time period, the new religious movements of the past century (many of which are often referred to negatively as "cults") present a particular challenge to contemporary cultures and societies. We will begin with a theoretical overview of new religious movements (NRMs) and will proceed gradually to discuss in detail the religion of the Peoples Temple and its charismatic leader and founder, Jim Jones. Recommended: An introductory course in any of the following disciplines/area studies: Religious Studies, Psychology, Communication Studies (emphasis on Media and Society/Media Theory); or Sociology.
REL ST 3380 Native American Religions (3). (same as 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.
REL ST 3500—Judaism in the Time of Jesus (3). This course is an introduction to the origin and development of Judaism from the time of the destruction of the first Jerusalem temple (587 BCE) to the Bar Kochba revolt (132-135 CE).
REL ST 3740—Religion and Film (3). Addresses issues of interpretation and analysis in the convergence of religion and film. Addresses three areas under this broad rubric: 1) film representations of established religions; 2) film and the construction of social values; 3)film as contemporary “myth”. Treating films as social texts, we will ask what such representations of ourselves to ourselves suggest about culture in general.
REL ST 3900—Islam and the Myth of Religious Violence (3). This course explores the widespread claim that Islam is an inherently violent religion. After an overview of the history of Islam, and an introduction to the concepts of myth, religion, and violence, we examine systematically the historical, social, political, and religious contexts of a series of case studies. These case studies will underscore the nature of religious language and motivation within specific contexts, exposing students to a much more complex picture of the means and ends of so-called religious violence. No prior knowledge of Islam is required.
REL ST 3990—Majors 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 4110—Religious Myth and Ritual (3). This course will unpack theoretical and methodological issues surrounding the study of embodied religious practice and the nature of religious narrative using myths and rituals from around the world's religious traditions.
REL ST 4750—Women, Religion and Culture (3) (same as WGST 4750). An advanced study of the role of women in religion, focusing on the methods of determining the significance 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). 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 (3). A seminar in which Religious Studies majors use methods of understanding and comparing religions by focusing on times and places of significant contact among people of different religions. Prerequisite: REL ST 4100
and Religious Studies Major.
REL ST 7110—Religious Myth and Ritual (3). This course will unpack theoretical and methodological issues surrounding the study of embodied religious practice and the nature of religious narrative using myths and rituals from around the world's religious traditions.
REL ST 7750—Women, Religion and Culture (3) (same as WGST 7750). An advanced study of the role of women in religion, focusing on the methods of determining the significance 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 7990 Independent Readings in Religious Studies (3).
REL ST 8005 – Topics in Religious Studies (3) LST 01--Medieval Christianities.
REL ST 8005 – Topics in Religious Studies (3) LST 02 – Yoga, Hinduism, and Globalization
REL ST 8090 – Research and Thesis in Religious Studies (1)