An introduction to philosophy through religious topics such as sacredness, faith, reason, revelation, creation, immortality, and God's existence.
PHIL 1100: Introduction to Religious Studies
An introduction to the study of religious phenomena such as myth, symbols and rituals as they relate to religious beliefs. The concepts of sacred narratives, sacred histories, and religious experiences will be discussed along with different approaches (e.g., psychological, sociological, anthropological) to the study of religion.
PHIL 3080: Religion & Consumer Culture
Explores the place of faith in modern society by focusing on the role that consumer culture plays in its interaction with people's faith and practice in the West.
PHIL 3110: Women and Religion
Examines the way(s) in which women have been, and continue to be, viewed in various religions through comparing sacred and other texts with actual religious practices and beliefs. This course engenders an appreciation of the tension between the ideal expectations for and the real possibilities available to women in religious traditions.
PHIL 3090: Philosophies of Asia
Covers classic and recent representatives of the major philosophical and religious traditions of Asia, including Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, Daoist and Shinto thought.
PHIL 3100: World Religions
A reading-discussion course which explores the major world religions and the nature of their appeal to the spiritual aspirations of members of the human family.
PHIL 3500: History of Philosophy: Buddhist Philosophy
General survey of key Buddhist philosophical concepts of both the Theravada and Mahayana traditions, such as dukha, nirvana, anatman and voidness. The relationship between Pali Sutta's and the Theravada tradition will be discussed as well as the relationship between Mahayana and the Prajna Paramita Suttas. Key schools of Mahayana, such as Cittamattra and Madhyamaka will also be introduced.
PHIL 3600: Philosophy of Religion
Detailed analysis of religious experience from Eastern and Western traditions, including mysticism, mythology, cosmology, knowledge of God and the divine attributes, salvation, immortality, and the influence of secularism.
PHIL 3610: Philosophical Approaches to the Hebrew Bible
The formation of the Old Testament; manuscript traditions and canonization; an investigation of the major genres within the Old Testament (history, poetry, prophecy); the historical developments of the ancient Near East as they refl ect upon the Old Testament and the history of biblical interpretation.
PHIL 3620: Philosophical Approaches to the New Testament
An investigation of the development of the New Testament, incorporating the history of the individual books and the Hellenistic and Jewish background to the New Testament itself. The course focuses on the historical problem of the emergence of various theological perspectives within the New Testament writings, especially the contrast between the teachings of Jesus and those of Paul.
PHIL 3630: Gender & Race in Biblical Literature
Course examines the presence(s), result(s), and interpretation(s) of gender and race in biblical literature and the issues and problems those categories present to the reader.
PHIL 4460: Theories of Human Nature
An examination of the meaning of human nature from various perspectives, including Greek thinking, religious explanations, naturalist, existentialist and pragmatist theories.
ANTH 3010: Sacred Spaces of the World
An examination of the world's religious structures; i.e. Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, Meso-American and Animist Traditions, along with an examination of religious traditions.
HIST 3550: Religion & American Culture, 1500 to 2000
Historical analysis using primary and secondary texts of the religious culture of America from pre-Columbian era to the present.
HIST 3680: Islam & the West: Contacts, Representations, & Approaches
Examines how the history of contacts produced and affected contemporary understanding of Islam and the West. Considers cultural, trade, and diplomatic contact in different historical periods, and the way that contact is negotiated through gender, race, class, and religion. Approved for Global Awareness Requirement. Meets with WEST 3680.
HIST 4210: History of Christianity: Primitive Church to circa 300
An exploration of primitive Christianity through its immediate Judaic and Hellenistic roots, to include extended historical and literary discussion of the literature of the New Testament and an analysis of the historical Jesus.
HIST 4220: History of Christianity: circa 300 to circa 1500
A history of the Christian church in the West from its acceptance as a legal religion in the 4th century to the eve of its breakup at the Reformation. The focus is especially on theological, organizational, and heretical developments.
HIST 4240: The Reformation & Counter-Reformation
A survey of Europe from the early 16th century through the mid-17th century from Martin Luther through the Thirty Years War. Emphasis will be given to religious themes and their relation to politics, economics and society.
HIST 4540: American Religious Cultures, 1945-2000
Intensive research seminar focusing on primary texts of recent American religions from Cold War Protestantism to New Age Buddhism.
HIST 6460: Readings: Religion & Culture in America, 1500 to 20th Century
Graduate seminar emphasizing intensive and extensive scholarly readings on religion and culture in America, preparing students for the graduate research seminar paper. Prerequisite to HIST 7460.
HIST 7460: Research in American Religion
Graduate research seminar emphasizing an individualized research project on any approved topic in religion and culture in American history. Prer., HIST 6460.
SOC 4320: Religion in Society
Examination of religion as a social and cultural institution; impacts for communities and for society; shaping of religious identities, values, and practices; the role of religion in social control, social conflicts, and social change. Prer., 6 hours of Sociology or consent of instructor.
WEST 3110: Women & Religion
Examines the ways women have been and continue to be viewed in various religions through comparing sacred and other texts with actual religious practices and beliefs. Engenders an appreciation of the tension between the ideal expectation for and the real possibilities available to women in religious traditions. Meets with PHIL 3110.