Courses


RELI 1000 Continuing Education .00 - 12.00 credits
 
RELI 105 Old and New Testament 3.00 credits
A study of both Old and New Testament as the scriptures of Christianity.
 
RELI 105H Old and New Testament 3.00 credits
A study of both Old and New Testament as the scriptures of Christianity.
 
Prerequisite: HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 110 The Hebrew Bible 3.00 credits
Examines the historical, literary and contemporary worlds of the Hebrew Bible.
 
RELI 110H HonorsThe Hebrew Bible 3.00 credits
For Honors students. See RELI 110 for course description.
 
Prerequisite: HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 111 Feminist Interpretation of OT 3.00 credits
This course introduces students to the Old Testament with special attention given to texts dealing with women.
 
Equivalent: WGST 251 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 111 Feminist Interpretation of OT 3.00 credits
This course introduces students to the Old Testament with special attention given to texts dealing with women.
 
Equivalent: WOMS 251 - Taken before Fall 2009
RELI 112 OT and Ecojustice 3.00 credits
Examines the Old Testament in terms of its literary, historical, and cultural dimensions with special attention to the role Earth and all creation plays in the biblical materials.
 
Equivalent: ENVS 140 - OK if taken between Fall 2007 and Summer 2 2009
RELI 112 OT and Ecojustice 3.00 credits
Examines the Old Testament in terms of its literary, historical, and cultural dimensions with special attention to the role Earth and all creation plays in the biblical materials.
 
Equivalent: ENVS 160 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 120 The New Testament 3.00 credits
An exploration of the world and environment of the New Testament writers as well as Christianity's roots in the Jewish tradition. A basic introduction to the writings of the New Testament.
 
Equivalent: WOMS 251 - Successful completion
RELI 120H Honors The New Testament 3.00 credits
For Honors students. See RELI 120 for course description.
 
Prerequisite: HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 124 Gospels:Life/Teachingsof Jesus 3.00 credits
A study of the synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) and their inter-relationship and independent development.
 
RELI 124H Gospels:Life/Tch of Jesus Hon 3.00 credits
For Honors Students. See RELI 124 for course description.
 
Prerequisite: HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 190 Directed Study 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
 
RELI 200 Religion and Human Experience 3.00 credits
An exploration of some of the basic experiences, concepts, and challenges involved in being religious.
 
RELI 205 Hist and Tchg of Christianity 3.00 credits
Designed to give students of Christian and non-Christian backgrounds an introductory knowledge of the growth and development of Christianity from its beginnings to the present day.
 
RELI 205H Hist and Tchg of Christianity 3.00 credits
Designed to give students of Christian and non-Christian backgrounds an introductory knowledge of the growth and development of Christianity from its beginnings to the present day.
 
Prerequisite: HONS 190H Minimum Grade: D
RELI 210 Christian Doctrine 3.00 credits
An introduction to the academic discipline of Christian theology and the way in which the Christian community makes believing possible and meaningful for contemporary people of faith.
 
RELI 210H Honors Christian Doctrine 3.00 credits
For Honors students only. See RELI 210 for course description.
 
Prerequisite: HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 211 Feminist Christian Doctrine 3.00 credits
An introduction to the academic discipline of Christian theology and the way in which the Christian community makes believing possible and meaningful for contemporary people of faith. Particular attention is given to the impact of feminist scholarship on the doing of Christian theology.
 
Equivalent: WGST 252C - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 211 Feminist Christian Doctrine 3.00 credits
An introduction to the academic discipline of Christian theology and the way in which the Christian community makes believing possible and meaningful for contemporary people of faith. Particular attention is given to the impact of feminist scholarship on the doing of Christian theology.
 
Equivalent: WOMS 252C - OK if taken between Fall 2007 and Fall 2009
RELI 215 Christian Diversity 3.00 credits
An introduction to the history, beliefs, and practices of selected denominations within Christianity such as Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, Reform, Anabaptist, and others. Students will also examine the impact of culturally diverse expressions of Christianity within a North American context, e.g. African American and Hispanic.
 
RELI 215H Honors Christian Diversity 3.00 credits
For Honors students only. See RELI 215 for course description
 
Prerequisite: HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 220 Catholicism 3.00 credits
Exploration of the identity of the Roman Catholic tradition with emphasis on Catholicism's dialogue with the contemporary world.
 
RELI 220H Honors Catholicism 3.00 credits
For Honors students only. See RELI 220 for course description.
 
Prerequisite: HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 221 African Catholicism 3.00 credits
This course introduces students to pluralism and diversity within African Catholicism as part of world culture, bearing in mind that the Church is universal and yet local. Accordingly, it examines culturally diverse forms of African Catholicism in six broad geographical locations: North Africa, East Africa, West Africa, South Africa, Central Africa and the Island of the Republic of Madagascar.
 
RELI 230 Contemporary Church 3.00 credits
A theological and historical examination of the contemporary church from the perspective of the Second Vatican Council.
 
Equivalent: WOMS 255C - OK if taken since Fall 1996
RELI 231 Women and Contemporary Church 3.00 credits
The focus of this course is to examine the identity and mission of the church as an institution and a community of faith emerging from Vatican Council II. Feminist theology will provide the lens for examining the role of women in the church in both historical and contemporary situations.
 
Equivalent: WGST 255C - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 231 Women and Contemporary Church 3.00 credits
The focus of this course is to examine the identity and mission of the church as an institution and a community of faith emerging from Vatican Council II. Feminist theology will provide the lens for examining the role of women in the church in both historical and contemporary situations.
 
Equivalent: WOMS 255C - OK if taken between Fall 2007 and Fall 2009
RELI 240 Core Seminar: Special Topics 3.00 credits
Topic to be determined by instructor.
 
RELI 240H Core Seminar: Special Topics 3.00 credits
For Honors students only. Topic to be determined by instructor.
 
Prerequisite: HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 290 Directed Study 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
 
RELI 310 Bible &ContempChristian Ethics 3.00 credits
Moral and ethical dilemmas confront every society. Biblical texts address multiple moral and ethical issues, often framing such issues as questions of justice or injustice. This class explores four contemporary ethical issues by placing personal narratives into mutually critical dialogue with biblical texts. We will analyze the interplay between the treatment of ethics in biblical texts and contemporary experiences of justice/injustice. This course focuses upon four contemporary issues: wealth/poverty; wary/violence/peace; nationalism/patriotism; and gender/sexuality.
 
Equivalent: WGST 357 - OK if taken since Fall 2011
RELI 311 Bible and Film in Dialogue 3.00 credits
This course explores different ways in which religion (and theology) and film can be placed into mutually critical conversation. Specific attention is given to constructing mutually enriching dialogues between recent films (1999-present) and specific biblical texts. How can biblical texts provide new lenses for the viewing of films? In what ways can films enrich the understanding and interpretation of biblical texts?
 
RELI 330 Princ of Christian Morality 3.00 credits
How are Christians to fashion moral choices, character, and communities? What are the sources, tools, and rules of Christian ethics? What kind of Justice does our faith demand?
 
RELI 331 Christian Sexual Morality 3.00 credits
A Christian perspective on the ethical dimensions of human sexuality and issues of gender.
 
RELI 332 Christian Marriage 3.00 credits
Christian and Catholic teachings on marriage and family life in light of contemporary challenges.
 
RELI 333 Christian Medical Ethics 3.00 credits
How should Christians judge and respond to the technologies and dilemmas of modern medicine? What Christian principles should guide our medical and health care decisions and policies?
 
RELI 334 Healing & Wholeness 3.00 credits
A Christ-centered model and method for healing, transforming, transcending physical challenges, psychological wounds, addictive, tendencies and for ongoing transfiguration of the whole person.
 
RELI 335 Faith, Justice, and The Church 3.00 credits
What does our Christian faith have to say about our economic, political, social and cultural structures and practices. An examination of the ways our Church calls us to practice a 'faith that does justice.'
 
RELI 335A Christianity & Human Rights 3.00 credits
This course focuses on human rights in order to address the general issue of how religion and politics might honestly mix. Can Christian thought contribute to grounding a critical cross-cultural conversation? Issues include the use and abuse of religious traditions, conflicts between human rights and religion, the notion of universal human rights, the Asian values debate, human rights in contemporary American society, human rights in the church, globalization, unity and diversity, relativism, Christian resources and the formulation of a political theology.
 
RELI 336 Christian Ethics of Eating 3.00 credits
Why biblical and Christian morality demands just and sustainable agricultural systems that feed the hungry, compensate and protect workers, and treat animals humanely.
 
RELI 337 Vietnam:War-Christian Morality 3.00 credits
An analysis of Christian moral teachings on war with a specific focus on the Vietnam War. Topics include peace, justice, killing, revolution, and protest.
 
RELI 343 Christian Leadership 3.00 credits
The scriptural and traditional foundations for religious leadership; contemporary leadership theories; the development and role of Christian leaders in the Church and world today.
 
RELI 350 Interreligious Dialogue 3.00 credits
Investigates the imperative of Christianity and other world religions to engage in respectful dialogue and mutual understanding, exposes pressing practical issues such as religious violence and divisive ideologies, and proposes a comparative theological perspective highlighting spiritual engagement, moral responsibility and reconciliation.
 
RELI 360 Liturgy 3.00 credits
A general survey of liturgy; the roots and contemporary manifestations of celebration, ritual, and symbol.
 
RELI 361 Wrshp In West Christianity 3.00 credits
The historical evolution of worship in western Christianity to the twentieth century and how it has been understood theologically; contemporary Catholic and Protestant traditions of worship.
 
RELI 370 Christian Spirituality 3.00 credits
The sources, nature, and forms of Christian spirituality historically and within the contemporary context.
 
RELI 371 Women and Christ Spirituality 3.00 credits
An exploration of the themes, questions, and foundations of Christian spirituality with special focus on the experience of women.
 
Equivalent: WGST 356 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 371 Women and Christ Spirituality 3.00 credits
An exploration of the themes, questions, and foundations of Christian spirituality with special focus on the experience of women.
 
Equivalent: WOMS 356 - OK if taken between Fall 2007 and Fall 2009
RELI 385 Feminist Theologies 3.00 credits
Examines the tasks of feminist theologians and surveys the challenges and unique contributions they make to the integrity and vitality of contemporary Christianity.
 
Equivalent: WGST 355 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 385 Feminist Theologies 3.00 credits
Examines the tasks of feminist theologians and surveys the challenges and unique contributions they make to the integrity and vitality of contemporary Christianity.
 
Equivalent: WOMS 355 - Taken before Fall 2009
RELI 390 Applied Theology:Special Topic 3.00 credits
 
RELI 391 Directed Study 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
 
RELI 399 Junior Seminar 3.00 credits
As preparation for the senior thesis and for the advanced study of religion and theology, this course will review the various critical-methodological approaches used in the discipline. In addition to entering the academic conversation, students will learn techniques for accessing, evaluating, and presenting research. Fall.
 
RELI 401 Pentateuch 3.00 credits
An historical-critical and theological study of the documents which constituted Israel's understanding of covenant with God.
 
RELI 402 Genesis 3.00 credits
The focus of this course is two-fold: 1) to engage in a detailed literary and historical critical analysis of these stories, and 2) to examine how these stories continue to be discussed and debated in the twenty-first century. Some topics for consideration will be: 1) science and Genesis (Evolution, Genetic Engineering), 2) race and Genesis, 3) gender and Genesis, 4) Jewish/Christian/Muslim relations and Genesis.
 
RELI 403 Greek Gods and Heroes 3.00 credits
A study of Greek Mythology that uses texts (in translation), architecture and archaeology to explore the most important characters and stories of Greek mythology that have become part of the art, literature and imagination of western civilization. This course gives students insight into approaches toward the understanding of myth, especially classical myth that are helpful for their own studies and interests.
 
Equivalent: CLAS 310 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 404 Psalms Literature 3.00 credits
An examination of Israels Psalms that explores their poetic and theological elements, their history of interpretation in Judaism and Christianity, and their use in contemporary worship.
 
RELI 405 Wisdom Literature 3.00 credits
A study of the literary, theological, and historical dimensions of the books of Proverbs, Job Ecclesiastes, Sirach, and the Wisdom of Solomon and their place in the development of Hebrew thought.
 
RELI 406 Prophets of Israel 3.00 credits
A survey of prophecy in ancient Israel that focuses on the nature of prophecy, the role and message of the prophets, and the parameters of contemporary prophetic ministry.
 
RELI 408 Women and the Bible 3.00 credits
Examines women's depiction in Old Testament narratives, Ancient Israel's patriarchal culture, and the Old Testaments role in supporting modern women's full humanity. Engages feminist hermeneutics and scholarship.
 
Equivalent: WGST 455 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 408 Women and the Bible 3.00 credits
Examines women's depiction in Old Testament narratives, Ancient Israel's patriarchal culture, and the Old Testaments role in supporting modern women's full humanity. Engages feminist hermeneutics and scholarship.
 
Equivalent: WOMS 455 - OK if taken between Fall 2007 and Fall 2009
RELI 409 Dead Sea Scrolls 3.00 credits
Surveys the history of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the contents of the Scrolls, and the archeology of the Qumran community. Explores the relationship between the Scrolls and early Judaism, the development of the Old Testament, and the development of early Christianity. Asks what the scrolls can reveal about our own understanding of God, Jesus, and Christian Faith.
 
RELI 410 Hebrew Scriptures:Spec Topics 3.00 credits
 
RELI 411 Synoptic Gospel 3.00 credits
Matthew, Mark, and Luke in their interrelationship and their independent development.
 
RELI 412 Johannine Literature 3.00 credits
The Gospel of John and the Johannine letters.
 
RELI 413 Paul: Apostle & Letter Writer 3.00 credits
Paul’s life and theology as reflected in his letters.
 
RELI 414 Revelation & General Epistles 3.00 credits
How to interpret the Book of Revelation and the Epistles of James, Hebrews, Jude, and 1 and 2 Peter.
 
RELI 416 Johannine Literature 3.00 credits
The Gospel of John and the Johannine letters.
 
RELI 417 Christians, Romans & Jews 3.00 credits
Origin, character, and development of Christianity in first-century Rome as revealed in the New Testament.
 
RELI 418 Apocalyptic Literature 3.00 credits
How to interpret the various books of Apocalyptic Literature in the Old and New Testaments.
 
RELI 419 New Testament: Special Topics 3.00 credits
 
RELI 420 Contemp Trends In Theology 3.00 credits
A selective engagement of current themes and authors who are setting the course for theology in the 21st century.
 
RELI 421 Trinity, Creation, Eschatology 3.00 credits
The manifestation of God's purposes for human existence and the Christian's relationship with the Triune God.
 
RELI 422 Christology 3.00 credits
The key movements in Christology today in the light of scriptural and conciliar teachings on Christ.
 
RELI 424 Suffering God 3.00 credits
Can we really honor the reality of God and the concrete fact of human suffering at the same time? What is the relationship between suffering and God? The course investigates this ambiguous but classic religious experience as articulated in political and liberation theologies.
 
RELI 425 Political Theology 3.00 credits
The critical relationship of religious and political values as foundational; memory, narrative, and solidarity as theological categories. Special emphasis on the work of Johann Baptist Metz with some attention to J. Moltmann and D. Soelle.
 
RELI 426 Glblztn, Rel & Human Rights 3.00 credits
An introduction to the notion of universal human rights with special attention to the role of religion in the debate. The contribution of recent Christian theology to this conversation. Issues include the clash of cultures, cultural relativity and universal truths, the possibility of a global ethic, the use and abuse of religious language, and theological contributions to international political dialogue.
 
RELI 429 Systematic Theology:Spec Topic 3.00 credits
 
RELI 430 Theological Ethics 3.00 credits
How does theological ethics inform a Christian understanding of our practical moral life? This course will examine the fundamental concepts of Christian theological ethics and study their application to specific ethical issues and problems.
 
RELI 431 Christian Sexual Morality 3.00 credits
Fundamental Christian moral principles and their application to the expression of human sexuality and issues of gender.
 
RELI 435 Church and Social Justice 3.00 credits
The issues of justice from a Church perspective as they affect society locally, nationally, and internationally.
 
RELI 437 The Ethics of Nonviolence 3.00 credits
An examination, through the writings of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., of the sources, presuppositions, and goals of nonviolence as both a personal ethic and a movement for social change.
 
RELI 438 Death and Dying 3.00 credits
Study of the ethical issues that death and dying raise for human existence. Topics include definitions of death, truth-telling, termination of treatment, God and death, and war and death.
 
RELI 439 Ethics: Special Topics 3.00 credits
 
RELI 440 Ecclesiology 3.00 credits
Study of the Church's ecumenical self-understanding of its nature and function in the contemporary world as reflected in official documents and theological writings.
 
RELI 443 The Early Church 3.00 credits
An examination of the central social, theological and institutional developments in the church from its origin to the fourth century. Emphasis is placed on the rise of Christianity in the religious pluralism of late antiquity, and the way in which the early Christians, as citizens of a non-Christian culture, defined themselves, the church, and their place in society.
 
RELI 444 Women in Ministry 3.00 credits
Women's participation in the Church's mission as expressed in scripture, history, tradition, and the contemporary life of the Church. Special emphasis on the development of skills which will enable a positive contribution to the issues.
 
RELI 445 Church Hist to the Reformation 3.00 credits
The historical origins of the Church and its development to the Reformation.
 
RELI 446 The Reformation 3.00 credits
The figures, ideas, and events that produced the religious challenge to medieval Christendom in the sixteenth century.
 
RELI 447 American Religious History 3.00 credits
The role of religion in the development of American culture from the colonial period to the present.
 
RELI 448 Church History: Special Topics 3.00 credits
 
RELI 449 Ecclesiology: Special Topics 3.00 credits
 
RELI 450 Theology of Ministry 3.00 credits
Theological foundations for ministry in the church including historical roots and contemporary experience. Attention will be given to both the theory and practice of ministry. Skills of theological reflection will provide the method if inquiry and direction for collaborative pastoral response.
 
RELI 451 Pastoral Counseling 3.00 credits
Foundations of theological models, methodology, and practice crucial to pastoral counseling. Special attention to counseling theory and related pastoral issues with emphasis on theological reflection and evaluative methods.
 
RELI 452 Spiritual Direction 3.00 credits
A holistic approach to the history, theological, and psychological foundations and methods of spiritual direction. Personality types and prayer forms are also studied within the context of the director-directee relationship.
 
RELI 453 Prog & Admin in Ministry 3.00 credits
Practical skills in church administration and collaborative ministerial leadership: skills for developing and administering ministry programs.
 
RELI 455 Sharing Faith 3.00 credits
This course propose foundations for a participatory and empowering approach to religious education and pastoral ministry. The curriculum is focused around five generative themes: the who, what, why, where, and how of Christian religious education. Within these themes the course examines particular topics and correlates with other issues in ministry.
 
RELI 457 Supervised Ministry 1.00 - 4.00 credits
Ministerial experience under supervision and assistance in theological reflection. Permission from department required.
 
Prerequisite: RELI 450 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 458 Practicum 3.00 credits
Field based experience involving demonstrated competence in ministry.
 
Prerequisite: RELI 450 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 459 Ministry: Special Topics 3.00 credits
 
RELI 460 Community Outreach 3.00 credits
A course on volunteer work with both classroom and volunteer fieldwork components.
 
RELI 461 Sacraments 3.00 credits
Theological study of the scriptural, doctrinal, and systematic presentation of sacramental life and worship.
 
RELI 463 Sacraments of Initiation 3.00 credits
Christians are made, not born; a study of how this has been and is done sacramentally through baptism-confirmation and the Eucharist.
 
RELI 465 Eucharist 3.00 credits
Study of its Jewish origins, New Testament foundations and Catholic theology, including real presence, sacrifice, and ministry. The Eucharist as prayer and the Eucharist in ecumenical perspective.
 
RELI 469 Liturgy-Sacraments:Spec Topics 3.00 credits
 
RELI 471 New Testament Spirituality 3.00 credits
The nature of biblical spirituality and a consideration of the spiritual teachings of the gospel writers.
 
RELI 472 Christian Spiritual Traditions 3.00 credits
A study of themes, issues, and selected classic texts in the history of Christian spirituality.
 
RELI 473 Contemp Christian Spirituality 3.00 credits
A contemporary exploration of human relationships: self, community, world, and God through the lens of Christian spirituality.
 
RELI 474 Understanding Christian Mystic 3.00 credits
The lives of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross; their works and relevance for today.
 
RELI 475 Spirituality & Social Justice 3.00 credits
Explores the interconnectedness of the Christian experience of God and the commitment to justice in society; the dialectic of the mystical and prophetic dimensions of Christian existence.
 
RELI 476 Prayer and Discernment 3.00 credits
Practical spiritual and personal development: contemplative prayer, discernment, spiritual direction, healing ministry.
 
RELI 479 Spirituality: Special Topics 3.00 credits
 
RELI 480 Spirituality and Ministry 3.00 credits
An exploration of spirituality as formative and foundational to contemporary ministry.
 
RELI 481 Ignatian Spirituality 3.00 credits
The personal spirituality and legacy of St. Ignatius Loyola.
 
RELI 482 Spirituality &Adult Life Cycle 3.00 credits
The dynamics of Christian growth in connection with contemporary life-cycle research.
 
RELI 485 Feminism and Christianity 3.00 credits
An investigation and critique of the dialogue between feminist theory and Christian theology. Specific issues and persons are selected for consideration.
 
RELI 486 Women and Spiritual Journey 3.00 credits
An exploration of the impact of the women's movement on the understanding and experience of spirituality. Issues include God-imagery, scriptural approaches, expressions of prayer and ritual.
 
Equivalent: WGST 457 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 486 Women and Spiritual Journey 3.00 credits
An exploration of the impact of the women's movement on the understanding and experience of spirituality. Issues include God-imagery, scriptural approaches, expressions of prayer and ritual.
 
Equivalent: WOMS 457 - OK if taken between Fall 2007 and Fall 2007
RELI 490 Directed Readings 1.00 - 6.00 credits
Permission from department.
 
RELI 491 God and Philosophy 3.00 credits
Philosophical views about God and our knowledge of God.
 
Equivalent: PHIL 466 - OK if taken since Fall 1996
RELI 492 Religions of Asia 3.00 credits
The diverse non-Western religious beliefs and practices and various religious perspectives regarding world brotherhood and sisterhood. Includes an introduction to the religions of the world.
 
Equivalent: INST 330 - OK if taken since Fall 1996
RELI 492A Judaism 3.00 credits
Judaism as a living religion and a diverse religio-cultural phenomenon; Judaism’s history and a survey of contemporary Jewish religious practices.
 
RELI 492B Holocaust 3.00 credits
Hitler's war and the history of Christian anti-Semitism; impact of Christianity's supercessionist theology, the role of the language of dehumanization, and the use of Christian language in nationalist and racist rhetoric.
 
Equivalent: HIST 330 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
RELI 492C Native American Religions 3.00 credits
Traditional Native cultures and contributions along with the cultural stereotypes that distort their reality. Includes the role of Christian missions in forming contemporary Native realities and studies the revitalization movements among North American tribes.
 
RELI 492D Buddhism 3.00 credits
Surveys Buddhism as an Asian spirituality and world religion with a focus on skillful reading of primary source materials. We will examine the Buddha’s life, teachings, diagnosis of the human condition and path toward Awakening, the expansion and development of those teachings in Buddhist communities and apply Buddhist thought to moral issues in contemporary experience ('Socially Engaged Buddhism').
 
Equivalent: INST 333 - OK if taken since Fall 2000
RELI 492E Islamic Civilization 3.00 credits
Introduction to the history of Islamic civilization centering on the relationship of religion to society and culture; the origins of Islam; Islamic belief and practice; Islam, politics, and society; fine arts and intellectual developments; and Islam in the modern world.
 
Equivalent: HIST 348 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
RELI 492E Islamic Civilization 3.00 credits
Introduction to the history of Islamic civilization centering on the relationship of religion to society and culture; the origins of Islam; Islamic belief and practice; Islam, politics, and society; fine arts and intellectual developments; and Islam in the modern world.
 
Equivalent: HIST 393 - OK if taken between Fall 2001 and Sum Doc 2007
RELI 492E Islamic Civilization 3.00 credits
Introduction to the history of Islamic civilization centering on the relationship of religion to society and culture; the origins of Islam; Islamic belief and practice; Islam, politics, and society; fine arts and intellectual developments; and Islam in the modern world.
 
Equivalent: INST 368 - Successful completion
RELI 492F Hinduism:Yoga & Self Search 3.00 credits
Introduction to the foundations and milestones of Hinduism and the importance of Hindu mythology in shaping Indian culture and rituals.
 
RELI 493 Sociology of Religion 3.00 credits
Studies works of classical and contemporary sociologists on the social and cultural aspects of religion. Examines how religion is influenced by social conditions and often plays an important role in shaping society.
 
Equivalent: SOCI 384 - OK if taken since Fall 1996
RELI 495 Religion Theology and Science 3.00 credits
A survey of various theological mediations of science, society, and religion. What challenges and opportunities does contemporary science offer to contemporary Christianity? How might one speak of Christian belief, scientific method, and religious experience in the modern world?
 
RELI 496A Classical Hebrew I 3.00 credits
 
RELI 496B Classical Hebrew II 3.00 credits
 
RELI 497A Elementary Biblical Greek I 4.00 credits
A beginner's course in New Testament Greek: grammar, composition, and easy prose selections. Fall, alternate years.
 
Equivalent: GREK 151 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 497B Elementary Biblical Greek II 4.00 credits
Continuation of RELI 497A and more advanced grammar, composition and readings. Spring, alternate years.
 
Prerequisite: RELI 497A Minimum Grade: D or GREK 151 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent: GREK 152 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 498 Practicum 3.00 credits
 
RELI 499 Senior Seminar 1.00 - 3.00 credits
Taken in the Spring semester of the senior year this course will examine contemporary topics in Theological Ethics. Students will analyze the theological and ethical dimensions of the topic. The class is conducted in a seminar discussion format and will culminate in a major research paper. Required of all Religious Studies majors.
 
Prerequisite: RELI 399 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 500 Resrch Mthds-Religious Studies .00 credits
An orientation to techniques and resources for research and writing in religious studies. Taken on a pass/fail basis.
 
RELI 509 Foundn Theology-Special Topics 3.00 credits
 
RELI 510 Hebrew Bible/ Old Testament 3.00 credits
Examines the theological issues, major themes and development of the Hebrew scriptures.
 
RELI 511 Pentateuch 3.00 credits
An historical-critical and theological study of the documents which constituted Israel's understanding of covenant with God.
 
RELI 512 Prophets of Israel 3.00 credits
A survey of prophecy in ancient Israel that focuses on the nature of prophecy, the role and message of the prophets, and the parameters of contemporary prophetic ministry.
 
RELI 513 Wisdom Literature 3.00 credits
A study of literacy, theological, and historical dimensions of the book of Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, Sirach, and the wisdom of Solomon and their place in the development in Hebrew thought.
 
RELI 514 Hebrew Scriptures Special Topc 3.00 credits
 
RELI 515 Synoptic Gospels 3.00 credits
Matthew, Mark, and Luke in their interrelationship and their independent development.
 
RELI 516 Johannine Literature 3.00 credits
The Gospel of John and the Johannine letters.
 
RELI 517 Letters of Paul 3.00 credits
Paul's life and theology as reflected in his letters.
 
RELI 518 Apocalyptic Literature 3.00 credits
How to interpret the Book of Revelation and the Epistles of James, Hebrews, Jude, and 1 and 2 Peter.
 
RELI 519 New Testament-Special Topics 3.00 credits
 
RELI 520 Trends in Contempry Theology 3.00 credits
A selective engagement of current themes and authors who are setting the course for theology in the 21st century.
 
RELI 521 Theological Anthropology 3.00 credits
An investigation into Christian understandings of the human person before God. Topics include creation, image of God, covenant, freedom, sin and grace, incarnation, community, reconciliation, and consummation. Perspectives will include liberationist, feminist and inter-religious anthropologies.
 
RELI 522 Christology 3.00 credits
The key movements in Christology today in the light of scriptural and conciliar teachings.
 
RELI 525 Political Theology 3.00 credits
The critical relationship of religious and political values as foundational; memory, narrative, and solidarity as theological categories. Special emphasis on the work of Johann Baptist Metz with some attention to J. Moltmann and D. Soelle.
 
RELI 526 Comparative Theologies 3.00 credits
This course explores comparative theologies as 'faith seeking understanding' in the context and presence of the persons, texts and wisdom of one or more other religious traditions, with the aims of enacting solidarity with others and encountering fresh theological insights. The course rehearses the history of Christian views of other traditions (Theologies of Religions) and promptly moves forward with concrete experiments in comparison. Possible dialogue partners include Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish and Muslim texts and persons.
 
RELI 529 Systemic Theology Specl Topics 3.00 credits
 
RELI 530 Christian Moral Theology 3.00 credits
How does theological ethics inform a Christian understanding of our practical moral life? This course will examine the fundamental concepts of Christian theological ethics and study their application to specific ethical issues and problems.
 
RELI 535 Theologies of Social Justice 3.00 credits
The theologies of justice viewed from multiple perspectives as they understand church and society locally, nationally and internationally.
 
RELI 539 Contemporary Ethical Issues 3.00 credits
 
RELI 540 Ecclesiology 3.00 credits
Study of the church's ecumenical self-understanding of its nature and function in the contemporary world as reflected in official documents and theological writings.
 
RELI 545 Early Church History 3.00 credits
The historical origins of the Church and its development to the Reformation.
 
RELI 546A Church Hist from Reformation 3.00 credits
The figures, ideas, and events that produced the religious challenge to medieval Christendom in the sixteenth century and the subsequent development of Christian belief and practice.
 
RELI 547 American Religious History 3.00 credits
The role of religion in the development of American culture from the colonial period to the present.
 
RELI 548 Church History-Special Topics 3.00 credits
 
RELI 549 Church-Special Topics 3.00 credits
 
RELI 562 Liturgical-Sacramntl Spritulty 3.00 credits
The interrelation of liturgical celebration, personal spirituality, and Christian living.
 
RELI 569 Liturgy-Sacrments-Special Topc 3.00 credits
 
RELI 572 Christian Spiritual Traditions 3.00 credits
A study of themes, issues, and selected classic texts in the history of Christian spirituality.
 
RELI 573 Cntmpry Christian Spirituality 3.00 credits
A contemporary exploration of human relationships--self, community, world, and God through the lens of Christian spirituality.
 
RELI 577 Cntmpry Issues in Sprituality 3.00 credits
A dialogue on particular issues in contemporary Christian spirituality based on student research.
 
RELI 579 Spirituality - Special Topics 3.00 credits
 
RELI 581 Ignatian Spirituality 3.00 credits
The personal spirituality and legacy of St. Ignatius Loyola.
 
RELI 582 Spirituality &Adult Life Cycle 3.00 credits
The dynamics of Christian growth in connection with contemporary life-cycle research.
 
RELI 611 Continuing Research 1.00 credit
 
RELI 690 Directed Readings 1.00 - 3.00 credits
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RELI 698 Research 3.00 credits
A research paper is required as the culminating project of the degree program. A director and second reader will assist the student in focusing, developing and completing the paper.