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CLAS Courses

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Examination of Prehistoric Greek material and documentary evidence, including archaeological remains of the cosmopolitan palatial societies of the Middle and Late Bronze Age, the nature and consequences of the Late Bronze Age collapse, Linear B script, and the transformation of Greece heading into the Archaic and Classical periods.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Scientific and technical terminology derived from Greek and Latin, with primary emphasis on medical language and terminology.
Credit Hours: 2
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 121
Classical Antiquity in Popular Culture Crosslisted as AHIS 121
On the representation of ancient Greek and Roman literature, mythology, and history in contemporary American popular culture, including film, television, and graphic novels.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to ancient Rome. Mass spectacles such as drama, gladiatorial combat, and public executions.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Literary sources of Greek and Roman myths and their influence.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Requires enrollment in the Alpha Learning Community Program. CLAS 183 is normally taken in the next term
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 183
Heroes, Wives, and Slaves Crosslisted as HIST 183
Comparative look at gender roles and household structure in Homeric Greece, Classical Athens and Sparta, and Rome.  Topics include the warrior ideal, the respectable matron, working women, prostitution and sexual customs, slavery, and slave revolts.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
Prereqs: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program.
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 206
Art of Ancient Egypt & Mesopotamia Crosslisted as ANTH 206, AHIS 206
A survey of the history of civilization and arts in the Fertile Crescent including Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Levant and Syria from the tenth millenium BC to the first millenium BC, with particular attention paid to the Bronze Age
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 209
Ancient Greece Crosslisted as HIST 209
Pre-1800 content.
From the Stone Age until the Roman conquest (2nd century BC). The rise and fall of the city-state, types of government, relations with foreign peoples, class and gender issues, military matters and religion.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
CLAS 210
Ancient Rome Crosslisted as HIST 210
Pre-1800 content.
From the Stone Age until the start of the Byzantine Empire (6th century AD). The expansion of Rome, military changes, social organization, gender studies, relations with foreign peoples, pagan religion, and Christianity.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
CLAS 222
Examine the military-based culture of Ancient Sparta, its rise and fall, mythology, and later influence throughout antiquity and modernity.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5, 8
Prereqs: Sophomore standing.
Interplay of knowledge, technology, and culture. Sources are the Egyptian, Hellenic, and Hellenistic wall-paintings, vase paintings, the artifacts, and surviving writings of, e.g. Hippocrates, Aristotle, and Vitruvius. These permit us to see the technical advances of the practitioners and to watch the slave-owning philosophers and engineers of the ancient eastern Mediterranean struggling to provide systematic explanations of these advances and of the natural world they see around them.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Examination of Ancient Greek athletics, including the thousand-year history of the Olympic Games, the role of the gymnasium in ancient society, and the important influence ancient athletics continue to have on today's culture.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Ancient war as practiced from Classical Greece to Imperial Rome. Weapons, tactics, strategies, leadership and rationale.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
CLAS 252
World Archaeology, Global Heritage Crosslisted as ANTH 252
Introduction to complex societies around the world and the role of archaeological heritage in contemporary debates.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 6, 9
CLAS 281
The World of Classical Greece Crosslisted as ENGL 240A
English translations of the great works of Greek literature which familiarize the student with the uniquely rich and influential world of Classical Greece.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
CLAS 282
The World of Classical Rome Crosslisted as ENGL 240B
English translations of the great works of Latin literature, which familiarize the student with the uniquely rich and influential world of Classical Rome.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Prereqs: Sophomore standing.
Survey of epics and their meaning, ranging from ancient epics to the Medieval and Renaissance epic literature including selected epics with their criticisms and influences.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Prereqs: Sophomore standing.
Selections from the literary texts and records of North Africa, Mesopotamia, Palestine, and Asia Minor.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Prereqs: Foreign language study or permission.
Introduction to various languages of the ancient Mediterranean World. Examples: Classical (Biblical) Hebrew, Coptic, Egyptian, Sanskrit.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 300B
Egyptian hieroglyphics and language, grammar, syntax, and vocabulary, for reading a work, such as Khufu and the Magicians.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to Coptic (Sahidic dialect), the final written phase of the Egyptian language, (ca. 100 BCE-1850 CE) in which the words were written in capital Greek letters rather than hieroglyphic characters. Equips student with a knowledge of Coptic grammar and vocabulary sufficient to interpret Coptic texts such as the Coptic Bible and the Nag Hammadi Codices at an elementary level.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 301
Athens on Trial Crosslisted as HIST 301
Prereqs: Sophomore standing.
Using forensic Attic oratory to reconstruct public and private law and legal procedures in democratic Athens in the 5th to 4th centuries BCE.  Topics include: assault, homicide, false claims of citizenship, prostitution, legitimacy of marriages and children, and inheritance disputes.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 305
Ancient Greek Religions Crosslisted as RELG 305
Introduction to the religious practices of ancient Greece from the prehistoric through the classical periods. Myth and ritual and the evidence from art history and archaeology.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 307/807
Early Christianity Crosslisted as HIST 307/807, RELG 307
Pre-1800 content.
Life, literature, thought, and institutions of the Christian movement from Jesus to Constantine. A critical, historical approach to the sources in English translation and how they reflect the interaction of Christian, Jew, and pagan in late antiquity. Includes the historical Jesus vis-a-vis the Christ of Faith, the impact of Paul's thought, the formation of Christian dogma, methods of interpreting canonical and extra-canonical Christian literature, the problem of heresy and orthodoxy.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 311
Homer and the Trojan War Crosslisted as HIST 311
Prereqs: Sophomore standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
Analysis of the Aegean Bronze Age and early Iron Age of ancient Greece based on examination of archaeological evidence, early written documents, and the writing of Homer and other early Greek authors. Includes the Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations, the excavation of Troy, Linear B and alphabetic Greek writing, gender roles and social classes, methods of warfare, religion, and political institutions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 312
The social, political and intellectual dimensions of the conflict between the old and new religions of the empire.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 315
Medieval World: Byzantium Crosslisted as HIST 315
Pre-1800 content.
Exploration of the key dimensions of Byzantium's social, economic and cultural developments, the role of Byzantium in world history, and the nature of the Byzantine legacy in contemporary Eastern Europe, Russia and the Balkans.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 317
The Roman Empire Crosslisted as HIST 317
Prereqs: Sophomore standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
Investigation of the Roman imperial government from Augustus to Justinian, focused on the economy, state religion and the emergence of Christianity, the army, family and social classes, the division between the Greek East and Latin West, the Germanic invasions, and the establishment of the Byzantine Empire. Failure of the ancient world to solve its problems, leading to the end of classical civilization.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Relation between archaeology and textural sources in classical antiquity as used to understand aspects of daily life (e.g., economy and trade, gender, ethnic identity, religion, political organization, etc.).
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 331
Ancient Israel Crosslisted as HIST 331, JUDS 331, RELG 331
Prereqs: Sophomore standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
The cultural, social, and religious institutions of Ancient Israel from their antecedents in the Late Bronze Age until the Great Jewish Revolt and the beginning of Rabbinic Judaism. Literary works and material remains of the Israelites, and evidence from surrounding cultures.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 340
Classical Roots of English Literature Crosslisted as ENGL 340
Greek and Roman literary works emphasizing their influence on English and American literature.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
CLAS 381
Ancient Novel Crosslisted as ENGL 381
Prereqs: Junior standing or permission.
English translation of the Greek and Roman novel.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 399H
Prereqs: Candidate for degree with distinction or with high distinction or with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 401
Research Seminar Crosslisted as RELG 401
Letter Grade only
Research on one topic under the direction of a faculty member with emphasis on methodology, familiarity with primary and secondary source materials, and composition of scholarly literature.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
CLAS 406/806
Visualizing the Ancient City Crosslisted as AHIS 806/406, ANTH 406/806
Prereqs: Junior standing.
Recommend some background knowledge of ancient art, history, or languages, a general background course such as AHIS 101, ANTH 252, CLAS 209/210, or any of the courses listed in the Archaeology or Digital Humanities minors. Computer/design skills welcome but not necessary.
A new approach to looking at the history and development of ancient cities, combining history and archaeology with digital methods, in particular 3D modeling.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 409/809
Religion of Late Western Antiquity Crosslisted as HIST 409/809, RELG 409
Pre-1800 content.
Examination of the religious institutions, philosophies, and lifeways of the Hellenistic Age from Alexander to Constantine. Includes civic religion of Greece and Rome, popular religion, mystery cults, Judaism, Christianity, popular and school philosophies (Platonism, Aristotelianism, Epicureanism, Cynicism, Stoicism), Gnosticism. History, interrelationships, emerging world view of these movements.
Credit Hours: 2-3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 410/810
Gnosticism Crosslisted as RELG 410
Examination of the nature, history, literature, ritual, and impact of the classical Gnostic religions, 100 BCE to 400 CE. Extensive reading of original Gnostic treatises in English translation, with particular attention to their appropriation and transformation of earlier Jewish, Christian, and pagan religious and philosophical traditions. The principal Gnostic schools to be treated are Simonians, Sethians, Valentinians, Hermetics, and Manichaeans.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 412
Democracy and Tyranny in Classical Athens Crosslisted as HIST 412/812
Prereqs: Junior standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
Development and influence of the Greek city-states, focusing on the establishment and transformation of the Athenian democracy in the 6th and 5th centuries BCE from popular sovereignty to the rule of written law. Including the three periods of tyranny, reaction to the Persian Invasions, and the impact of the Peloponnesian War.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 417
The Roman Revolution, 133 BC-68 AD Crosslisted as HIST 417/817
Prereqs: Junior standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
Critical period in Roman history when the republic was transformed into the rule by one man: Political and social functioning of the republic, causes for change, and factors influencing its final shape. Careers of the Gracchi, Marius, Sulla, Pompey, Caesar, Anthony, and Augustus.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 418
Augustan Rome Crosslisted as HIST 418/818
Prereqs: HIST 130/130H or 210.
Augustus’ constitutional transformation of Rome, and enforcement of a national identity and values through religion, social legislation, provincial governance policies, and patronage of public works, display, and literature.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 438/838
Archaeologies of Europe Crosslisted as ANTH 438/838
Survey of the material remains of Europe and of the various approaches to the study of the European past.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 440/840
Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World Crosslisted as WMNS 440/840
Ancient Greek and Roman evidence pertaining to the fields of women's studies, gender studies, and the study of sexuality.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 461/861
Geospatial Approaches in Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Crosslisted as HIST 461/861, ANTH 461/861, GEOG 461/861
Study of geographic concepts and critical analysis of applications of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in humanities and social sciences and application of  geospatial tools for humanities and social science research; learn how to collect, manage, analyze, and visualize spatial data for real-world projects
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lab 2, Lecture 1
Course Delivery: Classroom
CLAS 483/883
Classical Drama Crosslisted as ENGL 440/840
Prereqs: Senior standing or permission.
Greek and Roman tragedy and comedy in translation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Repeatable for credit. New scholarly project required.
Survey of the latest digital and computational methods in the study of ancient Greece and Rome. Experimentation with the tools and techniques currently transforming our understanding of antiquity. Emphasizing hands-on work with: topic modeling, photogrammetry, GIS, RTI imaging, data collection and management, and network analysis.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per degree: 6
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10

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GREK Courses

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Fundamentals of grammar; reading and writing of simple Greek.
Credit Hours: 5
Course Delivery: Classroom
Continuation of GREK 101.
Reinforcement of grammar and vocabulary. Reading of Attic prose.
This course is a prerequisite for: GREK 301, GREK 302, GREK 373
Credit Hours: 5
Course Delivery: Classroom
Credit toward the degree may be earned in only one of GREK 102 and 151.
Rapid and condensed introduction to Greek grammar.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
GREK 301
Prereqs: GREK 102.
Selections from Greek prose. Review of grammar.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
GREK 302
Prereqs: GREK 102.
Selections from Greek poetry and study of Greek poetic technique. Review of grammar.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: GREK 102.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Delivery: Classroom
GREK 399H
Prereqs: For use of candidates for degrees with distinction, with high distinction, and with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Course Delivery: Classroom
GREK 491/891
Repeatable
Readings from Greek prose masterpieces, Topics vary.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per semester: 24
Course Delivery: Classroom
GREK 492/892
Repeatable
Readings from Greek verse masterpieces, Topics vary.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per semester: 24
Course Delivery: Classroom

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HEBR Courses

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Fundamentals of grammar; reading and writing of simple Biblical Hebrew.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Continuation of HEBR 101.
Reinforcement of grammar and vocabulary. Reading of selected biblical passages.
This course is a prerequisite for: HEBR 301, HEBR 302
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: HEBR 102.
Intensive and extensive reading of Biblical Hebrew prose texts. Review of grammar.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: HEBR 102.
Intensive and extensive reading of Biblical Hebrew poetry texts. Review of grammar.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Course Delivery: Classroom

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LATN Courses

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Fundamentals of grammar. Reading and writing of simple Latin.
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Lecture 5
Course Delivery: Classroom
Continuation of LATN 101.
Reinforcement of grammar and vocabulary. Reading of simple prose and Caesar.
This course is a prerequisite for: LATN 301, LATN 302, LATN 303, LATN 304
Credit Hours: 5
Course Format: Lecture 5
Course Delivery: Classroom
Credit towards the degree may be earned in only one of: LATN 102 and 151.
Rapid and condensed introduction to Latin grammar.
This course is a prerequisite for: LATN 302, LATN 304
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
LATN 301
Prereqs: LATN 102.
Selections from Latin prose.
This course is a prerequisite for: LATN 350
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
LATN 302
Prereqs: LATN 102 or 151.
Selections from Latin poetry and study of Latin poetic technique.
This course is a prerequisite for: LATN 350, LATN 456
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
LATN 303
Prereqs: LATN 102.
Selections from Latin prose.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
LATN 304
Prereqs: LATN 102 or 151.
Selections from Latin poetry. Latin poetic technique.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: LATN 301 or 302.
Selected readings on grammar and vocabulary.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-24
Course Delivery: Classroom
LATN 399H
Prereqs: For use of candidates for degrees with distinction, with high distinction, and with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-4
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: LATN 302 or permission.
Selections from representative authors.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
LATN 491/891
Repeatable
Readings from Latin prose masterpieces, Topics vary.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per semester: 24
Course Delivery: Classroom
LATN 492/892
Repeatable
Readings from Latin verse masterpieces, Topics vary.
Credit Hours: 3
Max credits per semester: 24
Course Delivery: Classroom

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RELG 108
The world's major religious traditions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
Asian religions in philosophical, ritual, ethical, contemplative, and historical contexts. Essential texts, ideas, beliefs, and practices of the three main religious traditions of South and East Asia. Hinduism and in South Asia. Daoism in East Asia. Buddhism in South and East Asia. Traditional and modern expressions of Asian religions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
Explores religious, particularly Christian, responses to social justice issues such as peace, poverty, oppression, discrimination, the environment, the death penalty and abortion.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 130W
Readings and documents from church history dealing with attitudes toward women in Western religious thought. How this thinking has influenced theological concepts confronting women today and the role of theology in leading toward the emancipation of women in contemporary society.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission.
Introduction to the religious traditions in the U.S. through thematic, historical, denominational and cultural considerations. Emphasizes the variety and diversity of religious experiences in the U.S., including Native American, Protestant, Catholic, African-American, Judaism, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Introduction to religion as an academic subject. Examines religion in terms of four interconnected elements: myth, ritual, transformative experience, and ethics. Representative materials drawn from different religions and cultures, including both western and non-western traditions.
This course is a prerequisite for: MUSC 451
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
A comparative study of the three great monotheistic faiths, from their historic beginnings to their present-day manifestations.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
Requires enrollment in the Alpha Learning Community Program.
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Good standing in the University Honors Program or by invitation.
University Honors Seminar 189H is required of all students in the University Honors Program. Cannot be taken "Pass/No Pass".
Topic varies.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 205
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament in translation. History, culture and religion of Ancient Israel as it is reflected in the biblical books and the archeological record.
This course is a prerequisite for: MUSC 451, RELG 308
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Introduction to the nature and range of religious traditions in western culture from the Bronze Age to the present as seen through selected primary religious texts. Nature of religion and religious tradition, how these function to shape our view of self and society, and how religion functions to render human experience interpretable and significant.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Introduction to the religion and history of Islam. The Prophet Muhammad, the Qur'an, jihad, Islamic theology and law, Sufism, and modern Islam. Diversity of Islam in contrast to images of monolithic Islam. Status of women. Islam in the United States.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
RELG 209
The history of Jewish-Christian relations from the birth of Christianity until the present. Readings from primary and secondary sources as written by Jewish and Christian authors.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
Pauline literature, Paul's interpretation of Jesus, and his work as missionary to the Gentiles. Acts and the Pauline Epistles are primary sources. Contemporary analyses of Pauline thought and its importance for the contemporary situation.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 214
History of Islam Crosslisted as HIST 214
Survey of Islam's development from its origins to the present. Includes Islamic theology, art, and literature, the structure of traditional Islamic societies, and the changing role of Islam in the modern world.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
Survey of the natures of religions prevalent in European cultures before 1000 C.E. Differing cultures and peoples and the role of religion in their interaction. The nature of pagan European culture and religion, and analysis of the conversion to Christianity. Conflicts between pagan and Christian culture as related in cultural artifacts like texts, art, ritual, and linguistic history. Cultural adaptations of Greek and Latin Christianity.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
RELG 216
History of Christianity Crosslisted as HIST 216
Pre-1800 content.
Impact of the Judaeo-Christian tradition upon the development of Western civilization.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
RELG 217
Israel: The Holy Land Crosslisted as HIST 217, JUDS 217
Survey of the history of the Land of Israel from Biblical times to the present. Includes Roman and Byzantine rule, the Crusades, Islamic Palestine, Zionism and the modern state of Israel, and the religious importance of the land for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
RELG 218
Buddhist traditions from different perspectives. Historical, philosophical, contemplative, and ethical dimensions of Buddhism. The Buddha and his teachings, development of the Buddhist community, and early forms of Buddhism. The rise of Mah?y?na, Buddhist philosophical and contemplative systems, and different models of the Buddhist path and its stages. Buddhist traditions of South and East Asia. Contemporary Buddhist perspectives on ethics and bioethics, transformations of Buddhist practices in Europe and America, and contemporary Buddhist education in the West.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
RELG 219
Introduction to Jewish History Crosslisted as HIST 219, JUDS 219
Survey of the history of the Jewish people from Biblical times to the present. The Old Testament, Ancient Israel, the Talmud, the relationship to Christianity and Islam, persecution and self-government in the middle ages, Jewish philosophy and mysticism, emancipation, modern anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, Zionism, the modern state of Israel, and the Jewish experience in America.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
Issues arising from the attempt to understand the human encounter with the divine. Introduces the study of philosophical theology. Significant figures from the past and contemporary approaches.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
The clash between science and religion, past and present. Are current scientific theories of the origin of the universe and the evolution of matter, life and mind compatible with religious belief' Responses to science by various religious movements.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
RELG 230
Philosophical, ritual, ethical, contemplative, and historical dimensions of Tibetan Buddhism. Popular forms of Buddhism. Tibetan art and architecture. Relationship of Buddhist learning and practice. Tibetan Buddhist texts. Contemporary Buddhist practices. Tibetan monastic education and debate culture. Tibetan Buddhist education in the West.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
Letter grade only.
Concepts of love, sexuality and femininity as studied in their historical, religious and sociological contexts.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
RELG 305
Ancient Greek Religions Crosslisted as CLAS 305
Introduction to the religious practices of ancient Greece from the prehistoric through the classical periods. Myth and ritual and the evidence from art history and archaeology.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 306
Women in Quran Crosslisted as ARAB 306, WMNS 306, MRST 306
Letter grade only.
A diachronic approach to Quran as a literature. Provides an analytic, linguistic as well as the critical study of both the Qur’anic text and its exegeses.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 9
RELG 307
Early Christianity Crosslisted as CLAS 307/807, HIST 307/807
Pre-1800 content.
Life, literature, thought, and institutions of the Christian movement from Jesus to Constantine. A critical, historical approach to the sources in English translation and how they reflect the interaction of Christian, Jew, and pagan in late antiquity. Includes the historical Jesus vis-a-vis the Christ of Faith, the impact of Paul's thought, the formation of Christian dogma, methods of interpreting canonical and extra-canonical Christian literature, the problem of heresy and orthodoxy.
This course is a prerequisite for: MUSC 451
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 308
Dead Sea Scrolls Crosslisted as JUDS 308
Prereqs: JUDS/RELG 205 or permission.
Dead Sea Scrolls, including the history and thought of the Qumran inhabitants, the archaeology of Qumran, and the corpus of the Scrolls. Concentration on the reading of selected primary texts from the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Six traditions in the history of religious thought, from Greek and medieval conceptions of divinity through the Enlightenment to the modern era, including existentialist, humanistic, and atheistic responses to religion, and Buddhist thought. A comparative look at central religious ideas within these traditions contrasting western and non-western conceptions of ultimate reality, self, ethics, and responses to evil.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 312
The social, political and intellectual dimensions of the conflict between the old and new religions of the empire.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Diversity of Islam in the modern world. Muslim responses to modernity. Traditionalism, securlarism, Islamic modernism, and "Islamic fundamentalism".
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 319
The Crusades Crosslisted as HIST 319, MRST 319
Prereqs: Sophomore level standing or higher.
An introduction to the Crusades and the idea of holy war in the middle ages from both the Christian and Islamic perspectives.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 331
Ancient Israel Crosslisted as CLAS 331, HIST 331, JUDS 331
Prereqs: Sophomore standing or permission.
Pre-1800 content.
The cultural, social, and religious institutions of Ancient Israel from their antecedents in the Late Bronze Age until the Great Jewish Revolt and the beginning of Rabbinic Judaism. Literary works and material remains of the Israelites, and evidence from surrounding cultures.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 332
Jews in the Middle Ages Crosslisted as HIST 332, JUDS 332
Prereqs: Sophomore standing or permission.
Traces the emergence and development of a distinctive Jewish culture and identity in medieval Europe and in the regions bordering the Mediterranean sea from the birth of rabbinic Judaism under the Roman empire until the seventeenth century orthodox synthesis of Talmudic learning, Kabbalah, and custom and Jewish responses to the Englightenment. Includes interaction of Jews with majority cultures (including the development of anti-Semitism), and the impact of Jews and Jewish learning upon western culture.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 333
Jews in the Modern World Crosslisted as HIST 333, JUDS 333
Prereqs: Sophomore standing or permission.
Examines the history of the Jewish people since the 18th century with geographical foci on Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Emphasis on the Jewish Enlightenment, emancipation and assimilation, anti-Semitism, migration to and adaptation in America, Zionism and the modern state of Israel.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 334
Jews, Christians and the Bible Crosslisted as JUDS 334
Jewish and Christian interpretations of the Hebrew Bible and/or Old Testament from 400 BCE to 1800 CE. Readings from the Dead Sea Scrolls and the New Testament, the Church Fathers and the Talmud, medieval and early modern Christian and Jewish biblical commentators.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Seminal texts from the Tibetan, Theravada, and Chinese Buddhist canons in English translations. Perfection of Wisdom, Lotus, Pure Land, Flower Garland, Descent to Lanka, and other scriptures that comprise the foundation of the Buddhist canons. Influential commentaries on those scriptures written by Nagarjuna, Vasubandhu, and other seminal thinkers whose works assumed canonical status.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 340
Women in the Biblical World Crosslisted as JUDS 340, WMNS 340
Role and status of women as depicted in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament and the New Testament. The stories and laws concerning women found in the Bible and from extra-biblical evidence.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 342
The Quran Crosslisted as ENGL 342
Examination of the Quran, the scripture of Islam.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Analysis of Buddhist contemplative systems from different angles and in diverse cultural contexts. Meditation systems of Theravada Buddhism in South and Southeast Asia. Indian and Tibetan contemplative systems of Mahayana Buddhism. Visualization practices of Himalayan Vajrayana Buddhism.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Issues in the field of Religious Studies. Diverse methods and approaches in the study of the issues. Sample topics: religious experience across cultures; the nature and interpretation of scriptures and sacred texts; religion as self-defined and externally understood; and the relation of religion to Western science.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Perspectives of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Chinese religions on ritual practices, contemplative techniques, devotional elements, philosophical questions, and ethical issues related to death, immortality, and transcendence. Asian religious perspectives on the issues of death, rebirth, and postmortem existence. The nature of ghosts, ancestors, divinities, and their role in daily life. Funerary and other death-related rituals. Ethical and bio-ethical issues of killing, suicide, abortion, and euthanasia.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 355
Early Buddhist teachings and Theravada doctrines of the four noble truths, selflessness, cyclic existence and nirvana, structure of consciousness and external universe. Later interpretations of emptiness, perception, buddha-nature and other ideas by Madhyamaka (Middle Way) and Cittamatra (Mind Only)—the two major systems of Mahayana Buddhism. Polemical issues in the Buddhist thought. Synthesis of major systems of thought by later Mahayana thinkers.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
The topics covered in RELG 381 are determined by the instructor.
The tools and concepts for understanding the social organization of religion, and religion as a lived experience, in a given social setting. Analyze religion’s functions within a social setting to understand one of the following phenomena: (a) the position(s) of religion within a public space; (b) the shifting boundaries of religious and non-religious activity; (c) the fluid nature of orthodoxy and heterodoxy; and (d) the use of violence as a means of religious coercion.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 5
Topics vary.
Credit Hours: 1-3
Max credits per semester: 6
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: Permission.
This course has no description.
Credit Hours: 1-12
Max credits per semester: 12
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 401
Research Seminar Crosslisted as CLAS 401
Letter Grade only
Research on one topic under the direction of a faculty member with emphasis on methodology, familiarity with primary and secondary source materials, and composition of scholarly literature.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
ACE Outcomes: 10
RELG 406/806
Second Temple Judaism Crosslisted as JUDS 406
An in-depth study of the literature, history and culture of Judea and the Jews in the Second Temple period, from 550 BCE to 70 CE. Readings include apocalyptic texts, Wisdom literature, and selections from the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 409
Religion of Late Western Antiquity Crosslisted as CLAS 409/809, HIST 409/809
Pre-1800 content.
Examination of the religious institutions, philosophies, and lifeways of the Hellenistic Age from Alexander to Constantine. Includes civic religion of Greece and Rome, popular religion, mystery cults, Judaism, Christianity, popular and school philosophies (Platonism, Aristotelianism, Epicureanism, Cynicism, Stoicism), Gnosticism. History, interrelationships, emerging world view of these movements.
Credit Hours: 2-3
Course Format: Lecture
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 410
Gnosticism Crosslisted as CLAS 410/810
Examination of the nature, history, literature, ritual, and impact of the classical Gnostic religions, 100 BCE to 400 CE. Extensive reading of original Gnostic treatises in English translation, with particular attention to their appropriation and transformation of earlier Jewish, Christian, and pagan religious and philosophical traditions. The principal Gnostic schools to be treated are Simonians, Sethians, Valentinians, Hermetics, and Manichaeans.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Phenomenon of religious fundamentalism. Theories advanced to define and explain fundamentalism. Examples of fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Kikhis, and Buddhism.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 421
The German Reformation Crosslisted as HIST 421/821, MRST 421/821
Prereqs: Junior standing.
Pre-1800 content.
The cultural and intellectual developments of the German Reformation against its social background. The religious and political events of the first half of the sixteenth century. Transition from medieval to modern Christianity. The transmission and revolutionary nature of evangelical doctrines. The gradual institutionalization of the new churches.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 426/826
Reformation Thought Crosslisted as HIST 426/826, MRST 426/826, MODL 426/826
Prereqs: Junior standing or permission.
Life and thought of significant figures and schools of thought in the Reformation period
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
Prereqs: A previous course in Buddhism or Asian religions is recommended
Different presentations of the Buddhist path and its result from the perspectives of Therav?da Buddhism, Mah?y?na Buddhism in its Indo-Tibetan form including Tantra, East-Asian Zen, and Pure Land Buddhism. Enlightenment as a gradual versus a sudden process; innate enlightenment versus enlightenment as a distant possibility; relationship of conceptuality and non-conceptual realization of reality; and stages of the path.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Format: Lecture 3
Course Delivery: Classroom
RELG 489
Medieval Literature and Theology Crosslisted as ENGL 489/889
The relationship between significant medieval theologies and primary medieval poets and prose masters.
Credit Hours: 3
Course Delivery: Classroom

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