Course Category: Religion
An investigation of the phenomenon of religion with a special emphasis on systems of belief, codes of conduct, use of ritual and notions of the sacred. Several religious traditions (e.g., Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam) will be examined and compared with reference to these issues. Meets the humanities requirement.
This course is an introductory study of the Old Testament. The topics to be explored include the roots, meaning and place in history of this important book.
An introductory study of the New Testament. The topics to be explored include the roots, meaning and place in history of this important book.
This course is intended to serve as an introduction to the major religious and cultural traditions of South and East Asia. The main countries involved are India, China, and Japan with some additional consideration of Sri Lanka, Tibet, central Asia, Korea, Myanmar and Thailand. The course will proceed primarily by textual analysis with an emphasis on historical development within each religious tradition. Meets the humanities requirement.
Special Topics courses are studies of selected problems, periods or movements in the subject area not otherwise included in the curriculum. They are typically chosen from a faculty member’s particular expertise and field of scholarly inquiry, and offered to a student or group of students forming an interest in the particular subject matter. The 250 designation denotes a General Education level of instruction and may include an appropriate General Education task to be completed. The 450 designation denotes a senior level degree of sophistication expected in both learning and instruction. A single course may be offered at both levels simultaneously, in which case the syllabus will clearly differentiate the course expectations and assessment measures for students enrolled at each of the two levels. A Special Topics course must be approved by the School of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee before it is offered, and it must address one or more Major Outcomes within the discipline.