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Fall 2020 Course Offerings

Religious Studies Courses

RLST 1010-01.  Encountering Religious Diversity. MCNICHOLL
Essential beliefs and practices of the world's major religious traditions. Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Contemporary scholarship and perspectives on religious encounters from each of these traditions.  

RLST 2644-01 Buddhist Traditions. MCNICHOLL 
Historical and thematic survey of foundational, Mahayana, and esoteric Buddhist traditions. Mythology, doctrine, meditation, devotional practices, and institutions. Contemporary case studies from Asia and North America. [3] (INT)

RLST 3129-01 Race and Religion in America. WELLS-OGHOGHOMEH 
The religious foundations of racial myths, symbols, images, conflicts, and cultures from the sixteenth century to the present. Gender, violence, sexuality, media, and popular culture. [3]. (US)

RLST 3142-01. Slave Religion and Culture in the American South. WELLS-OGHOGHOMEH 
The cosmologies, theologies, ethics, rituals, and material realities of enslaved Africans and African-Americans beginning in pre-colonial Africa and ending in the Civil War. Music, Movement, Myth, Magic, and Sexuality. [3] (US)

RLST 3229-01. The Holocaust: Its Meanings and Implications. GELLER 
Interdisciplinary study of the systematic destruction of European Jewish communities during WWII. Historical, social, political, cultural developments that led to it. Psychological and sociological dimensions of its aftermath. Philosophical and theological problems it raises for both Jews and Christians. [3] (P)

RLST 3890-01. Special Topics in Religious Studies: Readings in Early Muslim
This course will be taught entirely online. Mapping out the major Muslim sects and their beliefs and doctrines in the first three Islamic centuries through readings in Arabic authentic texts. Prerequisite is two years of studying modern or classical Arabic. The course is counted toward Arabic minor.

RLST 4552-01. Islam in the Modern World. TANEJA 
Impact of colonialism on Muslim societies and everyday life in the cities of the Middle East. Analysis through literary, religious, political, and ethnographic texts. Relationship of Sharia to the modern state; impact of modernity on the understanding and practice of religion. [3] (INT)

RLST 4960W. Approaches to the Academic Study of Religion. MCGREGOR 
Theories and methods for the academic study of religious traditions. Open only to junior and senior majors and minors.

RLST 4970-01. Majors Colloquium. MCGREGOR 
Regular presentations and critical readings of student projects and professional writings. May be repeated for credit twice for a total of 3 credit hours. Open only to majors.

Language Courses

ARA 1101-01 and -02/ARA 5101-01 and -02. Elementary Arabic. HAMAD/EIDO 
Development of reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. No credit for students who have earned credit for a more advanced Arabic language course. [5] (No AXLE credit)

ARA 2201-01/ARA 5201-01. Intermediate Arabic. HAMAD 
Practice and development of language skills at the intermediate-advanced level. Intensive work in spoken Arabic with emphasis on vocabulary acquisition, reading comprehension, and writing skills. Advanced grammar, modern Arabic word formation, verb aspect usage, and structure of complex sentences. No credit for students who have earned credit for a more advanced Arabic language course. Prerequisite: 1102. [3] (INT)

ARA 3101-01/ARA 5301-01. Advanced Arabic. EIDO 
The combined enrollment capacity of ARA 3101 and ARA 5301 is 11. Although seats may appear open in a section, if the combined capacity has been reached, the course will close Further development of listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills in the Arabic language. Emphasis on grammar and literary techniques. Offered on a graded basis only. No credit for students who have earned credit for a more advanced Arabic language course. Prerequisite: 2202 [3] (INT)

ARA 3201-01/ARA 5401-01. Media Arabic. HAMAD 
Listening to, discussing, simulating, and analyzing Arabic media materials. Coverage of current and historical events, such as TV broadcasts, headline news, documentaries, and public discussions on political, religious, and cultural issues. Offered on a graded basis only. Prerequisite: 3102. [3] (INT)