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Fall 2018 Course Offerings

Religious Studies Courses

RLST 1010.  Encountering Religious Diversity. SCHNEIDER (MWF 9:10-10:00) – HCA

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 1111. First-Year Writing Seminar - Buddhist Literature: From Buddha to the Beats. LOWE (TR 1:10-2:25)  – INT

Buddhist Literature From Buddha to the Beats Spanning more than 2000 years, Buddhism boasts a tradition rich in literary expression including works by luminaries ranging from the ancient Indian philosopher Asvaghosa to modern day novelists such as Jack Kerouac and Herman Hesse. But why have these individuals authored narratives and composed poetry to communicate religious messages? What is the relationship between religion and literature? In this course, we will explore these issues through close readings of primary texts such as "Life of the Buddha," "Journey to the West," "Siddhartha," and "The Dharma Bums," alongside secondary scholarship from diverse academic disciplines.

RLST 1500. Introduction to Islam. MCGREGOR (MWF 9:10-10:00) – HCA

An historical overview of the different religious traditions in Islam, their basis in the Qur'an and life of the Prophet, their proliferation in the medieval period, and their response to the challenge of modernity. Topics include sunni and shi'i Islam, evolution of law and theology, sufism and political philosophy. Islam in Africa, India, Spain, and southeast Asia as well as the Middle East.  

RLST 1700. Religions in China. CAMPANY (MWF 10:10-11:00)  –  INT  

Major religious traditions of China, Buddhism, Confucianism, state-sponsored religious systems, and popular religion. Thought and practice from ancient times to the present.  

RLST 2250W. History of the Bible. PRICE (MWF 11:10-12:00) - HCA 

Jewish and Christian Bibles from the formation of earliest bibles to the present. Major forms of the Bible, major interpretive approaches, and impact on politics and culture. 

RLST 2315. Introduction to Christian Ideas. SCHNEIDER (MWF 3:10-4:00) – HCA

Ancient, modern and contemporary debates in theology. Ideas of God, Jesus, Spirit, salvation, evil, and liberation. Key questions of science, belief, theism, race, gender, and colonial impact of Christian ideas. Figures may include St. Paul, Augustine, Calvin, Tillich, Gutierrez, Cone, Daly, and Althaus-Reid.

RLST 2644. Buddhist Traditions. CAMPANY (MWF 1:10-2:00) – INT  

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.  

RLST 2664. Foundations of Hindu Traditions. STEWART (TR 2:35-3:50) - INT 

Hindu cosmology and the ritual structure of sacrifice. The effect of the law of cause and effect (karma) on the moral order of the universe (dharma). The emergence of Bhakti devotion to key gods and goddesses. The escape from the cycle of lives through yoga, introspection, and devotion. Pilgrimage mapping and the sacred geography of ancient and modern India. Classical mythology of the Vedas, Epics, and Puranas. 

RLST 4960W. Approaches to the Academic Study of Religion. LOWE (TR 11:00-12:15) – HCA

Theories and methods for the academic study of religious traditions. Open only to junior and senior majors and minors.  

RLST 4970. Majors Colloquium. LOWE (W 11:00-12:15) - No AXLE Credit  

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. Elementary Arabic. HAMAD (MTWRF 8:10-9:00) / EIDO  (MTWRF 11:10-12:00)  –  No AXLE Credit 

Development of reading, listening, speaking, and writing skills. No credit for students who have earned credit for a more advanced Arabic language course.  

ARA 2201. Intermediate Arabic. HAMAD (TR 11:00-12:15)  –  INT 

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. 

ARA 3101. Advanced Arabic. EIDO (TR 1:10-2:25) – INT

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. 

ARA 3201. Media Arabic. HAMAD (MWF 10:10-11:00) - INT

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.

ARA 3301. Arabic of the Qur'an and Other Classical Texts. EIDO (MW 1:10-2:25) - INT

Syntactical and morphological features of Classical Arabis. Differences and similarities with Modern Standard Arabic in vocabulary usage, semantic extensions, and context. Vocabulary borrowing. Texts drawn from the Qur'an, Hadith, and Sira (biographical) literature. Prerequisite: 2201.