Course Descriptions

Religious Studies

REL 301
Biblical Studies
3 credits

This course provides an overview of the Bible in its literary/historical context and examines several major biblical themes through the lens of a Judeo-Christian worldview. Students will also explore the Bible’s impact on issues of social justice such as racism, sexism, civil rights, and other challenges faced by contemporary society.

REL 305
Religion in America Today
3 credits

The United States was founded on ideals which include the dual concepts of religious freedom and religious tolerance. Yet, many religious beliefs and practices in this country are misunderstood and the actual degree of diversity is underestimated. At times, tension between religious freedom and religious tolerance has been the cause of unrest – even violence. This course is designed to increase religious literacy as a means of understanding the diversity of world views, beliefs, and practices of those with whom we coexist. Content will include an overview of religion in the United States from colonial times to the present, with an emphasis on contemporary issues and current events.

REL 306
Comparative Religion
3 credits

This course surveys and compares the histories, core teachings, values, and practices of eight major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and analyzes their status and influence both historically and in the contemporary world. This course provides a foundation for a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diversity of religious beliefs and practices that students may encounter in the increasingly pluralistic workplace of contemporary society.