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Courses - Spring 2016
RELS
Religious Studies
RELS170
Greek and Roman Mythology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HL
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: CLAS170.
Credit only granted for: CLAS170 or RELS170.
Additional information: This course cannot be taken for language credit.
An introduction to the mythology of ancient Greece and Rome. This cours is particularly recommended for students planning to major in foreign languages, English, history, the fine arts, or journalism. Taught in English.
RELS219A
Special Topics in Religious Studies; Religions of the Ancient Near East
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST219I and JWST225. Credit granted for JWST225, HIST219I, or RELS219A.

Introduction to ancient Near Eastern religious systems and mythology, from the third millennium BCE through the fourth century BCE. Particular emphasis on Mesopotamia and ancient Israel.
RELS289D
God Wills It! The Crusades in Medieval and Modern Perspective
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Also offered as HIST133. Credit granted for HIST133 or RELS289D.
RELS289I
What is Religion?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVCC, SCIS
Draws upon examples from a wide variety of religious traditions to explore the question of what religion is and how to best understand it. Engagement with diverse approaches to religion including phenomenology and the study of "the sacred"; sociology and the study of religious communities; and questions of religious experience, ritual, and identity formation.
RELS289M
Jesus, Mani, and Muhammad: The Dynamics of New Religious Movements
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: HO, D
GenEd: DSHU, DVUP, SCIS
Also offered as HIST289T. Credit granted for HIST289T or RELS289M.
RELS319N
Special Topics in Religious Studies; Introduction to Native American Cultures of the United States
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as AMST328N and ANTH468F. Credit granted for AMST328N, ANTH468F or RELS319N.
RELS341
Europe in the High Middle Ages: 1000-1500
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as: HIST331.
Credit only granted for: HIST331 or RELS341.
Medieval civilization in the 11th through 15th centuries. Emphasis on cultural and political developments of the high Middle Ages with study of the principal sources of medieval thought and learning, art and architecture, and political theory prior to the Renaissance.
Also offered as HIST331. Credit granted for HIST331 or RELS341.
RELS343
The European Reformations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST112 or HIST111; or permission of instructor.
Also offered as: HIST333.
Credit only granted for: HIST333 or RELS343.
Examination of developments in European religion between 1450 and 1700; the late-medieval Church and its critics; rise of Protestant thought in Germany and its spread throughout Europe; reform efforts in the Catholic Church; religious wars and violence and their impact on state and society; consequences of religious reform in society and its impact on the family and women.
Also offered as HIST333. Credit granted for HIST333 or RELS343.
RELS419V
Advanced Topics in Religious Studies; The New Mediterranean Studies and Islam
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered ast HIST419A. Credit granted for HIST419A or RELS419V.
RELS419W
Advanced Topics in Religious Studies; Islam in Europe
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST419D. Credit granted for HIST419D or RELS419W.
RELS429A
Advanced Topics in Religious History; Founding Fathers and American Religion
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST428V. Credit granted for RELS429A or HIST428V.
RELS430
Dead Sea Scrolls
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU or DSSP
Credit only granted for: JWST429Q, RELS419Q, or RELS430.
Formerly: RELS419Q.
A study of the Dead Sea Scrolls in their ancient and modern settings, and in terms of contemporary scholarly interpretations of their meaning. Interpretations of the historical significance of these documents, their connections to ancient Jewish sectarian movements, and their implications for our understanding of Judaism, Christianity, and the history of the Bible.
Note: Also offered as JWST430. Credit granted forRELS430 or JWST430.
RELS499
Independent Study in Religious Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.