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Courses - Fall 2017
RELS
Religious Studies
RELS120
Islamic Civilization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SH, D
GenEd: DSHU
Also offered as: HIST120.
Credit only granted for: HIST120 or RELS120.
Introduction to society and culture in the Middle East since the advent of Islam: as a personal and communal faith; as artistic and literary highlights of intellectual and cultural life; and as the interplay between politics and religion under the major Islamic regimes.
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.
RELS219Z
Special Topics in Religious Studies; The Devil in the Western Imagination
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as HIST219Z. Credit granted for HIST219Z or RELS219Z.

Students take an interdisciplinary look at how the Devil has been thought of and portrayed over time, from the Bronze Age Middle East to the present.
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 only granted for: HIST133, HIST289D, 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.
RELS289J
New Explorations in Religious Studies; Jerusalem in Antiquities
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHU, SCIS
Also offered as JWST289J. Credit will be granted for JWST289J or RELS289J.

The questions of sacred space through the topic of Jerusalem are explored. The study of Jerusalem's history as a holy city reveals the many ways by which sacred space is constructed. It will also examine the development of places that continue to hold great sanctity in Judaism (the Western Wall), Christianity (the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Mount of Olives), and Islam (the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Haram ash-Sharif).
RELS319W
Special Topics in Religious Studies; World Philosophy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as PHIL308W. Credit granted for PHIL308W or RELS319W.

This course examines five philosophical traditions: Platonism, Islam, Mexica (Aztec), Yoruba, and Confucianism.
RELS346
History of Religion in America
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: HIST255, HIST211, HIST156, HIST254, HIST213, HIST157, or HIST210; or permission of instructor.
Also offered as: HIST306.
Credit only granted for: HIST306 or RELS346.
A history of religion, religious movements, and churches in America from the early Colonial period to the present, with special attention to the relation between church and society.
RELS419V
Advanced Topics in Religious Studies; Understanding Jewish Religious Experience
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Also offered as JWST419V. Credit granted for JWST419V or RELS419V.

Explores the concept of "religious experience" -- including mysticism, heavenly ascents, and altered consciousness -- and considers whether such experiences are central to the Jewish religious tradition. Draws upon recent work in sociology, psychology, and cognitive studies of religion, while using examples from the history of Judaism and contemporary Jewish culture.
RELS499
Independent Study in Religious Studies
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Contact department for information to register for this course.