Religious Studies
College of Arts and Humanities

Spring 2020 Courses

RELS 2100 – World Religions (3 credits). Instructor: Dr. D. Jason Slone

Survey of the major religious traditions of the world.

RELS 2130 – Introduction to Religious Studies (3 credits). Instructors:  Dr. Alyson Prude, Dr. Finbarr Curtis, Luke Higgins

This course hopes to introduce students to ways of thinking creatively and critically about religion.  Not intended to be a survey of world religions, the course introduces the academic study of religion and religious phenomena through a selective engagement with key concepts in religious studies.

RELS 3030 – History & Archaeology of the Biblical World (3 credits).  Instructor: Daniel Pioske

While our class will engage a number of biblical texts, the primary intent of this course is to better understand the historical and cultural contexts out of which the biblical writings emerged by focusing on specific archaeological and historical topics throughout the semester, such as (but not limited to) ritual, ethnicity, family and society, gender, and empire.

RELS 3030 Religion & Sports (3 credits).  Instructor: Dr. D. Jason Slone

This special topics course explores the fascinating intersection between religion and sports using a range of case studies and approaches.  We will explore issues such as whether or not sports are religions; whether religion should have a place in sports, and sports a place in religion; what happens when religion and sports come into conflict; and what sorts of religious and ethical dilemmas can arise in sports.

RELS 3235 – Religion, Sex & Gender (3 credits).  Instructor: Dr. Alyson Prude

This course explores the complex and varied constructions of gender and sex in different religious texts, practices, and institutions.  While an essential part of the course will take the form of lectures, a major component will consist of discussion and co-inquiry.

RELS 3335– Introduction to the New Testament (3 credits).  Instructor:  Dr. Daniel Pioske

This course introduces the fundamental ideas, themes and trajectories represented in New Testament texts.  We shall examine the historical, cultural, and religious contexts of the New Testament and broaden our understanding of the various claims of its texts.  We shall also question and reflect upon the New Testament’s contemporary relevance.  Close attention will be paid to the texts.

RELS 3430– Religion & Politics (3 credits).  Instructor:  Dr. Finbarr Curtis

This course will examine the production of religion and politics from a global perspective.  Students will learn about political theories of religion as well as consider the intersection of religion and politics in different national and international contexts.

RELS 4890 – Seminar in Religious Studies (3 credits).  Instructor: Dr. Daniel Pioske

This is a capstone course and should be one of the final courses students take within the religious studies minor.

Last updated: 11/7/2019

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