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Spring 2021 Courses

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

Survey of the major religious traditions of the world.

RELS 2130 – Introduction to Religious Studies (3 credits). Instructors:  Dr. Finbarr Curtis, Dr. Daniel Pioske

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:  Dr. 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 3134– Introduction to Asian Religions (3 credits). Instructor:  Dr. Alyson Prude

This course is an introduction to the religious traditions of Asia.  Traditions covered include Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism, Shinto, Daoism, and Confucianism.

RELS 3137– Introduction to Christianity (3 credits). Instructor:  Dr. Finbarr Curtis.

This course will introduce students to the academic study of diverse social, intellectual, and political movements that have been classified as Christian.

RELS 4890 – Religious Studies Capstone (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: 11/17/2020