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Fall 2022 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. Alyson Prude

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 – Religion, Sports, and Society (3 credits).  Instructor:  Dr. D. Jason Slone

This course explores the fascinating intersection of 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 sort of religious and ethical dilemmas can arise in sports.

RELS 3234 – Asian Religious Philosophy (3 credits). Instructor:  Dr. Alyson Prude

A study of Asian religious ideas about ethics, truth, and the nature of reality. Focused reading of the Bhagavad-Gita (Hinduism), Lotus Sutra (Buddhism), and Zhuangzi (Daoism).

RELS 3330 – Intro to the Hebrew Bible (3 credits). Instructor:  Mr. Hyun Kim

This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental ideas, themes, and
trajectories in the Hebrew Bible. We shall examine the various historical, cultural, and religious contexts
of the Hebrew Bible as far as this is possible, and seek to broaden our understanding of the various
claims of the text, and in turn to stimulate questions and reflections on contemporary relevance. Close attention will be paid to the reading and interpretation of the text.

RELS 4890 – Religious Studies Capstone (3 credits).  Instructor:  Dr. Finbarr Curtis

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

Last updated: 7/22/2022