Introduction to Religious Studies
M/W 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm
Professor Karapanagiotis

This course introduces students to major academic methods for the study of religion and theories about religious belief and practice. It draws on diverse materials from the world’s religions and multiple disciplinary approaches. Topics may include belief systems, morality, sacred literature, myth, ritual, history, gender, ethnicity, and debates about the roles of religion in contemporary life.
Gen Ed:  Engaged Civic Learning (ECL), Global Communities (GCM), Global Studies (G)

Introduction to Religion & Contemporary Culture
T/TH 8:00 am – 9:20 am
Professor Banner

A study of the ways that religion may or may not have significance for our world today, examining issues such as the meaning of religious experience, evil and goodness, the purposes of ritual, roles of religion in society and culture, the impact of science and technology on religion, and issues in ethics.
Gen Ed:  Diversity (D), Ethics and Values (EAV)

Introduction to the Bible
T/TH 2:00 pm – 3:20 pm
Professor Banner

Historical and literary exploration of portions of the Tanach (Old Testament) and New Testament that have had the most lasting influence on Western culture. Focus on the meaning of key terms like covenant and evil, biblical authorship, and different ways the text may be interpreted today.
Gen Ed: Civilizations & Heritages (C), Global Studies (G), Heritages & Civilizations (HAC)

Asian Religions
W 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
Professor Banner

A historical and comparative study of the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto and their expressions in the cultures of India, China, and Japan.
Gen Ed:  Civilization & Heritages (C), Global Communities (GCM)

African-American Religion

T/TH 3:35 pm – 4:55 pm
Professor Ziyad

The effects of American enslavement on the religious and social institutions of the African people and the development of religious beliefs and institutions within the African-American community. The relationship between black and white religious institutions and the role of religion in the development of black political consciousness.
Gen Ed:  Diversity (D), Ethics and Values (EAV)

Gender, Sexuality and Religion
M/W 12:30 pm – 1:50 pm
Professor Charme

An examination of the image of women and the feminine in the myths, symbols, and theology of major religious traditions. Consideration given to the status and role of women in relation to the issues of religious practice, participation in rituals, and ordination. Finally, a look at feminist options for women’s changing image and role in religion.
Gen Ed:  Heritages and Civilizations (HAC)

Death and Dying in Religion
M/W 3:45 pm – 5:05 pm
Professor Gilmore-Clough 

An exploration of the way diverse world religions try to make sense of the inevitability of death. The course examines rituals around death, notions of spirit/body relationships, conceptions of an afterlife, and the human struggle to find meaning in life in the face of death. 
Gen Ed:  Global Communities (GCM)

Religion and Law
M 6:00 pm – 8:50 pm
Professor Walker 

Course description will be updated as it becomes available.

Gods and Monsters:  Understanding Power
$100 online course fee, go to http:
Professor Salyer

We experience power in some form every day, yet we rarely think critically about the role it plays in our lives. Gods and monsters symbolize the extreme poles of our understandings of power and thus serve as instructive benchmarks for this interdisciplinary exploration. The course approaches the study of power from theoretical (e.g., philosophical, political, sociological, and historical), literary, and artistic perspectives and applies these understandings to issues in the public sphere. Some of the questions we will ask include: How are gods and monsters made and what cultural functions do they serve? What is power? How is it created, maintained, and distributed? How does power change? How is power gendered?
Gen Ed:  Ethics and Values (EAV)

Magic and Ritual Power
$100 online course fee, go to http:
Professor Banner

An examination of magic throughout history and today in ritual, community, literature, film, television, and personal spirituality. Is magic a form of religion? Are religious rituals forms of magic? How can magic be defined? What is its power? Such questions are asked across diverse practices and beliefs such as in Judaism, Christianity, Wicca, and paganism.
Gen Ed:  Heritages and Civilizations (HAC), United States in the World (USW)

Independent Studies in Religion
50:840:389:01 section 09 (online)

Advanced students pursue a research topic under the direction of a faculty member, culminating in a paper.