Religious Studies Courses (RS)
RS 1301 Introduction to Religious Studies
This course is an introduction to religious concepts, sociology, phenomena, and ideas introduced through a survey of world religions and the exploration of the relationsihp between ethics and religion.
RS 3310 Major World Religions
This course isa survey of the world's major religions, including Hinduism, Buddhism,Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as well as historicallyand recently important religious movements. In addition to learning the basic tenets, timelinesand important persons within each faith, we’ll be looking at topics acrossreligions traditions such as art and music, prayer and prayer beads, clothing,dietary laws, the role of women, social activism, and the identity of beliefcommunities in modern culture.
RS 3314 Buddhism
This course explores what it means to be a Buddhist and how Buddhists understand the world, society, and the individual. Also looks at Buddhist contributions to the diverse cultures of Asia, Buddhism in America, and issues of gender within the Buddhist tradition. Crosslisted with Women’s Studies.
RS 3320 Introduction to Judaism
This course examines the basic teachings and principles of Judaism. The course also
discusses issues such as Jewish learning, Jewish identity and observance, Crypto-
Jews, Zionism, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust. Crosslisted with Intra-American
RS 3351 Gender and Religion
This course explores the sacred texts, beliefs, and traditions of a variety of world
religions with special attention to the ways in which these religions have created
belief systems which both discriminate against and empower groups based on their
gender, sexual orientation, race, and economic status. Crosslisted with
RS 3355 Hispanic Religious Expressions
This course investigates the role religion and religious expressions play in Hispanic
culture through the lens of of history, anthropology, sociology, theology,
literature, and art. Crosslisted with Chicano Studies.
RS 3350 Special Topics in Religious Studies
An advanced course in some aspect of Religious Studies. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.
The following RS 3350 variable topic courses are offered regularly:
RS 3350 Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures
This course explores the books of the Hebrew Bible (the "Old Testament") through
the lens of modern hisotrical-critical methods. Crosslisted with Intra-American
RS 3350 Life and Teachings of Jesus
An in-depth look into the figure of Jesus through the New Testament, church tradition and modern scholarship.
RS 3350 Daoism and Confuciansim
Daoism and Confucianism have formed the foundation for spiritual and philosophical thought in China for over two thousand years. Both Daoism and Confucianism spread to other countries and became greatly influential on other cultures in Asia including Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia. At present time, China is re-examining their long-standing tradition of Confucian values and has seen an increase in interest for Confucian based academies. This course will explore the connections between Daoism and Confucianism, their influence and significance in both history and contemporary times and their relevance to the world today. Primary focus will be on actual Daoist and Confucian texts and their interpretation.
RS 3350 History of Anti-Semitism
This course will cover the period from the birth of the Christian Church and conclude with the antisemitism espoused by the Nazis. It is an inquiry into how the world came to face the Holocaust with indifference towards the fate of the European Jews. In addition to a mix of primary and secondary texts, students will examine artwork for depictions of Jews and the impact those would have had on the respective time period.
RS 3350 Indigenous Spirituality
This course explores the spiritual/religious expressions of the Indigenous/ Native American peoples of the Americas, touching on crucial cultural perspectives, political challenges & activism, historical complexities and the overarching art of healing. Various traditions and practices rooted in indigenous spiritual perspectives continue in contemporary times, and through this course, we will evaluate the foundations of these systems of belief, highlighting women’s roles, the sacred feminine and two-spirit peoples. Guest speakers and presentations to include local indigenous spiritual leaders.