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Top REL 160 QUESTS FOR MEANING: WORLD RELIGIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
A survey and analysis of the search for meaning and life fulfillment represented in major religious traditions of the world, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zen, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Lec/rec. (H) (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 160.

Top REL 160H QUESTS FOR MEANING: WORLD RELIGIONS (0-4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
A survey and analysis of the search for meaning and life fulfillment represented in major religious traditions of the world, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Zen, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Lec/rec. (H) (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 160H. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top REL 170 THE IDEA OF GOD (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Concepts and images of God and their connections to world-views, experience, science, gender, society, self-understanding, and religions. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 170.

Top REL 199 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-4) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits.

Top REL 201 STUDY OF PEACE AND THE CAUSES OF CONFLICT (3) 
Examination of the causes of personal, social, and institutional conflict and peaceful, constructive means of dealing with conflict. The history and current status of peace movements within and outside governments; prospects for world peace. Case studies in peace and conflict (H) CROSSLISTED as PAX 201.

Top REL 202 INTRODUCTION TO RELIGIOUS STUDIES (4)  Offered in current or future terms
An introduction to the academic study of religion. It examines the concepts of religion and the sacred, approaches to the study of religion, ubiquitous features of religious experience, including symbol, myth, ritual, and community, understandings of the human condition in diverse religious traditions, and ways religious communities address challenges of pluralism and secularization. CROSSLISTED as PHL 202.

Top REL 206 RELIGIOUS ETHICS AND MORAL PROBLEMS (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
An examination of the practical ethics of the monotheistic religious traditions of the West--Judaism, Christianity, Islam--and their different approaches to concrete moral problems. Topics include sexuality and marriage, euthanasia, capital punishment, pacifism and just war, and environmentalism. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 206.

Top REL 208 INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHIST TRADITIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Survey of the historical development of Buddhism in India and its spread throughout Asia and beyond by investigating the literature, rituals, history and social structure of the Buddhist traditions of Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, Tibet and the Himalayan region, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and finally its growth in the West. (NC) CROSSLISTED as PHL 208.

Top REL 210 RELIGION IN THE UNITED STATES (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
A thematic overview of the historical study of religion in the United States, with an eye toward ways that social and cultural contexts have shaped the religious experience of Americans in different places and times. Surveys a wide array of religious movements, groups, and individuals from the colonial period to present. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as HST 210, PHL 210.

Top REL 210H RELIGION IN THE UNITED STATES (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
A thematics overview of the historical study of religion in the United States, with an eye toward ways that social and cultural contexts have shaped the religious experience of Americans in different places and times. Surveys a wide array of religious movements, groups, and individuals from the colonial period to present. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as HST 210H, PHL 210H. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top REL 213 INTRODUCTION TO HINDU TRADITIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Survey of the historical development of Hinduism in India and the "Hindu Diaspora." Topics will include the Indus Valley civilization, the Vedic tradition, yoga, and Hindu renunciation, "Classical" Hindu theism and devotion, Hindu philosophy and ritual, and modern and contemporary Hinduism. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 213.

Top REL 214 INTRODUCTION TO ISLAMIC TRADITIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Development of Islamic traditions in the Arab world and in the global context. Origins of Islam, the narrative of the Prophet Mohammad, the development of the Qur'an, and the central tenets of Islamic faith and practice. Transformation of Islam from a regional to a global tradition. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 214.

Top REL 215 INTRODUCTION TO JEWISH TRADITIONS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
An introduction to Judaism's traditions, histories, and practices. Covers historical origins and developments from the biblical period through the Middle Ages, and considers Judaism in the modern world. Topics include the Jewish calendar (including holidays and their traditions), Jewish life cycle events, Jewish prayer, and traditional texts such as the Mishnah and Talmud. CROSSLISTED as HST 215. (Bacc Core Course)

Top REL 220 WORLD-VIEWS AND VALUES IN THE BIBLE (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
A study of central portions of the Bible (in the Old Testament: Torah, prophets, psalms, and wisdom; in the New Testament: Jesus, gospels, and letters) from the perspective of the academic discipline of biblical scholarship, exploring the philosophical questions of the relationships between story, myth, thought, values, and understandings of life. (H) (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 220.

Top REL 299 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-4) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits.

Top REL 310 CRITICS OF RELIGION (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
An introduction to critiques of religion by Nietzsche, Freud, Marx, and other influential thinkers. Examines the nature, scope, and effects of criticisms that challenge the psychological, moral, political, and epistemological foundations of religious belief, practice, and institutions. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 310.

Top REL 312 ASIAN THOUGHT (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
Familiarizes students with key figures in the history of Asian religious ideas and philosophy. While the emphasis will be on the philosophical traditions of Asia, it will quickly become apparent that philosophy and religion are not so easily distinguishable in many Asian traditions. Areas of thought studied will include Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist. (NC) (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 312.

Top REL 315 GANDHI AND NONVIOLENCE (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
An examination of the life and work of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the 20th century activist and author, and the theory and practice of nonviolence in his life and work. Emphasis will be placed upon Gandhi's biographical narrative, the development of satyagraha, Gandhi's nonviolent approach to social transformation, and post-Gandhian nonviolent movements. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 315.

Top REL 316 INTELLECTUAL ISSUES OF MEXICO AND MEXICAN AMERICANS (4) 
The philosophical, social, cultural, and political reality of Mexican Americans and their historical roots in Mexico since the Spanish Conquest. Analysis of internal colonialism, racism, machismo, fatalism, alienation, cultural identity, as well as more contemporary including NAFTA, immigration, and the U.S.-Mexican relations. (NC) CROSSLISTED as PHL 316.

Top REL 324 ANCIENT JEWISH HISTORY (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
History of Judaism from the Second Temple through the early Rabbinic period (539 BCE--200 CE). Covers historical origins and developments of Judaism including the canonization of the Bible, Jewish life in the Persian and Greco-Roman worlds, and the beginnings of Diasporic and Rabbinic Judaism. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as HST 324.

Top REL 325 EARLY CHRISTIANITY: ORIGINS TO 600 (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Traces early Christianity from its origins to the beginning of the Middle Ages. It deals with the origins and Jewish background of Christianity in Palestine, the ministry and teachings of Jesus, the spread of Christianity throughout the Roman Empire by his disciples and early missionaries, the formation of the New Testament canon, the development of Christian doctrine, controversies over heresy, and the origin of monasticism and the Papacy. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as HST 325.

Top REL 327 HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL EUROPE (4) 
Cultural, political, and economic history of the European Middle Ages from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West to the Renaissance. Covers 284 A.D. to 1000. Not offered every year. (H). CROSSLISTED as HST 327. PREREQS: HST/REL 327 and HST/REL 328 need not be taken in sequence.

Top REL 328 HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL EUROPE (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Cultural, political, and economic history of the European Middle Ages from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West to the Renaissance. Covers 1000 to 1400. Not offered every year. (H) CROSSLISTED as HST 328. PREREQS: HST/REL 327 and HST/REL 328 need not be taken in sequence.

Top REL 330 HISTORY OF EARLY MODERN EUROPE (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Political, social, intellectual, and cultural history of Europe from 1400-1789. Focuses on the Reformation. Not offered every year. (H) CROSSLISTED as HST 330. PREREQS: HST/REL 329, HST/REL 330, and HST/REL 331 need not be taken in sequence.

Top REL 333 MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN SPANISH HISTORY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
From Islamic conquest to conquest of America, the social, religious, political and economic history of Spain from 1000 to 1700. Offered fall term in odd years. (H) CROSSLISTED as HST 333.

Top REL 344 PACIFISM, JUST WAR, AND TERRORISM (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
An examination of the philosophical and theological issues pertaining to pacifism, justified war, and forms of terrorism in Islamic and Western traditions. Special attention is given to concepts of jihad, justifications of war, and restraints on conduct in war. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 344.

Top REL 345 FIRST FREEDOM: RELIGIOUS LIBERTY AND INTOLERANCE (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
An examination of the religious, philosophical, political, and historical issues regarding religious freedom, conscience, and disestablishment as enshrined in the First Amendment and as illustrated by historical and contemporary examples of religious intolerance in the United States. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 345.

Top REL 350 MODERN LATIN AMERICA (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
History of Latin America leading up to and after Spanish and Portuguese conquest. Focus on indigenous American, European and African cultures and religions in contact under colonial government and economic systems. Covers the period from 1400 to 1810. (H) (NC) (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as HST 350. PREREQS: HST 350 and HST 351 need not be taken in sequence.

Top REL 352 AFRICANS IN LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
A survey of the role of Africans and their descendants in Latin American history, linking the history of the Americas, Europe and Africa. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as HST 352. PREREQS: HST 350 and HST 351 suggested.

Top REL 364 UNITED STATES RELIGION AND SOCIAL REFORM (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Provides an awareness of how various religious groups have thought about and engaged with social change pertaining to slavery, feminism, civil rights, same-sex marriage, and immigration. Focus on reading primary sources related to each of these issues. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as HST 364.

Top REL 371 PHILOSOPHIES OF CHINA (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
A study of the traditional philosophies of China, including Confucianism, Taoism, Mohism, Legalism, and Buddhism. Not offered every year. (NC) (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 371. PREREQS: 3 credits of philosophy or upper-division standing.

Top REL 387 ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Political, social, and religious developments from 600 to 1400. Early history and the formation of Islamic society to the Mongol invasion. (H) (NC) (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as HST 387. PREREQS: HST/REL 387 and HST/REL 388 need not be taken in sequence

Top REL 388 ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Political, social, and religious developments from 1400 to the present. The expansion of Islam, Turkic, and Asian dynasties, impact of Western imperialism and modern Islamic world. (H) (NC) (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as HST 388. PREREQS: HST/REL 387 and HST/REL 388 need not be taken in sequence.

Top REL 399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-4) 
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits.

Top REL 402 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-12)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits.

Top REL 405 READING AND CONFERENCE (1-4)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits.

Top REL 411 GREAT FIGURES IN PHILOSOPHY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Study of the works of a major philosopher such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant, or Marx. Each course normally devoted to the work of a single figure. Need not be taken in sequence. Not offered every year. (H) CROSSLISTED as PHL 411/PHL 511. This course is repeatable for a maximum of 16 credits. PREREQS: 6 credits of philosophy and sophomore standing.

Top REL 415 SELECTED TOPICS (1-4)  Offered in current or future terms
This course is repeatable for a maximum of 12 credits.

Top REL 425 THE HOLOCAUST IN ITS HISTORY (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
An inquiry into the causes, course, and impact of the Holocaust. The general theme of anti-Semitism in European history is explored for background. Topics discussed for comparative purposes include anti-Semitism in American history; other episodes of mass murder in the 20th century. Not offered every year. (H) (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as HST 425, HST 525.

Top REL 430 HISTORY OF BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY (4)  Offered in current or future terms
Examination of the major philosophical schools, texts, and thinkers in Buddhist history, emphasizing its Indian origins, but looking beyond to the various Buddhist traditions throughout Asia. (NC) CROSSLISTED as PHL 430/PHL 530.

Top REL 431 BUDDHISM, NON-VIOLENCE, AND SOCIAL JUSTICE (4) 
Investigates the philosophical grounding of Buddhist ideas about non-violence, justice and social responsibility. Looks at broad-based Buddhist social activism movements and leaders; their methods of training, issues and types of actions taken by "Socially Engaged Buddhists" living Buddhist traditions. CROSSLISTED as PHL 431.

Top REL 432 YOGA AND TANTRIC TRADITIONS (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
An examination of the theory and practice of yoga and tantra in the traditions of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, and in their contemporary popular manifestations. Emphasis on the representation of yoga and tantra in Indian literature and history, including contemplative practices, bodily disciplines, and ritual. (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 432/PHL 532.

Top REL 433 THEORY AND PRACTICE OF MODERN YOGA (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
An examination of the phenomenon of modern yoga in theory and in practice. Emphasis on the roots of contemporary forms of yoga in the intersection between traditional Hindu and Buddhist formulations of yoga, Indian wrestling and martial arts, European gymnastics, and cosmopolitan conceptions of "bodily culture" of both European and Indian origins. CROSSLISTED as PHL 433, PHL 533. (Bacc Core Course)

Top REL 434 SPIRITUALITY AND ECOLOGY: GREEN YOGA (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
An exploration of the relationship between spirituality and ecological engagement in traditional contexts and in contemporary spirituality, with a global focus on contemplative practices rooted in Indian tradition, such as yoga. CROSSLISTED as PHL 434, PHL 534.

Top REL 434H SPIRITUALITY AND ECOLOGY: GREEN YOGA (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
An exploration of the relationship between spirituality and ecological engagement in traditional contexts and in contemporary spirituality, with a global focus on contemplative practices rooted in Indian tradition, such as yoga. CROSSLISTED as REL 434H, REL 534H. PREREQS: Honors College approval required.

Top REL 436 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION (3) 
Examination of significant philosophical issues or movements and their relationship to theology and religion. CROSSLISTED as PHL 436/PHL 536. PREREQS: 6 credits of philosophy and sophomore standing.

Top REL 443 WORLD VIEWS AND ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
A comparative study of world-views (secular and religious, Western and Eastern, modern and ancient) and how they affect concepts of nature, environmental values, and selected environmental issues. (NC) (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 443, PHL 543. PREREQS: One introductory-level science course and sophomore standing.

Top REL 443H WORLD VIEWS AND ENVIRONMENTAL VALUES (3)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
A comparative study of world-views (secular and religious, Western and Eastern, modern and ancient) and how they affect concepts of nature, environmental values, and selected environmental issues. (NC) (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 443H. PREREQS: One introductory-level science course and sophomore standing. Honors College approval required.

Top REL 444 BIOMEDICAL ETHICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Application of ethical principles and decision-making processes to selected problems in medicine, health care, and biotechnology. Special attention given to end-of-life choices, reproductive rights and technologies, organ transplantation, research ethics, genetic engineering, and allocating scarce resources. An interdisciplinary focus that draws on social, legal, economic, and scientific issues in ethical decisions in medicine. (H) (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as PHL 444/PHL 544. PREREQS: Sophomore standing

Top REL 444H BIOMEDICAL ETHICS (4)  Offered in current or future terms Baccalaureate Core Course
Application of ethical principles and decision-making processes to selected problems in medicine, health care, and biotechnology. Special attention given to end-of-life choices, reproductive rights and technologies, organ transplantation, research ethics, genetic engineering, and allocating scarce resources. An interdisciplinary focus that draws on social, legal, economic, and scientific issues in ethical decisions in medicine. (H) (Bacc Core Course) PREREQS: Sophomore standing and Honors College approval required.

Top REL 448 NATIVE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHIES (4) 
Native American perspectives on ways of knowing, sources of meaning and ethics, the nature of reality, self, community, and cosmos. Includes lectures, scholarship, story-telling, poetry, theater, and music as forums for this exploration. Introduces ideas of leading Native American thinkers about the human relation to the natural world, sources of strength and wisdom, the nature of time and place and spirit, right ways of acting in communities, both civic and biotic, and the place of beauty in a well-lived life. (NC) CROSSLISTED as ES 448/ES 548, PHL 448/PHL 548.

Top REL 455 DEATH AND DYING (3)  Offered in current or future terms
A multidisciplinary study of cultural, philosophical, and religious perspectives on death, dying, and grieving. Not offered every year. CROSSLISTED as PHL 455, PHL 555. PREREQS: 6 credits of philosophy or sophomore standing.

Top REL 461 ART AND MORALITY (4) 
The arts in context of their connections to, and conflicts with, varied conceptions of the common good. Topics include free expression and community standards, museums and obligations toward cultural treasures, art in public places, public funding of art, the politics of taste. CROSSLISTED as PHL 461/PHL 561. PREREQS: Sophomore standing.

Top REL 466 RELIGION AND U.S. FOREIGN RELATIONS (4) 
An examination of the intersection of religion and U.S. foreign relations from the late nineteenth century to the present. Surveys major events in U.S. diplomacy, including war and peace and explores the role of religion and religious ideas in shaping national identity, core values, and civil religion. CROSSLISTED as HST 466/HST 566. PREREQS: HST 202 and HST 203 or upper-division standing.

Top REL 470 RELIGION IN THE AMERICAN WEST (4)  Offered in current or future terms
The history of religion in the American West. Examines four themes in the religious history of the American West: locations (the designation of particular places as special), migrations (movement in and out of the region), adaptations (changes over time, in response to changing conditions), and discrimination (recognition of difference, as well as prejudicial treatment based on difference). Engages with various primary and secondary sources, including texts, films, and photographs. CROSSLISTED as HST 470.

Top REL 485 POLITICS AND RELIGION IN THE MODERN MIDDLE EAST (4)  Baccalaureate Core Course
The role of religious and secular ideologies in the politics of the 20th century Middle East. Topics include the impact of liberal and nationalist thought, the Iranian revolution, radical Islamist movements, and Zionism. (H) (NC) (Bacc Core Course) CROSSLISTED as HST 485/HST 585. PREREQS: Upper-division standing or instructor approval required.



 
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