• REST-102C P2 Intro Roman Catholicism (3)

    A presentation of the various options of belief, history, worship, moral action, views of the Church, and ways of life present in Roman Catholicism.

    Attributes: P2 YLIB
  • REST-123 P2 What is Religion? (3)

    This course introduces religious studies and its auxiliary disciplines and explores the various aspects of religion in human experience. Topics studied include the nature and types of religious experience; religious texts and mythology; and religious ritual, doctrine, ethics, social organization, and development. Examples from various world religions will be employed to illustrate these dimensions of the sacred.

    Attributes: P2 YLIB
  • REST-130 P2 Ethics in Action (3)

    This course will provide students with a solid foundation of ethical principles, values, and norms, as well as the fundamentals of practical moral reasoning. Students will apply this knowledge through a careful analysis of case studies in professional, cross-cultural, international, and religious ethics.

    Attributes: P2 YLIB
  • REST-132 P2 The Problem of Evil (3)

    The primary purpose of this course is to allow students to become aware of the problem of evil in the world and in each person’s life, the different perceptions of evil by several religions of the world, and the response/confrontation of evil each religion offers in a uniquely powerful way. Selected readings from scriptural and non-scriptural texts will be the basis of both the class discussions and essays, meant to give a clear articulation of the problem and of the solutions proposed to confront it.

    Attributes: P2 YLIB
  • REST-150 P5 What is the Bible? (3)

    Peoples around the world read the Bible in their contexts. Their global contexts influence how interpreters read the Bible. In this course, students will be introduced to biblical stories using historical-criticism and cultural-criticism. The course will be concerned with both the context out of which the biblical stories emerged and the context of its interpreters. By looking at a selection of biblical stories and their interpretations, students will discover some of the ways that the Bible is read in different cultural settings around the globe ? in Africa, Latin America, and Asia, as well as in the United States. In the process, students will become conscious of the contextual nature of how they read.

    Attributes: P5 YLIB
  • REST-152D CC World Religions (3)

    An inquiry into the meaning of man’s religious life, based on a historical and theological introduction to his great religions, ancient or living: Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist, Islamic, Judaic, and Christian.

    Attributes: CC YLIB
  • REST-155 P2 What is Meditation? (3)

    This course introduces meditation and mindfulness as sourced in the Buddhist tradition and further developed in contemporary Western society, comparing Buddhist, Christian, Insight, and other mindfulness paradigms. Participants will have opportunity to begin their own meditation practice. No prior knowledge of Buddhism or meditation required.

    Attributes: P2 YLIB
  • REST-173D CC Religions of America (3)

    The course explores the beliefs, teachings, practices, and institutions of several religious traditions in America from indigenous peoples, such as the Iroquois and the Pueblo, to uniquely American religions, such as the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Unitarian Universalists, Scientology, and others. In exploring the religions of America, students will consider how religious and social cultures influence and shape each other and why American culture is particularly conducive to the development of religious expression and thought.

    Attributes: AMHU CC YLIB
  • REST-176C P2 Intro to Christianity (3)

    An introduction to the academic study of the Christian tradition, this course is designed to acquaint students with Christianity’s relationship to Judaism, scholarly methods of study, and central biblical and theological concepts as these relate to, and are in dialogue with, philosophical, historical, and theological questions of value and commitment.

    Attributes: P2 YLIB
  • REST-177D CC Values,Leaders&Relig (3)

    Leadership is about envisioning a future for ourselves and others and working with them to make that vision a reality. Values are religious, aesthetic, legal, economic, and political goods that shape our past, present, and future. Religion is a fundamental human activity that links values to ways of life that can either help or hinder human flourishing – depending upon how it’s interpreted and applied. This course is designed to help students understand the relationships between values, leaders, and religion through an in-depth exploration of great religious leaders (e.g., Moses, Jesus, Confucius, Muhammad, Dietrich Bonhoeffer).

    Attributes: CC YLIB
  • REST-178C P2 Intro To Judaism (3)

    An introduction to rabbinic, messianic, mystical, and philosophical alternatives within Talmudic, medieval, and modern Judaism; ways of dealing with evil, salvation, the search for order, and community.

    Attributes: P2 YLIB
  • REST-179C P2 Intro To Islam (3)

    A study of the background, origins, doctrines, laws, lifestyles, and traditions of Islam.

    Attributes: ISRS P2 YLIB
  • REST-183D P5 Church & Culture (3)

    This course has as its goal to explore the interrelationship between Christianity and contemporary culture. Students examine the cultural changes that have shaped our understanding of ourselves and our world in light of the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World and related documents. Students discover the causes of conflicts between Christian and secularist worldviews and learn to value the contribution of each perspective on human life in the 21st Century.

    Attributes: P5 YLIB
  • REST-200 P5 Mideast:Relig&Politics (3)

    What is the nature of the relationship that exists between religion and politics in the Middle East? This course will begin by examining the diverse religious landscape of the Middle East and regional political trends and ideologies of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, then consider the complex relationship that exists between religion and politics in this often volatile region of the globe.

    Attributes: P5 YLIB
  • REST-217C P3 Psychology of Religion (3)

    The past two decades have shown a growing interest among psychologists in the constructs of “religiosity” and “spirituality” as important components of a healthy functioning personality. Goals of this course include: examining the various psychological approaches (psychoanalytic, behaviorist, humanist) as they have been used to understand the religious experience; developing an appreciation of the scientific method as applied to the study of religion; reviewing the empirical relationships found between religiosity, personal health, and well-being; exploring one’s own unique spiritual/religious journey, with insights gained from course materials. Cross-listed with PSYC 217C.

    Attributes: P3 YLIB
    Restrictions: Including: -Class: Junior, Sophomore, Senior
  • REST-228C P2 The Church (3)

    This course explores from both sociological and theological perspectives what is meant when Christians refer to their corporate life as “the church.” In seeking to understand churches both from within their broader religious and social contexts as well as from Catholic and ecumenical perspectives, contemporary issues affecting the church’s self-understanding are also examined as well as what intelligent and committed participation in the church’s life might mean today for its members.

    Attributes: P2 YLIB
  • REST-235 P2 Catholics in America (3)

    A history of the role that Roman Catholics played in the story of the United States (1492-present). The course will examine the religious perspectives which Roman Catholic explorers, immigrants, intellectuals, and the laity brought to a developing philosophy and social history in the New World. Cross-listed with AMST 235.

    Attributes: P2 YLIB
  • REST-250C P2 History of Papacy (3)

    Concerns the development of the papacy and its role in world history. Examines the major historical, doctrinal, and theological justifications of the independent papacy in a global context from its origins with the pontificate of Leo I to that of John Paul II. Covers material from the late Roman and Medieval, Renaissance, Modern, and Contemporary periods. Cross-listed with HIST 250C.

    Attributes: P2 YLIB
  • REST-252C P5 The Old Testament (3)

    A historical, literary, and theological introduction to the sacred text of the Hebrew Scriptures. While recognizing it to be essentially a record of faith, students are informed of its development and importance within its own social context. Particular attention is given to the Torah and the Former Prophets.

    Attributes: P5 YLIB
  • REST-255D P2 Women in Christianity (3)

    Women were some of the most ardent supporters of Jesus and the early Jesus movement, but as the church developed, women found themselves increasingly marginalized and excluded from leadership roles. This course examines the cultural, political, and religious forces that led to women’s marginalization and their response to it, from biblical times to the present. Through readings, films, lectures, and classroom discussions, students will examine the status and role of women in the Christian tradition, the richness of women’s religious thought, and the ways in which women have contributed to and radically challenged Christianity in a variety of historical and theological contexts.

    Attributes: P2 WGST YLIB
  • REST-257D CC Religious Experiences (3)

    This course examines the phenomenon of religious experience from interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives with an eye toward comparing and contrasting these with the religious backgrounds and experiences of participants.

    Attributes: CC YLIB
  • REST-258D P5 Studies in the Qur’an (3)

    This course focuses on the major themes of the Qur’an. The Muslims believe that the Qur’an is revealed from God to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. The Qur’an speaks about God; His creation, man, woman, and society; prophethood and prophecy and prophets of God; nature; the world and hereafter;Satan and evil; death and dying; and hell and heaven. All these topics are important to the study of religion, including world religions: Judaism and Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism. In the teaching of this course, references are made to other religions, and students are exposed to a comparative study of other disciplines to understand the phenomenon of religion and its contribution to world culture and civilization.

    Attributes: P5 YLIB
  • REST-262C P5 New Testament (3)

    A historical, critical, literary, and theological survey of the books written by first- and second-century Christians that ultimately became the New Testament. Although very diverse one from the other, all New Testament books focus on the centrality of Jesus of Nazareth as the one in and through whom God reconciled the world to Himself. The main focus of the course includes the reading and discussion of selected New Testament texts.

    Attributes: P5 YLIB
  • REST-268C P5 Who is Jesus? (3)

    An examination of the person Jesus through the eyes of first-century Christians as reflected in the New Testament and in the contemporary understanding of Jesus. This course seeks to engage the student in the process of understanding the Christian encounter with Jesus Christ.

    Attributes: P5 YLIB
  • REST-272P CC Martin & Malcolm (3)

    Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., were prominent religious advocates of Black Liberation. Their names and ideals still motivate countless Americans. Representative texts of both men are studied to understand their religious insights in light of the history of the Civil Rights Movement during the second half of the 20th century. Cross-listed with HIST 272P.

    Attributes: AMUS CC HINA YLIB
  • REST-275C P2 Christian Sacraments (3)

    This course approaches the Christian sacraments from a variety of standpoints, including the historical development of a sacramental ethos within Christian traditions; contemporary developments in sacramental theology; theological understandings surrounding the individual sacraments; the ritual context of sacramental celebrations, and pastoral issues affecting the sacraments today. The course employs an interactive approach which combines class discussion, student presentations, and instructor’s input.

    Attributes: P2 YLIB
  • REST-282P Black Church Issues (3)

    Students explore views of the Black Church on contemporary social issues and challenges (homosexuality, gender equity, race relations) faced in reference to church doctrine, traditions, and beliefs. Cross-listed with AFAM 282P.

    Attributes: AMHU WGST YLIB
  • REST-284D P2 Morality & Contmp Soc (3)

    A search for the meaning of an authentic Christian morality with a consideration of its personal foundation in Jesus and its related problems: freedom, authority, law, conscience, sin; its values: life, person, love, worship, responsibility; its goal: death, judgment, bodily resurrection.

    Attributes: P2 YLIB
  • REST-290C P1 Saints in Film (3)

    Saints come from all cultural sources: African, American, Asian, Australian, and European. Representing all walks of life, ages, and ethnic groups, artistic images of “saints” in film present a variety of understandings as to what constitutes holiness and the path to it. This course explores the notion of “holiness” as understood by holy persons in their life and writings and as portrayed by filmmakers.

    Attributes: P1 YLIB
  • REST-325 P5 Spirituality & Health (3)

    Modern medicine and the healing professions are forging new partnerships within the fields of science, religion and spirituality. Medical science and religion can be partners when dealing with health issues, but are there also difficulties? What is spirituality? Can one’s spirituality affect one’s health? Can I explain my spirituality and use it to live a healthier life? How can I assist another (e.g., patient, client, friend) identify their needs and find the necessary tools to make responsible decisions about health issues? These are but a few questions the students will explore as they build their own partnerships between medical science and spirituality.

    Attributes: P5 YLIB
  • REST-338 P2 Morality in Leadership (3)

    This course will encourage students to search for principles that can provide the foundations for making moral individual and systemic decisions. After a broad introduction to ethics and moral philosophy, the students will explore possible applications in workplaces locally and globally. It will particularly address the moral dimensions of leadership by combining a study of moral principles with case studies to illustrate their practical application.

    Attributes: P2 YLIB
  • REST-352D P5 Marriage&Sexuality (3)

    The confrontation of man’s existential situation with traditional marital and sexual models and norms. Concentration is given to an analysis of current developments in the areas of monogamy, pre- and post-marital sexuality, divorce and remarriage, homosexuality, contraception, abortion, sterilization, and the family.

    Attributes: P5 WGST YLIB
    Restrictions: Including: -Class: Junior, Sophomore, Senior
  • REST-364C Letters Of Paul (3)

    A critical study of the Acts of the Apostles and of selected letters of Paul in which a variety of literary, lexical, historical, and theological questions is addressed.

    Attributes: YLIB
  • REST-386D Morality in Business (3)

    A study of the moral dimensions of the economic and business professions. The course is designed to combine a study of moral principles with case studies to illustrate their practical application. Special emphasis is focused on the basic rights and duties of management and labor in the private enterprise system and the role of government regulations in domestic and international economic life.

    Attributes: YLIB
  • REST-387D P2 Medical Ethics&Society (3)

    This course examines religious and moral themes in medicine with emphasis on the difficult ethical questions facing today’s healthcare providers and patients. Among the issues considered are assisted reproduction, the end of life, genetic research, and the healthcare system.

    Attributes: HHUM P2 YLIB
  • REST-390C P1 Jesus In Film (3)

    Artistic images of Jesus in film present a variety of understandings of Jesus of Nazareth, a figure of faith and history. Teacher, healer, savior, judge, Messiah, revolutionary, ascetic, prophet, and superstar are some ways film has envisioned Jesus. The course investigates the relationship of the Jesus of Christian tradition with the Jesus of Hollywood’s imagination.

    Attributes: P1 YLIB
  • REST-397 REST Seminar (3)

    Special Topics: An occasional course dealing with topics of interest especially to Religious Studies majors and minors in consultation with relevant faculty.

    Spring 2020 Topic: Land of the Bible:
    The focus of the course is a study of the geography, history and politics of Israel/Palestine over the centuries with a special emphasis on the history and theology of the New Testament. An 8 day required visit to the land of the Bible is the course centerpiece. Some New Testament commentators refer to the experience of the Holy Land as the “Fifth Gospel” because it assists the pilgrim’s understanding of the times and stories of the other fours gospel narratives.

    Attributes: YLIB
  • REST-481D Central Christian Mysteries (3)

    A theological investigation of the mysteries of God: Father, Word, and Spirit; Creation; Incarnation; Redemption; and Resurrection. An analysis of the biblical data, man’s developing understanding of these mysteries historically, and the contemporary challenges to present dogmatic expressions with a view to the significance of these mysteries for the meaning of Christian life today and for the future.

    Attributes: YLIB
  • REST-496 Independent Study (1 TO 3)

    Reading and research projects in the broad areas of religious studies: general, biblical, historical, and theological. Under the direction of a department member, students will prepare and follow a schedule of readings, conferences, research, writing, and oral presentations. Completion of the Independent Study/Tutorial Authorization form is required.

    Attributes: YLIB ZCAP ZCIV ZRES
    Pre-requisites: GPA >=2.75
  • REST-1033 Ireland:Saints/Poets/Rev (3)

    The Celts moved across Europe to found a place of refuge in the land of Eire. This mysterious land was rich in traditions and stories that allowed the Celts to integrate their own culture with their new home. Later, when the Roman Catholic Church reached its shores, the people adopted some of the stories, myths, and customs to express the experience of the Gospel message. The Church’s prayer, liturgy, and rites found a treasure in the Irish culture. This course uses the tools of history, religion, and the arts to study this fascinating phenomenon. Emphasis is on early history, but an overview of more recent events situates contemporary spirituality.

    Attributes: LC YLIB
    Restrictions: Including: -Class: Freshman -Attribute: New Core 20-21
  • REST-1299 Research-based Writing (3)

    Students study and practice skills central to academic and professional research through the development of independent, inquiry-based projects. In their projects, students assert, support, and integrate their own positions into scholarly conversation based in research. Students develop competency in the location, evaluation, analysis and documentation of sources that represent a range of different perspectives on important issues.

    Attributes: RW YLIB ZRES
    Restrictions: Including: -Class: Freshman, Sophomore -Attribute: New Core 20-21
  • REST-2352 Exploring World Religions (3)

    This course introduces students to various religious traditions from around the world, from primal religions and the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, to the Eastern traditions of Hinduism and Buddhism. Both historical information and the major tenets of each religion are presented and discussed so that students learn and understand the historical and cultural contexts within which various religions have emerged, the role that religion has played in the human narrative, and how religion continues to remain relevant in the twenty-first century.

    Attributes: DEI YLIB
  • REST-2430 Thinking Ethically (3)

    This course provides students with a solid foundation of ethical values, standards, obligations, and norms as well as the fundamentals of ethical and moral reasoning and problem solving. Students analyze ethical issues and dilemmas in case studies, films, and current events, identify the values and standards at stake, and propose justifiable positions and recommendations for moral action.

    Attributes: ER YLIB

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