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Undergraduate Catalog 2007-08


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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Interdisciplinary Programs


Religious Studies

Derek Maher, Co-Director, 235 Austin Building
Calvin Mercer, Co-Director, C-300 Brewster Building


Multidisciplinary Studies Major
A multidisciplinary studies major with a focus in religious studies is available. Interested students should contact the co-directors of religious studies.

Minor
Religious studies is a nonsectarian and interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with an understanding of religion as historical and cultural phenomena. Courses offered explore religion in its various dimensions – aesthetic, anthropological, ethical, historical, literary, philosophical, political, psychological, and sociological. The religious studies minor requires 24 s.h. credit. The major advisor should send a potential minor to the director for advising. Requirements for the minor are listed below. A maximum of 6 s.h. may be used to satisfy foundations curriculum requirements and requirements for the religious studies minor. No course work in the student’s major field of study will be accepted for credit toward the minor. Study abroad programs having the prior approval of the director will be accepted for a maximum 6 s.h. of credit toward the minor. Additional courses beyond those listed below will be accepted if they significantly further the student’s understanding of religion; prior approval by the director is required for additional courses. Departmental prerequisites may be waived in special cases by the department offering the course.

  1. Core - 6 s.h.
    RELI 4500. Selected Topics in Religion (3) (WI*) (F) (P: Consent of instructor or RELI program director)
    RELI 5000. Religious Studies Seminar (3) (WI*) (P: Consent of instructor or RELI program director)
  2. Electives - 18 s.h.
    Choose a minimum of 15 s.h. from core religion electives and the remaining electives from either list of electives.
    Core Religion Electives: (Minimum of 15 s.h.)
    ANTH 3009/RELI 3000/WOST 3000. Motherhood of God in Asian Traditions (3) (EY) (FC:SO)
    ANTH 4054. Anthropology of Religion (3) (OY) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    CLAS 2000. Introduction to Classics (Humanities) (3) (WI*) (FC:HU)
    ENGL 3630. The Bible as Literature (3) (S) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3640. Literature and Religion (3) (F-OY) (FC:HU)
    HIST 3412. A History of Christianity to 1300 (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3627. History of Japanese Buddhism (3)
    HIST 5360. The Reformation, 1450-1598 (3)
    PHIL 1290. Introduction to Philosophy of Religion (3) (F,S) (FC:HU)
    PHIL 1690. World Religions (3) (F,S) (FC:HU)
    PHIL 1695. Introduction to the Old Testament (3) (F) (FC:HU)
    PHIL 1696. Introduction to the New Testament (3) (S) (FC:HU)
    PHIL 2691. Classical Islam (3) (FC:HU)
    PHIL 2692. Buddhism (3) (FC:HU)
    PHIL 3290. Philosophy of Religion (3) (S) (FC:HU) (P: 3 s.h. in PHIL or consent of instructor)
    PHIL 3690. Women and Religion (3) (FC:HU) (WI*)
    PHIL 3691. Islam in the Modern World (3) (WI) (FC:HU) (P: PHIL 1690 or PHIL 2691 or consent of instructor)
    PHIL 3692. Tibetan Religion and Culture (3) (WI) (FC:HU) (P: PHIL 1690 or PHIL 2692 or consent of instructor)
    PHIL 3698. Mysticism (3) (WI) (FC:HU) (P: Consent of instructor or any course from the Core Religion Electives list of the Religious Studies Program)
    PHIL 4699. Topics in Religion (3) (WI) (FC:HU)
    PSYC 3314. Psychology of Religion (3) (S) (P: PSYC 1000 or 1060)
    RELI 2000. Introduction to Religious Studies (3) (FC:HU)
    RELI 2500. Study Abroad (6) (SS) (FC:HU) (P: Consent of instructor)
    RELI3113/ANTH 3113. Archaeology of the Old Testament World (3) (OY) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2000 or PHIL 1695 or consent of instructor)
    RELI 3114/ANTH 3114. Archaeology of the New Testament World(3) (OY) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2000 or PHIL 1696 or consent of instructor)
    RELI/CLAS 3600. Greek and Roman Religions (3) (FC:HU)
    RELI 3930. Directed Readings in Religious Studies (3) (FC:HU) (Consent of director)
    SOCI 4341. Sociology of Religion (3) (S) (FC:SO) (P: SOCI 2110)
    General Religion Electives:
    ANTH 2010. Societies Around the World (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    ANTH 3002. Cultures of East Asia (3) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 3003. Cultures of Africa (3) (OY) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ANTH 3004. Cultures of the South Pacific (3) (EY) (FC:SO) (P: ANTH 1000 or 2010 or 2200 or consent of instructor)
    ART 1906. Art History Survey (3) (F,S) (FC:FA) (P: ART 1905 or 1910)
    ART 1907. Art History Survey (3) (F,S) (FC:FA) (P: ART 1905 or 1910)
    ART 2905. Masterpieces in the Visual Arts and Literature (3) (FC:FA) (P: Non-art major)
    ART 2906. West and Central African Art (3) (S) (FC:FA) (P: Non-art major)
    ART 2910. Ancient Art History (3) (F,S) (P: ART 1905 or 1910)
    ART 2920. Art of the Middle Ages (3) (P: ART 1906, 1907)
    ART 3935. Italian Baroque Art 1600-1700. (3)
    ART 3920. Asian Art (3)
    ART 3930. Italian Renaissance Art: 1300-1500 (3) (P: ART 1906, 1907)
    ART 3940. Italian Renaissance Art: 1500-1600 (3) (WI*) (F,S) (P: ART 1906, 1907)
    ART 3950. Architectural History of the Middle East Before 1600 (3) (FC:FA) (P: Junior standing; ART 1905 or 1910; 1906, 1907; or consent of instructor)
    ART 3960. Art and Power in Mesoamerica (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: ART 1906, 1907)
    ART 3970. African Art (3) (WI) (F,S) (P: ART 1906, 1907; or consent of instructor)
    ART 4900. Northern Renaissance Art History (3) (WI*) (F) (P: ART 1906, 1907)
    ART 4910. Northern Baroque Art (3) (WI*) (P: ART 1906, 1907)
    ART 4916. Art of India (3) (WI) (P: ART 1906, 1907; of consent of instructor)
    CLAS 2400. Women in Classical Antiquity (3) (FC:HU)
    CLAS 3400. The Ancient City: Rome (3) (F,S) (FC:HU)
    CLAS 3460. Classical Mythology (3) (FC:HU)
    ENGL 3450. Northern European Mythology (3) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3460. Classical Mythology (3) (F) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 3620. Oriental Literature (3)
    ENGL 4010. Medieval Literature (3) (WI) (S-OY) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4030. Milton (3) (WI) (S-EY) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    ENGL 4100. Seventeenth Century Literature (3) (WI) (F-EY) (FC:HU) (P: ENGL 1200)
    FORL 2600. Literature in Translation: The Holocaust (3) (S) (FC:HU)
    GRK 1001. Ancient Greek Level I (3)
    GRK 1002. Ancient Greek Level II (3) (P: GRK 1001 of consent of instructor)
    GRK 1003. Ancient Greek Level III (3) (P: GRK 1002 or consent of instructor)
    GRK 1004. Ancient Greek Level IV (3) (P: GRK 1003 or consent of instructor)
    HIST 3210. Colonial America to 1763 (3) (WI*) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3415. The Middle Ages (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3420. Early Modern Europe to 1648 (3) (FC:SO)
    HIST 3480. Britain to 1688 (3) (FC:SO)