Course Descriptions

Course NumberCourse TitleCreditsDescriptionCompetencies
REL101Survey of World Religions3Study of major living religions, their commonalities and contrasts. How these religions enrich human lives.Loading...
REL130 Intro Religions of the East3This course introduces the philosophical concepts and religious practices originating in India, China, Korea, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Broadly, the class focuses on Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. More specifically, it relies on the study of both foundational religious texts and the exploring of living local communities that practice them. Understanding the alternative perspectives of the religions of the East will shed light on Asian and non-Asian history and the enormous influence these perspectives have had in shaping the modern world. The course explores how these religions arose in their native context and challenges the student to consider the relevance for contemporary issues and problems in the world today. Loading...
REL140Religion in the United States3This course is designed to introduce students to the role of religion in the history and culture of the United States. Emphasis on the major themes, figures, and uniquely American religious groups and movements, concentrating on how they developed and have contributed to the larger culture. The course also provides a historical and religious background to current events along with the increasing diversity of the American people and their religions. Loading...
REL150Introduction to the Bible3This course introduces the practice of the contextual method of reading a text as applied to the biblical materials. It asks: What kind of material is this? Who wrote it? To whom they were writing in their own time? What were they trying to say to those people in that situation? The course is not devotional or applicational, but literary and historical.Loading...