REL 2000 Introduction to Religion 3
understanding of the field of religious studies. Special attention is given to
the contributions of Eliade, Otto, Keen, Tillich, Freud and others. (Gordon
Rule Course: Wrtg) and (General Studies Course: HUM/VAL)
REL 3142 New Perspectives on the Religious Self 3
on selected understandings of the nature of the self as a religious being.
Various models of the self will be examined.
REL 3156 Religion and Personality Theory 3
of religion on personality development and related issues utilizing such
thinkers as Erikson, James, Fromm and Keen. (Gordon Rule Course: Wrtg)
REL 3158 Psychology of Religion 3
experiences and phenomena from the standpoint of particular approaches in
psychology and religion. Such topics as human suffering, wholeness, and mystical
awareness will be discussed using the thought of Becker, Keen, Freud and
others. (Gordon Rule Course: Wrtg)
REL 3213 Studies in Hebrew Scriptures/Old
of literature of ancient Israel, interrelation of faith and history, evolution
of ethical monotheism from primitive beginnings to oracles of prophets. (Gordon
Rule Course: Wrtg)
REL 3243 Studies in the New Testament 3
study of literature of the early Christian community with emphasis on life and
teaching of Jesus and letters of Paul from variety of theological perspectives.
(Gordon Rule Course: Wrtg)
REL 3310 Philosophies of the East 3
philosophy including concept of Brahman in Vedanta and Yoga meditation.
Buddhism in India, China and Japan. Confucian humanism and Taoist mysticism in
China. Meets Multicultural requirement.
REL 3607 The Jewish Tradition 3
to give the student an overview of Judaism and the Jewish experience. Through
the examination of Jewish history, beliefs, literature, symbols, rituals, and
customs, the student will gain an understanding of the ancient and continuing
REL 3695 Applied Mysticism 3
acquaint the student with a variety of Jewish texts over the range of some 3000
years which treat the dual issues of Devekut, mystical connection with the
Deity, and Musar, ethical connection with other human beings. Students will
look at Torah narratives, Talmudic and Midrashic texts from various periods.
Throughout, the students will be challenged to see the connection between
mysticism and ethical behavior and the interplay between the two in Jewish
literature, culture and spirituality.
REL 3948 Service Learning Field Study II 1-3
in community agency or other social organizational setting related to field of
study. Supervision by faculty and agency. Students and faculty “customize”
courses to fit a full range of services that are available in the setting.
Student must be able to draw correlation between the discipline and field
study. Journal and reflective experience paper are required. With the agreement
of the student’s faculty sponsor, a minimum of 4-6 hours per week must be done
at the field site per semester hour of credit. Permission is required.
REL 4XXX Science, Religion, and Nature (Pending) 3
Eastern and Western religious conceptions of the natural world, and relates
them to scientific ways of knowing. Includes a survey of major scientific
discoveries and theories that both challenge and inform religious belief,
including cosmology, evolution, and global change. Includes an overview of
ecumenical dimensions of Eastern and Western spiritual experience and
expression. Emphasis is placed on integrating and harmonizing scientific and
religious understandings to develop a meaningful, contemporary worldview.
REL 4420 Contemporary Theology 3
of theology: fundamentalism, liberalism and neo-orthodoxy. Current trends:
religious atheism (Nietzsche, Altizer), secular theology (Bonhoeffer, Cox),
process theology (Whitehead, Chardin), existential theology (Tillich,
Bultmann), personalism (Bertocci, DeWolf), liberation theology (Gutierrez,
REL 4441 Current Religious Issues 3
personal and social concerns viewed from religious perspectives: race
relations, medical practices, sexuality, war and terrorism, ecological crisis
and non-Western religions.