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Religious Studies

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

The first in a two-course sequence of selected topics that enables students to develop critical knowledge of biblical texts and post-biblical traditions by helping them understand how these works and their histories of reception inform interpretive contexts. Students will acquire skills in critical thinking, analysis, reading, and writing that will equip them to recognize the relevance of the academic study of biblical texts and religion. Selected works from the biblical writings and affiliated literature will be discussed within the framework of topics that will allow students to explore their own and others’ operative assumptions about meaning and values.

Religious Studies 101-102 is a prerequisite for 200-level courses in the Religious Studies Department. Humanities 101-102 can substitute for this prerequisite.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1, F2

This is the second of a two-course sequence of selected topics enables students to develop critical knowledge of biblical texts and post-biblical traditions by helping them understand how these works and their histories of reception inform interpretive contexts. Students will acquire skills in critical thinking, analysis, reading, and writing that will equip them to recognize the relevance of the academic study of biblical texts and religion. Selected works from the biblical writings and affiliated literature will be discussed within the framework of topics that will allow students to explore their own and others’ operative assumptions about meaning and values.

Religious Studies 101-102 is a prerequisite for 200-level courses in the Religious Studies Department. Humanities 101-102 can substitute for this prerequisite.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

The faith of the earliest New Testament communities will be examined, and developments in biblical theology from the early church onward will be considered.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

A survey of the major issues and figures in theology in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The course focuses on the special challenges to theology posed by the modern world.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

A study of selections from the early Greek Fathers (e.g., Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, and the Epistle of Barnabas) whose writings extend the biblical tradition into the second century CE and mark a formative stage in the development of Christian creed and canon.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

An in-depth study of a particular problem, topic, or perspective in modern theology.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

This course examines selected social issues in theological, ethical and biblical perspective. Topics include Holocaust, Religion and the Bible, Religion and Racism, and Religion and Sexuality.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1, F11

A seminar that examines critical issues and problems of crisis experience involving pain, suffering, and death using various disciplinary perspectives and pedagogical methods, including interviews with health care professionals. Designed primarily for students considering health or human service vocations (e.g., medical professions, counseling, social work, ministry), but also of interest to others.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

A historical analysis of American religion, examining the diversity of religions in America through the study of selected beliefs, practices, and institutions.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

A survey of the history of the Jewish people and its formative experiences, the sources of Judaism as a religious tradition, its distinctive ideas and values, and what it means to be a Jew today.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1, F9

A survey of the major living religions in the modern world. The course will consider both the rise of the classic traditions and the shape that their followers are giving them today. Religions to be considered may include Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese religion, Japanese religion, and Islam.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

An introduction to the phenomenological, sociological, anthropological, and psychological approaches to the academic study of religions. This course reviews the methodologies and theories of foundational thinkers in the modern study of religions. Students learn to apply the ideas of these theorists in field studies of local religious phenomena.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

An exploration of a specific tradition or subject in the history of religions. Subjects include Islam, African-American Religion, Women in American Religion, and Women in World Religions.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

This course will consider selected aspects in the Common Era history of communities of biblical faith and practice. Topics include Catholicism and Reformation.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

A detailed study of the major archaeological finds from the biblical period and their impact on biblical interpretation. The course uses the material evidence of archaeology to reconstruct ancient life, customs, and cultural influences in the biblical lands and then compares this portrait with those presented in the biblical texts. Depending upon the expertise of the instructor, the course may focus on lands and finds associated with the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament or those associated with the New Testament. Familiarity with general biblical history is presumed.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

Permission of the instructor is required for students who wish to enroll in a 200-level course prior to completing the RELS 101 and 102 sequence.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

Permission of the instructor is required for students who wish to enroll in a 200-level course prior to completing the RELS 101 and 102 sequence.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

Permission of the instructor is required for students who wish to enroll in a 200-level course prior to completing the RELS 101 and 102 sequence.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

Permission of the instructor is required for students who wish to enroll in a 200-level course prior to completing the RELS 101 and 102 sequence.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

Permission of the instructor is required for students who wish to enroll in a 200-level course prior to completing the RELS 101 and 102 sequence.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

Permission of the instructor is required for students who wish to enroll in a 200-level course prior to completing the RELS 101 and 102 sequence.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

Permission of the instructor is required for students who wish to enroll in a 200-level course prior to completing the RELS 101 and 102 sequence.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

Permission of the instructor is required for students who wish to enroll in a 200-level course prior to completing the RELS 101 and 102 sequence.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

Permission of the instructor is required for students who wish to enroll in a 200-level course prior to completing the RELS 101 and 102 sequence.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

Permission of the instructor is required for students who wish to enroll in a 200-level course prior to completing the RELS 101 and 102 sequence.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

Permission of the instructor is required for students who wish to enroll in a 200-level course prior to completing the RELS 101 and 102 sequence.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

Permission of the instructor is required for students who wish to enroll in a 200-level course prior to completing the RELS 101 and 102 sequence.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1

Permission of the instructor is required for students who wish to enroll in a 200-level course prior to completing the RELS 101 and 102 sequence.

Credits:
4

Courses in Religious Studies at the 300 level and above are not part of the Life curriculum and cannot count for Life or F1 credit.

Credits:
4

Courses in Religious Studies at the 300 level and above are not part of the Life curriculum and cannot count for Life or F1 credit.

Credits:
1

Open to junior majors by permission of the instructor only.

Credits:
1-4

This course involves advanced students in Religious Studies in collaborative work with faculty on original research projects.

Credits:
1-4

This course involves advanced students in Religious Studies in collaborative work with faculty on original research projects.

Credits:
1-4

A supervised learning experience in the community outside the College (e.g., faith-based community health providers, churches, hospitals, or social agencies). In collaboration with Methodist Healthcare, the Nancy Hughes Morgan Program in Hospital Chaplaincy offers a special internship each spring semester designed for students considering health or human service vocations (e.g., medical professions, counseling, social work, and ministry). In collaboration with several faith-based community health and social service providers, the department offers health equity internship placements that integrate academic work on health disparities with professional experience in agencies working to promote health equity in Memphis. The health equity internships focus on the intersection of faith commitments, social justice concerns, and health outcomes for economically and socially marginalized groups in Memphis.

Credits:
1-4

All internships that do not fit the description found under Religious Studies 460 (Health Equity Internships.)

Credits:
4

The seminar culminates in the senior paper, a major research project reflecting a semester-long engagement with a significant topic for Religious Studies.

Credits:
4

Requires permission of the department.

Credits:
4

Requires permission of the department.

Credits:
4
Degree Requirements:
F1, F3

This course covers the history of Europe during the Middle Ages, roughly from 500-1500 CE. It is also intended to introduce students to the rise of Christianity as a world religion within the Roman Empire, leading to its eventual domination in Western Europe, and to its interaction with medieval Judaism and emerging Islam. The course combines the study of religion with that of history, precisely because one of the features of the Middle Ages was the centrality of religion to politics, society, and culture. Common sessions will be followed by individual colloquia. Part of the Track Two: Western Europe in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance of the European Studies Program.