RELIG - Religious Studies

Offered By:
Faculty of Arts

Below are the courses available from the RELIG code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, and class times.

RELIG 102 - Introduction to Western Religious Traditions View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An introduction to the major religious traditions originating in West Asia, including, but not limited to, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Note: not open to students with credit in RELIG 101.


RELIG 103 - Introduction to Eastern Religious Traditions View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An introduction to the major religious traditions originating in South and East Asia, including, but not limited to, Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. Note: not open to students with credit in RELIG 101.


RELIG 111 - Comparative Themes in World Religions View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

May be repeated for credit when course content differs.


RELIG 200 - Classical Theories of Religion View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Survey of the history of Religious Studies; introduction to classical theories and main disciplinary approaches. Required for Honors, Majors, and Minors.


RELIG 202 - Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An introduction to the critical study of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.


RELIG 205 - Introduction to Judaism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

An introduction to the varied world of Judaism: its ways of life, beliefs, history and thought.


RELIG 211 - Introduction to Early Christian Writings View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Critical introduction to the New Testament and other early Christian Writings in their historical cultural context.


RELIG 212 - Introduction to Christianity View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A survey of the Christian traditions in historical context. Note: Not open to students with credit in HIST 297 or ET RE 248.


RELIG 220 - Introduction to Islam View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A survey of the main elements of the Muslim tradition and their role in the formation of Islamic culture.


RELIG 230 - Introduction to Hinduism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A study of the major traditions of classical Hinduism, and of the religious thinking and experience formed through these traditions.


RELIG 239 - Introduction to Sanskrit I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-2)

Fundamentals of the Sanskrit language for reading and translation purposes. Designed for students with no previous knowledge of Sanskrit.


RELIG 240 - Introduction to Buddhism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A study of the emergence of Buddhism as a religion, its basic ideas, spirituality, and literature.


RELIG 270 - Contemporary Issues in Religion View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

May be repeated for credit when course content differs.


RELIG 274 - Studies in Witchcraft and the Occult View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

RELIG 277 - Women in World Religions View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Survey of teachings and practices related to women, gender, and sexuality in world religions.


RELIG 280 - Religion and Violence View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Historical and contemporary manifestations of violence across diverse religious traditions.


RELIG 308 - From Cyrus to Jesus View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Religion, society and culture in Palestine from the Persian conquest to the time of Jesus. Note: Not open to students with credit in CLASS 380.


RELIG 309 - Ancient Near Eastern and Israelite Religion and Mythology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Near Eastern texts from the Gilgamesh Epic and Enuma Elish to the Book of Genesis and beyond.


RELIG 314 - Jesus View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A study of representations of Jesus in various historical and social contexts.


RELIG 320 - The Qur'an View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The style, structure, and doctrine of the Qur'an in the light of the Western critical evaluation of the text.


RELIG 333 - Modern Yoga View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

The history, practices, and politics of contemporary Yoga movements.


RELIG 343 - Zen/Chan Buddhism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

A study of the history of Zen/Chan Buddhism in China and Japan in terms of the major movements, their main figures, and samples of the representative texts. Prerequisite: RELIG 240 or EASIA 223, or consent of Instructor.


RELIG 345 - Tantric Traditions View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Introduction to the foundational texts, esoteric rituals, and sexual alchemy associated with Tantric practices in Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain contexts.


RELIG 375 - Approaches to the Study of Religion View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Theories and disciplinary approaches in the study of religion, religions, and religious practices. Required for Honors, Majors, and Minors. Prerequisite: *3 in 200-level RELIG or consent of Program. Note: May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Preference given to RELIG Honors, Majors, and Minors. Students cannot receive credit for both RELIG 475 and 375.


RELIG 395 - Topics in Religion and Popular Culture View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)
There is no available course description.

RELIG 397 - Special Topics in Religious Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

RELIG 404 - Literary Studies in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Prerequisite: One course in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible or consent of Program Coordinator.


RELIG 415 - Advanced Studies in Christianity View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Prerequisite: one course in Christianity or consent of Program Coordinator.


RELIG 422 - Advanced Studies in Islam View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Prerequisite: one course in Islam or consent of Program Coordinator.


RELIG 432 - Advanced Studies in South Asian Religions View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: one course in Hinduism/SouthAsian Religions or consent of program.


RELIG 442 - Studies in Buddhism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

May be repeated for credit when course content differs. Prerequisite: one course in Buddhism or consent of Instructor.


RELIG 443 - Visual and Material Culture in Buddhism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Prerequisite: One of: RELIG 240, RELIG 343, EASIA 223, EASIA 323, EASIA 325 or consent of Instructor. Note: Not open to students with credit in RELIG 442 with the topic Visual and Material Culture in East Asia.


RELIG 480 - Directed Reading in Religious Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Prerequisite: consent of Program Coordinator.


RELIG 497 - Special Topics in Religious Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

RELIG 499A - Honors Essay in Religious Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 0-3S-0)

Preparation of the Honors essay. Formerly RELIG 501.


RELIG 499B - Honors Essay in Religious Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 0-3S-0)

Preparation of the Honors essay. Formerly RELIG 501.


RELIG 500 - Research Methods and Resources in Religious Studies View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(FIRST, 0-1S-0)
There is no available course description.

RELIG 504 - Literary Studies in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

RELIG 510 - Selected Topics in Religious Studies View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

RELIG 516 - Special Topics in Early Christianity View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

RELIG 520 - Specialized Studies in Islam View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

An in-depth study of the problems of Islamic Studies.


RELIG 542 - Studies in Buddhism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

May be repeated for credit when course content differs.


RELIG 543 - Visual and Material Culture in Buddhism View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Note: Not open to students with credit in RELIG 542 with the topic Visual and Material Culture in East Asia.


RELIG 575 - Contemporary Theories of Religion View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)
There is no available course description.

RELIG 580 - Directed Reading Course I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Prerequisite: consent of Department.


RELIG 581 - Directed Reading Course II View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 0-3S-0)

Prerequisite: consent of Department.


RELIG 675 - Graduate Seminar View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(EITHER, 0-1S-0)

This is a pass/fail course.