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REL-101: Introduction to World Religions
Introduces the study of religions and religious phenomena through an examination of several historical and contemporary religions from around the world. Will include a study of some of the following: American Indian traditions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Shintoism, ancient and contemporary feminist spirituality, gnosticism, shamanism, Confucianism and Taoism. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.

REL-120: Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Introduces the beliefs, values, and practices of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Both historical and contemporary phenomena will be used to develop an understanding of the diversity and complexity of the religious dimension of human life. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.

REL-125: Introduction to Islam
Introduces the beliefs, values, and practices of Islam. Both historical and contemporary phenomena will be used to develop an understanding of the diversity and complexity of the Muslim religion. Attention will also be given to critical issues within Islam in the modern world. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.

REL-130: Introduction to Religions of the East
Introduces some of the religious traditions and systems of belief which may be found in the East. Both historical and contemporary phenomena will be used to develop an understanding of the diversity and complexity of the religious dimension of human life. Various forms of some of the following religions will be included: Buddhism, Shintoism, Hinduism, Taoism, Jainism and Confucianism. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.

REL-140: Religion in the United States
A historical survey of religion in the United States from the colonial period to the present, with emphasis upon the increasing diversity of American religions. Religious developments will be related to the broader cultural aspects of the American experience. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.

REL-160: Religions of China
This course will cover some of the main religious systems and traditions of China, both pre-modern and modern. The general rubric used will divide Chinese religions systems into four main categories: Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist, and Popular, although some attention will be given to studying the reality that Chinese religion as practiced tends to cross over such artificial boundaries. This course does not assume any prior knowledge of religion from the part of the students. All that is required is a willingness to enter imaginatively and empathetically into these religions that inform the personal lives and social institutions of eastern cultures. Credits: 3, Prereq: none.

REL-924: Honors Project
Allows a qualified honors student to pursue a special concentration of study under the guidance of a faculty member. Requires completion of an honors project contract. May be taken more than once. Credits: 1, Prereq: approval of supervising professor and dean.

REL-928: Independent Study
Provides readings, papers, study and research under the guidance of a faculty member. Credits: 1, Prereq: Permission of instructor and dean