RS101 - Introduction to Religion
Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is an introduction to religion as a dimension of human experience that affects all aspects of life. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts and methods necessary for the study of religion and will be exposed to the basic modes of religious experience and expression as found in the world's religions. Special emphasis will be placed on the Jewish and Christian religious traditions. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

RS103 - The Old Testament
Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is an overview of the entire Old Testament. It introduces the student to the history of the People of Israel, their evolving theological perspectives on life and death, and the manner in which they constructed their religious literature. It explores essential elements of biblical faith and encourages students to perceive connections with the realities of the world today while emphasizing the importance of studying a biblical text in the social, political, and religious context in which it was written. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

RS109 - The Christian Tradition
Credit: 3 semester hours

This course presents a survey Christian history and teaching from the time of Jesus to the present. It addresses various customs, traditions, and viewpoints that Christians have adopted across the centuries. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

RS203 - The Synoptic Gospels
Credit: 3 semester hours

This course provides an introduction to the New Testament through examination of the gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. These gospels are studied in the context in which they were written and in light of contemporary scriptural scholarship. The course examines the portrayal of Jesus in each of the gospels and encourages an application of the gospel message to contemporary living. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

RS208 - The Letters of Saint Paul
Credit: 3 semester hours

This course studies the life and teachings of Paul as presented in the New Testament. Besides critically analyzing how Paul and his message are portrayed in the Acts of the Apostles, it also approaches the letters attributed to Paul in the Bible from a critical perspective so as to determine the position of the apostle himself on a wide range of issues. In addition to providing an understanding of Paul's message for the people of his own day, the course also encourages an analysis of what these letters may have to say about contemporary issues for Christians today. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

RS210 - Religion in America
Credit: 3 semester hours

This course surveys the diversity of religions as they are encountered in American history (Native American traditions, Roman Catholocism, Protestantism, African-American religions, Judaism, new religious movements, Asian religions, and New Age traditions) but also considers what is uniquely American about different religions in America and what is religious about the broader American culture.

RS217 - World Religions I
Credit: 3 semester hours

This course examines the historical setting, main concepts, rituals, practices, and artistic expressions of Hinduism and Buddhism. It includes selected writings from their sacred books. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

RS218 - African American Religion
Credit: 3 semester hours

This course surveys African American religious experience and expression from the period of enslavement to the present. It uses a variety of arts and disciplines to enhance the student's understanding and appreciation of African American religious experience and expression. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

RS219 - World Religions II
Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is an examination of the historical setting and main beliefs and practices of the Abrahamic faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It includes a study of selected writings from their sacred books. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

RS236 - Women and Religion
Credit: 3 semester hours

This course examines the basis for and the substance of various feminist critiques of Western religions. It analyzes the laws, rituals, traditions, and texts of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam from a feminist perspective and explores alternative modes of religious practice. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

RS301 - Special Topics
Credit: 3 semester hours

This course investigates some aspect of religious expression or practice of current interest and relevance to the global situation of religious diversity. Each time the course is offered, the specific content will be designated. The course may be repeated provided the subject matter differs. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

RS350 - Psychology of Religion
Credit: 3 semester hours

The goals of this class are to (1) learn about the basic concepts of the study of religion from a psychological perspective; (2) learn many specifics about what psychological researchers have learned about religion; (3) develop skills in thinking critically about the concepts and findings; and (4) develop skills in writing and speaking about thoughts on these topics and issues. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.
Prerequisites: PSY103 This course is cross-listed with PSY 350.

RS363 - Christianity and Social Justice
Credit: 3 semester hours

This course explores peace and justice issues in light of biblical and Christian theological teachings. It includes a discussion of specific social justice issues such as poverty, war, racism, and ecology within the context of Christian values. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

RS366 - Sickness, Suffering, and Death
Credit: 3 semester hours

This course examines suffering and death from a biblical perspective, from current theological perspectives, and from the perspective of human experience. It encourages the development of a holistic outlook on life and the acceptance of dying and rising as a recurring event that can prepare us for death. It fosters within the student the skills needed to deal with one's own mortality and suffering in this life, as well as skills needed in being present to another person who is suffering or facing death. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.

RS370 - Religion, Art, and Visual Culture
Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is an introduction to critical issues involved in the study of religion, art, and visual culture. Students will examine the arts, but also seek to understand the overall process of visuality whereby the human activity of seeing becomes a meaningful and religious experience. Thus, students will look at the role of the arts in relation to various religious traditions, but also look at the way vision changes from culture to culture, religion to religion.

RS375 - Irish Religion and Culture
Credit: 3 semester hours

This course is a survey of the history of religion in Ireland, including ancient, Celtic, Catholic, Protestant, and contemporary religious ideas and practices. An emphasis will be put on the history of the conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Ireland and the role that religion plays in individual and cultural identity. This course may be offered in conjunction with Spalding's Study Abroad in Ireland program.

RS490 - Independent Study
Credit: 1-6 semester hours

This course provides an opportunity for a student to take a Religious Studies course in which the content is determined by a faculty member in consultation with the student. The course may be repeated to allow a student to delve more deeply into a topic of particular interest to the student. This course can be used to satisfy University Studies requirements.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.