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REL 100: Introduction to the Study of Religion (3 cr.) — Explores various religious perspectives and ways of thinking about religious themes and religious experience. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

REL 200: Survey of the Old Testament (3 cr.) — Surveys books of the Old Testament, with emphasis on prophetic historical books. Examines the historical and geographical setting and place of the Israelites in the ancient Middle East as background to the writings. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

REL 210: Survey of the New Testament (3 cr.) — Surveys books of the New Testament, with special attention upon placing the writings within their historical and geographical setting. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

REL 215: New Testament and Early Christianity (3 cr.) — Surveys the history, literature, and theology of early Christianity in the light of the New Testament. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

REL 216: Life and Teachings of Jesus (3 cr.) — Studies the major themes in the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Gospels, and examines the events of his life in light of modern biblical and historical scholarship. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

REL 217: Life and Letters of Paul (3 cr.) — Studies the journeys and religious thought of the apostle Paul. Lecture 3 hours per week.

REL 230: Religions of the World (3 cr.) — Introduces the religions of the world with attention to origin, history, and doctrine. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week

REL 231 - Religions of the World I
(3 cr.) — Studies religions of the world with attention to origin, history, and doctrine. Part I of II. Lecture 3 hours per week.

REL 233: Introduction to Islam (3 cr.) — Studies Islam in its historical, religious, and political dimensions and assists in the understanding of its contemporary vitality and attraction as a faith, a culture and a way of life. Lecture 3 hours per week.

REL 235: Major Religious Thinkers (3 cr.) — Examines the works of one or more important people in religious thought. Lecture 3 hours per week.

REL 237: Eastern Religions (3 cr.) — Studies major religious traditions of the East including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Zen Buddhism. Includes an analysis of Eastern philosophy and approach to life. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

REL 238: Western Religions (3 cr.) — Studies major traditions of the west that may include, but not limited to Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, Near East, Greek and Roman, African, Native American, European Pagan, and New Age spirituality. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

REL 240: Religions in America (3 cr.) — Surveys various manifestations of religion in the American experience. Emphasizes concepts, problems, and issues of religious pluralism and character of American religious life. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

REL 246: Christianity (3 cr.) — Examines the origins and historical development of Christianity, its basic metaphysical and theological assumptions, its essential doctrines, and the present state of the church in the modern world. Lecture 3 hours per week.

REL 247: History of Christianity (3 cr.) — Surveys the development of Christianity from its origins to the present. Prerequisite: ENG 111 eligible. Lecture 3 hours per week.

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