Religious Studies Course Offerings for Spring 2018

The following courses will be offered by the Religious Studies Faculty for the Spring 2018. Sign up now!

REL 1010 Religion and Imaginary Worlds

  • Section 101 (Gravett) ON-LINE
  • Section 102/411 (Hutchins) MWF 9:00-9:50
  • Section 103 (Ostwalt) TTH 12:30-1:45
  • Section 104 (Ostwalt) TTh 2:00-3:15
  • Section 105 (Young) MW 2:00-3:15
  • Section 106 (Young) MW 5:00-6:15

REL 1100 Religion and Contemporary Issues

  • Section 101 (Schilbrack) TTh 11:00-12:15

REL 1110 Religions of the World

  • Section 101/410 (Ellis) TTh 9:30-10:45
  • Section 102/411 (Ellis) TTh 2:00-3:15

REL 1120 Death, Grieving, and Immortality

  • Section 101/410 (Mai) TTh 2:00-3:15

REL 2010 Old Testament - sample syllabus (PDF)

  • Section 101/410 (Duke) MWF 11:00-11:50
  • Section 102/411 (Hankins) TTh 12:30-1:45

REL 2020 New Testament - sample syllabus (PDF) 

  • Section 101/410 (Duke) TTh 9:30-10:45
  • Section 102/411 (Duke) TTh 11:00-12:15
  • Section 103 (Gravett) ON-LINE
  • Section 104/412 (Hankins) TTh 2:00-3:15
  • Section 105 (Young) MW 3:30-4:45

REL 2030 Islamic Religion & Culture

  • Section 101/410 (Hutchins) TTh 9:30-10:45

REL 2150 Buddhism

  • Section 101/410 (Mai) TTh 11:00-12:15

REL 3120 African Thought (Hutchins)

  • African Thought is a survey of issues and practices associated with some African religions and a discussion of primary texts by some African thinkers. The goal is to achieve an enhanced level of cultural literacy about and familiarity with Africa.
  • MWF 10:00 – 10:50

REL 3020 After Jesus: Paul (Gravett)

  • Want to know more about the communities, traditions and theologies that developed in years after Jesus’s life? This course will focus on the writings attributed to the apostle Paul and how they shaped Christianity past and present. 

REL 3531 Intermediate Biblical Hebrew (Duke)

  • Second year Hebrew class. 
  • MWF 10:00 – 10:50

REL 3700 Theories of Religion (Schilbrack)

  • This course provides an overview of what it means to theorize religion in the university, and so we will primarily be focused on ourselves as thinkers. Where did our idea of “religion” come from? Are religions best understood in terms of human experience and the evolution of the brain? Or rather as social identities related to certain ways of living and social rules? How have our assumptions about religion been shaped by colonialism, masculinity, or white supremacy?
  • This is a WID course and students will develop their own answers to the questions about what religion is and how best to study it. Be prepared to read cutting edge materials and to write up their own views of them. 
  • TTh 9:30-10:45 

REL 3750 Minds, Brain, and Religion (Ellis)

  • This course introduces the student to various psychological interpretations and explanations of religious beliefs, behaviors, and experiences. Over the course of the semester, students will read texts representative of psychoanalysis, object relations theory, existential psychodynamic psychology, attachment theory, cognitive psychology, evolutionary psychology, and neuroscience as they pertain directly to the academic study of religion. 
  • TTh 11:00 – 12:15

REL 4700 Capstone: Millennials, Religion and the Emerging Church (Hankins)

  • A study of theoretical models and questions developed in literary theory, and how they shape understandings of biblical literature, cultures, and interpretations, as well as other cultural products. 
  • MW 2:00-3:15