RES - Religious Studies

RES 101 Introduction to the Study of Religion

Course Description: This course is an introduction to the central themes of both Eastern and Western religious thought. The course presentation emerges from the comparative study of religions, their sources, traditions, and multiple manifestations.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, and Summer. PLV: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

RES 106 Religions of the Globe

Course Description: The course is a study of the major religious systems of the globe and the formative influences they have on human culture. Consideration will be given to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, and Summer. PLV: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

RES 106C Religions of the Globe (CAP)

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III.

Course Description: The course is a study of the major religious systems of the globe and the formative influences they have on human culture. Consideration will be given to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, Spring, and Summer. PLV: Fall and Spring.

3 credits

RES 201 Great Ideas in Western Religious Thought

Old Core: Enhancement

Course Description: The great ideas of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. An in-depth study of the most influential ideas regarding the nature of divinity and the essence of humanity which emerge from the different source documents and traditions of the major religions of the West. 3 Credits

Course Rotation: NYC: Spring. PLV: Fall.

3 credits

RES 202 Great Ideas in Eastern Religious Thought

Old Core: Enhancement; New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III.

Course Description: This course examines the great ideas in Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. An in-depth study of the most influential ideas regarding the nature of divinity and the essence of humanity that emerge from the different source documents and traditions of the major religions of the East.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall. PLV: Spring.

3 credits

RES 231 The Bible: Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament)

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II.

Course Description: An introduction to the history, literature, and religion of the Ancient Hebrews as it grew in the cultural frame-work of the ancient Near East. Attention will be given to the formation, development, and major themes of the Pentateuch, as well as the historical, prophetic, poetical and wisdom books of the Bible.

Course Rotation: Fall.

3 credits

RES 232 The Bible: Christian Scriptures (New Testament)

Course Description: An introduction to the history, literature, and religion of the early Christian community as it grew in the cultural frame-work of the Jewish and Greco/Roman world of the first century. Attention will be given to the formation, development and major themes of the Gospels, Epistles, and the Apocalypse.

Course Rotation: Spring.

3 credits

RES 240 The World Religions and the Natural Environment

Course Description: This course will examine the teachings of the world's major religious traditions about the natural environment and the place of human beings within it. This will include consideration of Eastern and Western beliefs about cosmology (the question of what the universe is and, from a religious perspective, what relationship it may have to God), as well as of beliefs and practices regarding the natural environment of indigenous and aboriginal religious traditions. We will consider different religious discussions about human moral responsibility toward nature, including responsibilities toward other people, toward other species, and toward the universe in general. We will also examine the response of contemporary religious thinkers and institutions to the environmental concerns that have arisen in recent decades. The purpose will be twofold: to develop a better understanding of the religious traditions by studying them from an environmental perspective, and to develop a better understanding of environmental attitudes and ideas by studying them from the perspective of their relation to religious teaching.

3 credits

RES 242 The Divine Comedy of Dante

Course Description:This course is a study of the Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321) with an eye to its major philosophic and religious ideas. As Dante travels through the realms of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven, the Commedia integrates into its verses the intellectual traditions of Classical Greek, Biblical, and Medieval Philosophical thought. These traditions will be considered in order to understand the work?s essential claims regarding the Divine, the human, the nature of virtue and vice, and the meaning, purpose, and order of existence.

Course Rotation: Fall;NY:PLV

3 credits

RES 244 The Gospels of The New Testament

Course Description: This course offers a scholarly introduction to the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, Luke, and John with an approach that seeks to situate these texts within their original historical, literary, and religious contexts. Through a comparison of the four Gospels the themes that distinguish each book regarding its portrait of Jesus and the demands of the Christian life will be studied. Attention to the sources, audiences, the nature of multiple forms of oral communication within the written texts, and the perspective of each author will be emphasized.

Course Rotation:Fall;NYC:PLV

3 credits

RES 260 The Religion of Islam

Course Description:This class will engage in a comprehensive study of the religion of Islam, beginning with the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. Students will study the early history of Islam in the Arabian Peninsula, its expansion in the seventh and eighth centuries, and have an overview of the history of the Caliphate, the various Islamic dynasties up to the end of the Ottoman Empire. Students will read the Quran in it?s entirely in a recent translation, and be introduced to the other major genres of Islamic religious literature, such as the Hadith. The class will also have an overview of Islamic art, since it is impossible to separate the great achievements of Islamic art from the religion itself, and since Islamic art has had such an enormous impact on the art of other civilizations.

Course Rotation: NY;Fall

3 credits

RES 296 World Religions and the Natural World

3 credits

RES 296C Topic: World Religions and the Natural Environment

Course Description: This course will examine the teachings of the world's major religious traditions about the natural world and the place of human beings within it. This will include consideration of Eastern and Western beliefs about cosmology (the question of what the universe is and, from a religious perspective, what relationship it may have to God). We will consider different religious discussions about human moral responsibility toward nature as well as the response of contemporary religious thinkers and institutions to the environmental concerns that have arisen in recent decades.

3 credits

RES 296D Topic: Women in World Religions

Course Description: This course is a study of the roles women have played and the impact they have had, both historically and in the contemporary world, in the major religious systems of the globe. The formative influences these religions have had on human culture in general as well as on the place of the women in their respective societies will be examined. Consideration will be given to the major world religions, East and West.

3 credits

RES 296F Topic: Divine Comedy of Dante

Course Description: Topics vary from year to year but provide an opportunity to examine either the work of an author, issue or a specific problem in the field of religious studies.

3 credits

RES 296G Topic: The Gospel, Letters, and Revelations of St. John in the Christian Scriptures (New Testament)

Course Description: In the New Testament under the name of John there appears a Gospel, three letters and the Book of Revelation. This course using the insights of modern biblical scholarship will explore these documents with an eye to their major themes, audience, sources historical and literary contexts.

3 credits

RES 296H Topic: The Greek of the Christian Scriptures

Course Description: This course is a new course in New Testament Greek, or what is called ?koine? and presupposes that students have had a year of Ancient Greek. In this class we will read and translate one of the Gospels from the Christian Scriptures.

3 credits

Prerequisites

GRK 101 Min Grade D and GRK 102 Min Grade D

RES 296M Topic: The Gospels of the New Testament

Course Description: This course offers an in-depth study of the Gospel of Mark, Matthew, Luke and John with an approach that seeks to situate these texts within their original historical, literary, and religious contexts. Through a comparison of the four Gospels the themes that distinguish each book regarding its portrait of Jesus and the demands of the Christian life will be studied. Attention to the sources, audiences, the nature of multiple forms of oral communication within the written texts, and the perspective of each author will be emphasized. There are no prerequisites for this course.

3 credits

RES 296R Topic: Buddhism

Course Description: Buddhism, the fourth-largest religion in the world in terms of believers, was founded by Siddartha Gautama Shakyamuni, the Buddha, in the 6th century BCE. This course will examine the Theravada and Mahayana schools, each within the context of its historical, ethnical, linguistic and theological roots, within India, Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia, China, Tibet, Mongolia, Japan, and Korea, as well as within the Western world, where Buddhist schools continue to make major inroads and exert large-scale influence in popular culture, art, and literature.

3 credits

RES 296S Topic: Religion of Islam

Course Description: This class will engage in a comprehensive study of the religion of Islam, beginning with the life and teachings of the Prophet Muhammad. Students will study the early history of Islam in the Arabian peninsula, its expansion in the seventh and eighth centuries, and have an overview of the history of the Caliphate, the various Islamic dynasties up to the end of the Ottoman Empire. Students will read the Quran in its entirety in a recent translation, and be introduced to other major genres of Islamic religious literature, such as the Hadith. The class will also have an overview of Islamic art, since it is impossible to separate the great achievements of Islamic art from the religion itself, and since Islamic art has had such an enormous impact on the art of other civilizations.

3 credits

RES 296T Topic: The Gospel of St. Luke and the Acts of the Apostles

Course Description: Within the Christian Scriptures (The New Testament) the writings of St. Luke; his Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, represent the single largest block of material from the pen of a single author. This course will study these two most influential documents from the perspective of modern critical Biblical scholarship with an eye to understanding of their sources, audience, context, and major themes. The aim of the course is to introduce the student to a scholarly study of the Bible which aims at a sophisticated approach to an understanding of the text. No previous study of the source documents of Christianity is required not assumed.

3 credits

RES 296U From the Mysteries to Gnosticism & Beyond:Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Religions in Late Antiquity

Course Description: This course will introduce students to the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern religious situation from the time of Alexander the Great to approximately the time of Emperor Justinian (527-565 CE). Students will examine the influence of the Greco-Oriental mystery traditions, then the Oriental/Asian religious influences that were introduced into Western religious traditions such as Judaism and Christianity, as part of the legacy of Alexander the Great. These combined influences crystallized into Gnosticism, Manichaeism, Mandaeanism, Hermeticism, and other religious doctrines and movements, which will form a central portion of the course.

Course Rotation: NY: Fall, odd years.

3 credits

RES 395 Independent Study in Religious Studies

Prerequisites: Junior standing and a minimum CPQA of 3.00.

Course Description: With the approval of the appropriate faculty member, the department chairperson, and the academic dean, students may select a topic for guided research that is not included in the regular course offerings. The student meets regularly with the faculty member to review progress. A research project or paper must also be submitted.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall, Spring, Summer.

1 - 9 credits