Course Description Booklet

FALL 2011

UPDATED: 07/22/2011


Arabic:
ARAB 101 - Arabic I

Classics:
CLAS 116 - Scientific Greek & Latin
CLAS 141 - Entertainment: Rome Spectacle
CLAS 180 - Classical Mythology
CLAS 286 - Literature Ancient Far East
CLAS 305 - Ancient Greek Religion
CLAS 307/807 - Early Christianity
CLAS 312 - Pagans and Christians in the Roman Empire
CLAS 399 - Independent Study
CLAS 399H - Honors Course
CLAS 401 - Research Seminar
CLAS 409/809 - Religion in Late Antiquity

Greek:
GREK 101 - Elementary Greek I
GREK 301 - Greek Prose I
GREK 399 - Independent Study
GREK 399H - Honors Course
GREK 896 - Reading and Research
GREK 899 - Masters Thesis

Latin:
LATN 101 - Elementary Latin
LATN 301 - Latin Prose
LATN 303 - Latin Prose
LATN 399 - Independent Study
LATN 399H - Honors Course
LATN 491/891 - Topics in Latin Prose
LATN 896 - Reading and Research
LATN 899 - Masters Thesis

Hebrew:
HEBR 301 - Biblical Hebrew Prose
HEBR 399 - Independent Study
HEBR 896 - Reading and Research

Religious Studies:
RELG 108 - World Religions
RELG 118 - Introduction to Asian Religions
RELG 150 - Explaining Religion
RELG 181 - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
RELG 205 - Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
RELG 218 - Introduction to Buddhism
RELG 219 - Intro to Jewish History
RELG 305 - Ancient Greek Religion
RELG 307 - Early Christianity
RELG 310 - Great Ideas in Religion
RELG 312 - Pagans and Christians in the Roman Empire
RELG 398 - Special Topics, Sec. 001: The Qur'an
RELG 399 - Independent Study
RELG 401 - Research Seminar
RELG 409 - Religion in Late Antiquity
RELG 489 - Medieval Literature and Theology


ARAB 101 - Arabic I  
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
30106 001 1230-0120 MTWRF
Description of Material Being Covered Description of Material Being Covered:  This course will lay the foundation of modern standard Arabic; the grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and structure of the language.
Required Books
Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, Abbas Al-Tonsi, Alif Baa: Introduction to Arabic Letters and Sounds, 2nd Edition, ISBN: 9781589015067, Georgetown University Press, 2009, Required;
Kristen Brustad, Mahmoud Al-Batal, Abbas Al-Tonsi, Al-Kitaab fii Ta'allum al-'Arabiyya: A Textbook for Arabic, Part One , ISBN: 9781589011045. Georgetown UP, 2004, Required.
Method of Instruction To be announced.
Number and Types of Assignments To be announced.
Examination Policy To be announced.

CLAS 116/116X - SCIENTIFIC GREEK & LATIN  
Call# Type Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
4519/4612 Lecture 2 700/900 ARR ARR ARR T. Rinkevich
Description of Material Being Covered Exploration of the linguistic techniques used in the study and formation of scientific terminology, and the classical hertiage of biomedical vocabulary. The emphasis is on the use of Greek and Latin roots and their application to the description of elements in medicine and comparative anatomy, and in one (1) other chosen category of science or technology.
Required Books:  
LaFleur-Brooks, Myrna, Exploring Medical Vocabulary: A Student Directed Approach 7th Edition, ISBN: 9780323049504, Mosby Elsevier, 2009, Paperback, Required;
Dictionary, Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine,, 8th Edition, ISBN: 9780323049375, Mosby, 2009, Hardcover, Required.
Method of Instruction You should have access to the WEB, since all of the discussion and quizzing will be online. The instructor will be available for consultation. There will also be discussion of developments in the scientific nomenclature, and speculation on the causes of terminological change online. Access to a computer with a CD-ROM player might be useful too, as a CD comes with the text
Number and Types of Assignments Exercises will be assigned from the book as an aid to knowledge acquisition; in addition, further exercise may be provided on the WEB. Students will also select material from another area (e.g., ornithology, zoology, psychology, geology) of interest for separate work.
Examination Policies and Grading Information There will be fifteen (15) quizzes (33% of the grade) and two (2) examinations (67% of the grade). These will be multiple-choice; some (or all) will be available from electronic devices. The last quiz and exam both will contain some of the student's specially-chosen area of interest.

CLAS 141 - ENTERTAINMENT: ROME SPECTACLE 
Call# Type Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
8931 Lecture 3 001 1100a-1215p TR HAH 112 A. Duncan
Description of Material Being Covered This is a course on the forms of mass entertainment produced in different historical periods in ancient Rome. It examines Roman drama as one kind of mass entertainment produced in the Republican period of Roman history. It then examines forms of spectacle in the late Republic and early Imperial periods that involved the Roman elite, such as the triumph, the funeral, and the theatrical extravaganzas of some of the "mad" emperors. Finally, it examines the range of blood sports that were produced, and eagerly consumed, throughout the Roman Empire: chariot racing, military reenactments, animal spectacles, public executions of criminals and religious nonconformists, and gladiatorial combat.
Required Books:  
Plautus & Terrance, Five Comedies by Plautus & Terence, ISBN: 087220362X, Hackett, 1999;
Jones, The World of Rome: An Introduction to Roman Culture, ISBN: 0-2521386004, Cambridge University Press, 1997;
Futrell, The Roman Games, ISBN: 0-405115696, Blackwell Publishing, 2006.
Method of Instruction This course is taught as a lecture. There are occational film clips shown.
Number and Types of Assignments Students will take several quizzes, a midterm, and a final exam.

CLAS 180 - CLASSICAL MYTHOLOGY 
Call# Type Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
3273 Lecture 3 001 0230p-0320p MWF BURN 203 G. Watley
3274 Lecture A 3 150 1230p-0120p MF LLS 102 T. Winter
3275 Recitation A 152 1230p-0120p W NH W106 Staff
3276 Recitation A 153 0330p-0420p W BURN 119 Staff
3277 Recitation A 154 1230p-0120p W M&N B7 Staff
3278 Recitation A 156 0330p-0420p W OldH 305 Staff
3279 Recitation A 157 1030a-1120a W OldH 305 Staff
3280 Recitation A 158 0930a-1020a W HENZ 203 Staff
NOTE:  Must also take Group A Recitation. Register for one recitation from sections 151-158 with lecture section 150. 
Description of Material Being Covered (Sec. 150) This course, in this section, defines archetypal mythology as primitive software for understanding the natural world. The seven texts have an age ranging from about 4,000 to 1,900 years, and we will treat each one as a time capsule to help us understand the times, the people, the cultures, and the modes of thought that produced them and left them for us to find.
Required Books (Sec. 001)
Fagles, Robert (tr.), Aeschylus: The Oresteia, ISBN: 978-0140443332, Penguin Classics, 1984;
Fagles, Robert (tr.), Sophocles: The Three Theban Plays, ISBN: 9780140444254, Penguin Classics, 2000;
Hine, Daryl, Works of Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns, ISBN: 978-0226329666, University of Chicago, 2007;
Lombardo, Stanley (tr.), The Essential Homer, ISBN: 978-0872205406, Hackett Publishing, 2000;
Partenie, Catalin, Plato: Selected Myths, ISBN: 9780199552559, Oxford World's Classics, 2009;
Roche, Paul (tr.), Euripides, Ten Plays, ISBN: 978-0451527004, Signet Classics, 1998.
Required Books (Sec. 150)
Apollodorus, The Library of Apollodorus, ISBN: 9780199536320, Oxford University Press, 2008;
Hesiod, The Theogony, ISBN: 9780199438317, Oxford University Press, 2009;
Homer, The Odyssey, ISBN: 9780393964059, W.W. Norton, 1993;
Sophocles, The Theban Plays, ISBN: 9780486450490, Dover Publishing, 2006;
Euripides, Ten Plays, ISBN: 9780553213638, Bantam Books, 1990;
Ovid, Metamorphoses, ISBN: 9780253200013, Indiana University Press, 1960.
Method of Instruction (Sec. 150) Backgrounders to help explain the readings and to put them in a setting, plus hundreds of slides.
Number and Types of Assignments (Sec. 150) Daily reading of assigned works and 2 short papers.
Examination Policies and Grading Information (Sec. 150) Each of the two hour examinations will count for 25% of the grade. The essay will count for 15% of the grade. Attendance, quizzes, and participation in recitation sections will count for 35% of the grade.
96-100 = A+, 90-95.9 = A, 87.5-89 = B+, 80-87.4 = B, 77.5-79 = C+, 70-77.4 = C, 67.5-69 = D+, 60-67.4 = D. Rounding? 9.445 rounds up--9.444 does not.

CLAS 286 - LITERATURE OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
8932 3 001 1130a-1220p MWF M&N B7 G. Watley
PREQ:    Sophmore standing. 
Description of Material Being Covered: The course will cover texts from various civilizations of the Ancient Near East, including Mesopotamia (Gilgamesh), Egypt (Isis and Osiris), Israel (Genesis), and Asia Minor (Hesiod's Theogony). We will also investigate these cultures through archaeological and art historical evidence. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the world view of these literary works, as well as their cross- cultural continuities.
Required Books
W. Kelly Simpson, The Literature of Ancient Egypt, ISBN: 9780300099201, 3rd Edition, Yale UP;
George, The Epic of Giglamesh, ISBN: 97801401449198, Penguin, 1999;
Foster, From Distant Days, ISBN: 9781883053093, CDL Publishers, 1995;
J. Black, Literature of Ancient Sumer, ISBN: 9780199296330, Oxford UP, 2006;
S. B. Parker, Ugartic Narrative Poetry, ISBN: 9780788503375, Society of Biblical Literature, 1997.
Method of Instruction Lecture and discussion.

CLAS 305 - ANCIENT GREEK RELIGION 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
29535 3 001 1130a-1220p MWF M & N 203 S. Crawford
Cross-Listed with Religious Studies 305. 
Description of Material Being Covered The purpose of the course is to learn about the religious practices and beliefs of the ancient Greeks, through their literary and documentary texts and archaeological remains.
Required Books
Jon D. Mikalson, Ancient Greek Religion, ISBN: 978-0631232230, Blackwell Publishers, 2005, Required;
John E. Stambaugh, Sources for the Study of Greek Religion, ISBN: 978-0891303473, Society of Biblical Literature, 1979, Required;
Norman O. Brown, Hesiod Theogony, ISBN: 0-02-315310-5, Macmillan, Required;
Edith Hamilton, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, ISBN: 0446607258, Warner Bros., Inc., 1999, Required;
Richmond Lattimore (tr), The Iliad of Homer, ISBN: 0-226-46940-9, Univ. of Chicago Press. 1961, Required.
Method of Instruction Lecture and discussion.
Number and Types of Assignments Daily reading assignments; weekly quizzes; mid-term; final; and one short paper.

CLAS 307/807 - EARLY CHRISTIANITY 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
3284/**** 3 001 0200p-0315p TR OLDH 309 J. Turner
Cross-Listed with Religion 307 and History 307/807. 
Description of Material Being Covered :  Introduction to the history, institutions and thought of early Christianity from the beginnings until A.D. 150 as reconstructed from the New Testament and other early Christian literature.
Required Books
Duling and Perrin, Introduction to the New Testament 4th Edition, ISBN: 978-0155078567, 2003;
Dungan and Cartlidge, Documents for the Study of the Gospels Revised, ISBN: 9780800628093, Fortress, 1994;
Throckmorton, Gospel Parallels 5th Edition NRSV, ISBN: 9780840774842, Nelson, 1993;
Holy Bible (RSV), ISBN: 9780452006478, Plume, 1974.
Method of Instruction:  Mostly lecture, but ample opportunity for discussion.
Number and Types of Assignments:   To be announced.
Examination Policies and Grading Information:   Short quizzes, mid-term, and final exam.

CLAS 312 - PAGANS AND CHRISTIANS IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
29532 3 001 1130a-1220p MWF OTHMER 105 S. Lahey
Description of Material Being Covered To be announced.
Required Books
Augustine, City of God Against the Pagans, ISBN: 9780521468435, Cambridge, 1998
Polybius, Histories, ISBN: 9780199434708;
Cicero, On Obligations: De Officiis, ISBN: 0-19-954071-3.
Method of Instruction To be announced.
Number and Types of Assignments To be announced.
Examination Policy To be announced.

CLAS 399 - INDEPENDENT STUDY 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
**** 1-6 001 Arranged Arranged Arranged Staff
PREQ:   Permission of Instructor. Obtain call # from the Classics office (472-2460). 

CLAS 399H - HONORS COURSE 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
**** 1-4 001 Arranged Arranged Arranged Staff
PREQ:   Candidate for degree with distinction or with high distinction or with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences. Obtain call # from Classics office (472-2460) 

CLAS 401 - Research Seminar  
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
**** 001 Arranged Arranged Arranged Staff

CLAS 409/809 - RELIGION IN LATE ANTIQUITY 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
3287/**** 3 001 11:00a-1215p TR ANDR 241 J. Turner
PREQ:   Junior standing. 
Cross-Listed with Religious Studies 409 and History 409/809. 
Description of Material Being Covered A survey of the religions and religious philosophies of Hellenistic and Graeco-Roman times from Alexander to Constantine. The student will be exposed to primary sources and the problem of their interpretation.
Topics Include
Hero-cults, mystery religions, Gnosticism, the Platonic, Stoic and Epicurean religio-philosophical traditions, Graeco-Oriental syncretism, popular culture, and their influence on Judaism and Christianity.
Required Books
Helmut Koester, Introduction to the New Testament: History, Culture and Religion of the Hellenistic Age Vol 1, ISBN: 97883110146929, Walter De Gruyter Inc., 1995;
Luther H. Martin, Hellenistic Religions, ISBN: 9780195043914, Oxford UP, 1987;
Jason L. Saunders, Greek and Roman Philosophy After Aristotle, ISBN: 9780684836430, Simon & Schuster, 1997;
Marvin Meyer, ed., The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, ISBN: 9780061626005, Harper Collins;
Rice, Sources for the Study of Greek Religion, Corrected Edition, ISBN: 9780891303473, Society of Biblical Literature, 1997.
Method of InstructionThe course will be conducted as a seminar with occasional lectures by the instructor and presentations by student participants on selected topics.
Number and Types of Assignments To be announced.
Examination Policies and Grading Information The student's work will be evaluated on the basis of the class presentation and a research paper.

GREK 101 - ELEMENTARY GREEK I 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
3680 5
5
001
001
0930a-1020a
0930a-1045a
MW
TR
ANDR 11
ANDR 11
A. Duncan
A. Duncan
Description of Material Being Covered:  This course will lay the foundation of Classical and Koine Greek; the grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and structure of the language.
Required Books
Hansen, Hardy, Greek: An Intensive Course, ISBN: 978-0323216635, Fordham U.P.
Method of Instruction
1) Every student will have the opportunity to contribute to every class session. This course is not for the faint-hearted or the slack-offs, but it will produce real benefits for those who take it seriously, and efforts will be made to make it a pleasant experience.
2) Presentation and explanation of vocabulary, grammar, syntax and structure; in-class and homework exercises.
Number and Types of Assignments:  2 chapters a week, each with exercises and sentences to be handed in, or assigned for quizzes; a quiz or assignment nearly every day.
Examination Policies and Grading Information:  Thorough daily drills and frequent quizzes; 90-100 = A, 86-89 = B+, etc. Mid-term and final.

GREK 301 - GREEK PROSE I 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
4520 3 001 0930a-1045a TR ANDR 241 T. Rinkevich
PREQ:  Greek 102 
Description of Material Being Covered
Required Books:
Mather, Xenophon's Anabasis, I - IV, ISBN: 0-8061-1347-2, Oklahoma University Press, 1962.
Method of Instruction:  In-class translation of the text and discussion of linguistic, grammatical and syntactic matters and the author's ideas.
Number and Types of Assignments:  Frequent quizzes on FORMS and sentence translation and analysis, assignments, mid-term, and final exam.
Examination Policies and Grading Information:  Frequent quizzes, pro re nata; mid-term; final exam.

GREK 399 - INDEPENDENT STUDY 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
**** 1-6 001 Arranged Arranged Arranged Staff
PREQ:   Permission of Instructor. Obtain call # from the Classics office (472-2460). 

GREK 399H - HONORS COURSE 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
**** 3 001 Arranged Arranged Arranged Staff
PREQ:   Candidate for degree with distinction or with high distinction or with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences. Obtain call # from Classics office (472-2460) 

GREK 896 - READING AND RESEARCH 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
**** 1-6 001 Arranged Arranged Arranged Staff
PREQ:   Permission of Instructor. Obtain call # from the Classics office (472-2460). 

GREK 899 - MASTERS THESIS 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
***** 1-10 001 Arranged Arranged Arranged Staff
PREQ:  Admission to the Masters Degree Program and permission of Major Advisor. 

HEBR 399 - INDEPENDENT STUDY 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
**** 1-3 001 Arranged Arranged Arranged Staff
PREQ:   Permission of Instructor. Obtain call # from the Classics office (472-2460). 

HEBR 896 - READING AND RESEARCH 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
**** 1-6 001 Arranged Arranged Arranged Staff
PREQ:   Permission of Instructor. Obtain call # from the Classics office (472-2460). 

LATN 101 - ELEMENTARY LATIN 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
3736 5 001 1030a-1120a
1100a-1215p
MF
TR
ANDR 11
ANDR 11
T. Winter
T. Winter
3737 5 002 0230p-0320p
0230p-0345p
MW
TR
ANDR 11
ANDR 11
T. Rinkevich
T. Rinkevich
The Use of Latin for Today's Student:  For fifteen hundred years or more the Latin language was the life-blood of the intellectual development of western Europe. Subjects as diverse as history, government, law, rhetoric, literature, philosophy, religion, medicine, physics, astronomy and mathematics were written about, talked about and thought about in Latin. For people of that time, not to know Latin was to be largely cut off from the life of the mind. Likewise, for students of today, to lack all knowledge of Latin language and culture is to remain forever intellectually "childish": enjoying the fruits and suffering the consequences of our intellectual heritage without even recognition or acknowledgment, not to mention insight and understanding. In addition to its place as an invaluable key to the story of intellectual development in the West, knowledge of Latin may help to unlock for the student much of the modern world as well. In a vast swath across our planet, from the southern tip of South America to the coast of the Black Sea, the languages spoken are essentially Neo-Latin. Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian, Portuguese and Catalan are all directly descended from Latin. Much of the grammar, morphology, vocabulary and syntax are readily transparent to those who have studied Latin. A good Latin student can, without any further formal training, learn to read these languages with facility.
Description of Material Being Covered: Accordingly, it is the goal of the beginning Latin sequence to introduce the student to the achievements of Latin culture by the most direct route: unmediated confrontation with the monuments of Latin literature. Latin 101/102 will familiarize the student with the elements of the grammar of Classical Latin, the standard by which previous and subsequent developments in the Latin language are measured. In Latin 101 the student will learn the morphology and syntax of the Latin case system as well as a substantial part of the Latin verb system. Knowledge of morphology will be demonstrated in daily quizzes. Knowledge of both morphology and syntax will be developed and tested in daily translation exercises. The beginning Latin sequence also aims to develop in the student an increased level of linguistic sophistication. This improvement will arise not only willy-nilly from the simple fact of the learning of a second language, but is the product of a continual practice of explicit analysis of both Latin and English grammar.
Required Books -- Sec. 001
Oerberg, Lingua Latina: Part I, Familia Romana, ISBN: 9781585102013.
Required Books -- Sec. 002
Andrew Keller & Stephanie Russell, Learn to Read Latin (Set:Txt/Wkbk), ISBN: 9780300103540, Yale UP, 2003, Required.
Method of Instruction:  To be announced.
Number and Types of Assignments:  To be announced.
Examination Policies and Grading Information:  To be announced.

LATN 301 - LATIN PROSE 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
3738 3 001 0200p-0315p TR NH W185 A. Duncan
PREQ:   Latin 102. 
Description of Material Being Covered:  We shall be reading Plautus: Phormio in addition with vocabulary and student helps.
Required Books
Balme, M. G., The Millionaire's Dinner Party: An Adaptation of the Cena Trimalchionis of Petronius , ISBN: 9780199120253, Oxford U.P.
Method of Instruction:  Daily translation and analysis of grammatical structures.
Number and Types of Assignments:  Daily reading assignments.
Examination Policies and Grading Information:  The course grade will be based on quizzes, mid-term and final.

LATN 303 - LATIN PROSE 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
**** 3 001 1230p-0145p TR NH W185 T. Winter
PREQ:   Latin 102. 
Description of Material Being Covered Students will read Latin prose at an intermediate level. The course focuses on daily translation, as well as on review of grammar and on stylistic concepts.
Required Books
Oerber, Hans, Lingua Latina: Pars I: Familia Romana, ISBN: 9781585102013, Focus Publishing, 2005;
Quintus, Rufus, A Latin Vita of Alexander the Great, ISBN: 0-8651-1845-2.
Method of Instruction
Number and Types of Assignments:  There are frequent quizzes, a midterm, and a final exam. In addition, students will present a brief oral report on a grammatical topic of their choice.
Examination Policies and Grading Information:  The grade in the course is the average of the daily assignments, quizzes, mid-term and final exams.

LATN 399 - INDEPENDENT STUDY 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
**** 1-6 001 Arranged Arranged Arranged Staff
PREQ:   Permission of Instructor. Obtain call # from the Classics office (472-2460). 

LATN 399H - HONORS COURSE 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
**** 3 001 Arranged Arranged Arranged Staff
PREQ:   Candidate for degree with distinction or with high distinction or with highest distinction in the College of Arts and Sciences. Obtain call # from Classics office (472-2460) 

LATN 491/891 - TOPICS IN LATIN PROSE:  
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
3742/**** 3 001 1230p-0145p TR ANDR 241 T. Rinkevich
PREQ:   Latin 302 or permission from the instructor. 
Description of Material Being Covered:  As of this notice we have a tacit agreement to engage in a reading in Latin of Taciti Annales, quam maximum, with discussion of the text, and the other works of Tacitus. A paper may be in the proposition queue, midterm and final examinations are de rigore. Full participation guaranteed.
Required Books
Miller, Tacitus Annales Book I, ISBN: 9781853993589.
Method of Instruction:  To be announced.
Number and Types of Assignments:  To be announced.
Examination Policies and Grading Information:  To be announced.

LATN 896 - READING AND RESEARCH 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
**** 1-6 001 Arranged Arranged Arranged Staff
PREQ:   Permission of Instructor. Obtain call # from the Classics office (472-2460). 

LATN 899 - MASTERS THESIS 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
***** 1-10 001 Arranged Arranged Arranged Staff
PREQ:  Admission to the Masters Degree Program and permission of Major Advisor. 

RELG 108 - WORLD RELIGIONS 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
8941 3 001 0600p-0850p T OTHM 106 S. Wood
32860 3 002 0130p-0220p MWF CBA 31 Y. Komarovski
Cross-Listed:
Description of Material Being Covered - Sec. 001:    This course surveys the main classical religious traditions of the world, including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The focus of the course is on the academic study of religion through a comparative approach. We will begin by briefly examining the different methodologies that scholars have brought to the study of religion. We will then explore the worldviews of each tradition's followers and investigate a variety of issues including the role of scripture, the historical roots of contemporary disputes, and inter-faith dialogue.
Required Books - Sec. 001
Mary Pat Fisher, Living Religions, 8th Edition, ISBN: 978-0205835850, Prentice Hall, 2010, Required;
Mary Pat Fisher, Lee W. Bailey, An Anthology of Living Religions, ISBN: 0-13-206059-2, Prentice Hall, 2008, Required;
plus various articles.
Required Books - Sec. 002
Mary Pat Fisher, Living Religions, 8th Edition, ISBN: 978-0205835850, Prentice Hall, 2010.
Method of Instruction:  Lecture and discussion.
Number and Types of Assignments:  To be announced.
Examination Policies and Grading Information:  To be announced.

RELG 118 - INTRODUCTION TO ASIAN RELIGIONS
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
8942 3 001 1030a-1120a MWF BURN 204 Y. Komarovski
Description of Material Being Covered:  This course introduces students to the essential texts, ideas, beliefs and practices of the religious traditions of South and East Asia. Our emphasis will be on Hinduism and Jainism in South Asia, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto in East Asia, and Buddhism in South and East Asia. We will look at both traditional and modern expressions of these religions in Asia as well as the ways in which Asian religions have taken root in the West. Class lectures are designed to intellectually supplement and visually enrich, rather than merely reiterate, the information provided in the textbooks.
Required Books
E-books
Method of Instruction: To be announced.

RELG 150 - EXPLAINING RELIGION 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
8944 3 001 0930a-1020a MWF TEAC 112 S. Lahey
5059 3 002 0200p-0315p TR ANSC A128 G. Bailey
Description of Material Being Covered The field of Religious Studies incorporates a number of methodologies into the analysis of religion, borrowing approaches from history, social sciences, literature, and philosopy. The aim of this course will be to provide the student with an overview of these methods of examining religion, with attention to the role of myth, ritual, transformative experience, and ethics in religion. Following an overview of some theories of religion, the focus of the class will shift to analysis of a specific religious tradition, with the idea of testing the respective strengths and weaknesses of the varying theories.
Required Books: (Sec. 001)
Livingston, Anatomy of the Sacred, 6th Ed., ISBN: 9780136003809, Prentice Hall, 2008;
Pelikan, Jesus Through the Centuries, ISBN: 0060970804, Harper Collins, 1987.
Required Books: (Sec. 002)
Livingston, Anatomy of the Sacred: An Introduction to Religion, 6th Ed., ISBN: 9780136003809, Prentice Hall, 2009;
Freud, The Future of an Illusion, Trans. Strachey, ISBN: 0393008312, W. W. Norton Company.
Method of Instruction Lecture and discussion.
Number and Types of Assignments Students will be divided into groups of five or six and expected to give a brief weekly presentation, and submit a brief description paper online, for each chapter covered in Pals. In addition, there will be a final essay examination.
Examination Polices and Grading Information To be announced.

RELG 181 - SPECIAL TOPICS: JUDAISM, CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
4918
****
4986
3 001
800
900X
1100p-1215p
ARR
ARR
TR
ARR
ARR
OTHM 106
ARR/ARR
ARR/ARR
G. Watley
G. Watley
G. Watley
Description of Material Being Covered:  This course offers an introductory survey of the three major monotheistic relgious traditions originating in the Middle East: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We will explore each tradtition in some depth, paying attention to the historical development, scripture, doctrine, and practice.
Required Books
Neusner, Religious Foundations of Western Civilization, ISBN: 9780687332021, Abingdon, 2006, Required.
Method of Instruction: Lecture with discussion.
Number and Types of Assignments:  1 book review essay, three in-class examinations and a final exam.
Examination Policies and Grading Information
  1. Examinations will be graded according to the following scale: A+=99-100%; A=92-98%; A-=90-91%; B+=88-89%; B=82-87%; B-=80-81%; C+=78-79%; C=72-77%; C-=70-71%; D+=68-69%; D=62-67%; D-=60-61%; F=59% and below.
  2. If over the course of the semester a student improves his/her grade average a full letter grade over the first exam score then the instructor may recognize such improvement through a somewhat higher final course grade.
  3. When determining final grades the instructor may take class attendance into account if a student's average grade is very close to the borderline.
  4. Examination Policy: Students are expected to take exams at the scheduled time. Make-up exams will be permitted only in cases of illness, injury, or at the discretion of the instructor. It is the student's responsibility to contact me, preferably before the exam, both to alert me and to schedule a make-up examination.

RELG 205 - INTRODUCTION TO THE HEBREW BIBLE 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
8935 3 001 0930a-1020a MWF JORG 151 S. Crawford
Description of Material Being Covered:  The purpose of this course is to provide a historical context for the books of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, and to learn the methods of interpretation that scholars use when working with the Hebrew Bible. The class will include material on the history of Ancient Israel, society and culture, gender roles, and archaeology. No prior knowledge of the Bible is assumed.  
Required Books
Coogan, Michael, Old Testament: A Historical and Literary Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures, ISBN: 9780195378405, Oxford UP, 2010;
Attridge, Harper Collins Study Bible, ISBN: 9780060786847, Harper Collins Publishers, 2006.
Method of Instruction:  Lecture/discussion.
Course Requirements:  To be announced.
Examination Policies and Grading Information :  Mid-term, final, and two short papers.

RELG 218 - INTRODUCTION TO BUDDHISM
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
5066 3 001 1130p-1220p MWF CBA 104 Y. Komarovski
Description of Material Being Covered:  This survey course introduces students to a complex variety of Buddhist traditions from several perspectives that include, but are not limited to, historical, philosophical, contemplative, and ethical dimensions of Buddhism. The course is divided into four parts. In the first part, we will focus on the figure of Buddha and his basic teachings, development of the Buddhist community, and early forms of Buddhism. In the second part, we will examine the rise of Mahayana, Buddhist philosophical and contemplative systems, and different models of the Buddhist path and it stages. In the third part of the course, we will study about ritual, historical, and other aspects of several South and East Asian Buddhist traditions. In the final part, we will concentrate on contemporary issues in Buddhism, especially those related to ethics and bioethics, transformations of Buddhist practices in Europe and America, and contemporary Buddhist education in the West.
Required Books
Mitchell, Buddhism, Introducting the Buddhist Experience, ISBN: 9780195311037, Oxford UP, 2007;
Keown, Buddhist Ethics: A Very Short Introduction, ISBN: 9780192804570, Oxford UP, 2005;
Dalai Lama, Kindness, Clarity and Insight, ISBN: 9781559392518; Snow Lion Publications, 2006.
Strong, The Experience of Buddhism: Sources and Interpretations, 3rd Ed., ISBN: 10:0495094862, Wadsworth Publishing, 2008.
Method of Instruction
Number and Types of Assignments:  To be announced.

RELG 219 - INTRODUCTION INTO JEWISH HISTORY
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
11588 3 001 0130p-0220p MWF AVH 119 S. Burnett
Description of Material Being Covered This course traces the history of the Jewish people from biblical times to the present, examining Jewish experience under the rule of ancient empires, Christian Europe, the Islamic world, and in Western Europe, North America, and the State of Israel during the modern era. While maintaining a focus on Jewish history, the course will also place Jewish experience within a broader historical context.
Required Books
Efron, John, The Jews: A History, ISBN: 9780131786873, Prentice Hall, 2009.
Method of Instruction: Lecture
Number and Types of Assignments: 2 short essays, two in-class examinatins and a final examination.
Examination Policies and Grading Information:
  1. Examinations will be graded according to the following scale: A+=99-100%; A=92-98%; A-=90-91%; B+=88-89%; B=82-87%; B-=80-81%; C+=78-79%; C=72-77%; C-=70-71%; D+=68-69%; D=62-67%; D-=60-61%; F=59% and below.
  2. If over the course of the semester a student improves his/her grade average a full letter grade over the first exam score then the instructor may recognize such improvement through a somewhat higher final course grade.
  3. When determining final grades the instructor may take class attendance into account if a student's average grade is very close to the borderline.
  4. Examination Policy: Students are expected to take exams at the scheduled time. Ma ke-up exams will be permitted only in cases of illness, injury, or at the discretion of the instructor. It is the student's responsibility to contact me, preferably before the exam, both to alert me and to schedule a make-up examination.

RELG 305 - ANCIENT GREEK RELIGION 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
29534 3 001 1130a-1220p MWF TBA S. Crawford
Cross-Listed with Classics 305. 
Description of Material Being Covered:  The purpose of the course is to learn about the religious practices and beliefs of the ancient Greeks, through their literary and documentary texts and archaeological remains. Readings will include Hesiod, Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.
Required Books
Walter Burkert, Greek Religion: Archaic & Classical, ISBN: 9780631156246, Wiley, John & Sons, 2002;
Richard Martin, Myths of the Ancient Greeks, ISBN: 9780451206855, Penguin, 2003;
Jon Mikalson, Ancient Greek Religion, ISBN: 9781405181778, Wiley, John & Sons, 2009;
Hesiod, Theogony, Works and Days, ISBN: 9780199538317, Oxford UP, 1988.
Method of Instruction:  Lecture and discussion.
Number and Types of Assignments:  Daily reading assignments; weekly quizzes; mid-term; final; and one short paper.

RELG 307 - EARLY CHRISTIANITY 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
4263 3 001 0200p-0315p TR OLDH 309 J. Turner
Cross-Listed with Classics and History 307/807. 
Description of Material Being Covered:  Introduction to the history, institutions and thought of early Christianity from the beginnings until A.D. 150 as reconstructed from the New Testament and other early Christian literature.
Required Books
Duling and Perrin, Introduction to the New Testament, 4th Edition, ISBN: 0-15-507856-7, 2003;
Dungan and Cartlidge, Documents for the Study of the Gospels Revised, ISBN: 0-8006-2809-3, Fortress, 1994;
Throckmorton, Gospel Parallels 5th Edition NRSV, ISBN: 0-8407-7484-2, Nelson, 1993;
Holy Bible (RSV), ISBN: 0-452-00647-8, Plume, 1974.
Method of Instruction:  Mostly lecture, but ample opportunity for discussion.
Number and Types of Assignments:  To be announced.

RELG 310 - GREAT IDEAS IN RELIGION:  FROM GOD TO NOTHINGNESS 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
8934 3 001 1130a-1220p MWF TEAC 139 D. Crawford
Description of Material Being Covered:  This course is a study of six traditions in the history of religious thought: Greek conceptions of deity, medieval theology, rationalism and the secularization of religion, skepticism and atheistic traditions, religious existentialism, and Buddhist thought; it also deals with some twentieth-century figures against the background of these traditions. Through readings selected from representative figures from each of these traditions, the course examines central religious ideas such as conceptions of God (both personal and non-personal) and God's relation to the self and the natural world: religion and ethics; existential, humanistic, and atheistic responses to religion; Buddhist conceptions of the ultimate (nothingness) and no-self; religious pluralism.
Required Books
Plato, Timaeus, (tr. Zeyl), ISBN: 0-87220-446-4, Hackett Pub., 2000, Required;
Augustine, Confessions, (tr. Pine-Coffin), ISBN: 0-14-044114-X, Penguin, 1961, Required;
David Hume, Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion, ISBN: 0-87220-402-2, Hackett, 1998, Required;
Friedrich Schleiermacher, On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers, ISBN: 0-664-25556-6, Westminster/John Knox, 1994, Required;
Friedrich Nietzsche, The Gay Science ISBN: 0-394-71985-9, Vintage Books, 1974, Required;
Walpola Rahula, What the Buddha Taught, ISBN: 0-8021-3031-3, Grove Press, 1986, Required;
Martin Buber, I and Thou, ISBN: 0-684-71725-5, Free Press, 1971, Required.
Method of Instruction:  To be announced.
Number and Types of Assignments
Requirements include six short papers on each of the six traditions, an oral presentation of one of these, and either a final paper or a final exam.
Examination Policies and Grading Information:  To be announced.

RELG 312 - PAGANS AND CHRISTIANS IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
29531 3 001 1130a-1220p MWF OTHM 105 S. Lahey
Description of Material Being Covered To be announced.
Required Books
Augustine, City of God Against the Pagans, ISBN: 9780521468435, Cambridge, 1998;
Polybius, Histories, ISBN: 9780199534708, Oxford, 2010;
Cicero, On Obligations: De Officiis, 9780199540716, Oxford, 2008.
Method of Instruction To be announced.
Number and Types of Assignments To be announced.
Examination Policy To be announced.

RELG 398 - SPECIAL TOPICS: THE QUR'AN
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
8940 3 001 0200p-0315p TR BURN 231 S. Wood
Description of Material Being Covered: This course examines in detail the Qur’an, the scripture of Islam. According to Islamic tradition and Muslim belief, the Qur’an is God’s word, which was revealed to the prophet Muhammad from 610 to 632. The course explores the Qur’an in terms of its content, character, composition, reception, elaboration, and application. We will examine various issues and controversies surrounding these topics in classical and modern Islam.
Required Books
Cook, The Koran: A Very Short Introduction, ISBN: 9780192854513, Oxford U.P., 2001;
Sells, Approaching the Qur'an, IBSN: 9781883991692, White Cloud Press;
Lawrence, Qur'an Biography, ISBN: 9780802143440;
Hallem, Qur'an, ISBN: 9780199535958, Oxford U.P., 2008
Pickhall, Glorious Qur'an Translation, 9781879402515, Tahrike Tarsile Quran;
Ayoub, Qur'an & Its Interpreters, Vol. 1, ISBN: 9780791465226, SUNY;
Ayoub, Qur'an & Its Interpreters, Vol. 2, ISBN: 97807914099417, SUNY.
Method of Instruction:  Lecture/discussion
Number and Types of Assignments:  To be announced.
Examination Policies and Grading Information:  based on Blackboard discussion forums and essay exams (mid-term and final)

RELG 399 - INDEPENDENT STUDY 
Number and Types of Assignments:  To be announced.
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
**** 1-12 001 Arranged Arranged Arranged Staff
PREQ:   Permission of Instructor. Obtain call # from the Classics office (472-2460). 

RELG 401 - Research Seminar  
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
**** 001 Arranged Arranged Arranged Staff

RELG 409 - RELIGION IN LATE ANTIQUITY 
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
4265 3 001 1100a-1215p TR ANDR 241 J. Turner
Cross-Listed with Classics and History 409/809 
Description of Material Being Covered:  A survey of the religions and religious philosophies of Hellenistic and Graeco-Roman times from Alexander to Constantine. The student will be exposed to primary sources and the problem of their interpretation.
Topics Include
Hero-cults, mystery religions, Gnosticism, the Platonic, Stoic and Epicurean religio-philosophical traditions, Graeco-Oriental syncretism, popular culture, and their influence on Judaism and Christianity.
Required Books
Helmut Koester, Introduction to the New Testament: History, Culture and Religion of the Hellenistic Age Vol 1, ISBN: 97883110146929, Walter De Gruyter Inc., 1995;
Luther H. Martin, Hellenistic Religions, ISBN: 9780195043914, Oxford UP, 1987;
Jason L. Saunders, Greek and Roman Philosophy After Aristotle, ISBN: 9780684836430, Simon & Schuster, 1997;
Marvin Meyer, ed., The Nag Hammadi Scriptures, ISBN: 9780060523787, Harper Collins;
Rice, Sources for the Study of Greek Religion, Corrected Edition, ISBN: 0-89130-347-2, Society of Biblical Literature, 1997.
Method of InstructionThe course will be conducted as a seminar with occasional lectures by the instructor and presentations by student participants on selected topics.
Number and Types of Assignments To be announced.
Examination Policies and Grading Information The student's work will be evaluated on the basis of the class presentation and a research paper.

RELG 489 - MEDIEVAL LITERATURE & THEOLOGY
Call# Cr Hrs Sec Time Days Bldg/Room Instructor
8945 3 001 0130p-0220p MWF ANDR 11 S. Lahey
Description of Material Being Covered Scholars in the European Middle Ages considered Theology to be the Queen of the Sciences, and devoted as much attention to articulating Christianity in a systematic and coherent philosophical manner as we devote to Science. In this course, the student will become familiar with the structure of Christian theology as defined by Peter Lombard's Sentences, and using that familiarity, will approach of an individual Medieval thinker to be determined by the instructor.
Required Books
Method of Instruction: Lecture and discussion
Number and Types of Assignments: One or two short papers, with one in class presentation, and a final exam.
Examination Policies and Grading Information: To be announced.
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