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Course Requirements - Religion Program

Religion Major (28 hours)

Requirements: Religion 153, 220 or 226, 301, 303, 495, 496, and two other courses at the 300 or 400 level.

Electives: Courses from Religion offerings: up to two Philosophy offerings with permission of the department chair.

Religion Minor (15 hours)

Option of one offering in Philosophy with permission of department chair.

Course Descriptions:

150. Biblical Theology (3) surveys major biblical writings to discern the patterns they present about God, God's acts and God's purposes.  Special attention will be given to ways of reading the Bible that give priority to its literary and cultural contexts.

153. World Religions (3) studies the principal doctrines, historical development, and contemporary practice of the major traditions.

220. History of Christianity: Ancient and Medieval (3) studies Christianity from its origins to the Reformation.  Key people, events, ideas, and the relationship of the church to the world in which it existed will be examined.

226. History of Christianity: Reformation and Modern (3) studies Christianity from the beginning of the Reformation in the sixteenth century to the present.  Key people, events, ideas, and the relationship of the church to the world in which it existed will be examined.

229. African-American Religions (3) surveys the development of religion among African-Americans. Such topics as the characteristics of African religions retained in the United States, Christianity before and after emancipation, religion and the civil rights movement, and Black nationalist religions and movements will be studied.

251. The World of Islam (3) studies the central doctrines, historical development, and current practice of Islam.

252. The Judeo-Christian Tradition (3) surveys in historical context the western religions of Judaism and Christianity. Special attention is given to modern manifestations of these two great religious traditions.

253. Biblical Ethics (3) explores the ethical systems found in the Bible.

260. Introduction to Christian Theology (3) studies the central doctrines of Christianity as they have developed through the history of the church. Key points of discussion and major thinkers will be covered and students will be led to identify and articulate their stance with regard to each doctrine. The contemporary theological scene will be introduced as well.

261. Women and the Bible (3) explores the often ambivalent relationship between women and the Bible. It examines what the Bible says about women, how women are portrayed in biblical texts, and how women readers have broadened our understanding of the Bible.

262. Global Christianity (3) surveys the growth of Christianity in the world and treats the church as it exists in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Pacific Rim. How is Christianity transmitted from one culture to another? How is Christianity in other parts of the world similar to and different from Christianity in the United States?

301. Old Testament Literature (3) studies the library of books bequeathed to us in words from ancient Israel. Through literary and historical criticism the message of the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings is discovered in the world of biblical literature.

302. Biblical Backgrounds (3) studies the physical, cultural, and literary remains that help us understand and interpret Old and New Testament literature.

303. New Testament Literature (3) studies the library of books bequeathed to us in words from the early Christian church. Through literary and historical criticism the message of the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles, the Letters and the Revelation is discovered in the world of biblical literature.

304. Jesus in the New Testament (3) studies the person and work of Jesus as presented in the entire New Testament.

330. Christ and the Courts: Religion and Culture in the United States (3) examines the influences and relationships between religion and culture in the history of the United States. Students address such issues as separation of church and state, manifest destiny, the shaping of American values, religion and politics, and social justice and reform.

342. Religions and Philosophies of Asia (3) deals with the different forms of religious belief around the world--especially Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shintoism, and Islam. Cross listed as PHIL 342.

352. Religion and Film (3) examines how religious perspective influences the way film is made and understood.  This course engages in the cross-cultural examination of religions and cinema.  Offered in alternate years.

353. Religion and Gender (3) explores cross-culture religious communities by focusing on the interplay between religion and gender. Special consideration will be given to the role of myths and symbols in determining power and gender relations.

360. Topics in Religion (1-3) allows students to explore special areas of religious study in more depth than regular course offerings can provide.

368. Religion in the United States (3) studies Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, and other religious movements. It examines the development and interaction of religion with other aspects of culture in the United States. Cross listed as HIST 368.

385. Teaching Christian Education (3) studies the aims, curriculum, methods, and materials of Christian education. Prequisites: Religion 301 or 303 or 304, Education 112.

393. Global Issues and Values (3) surveys selected natural issues (such as energy, population, food supply), political issues (such as human rights, refugees, peace) and particular problems (such as those concerning the Palestinians, South Africa, multi-national corporations)—asking what values are operative and what values are required for responsible citizenship in the global village.

395. World Mythology (3) focuses on myths and mythic categories important to religions around the world. This course is a cross-cultural examination of contemporary and classical myths from diverse cultures.

397. Internship in Christian Education (2) provides the opportunity to work under supervision in a church, school, or other agency during one semester or in the summer. Open to juniors and seniors. Prerequisites:EDUC and two courses in Religion.

398, 399. Internship in Pastoral Care (2,2) provides supervised experience in patient visitation at Southeastern Ohio Regional Medical Center as a means of learning appropriate approaches to the care of individuals and families experiencing different degrees of health crises. Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA, junior standing (sophomores by special permission) and approval of the Muskingum and hospital chaplains. May not be applied to the religion major or minor. Graded S/U.

401. Directed Readings in Religion (1; 2; 3) provides the opportunity for intensive reading in areas of religion selected in consultation with the department.

494. Senior Studies in Christian Education (2) provides the opportunity for study and writing in a major area of religious education.

495. Senior Seminar Research in Religion (1) involves research necessary for the completion of the senior seminar. Such preliminary research includes extensive reading, compilation of a bibliography, composition of a theses statement, and the creation of an initial outline. Students will be asked to demonstrate their progress in regular meetings with the instructor and/or department.

496. Senior Seminar (3) involves writing an extensive research paper on a focused topic. Students will be asked to demonstrate their progress in regular meetings with the instructor and/or department. This course culminates in an oral defense of the project. Prerequisite: RELG 495.