Course Description The student will be able to demonstrate knowledge of women's religious experiences, practices, and beliefs as well as their role and status in Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. The student should also be able to demonstrate knowledge of the historical and contemporary roles of women in religious leadership, contemporary woman-oriented spiritual movements and their religious practices, and the impact of the women's movement and feminist thought on the religious life of women over the last 100 years.
Learning Outcomes Through the Portfolio Assessment process, students will demonstrate that they can appropriately address the following outcomes:
Compare women's religious experiences, practices, and beliefs in the five major religions.
Explain the role of women within specific religious institutions and religious communities.
Identify the historical context in which women's religious roles emerged, paying particular attention to leadership roles.
Compare and contrast contemporary woman-oriented spiritual movements and their religious practices.
Analyze the impact of the women's movement and feminist thought on the religious life of women.
Introduction to Religion (REL-100) 3.00 s.h.
Important and typical ways of being religious; exploring such questions as the nature of religious experience, the nature and function of religious scripture, stories, beliefs, and rituals, and the roles of religions in social and individual life.
Religion II (REL-102) 3.00 s.h.
Continued study of important and typical ways of being religious; exploring such questions as the nature of religious experience, the nature and function of religious scripture, stories, beliefs, and rituals, and the roles of religions in social and individual life.
The Power of Myth (REL-350) 3.00 s.h.
Study of the power and impact of myths, rituals and religious symbols found in a variety of religious traditions including examples from ancient and contemporary religious life. Variety of religious phenomena; validity of different approaches to the study of religion.
Literature and Religion (ENG-338) 3.00 s.h.
The religious outlook in the poetry, prose fiction, and dramatic literature of modern times and the theme of the individual's search for meaning.
Milton (ENG-463) 3.00 s.h.
Milton's poetry and prose, with emphasis on critical analysis and scholarly problems and the philosophical, religious and political thought of the seventeenth century.
Indian Civilizations of America (HIS-307) 3.00 s.h.
Environment, Socioeconomic, and religious structures of Incas, Mayas, Aztecs, and North American Indians.
Arabs and Jews in Palestine (HIS-334) 3.00 s.h.
Examination of the social, economic, religious and ideological origins of the Arab-Jewish conflict in Palestine under Turkish and British rule.
The Reformation 1500-1600 (HIS-460) 3.00 s.h.
Political, social, intellectual, religious developments of Protestant and Catholic Reformation. Emphasis on cultural history; religious thought and impact on social and political developments.
Religion and Psychology I (REL-251) 3.00 s.h.
The views of faith and the religious person reached by such major psychological approaches as Freudian, Neo-Freudian, analytic-ego, existential and Jungian. The implications of such psychology for Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant believers and religious thinkers.