Religious Studies (RELU)

RELU 110 Religion and Values

This course is a thematic study of religious values as they come to expression within the Abrahamic traditions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam). Students explore the basic beliefs and practices of these religions with a view to understanding how each tradition approaches key contemporary ethical issues: the ecological crisis, economic justice, war, capital punishment, abortion, euthanasia, gender, and sexual orientation. 3 credits.

RELU 301 Introduction to the New Testament: Gospels and Acts

This course is an introduction to the history, beliefs, and ethics of the Christian Scriptures (the New Testament) and to the methods and principles that have been developed for their interpretation. This course will focus on the four canonical Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. 3 credits.

RELU 302 Introduction to the Old Testament: Torah and Deutoronomistic History

This course is an introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures (referred to by Christians as the Old Testament), focusing on the Torah and Deuteronomistic History. Students will learn to interpret the Hebrew Scriptures as historical documents by studying the cultural milieu in which they were produced, as scripture in the ongoing life of the Jewish synagogue and Christian church, and as literature that has profoundly influenced Western history, philosophy, law, ethics, and the arts. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to various critical methodologies that have been developed for the academic study of these influential writings. 3 credits.

RELU 329 Experimental Topics in Religious Studies

An examination of selected topics in religious studies relevant to evolving areas of importance to the field. Syllabi must be approved by the Dean and announced to the Curriculum and Academic Committee prior to being offered. May be repeated for credit provided the course content is different. 3 credits.

RELU 499 Independent Study

Prerequisites: Instructor's approval and approval of petition.

Directed reading and/or research designed to meet specific needs of superior upper division students. 1-3 credits.