Philosophy & Religious Studies

Religious Studies Course Offerings

Courses marked with </ are part of the University’s General Education program.

</RG 101 Introduction to Religion (3)
Religion and its role in human life. Various forms of religious experience and expression, both past and present, are studied, and selected religious issues (e.g., the question of God, the problem of evil, the meaning of life and death) are examined and discussed.

</RG 102 World Religions (3)
The major world religions are studied in terms of their historical, social, and cultural contexts.

</RG 105 Introduction to the Old Testament (3)
Representative writings in the Hebrew scriptures are studied against the background of the Ancient Near Eastern world.

</RG 106 Introduction to the New Testament (3)
Selected writings from the New Testament are read and interpreted. Emphasis is on how these writings reflect their social locations in the ancient Mediterranean world.

RG 110 Special Topics in Religion (1-3)
Topics will vary from semester to semester and will be announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

</RG 207 The Existence of God (3)
An elementary course in Philosophy and Religion focusing upon the specific rational arguments which have been advanced for and against the existence of a supreme being. Prerequisite: EN 101 or EN 102.

RG 300 Special Topics in Religion (2-3)
Topics will vary from semester to semester and will be announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: three hours of Religion or PH 302.

RG 301/501 Old Testament Prophets (3)
An examination of selected prophetic texts in the Old Testament (e.g., the books of Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel). Prerequisite: three hours of Religion.

RG 303/503 Jesus in the Gospels (3)
An analysis of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Emphasis is on the nature and function of the gospels within the context of New Testament Christianity. Prerequisite: three hours of Religion.

RG 305/505 The Mission and Message of Paul (3)
An examination of Pauline Christianity and its place in the early church. Focus is on the genuine Pauline letters to determine the nature of Paul’s contribution to early Christian thought and its impact on developing Christian beliefs and practices. Prerequisite: three hours of Religion.

RG 331/531 Concepts of God: East and West (3)
The variety of concepts used to describe the nature and activity of God according to the philosophical and theological interpreters of the world’s major religions. Prerequisite: three hours of Religion or Philosophy.

RG 386/586 Special Study (1-3)
Individual study of specialized subjects pertaining to religion. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: nine hours of Religion and permission in advance by the professor with whom the student desires to work.

RG 398 Senior Thesis Research (1)
Independent research in preparation for a senior thesis. Students will complete preliminary research in the area of their senior thesis and prepare a thesis proposal. The work completed in RG 398 and RG 399 may not be or have been submitted for credit in any other course. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: Senior Religious Studies Major.

RG 399 Senior Thesis (3)
Independent research, writing and defense of a substantial paper, under faculty supervision. Work completed in RG 398 and RG 399 may not be or have been submitted for course credit in any other course. Prerequisite: RG 398.

RG 500 Special Topics in Religion (1-3)
Topics will vary from semester to semester and will be announced in advance. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Prerequisite: three hours of Religion or PH 302.