Religion (RELI) Courses

RELI 230 Sociology of Religion
3 hours. A sociological examination of the meaning and function of religion in human society. Gives attention to the development of religious organization, the relationship of religion to class and politics, the nature of the sacred, dimensions of religiosity, and denominational diversity in the United States. (Identical to SOCI 230.)

RELI 260 History and Doctrine of Friends
3 hours. This course explores the rich heritage of the Quaker movement in its historical, social and religious settings. The distinguishing beliefs of Friends and contemporary trends also will be studied, with particular interest in how to apply timeless truths in timely ways.

RELI 270 History and Doctrine of ______________ (Selected Churches)
3 hours. Offered upon sufficient demand by denominational leaders, who supply the appropriate course descriptions.

RELI 275 Field Experience
1-3 hours. Supervised experience in the discipline including internships and practica required for professional programs. This advanced experience must have an on-site supervisor and/or a departmental instructor overseeing, designing and evaluating the content of the course.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

RELI 285 Selected Topics
2-3 hours. Occasional special courses chosen to fit the interests and needs of students and faculty.

RELI 300 Christian Foundations
3 hours. Christ-centered believers are united in basic understandings that should inform and guide all of life, including service, worship and vocation. This course introduces a Christian view of the world through the lens of historic theology and its implications for living the Christian life.
Prerequisite: BIBL 100 Bible Survey, or BIBL 101 and BIBL 102 Literature of the Old and New Testaments.

RELI 310 Christian Apologetics
3 hours. A study of classic and contemporary defenses of the Christian faith, including theistic/atheistic arguments, postmodern assessments of religious belief, issues surrounding the doctrine of the resurrection, the miraculous and religious diversity. (Identical to PHIL 310.)

RELI 320 American Women of Faith
3 hours. American Women of Faith is a Christian history course in which issues of gender are central. Students reflect on historical and contemporary experiences of women, particularly as influenced by Christian beliefs and ideology. Such study helps prepare women and men for full participation in the life of their faith communities.

RELI 330 Introduction to the World Christian Movement
3 hours. The biblical basis and history of missions are considered, with a special focus upon the modern missionary movement of the last 200 years. (Identical to INTL 330.)

RELI 340 Christian Classics
3 hours. Certain Christian writings have endured the test of time and have been found to be a rich source of spiritual nourishment. A representative sampling of these significant works representing the life and thought of Christians from the second to the mid-20th century will be considered.

RELI 350 Spiritual Formation
3 hours. An exploration of how people grow and change spiritually. The study integrates biblical insights, classic Christian spirituality, developmental theory, and contemporary individual and corporate practice in spiritual formation. It will critically explore how spirituality relates to vocation, relationships and the demands of daily living.

RELI 360 Cross-Cultural Christian Outreach
3 hours. Cross-cultural communication in Christian ministry, focusing on the concepts of identification, mutuality, the process of cultural change from a biblical perspective, and strategies for cross-cultural outreach.

RELI 380 Christian Beliefs
3 hours. As an introduction to Christian theology, this course considers the basic doctrines of the Christian faith and their application to contemporary living.

RELI 385 Quaker Seminar
1 hour. Designed to address topics of interest to Friends and matters of Quaker faith and practice. Topics will vary from semester to semester and include sacramentality, worship and ministry, peace and social work, evangelism, leadership, decision making, and Christian testimonies.

RELI 399 Cross-Cultural Study
3 hours. This course offers in-depth discipline-specific cross-cultural study designed to enhance the intercultural emphasis of various academic majors. The course includes class meetings followed by travel to various locations throughout the world. Students will use core disciplinary knowledge to serve, learn and interact with other cultures. (Offered in May Term. Students must meet eligibility requirements.) Additional course fee is required.

RELI 401 Christianity in History I
3 hours. The development of Christianity from its appearance within the Greco-Roman world through the medieval period, and its influence as a base for culture in the West. (Identical to HIST 401.)

RELI 402 Christianity in History II
3 hours. Christianity's development from the dawn of the Protestant Reformation through its global spread during the modern era, observing its historical context and relationships to the surrounding cultures. (Identical to HIST 402.)

RELI 430 Sociology of Religion
3 hours. A sociological examination of the meaning and function of religion in human society. Gives attention to the development of religious organization, the relationship of religion to class and politics, the nature of the sacred, dimensions of religiosity, and denominational diversity in the United States. (Identical to SOCI 430.)

RELI 440 World Religions
3 hours. A comparative study between Christianity and other prominent religions of the world, such as Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and contemporary kinds of alternative religion. (Identical to INTL 440.)

RELI 460 Issues in Contemporary Missions
3 hours. Selected movements, trends, and leaders of contemporary Christian missions are studied. Lectures, readings and learning activities are chosen to provide tools and methods for continuing education in missiology.

RELI 475 Field Experience
1-3 hours. Supervised experience in the discipline including internships and practica required for professional programs. This advanced experience must have an on-site supervisor and/or a departmental instructor overseeing, designing and evaluating the content of the course.
Prerequisite: instructor's permission.

RELI 485 Selected Topics
2-3 hours. Occasional special courses chosen to fit the interests and needs of students and faculty.

RELI 495 Special Study
1-3 hours. Individual research. Open to qualified students upon application.

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