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RELI 102 World Religions (3). This course examines forms of religious expression as embodied in several important religious traditions. It investigates religious experience; myth and ritual; teachings and scripture; historical, social, and artistic aspects of religion; and the nature and function of religion in society, with a special focus on ethics and values.

RELI 140 Religion in America (3). MAYMESTER. An introduction to the history, themes, and issues in American religion from the precolonial period to the present.

RELI 162 Catholicism Today:  An Introduction to the Contemporary Catholic Church (3). ONLINE. This course provides students with a first glimpse and insight into the Catholic tradition, past, present, and future: its beliefs, structure, aims, successes, and failures.

RELI 201 Ancient Biblical Interpretation (3).  ONLINE. The course looks at the origins of biblical interpretation, how the Hebrew Bible was interpreted around the turn of the Common Era, the key formative period for early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. We consider the nature of interpretation as an endeavor, as well as how the Bible came to be viewed as Scripture.

RELI 246 Supernatural Encounters: Zombies, Vampires, Demons, and the Occult in the Americas (3). MAYMESTER.  This course examines accounts of supernatural beings such as zombies and vampires and aims to understand them as popular ways of making sense of the world in the context of uneven and frequently unsettling processes of modernization, neoliberalism, and globalization.


RELI 126 Philosophy of Western Religion (PHIL 134) (3). A philosophical inquiry into the problems of religious experience and belief, as expressed in philosophic, religious, and literary documents from traditional and contemporary sources.

RELI 283 (ASIA 300) The Buddhist Tradition:  India, Nepal, and Tibet (3). ONLINE. Examines the diverse beliefs, practices, and cultures associated with Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, and Tibet. Topics include Buddhism’s development and spread, the cultural dynamics of Himalayan societies, monasticism, folk religion, revivalism, tourism, gender, globalization, and the role of the state in shaping Buddhist life and culture.

RELI 429 Religion and Society (SOCI 429) (3). Sociological analysis of group beliefs and practices, both traditionally religious and secular, through which fundamental life experiences are given coherence and meaning.