Religious Studies

RELG 101: Introduction to the Old Testament

This course introduces students to the literature and major themes of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) with an emphasis on its ancient Near Eastern context. Through the study of representative primary texts, the course familiarizes students with methods and issues in the modern study of the Old Testament. The course provides useful background for further studies in religion and theology.

RELG 102: Introduction to the New Testament

The New Testament is an integral source for understanding and contextualizing the mission of Jesus as well as understanding the theological heritage of the Church. This course gives students an appreciation for the New Testament as an early and developing witness to a faith in Christ. The focus of the course is to acquire skills to do textual exegesis and understand historical factors that shaped the New Testament’s origins.

RELG 200: Modern Catholic Social Teaching

“Who is my neighbor?” How history, economics, politics, science and religion affect our personal, social, global and cosmic relationships.

This course will deal with the historical contexts, competing analytical approaches, and foundational Catholic documents on the impacts of industrialization, colonialism, twentieth century warfare, and environmental degradation especially on the poor and the marginalized people of the world.

RELG 201: Themes in Scripture

This course is an introduction and entry into both the Christian and the Jewish Scriptures via selected key themes. Each theme will be studied in its own historical and literary contexts as the foundation for meaning, but also be compared across beyond historical boundaries into contemporary contexts. Attention will be given to gaining a basic understanding of responsible and historically informed interpretation of these books, as well as the role of the variety of sources and perspectives that inform them. Attention will be given to a Catholic approach to these texts as a compass, as well as to how different traditions approach the issues raised in thematic study.

RELG 202: Early Christian Writings

A survey of Patristic Writing from the Apostolic Fathers to the Fifth Century: Didache, Pastor of Hermas, Clement’s Epistles, Ignatius of Antioch’s Epistles, Justin Martyr, Tertullian, Origen, Lives of the Martyrs, Desert Fathers, Cappedochians, John Chrysostom, Cyprian, Augustine.

RELG 207: World Religions

Introduction to the major religions of the world, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.

RELG 209: Major Shapers of the Christian Tradition (Ignatius of Loyola to Merton)

This course will examine several major figures who significantly influenced the Christian tradition from the sixteenth century to the present. It will place them in their historical context and study key features of their thought. These figures will include Ignatius of Loyola, Teresa of Avila, Francis de Sales and Jane de Chantal, François de Fénelon, Cardinal Newman and Thomas Merton.

RELG 212: Near Eastern Myths and the Hebrew Bible

This course introduces students to Mesopotamian mythology and the scriptures of Judaism. This will be achieved through introductions to, and reading representative selections from, ancient Near Eastern mythology and the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). Attention will be given to comparisons between these texts, as well as parallel and interpretive literature.

RELG 230: Protestant History and Thought

This course is designed to survey and explore a number of relevant issues on the origins of Protestant thought and social engagement. The selections of assignments, questions and sources may vary from year to year.

RELG 240: Explorations in Catholicism

This course deals with a number of relevant issues on the sources, method and selected major themes in Catholic Thought. The selections of themes and examples vary from year to year.