Religion and Philosophy

Religion Minor (18 hours)

One (1) from the following:
RL201  Old Testament (3)
RL202 New Testament (3)

Electives in Religion 15 hours, with a minimum of 6 credits at the 300-level.

 

Religion and Church Leadership Minor (18 hours)

RL201  Old Testament (3)
RL202  New Testament (3)
RL205  Introduction to Church Leadership (3)
RL268/368  Internship or Field Experience (3)

Electives in Religion, 6 hours at the 300-level.

 

Philosophy Minor (18 Hours)

PL106 Introduction to Western Philosophy (3)

Electives in Philosophy, 15 hours with a minimum of 6 credits at the 300-level

 

Comparative Religion and Philosophy Minor (18 hours)

Required:
PL106 Intro to Western Philosophy (3)

One (1) from the following:
RL/PL321 Asian Philosophy and Religion (3)
RL/PL340 Comparative Philosophy (3)

Electives in Philosophy or Religion 12 hours, with a minimum of 6 credits at the 300-level.

 

Religion Courses

RL122 Religion and the Human Adventure. 3 hours. This is an introduction to the ways in which religion provides meaning and purpose for human life. The course includes a study of a variety of religious traditions, beliefs, and practices. Prerequisite to all upper-level courses in Religion.

RL190 Special Topics. 1-3 hours. This is an introductory course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

RL201 Old Testament. 3 hours. This is a survey of Old Testament literature, concentrating on the faith of Israel and its relevance for today. Fall.

RL202 New Testament. 3 hours. This is a survey of New Testament literature, concentrating on the faith of the early church and its relevance for today. Spring.

RL205 Introduction to Church Leadership. 3 hours. This course provides the practical framework for developing and executing leadership skills in a church setting. It is designed, in particular, to assist students pursuing the Religion and Church Leadership major but can be of use to other students as well. The course does not meet the Common Core leadership requirement and does not meet the Tier Two Humanities requirement.

RL225 Philosophy of Religion. 3 hours. This is a study of the nature of religion and of the relation of philosophy to theology. Attention is given to such problems as the existence of God, knowledge of God, faith, religious language, evil, immortality, and eschatology. Cross-listed with PL225. Prerequisite: RL122. Odd-numbered years.

RL260 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. This is an independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

RL268 Internship and Field Experiences. 1-3 hours.

RL290 Special Topics. 1-3 hours. This is an intermediate-level course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

RL301 Mission and Message of Jesus. 3 hours. This is a study of the four gospels—using the tools of critical scholarship—to understand Jesus and his teachings and the faith of the early Christian community which produced these writings. Prerequisite: RL122. Even-numbered Falls.

RL302 Paul and the Early Church. 3 hours. This is a study of the Pauline epistles, of the Acts of the Apostles, and of non-orthodox Christian traditions that sought expression during the formative years of Christianity. Prerequisite: RL122. Odd-numbered Falls.

RL303 The Prophets. 3 hours. This is a study of the origins of Old Testament prophecy and of the contributions to the religion of Israel by Amos, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and others. Prerequisite: RL122. Odd-numbered Springs.

RL310 Biblical Literature and the Ancient World. 3 hours. This is a survey of the archaeological records and of the material history of the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Palestine, with emphasis on their religions. Special attention will be given to the archaeological backgrounds of the Old and New Testaments and of the development of biblical faith in relation to its historical and cultural contents. Prerequisite: RL122.

RL320 Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution. 3 hours. A multi-disciplinary approach to the nature and causes of aggression, violence, and war; to public policy on issues of defense and social services; to biblical and theological teachings and principles concerning war, peace, and justice; and to methods and strategies of resolving conflicts at all levels. Cross-listed with SO320. Prerequisite: RL122.

RL321 Asian Philosophy and Religion. 3 hours. Students explore philosophical and religious traditions of Asia. Traditions treated may include Hinduism, Buddhism in South and East Asia, Confucianism and Daoism. Emphasis is placed on the philosophical worldviews articulated in their respective texts. Cross-listed with PL320.

RL331 History of Christianity I. 3 hours. This is a study of the Christian church from the close of the apostolic age to the Reformation; attention is centered on the emergence of Christian theology, on the evolution of ecclesiastical institutions, and on Christian biography. Prerequisites: RL122 and Sophomore standing.

RL332 History of Christianity II. 3 hours. This is a study of selected topics in the history of the Christian church from the Reformation to the present; attention is centered on theological developments, on changes in ecclesiastical structures, and on Christian biography. Prerequisites: RL122 and Sophomore standing.

RL335 History of American Methodism. 3 hours. This is a study of the development of English Methodism with focus of the Methodist movement in America. Students consider the influences of major American historical events on the church and the church's influence on historical, political, and social developments in America. Prerequisite: RL122.

RL336 Thanatology. 3 hours. This is a cross-cultural study of many aspects of the phenomena of death and dying, and of the associated rituals and processes accompanying them. Prerequisite: RL122. Even-numbered years.

RL340 Comparative Philosophy and Religion. 3 hours. This course treats a theme across a number of religious and philosophical traditions. Special attention is given to comparative methodology. Themes might include: evil, saints and sages, mysticism, food, etc. Cross-listed with PL340.

RL360 Special Problems. 1-5 hours. This is an independent study or research on a subject of interest to an individual student. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

RL368 Internship and Field Experiences. 1-3 hours.

RL390 Special Topics. 1-3 hours. This is an advanced course on a topic not included in the regular curriculum. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission.

RL480 Religion Capstone. 3 hours. This course is open only to Seniors majoring in Religion, except by division chair's permission.

Philosophy Courses

PL101 Introduction to Logic. 3 hours. Introduction to the study of logic. Attention is given to both the analysis of formal arguments and the examination of arguments in ordinary language. Special attention is given to induction and informal fallacies.

PL102 Critical Thinking. 3 hours. Students explore the skills for analyzing and constructing arguments, including skills such as: identifying premises and conclusions; putting arguments in logical order; recognizing and revising types of informal fallacies; drawing conclusions using deductive argument forms; evaluating arguments for validity; and constructing one’s own valid arguments.

PL105 Introduction to Philosophy. 3 hours. The nature of philosophy and its methods; the problems of knowledge, reality, ethics, aesthetics and religion.

PL106 Introduction to Western Philosophy. 3 hours. Students explore the nature of philosophy and its methods. Attention is given to fundamental questions of the Western philosophical traditions, including the problems of knowledge, reality, ethics, aesthetics, and religion. 

PL225 Philosophy of Religion. 3 hours. This is a study of the nature of religion and of the relation of philosophy to theology. Attention is given to such problems as the existence of God, knowledge of God, faith, religious language, evil, immortality, and eschatology. Cross-listed with RL225. Prerequisite: RL122.

PL306 Ethics and the Professions. 3 hours. After an introduction to ethics, ethical theories, and the art of critical thinking about ethical issues, students will examine ethical issues specific to their chosen professions. Emphasis in the past has been on ethics and the sciences (medicine, experimentation, genetics), the environment (corporation vs. individual rights, responsibilities to animals and to the environment), and philosophy of law (justice, equality, rights, responsibility, and punishment). Emphasis is on case studies. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

PL310 Ethics and Leadership. 3 hours. Leadership uninformed by character is likely empty at best and disastrous at worst. Thus, the course will examine leadership styles and the ethics of leadership as a consequence of or a derivative of adequate character and a strong sense of personal responsibility. The course will examine "good," Relativism, the relation of character and virtue, leadership responsibilities, and personal responsibility. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

PL311 The Study of Knowledge. 3 hours. Students explore the areas of knowledge, belief, and truth. Students will be introduced to concepts such as skepticism and justification. Students will explore what counts as knowledge and how these issues affect the areas of morality, science, math, and society.

PL321 Asain Philosophy and Religion. 3 hours. Students explore philosophical and religious traditions of Asia. Traditions treated may include Hinduism, Buddhism in South and East Asia, Confucianism and Daoism. Emphasis is placed on the philosophical worldviews articulated in their respective texts. 

PL340 Comparative Philosophy and Religion. 3 hours. This course treats a theme across a number of religious and philosophical traditions. Special attention is given to comparative methodology. Themes might include: evil, saints and sages, mysticism, food, etc.