Academics

Course Descriptions

Technology Requirements for the Department of Humanities

To meet Program Learning Outcomes for the academic year 2013-14 and to provide access to technology, foreign language students will be required to use a laptop computer with wireless network capability meeting or exceeding the recommended requirements specified under the Technology Tab in Wolf Den. Such laptops must have the basic software functionality of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, available free of charge in Windows 365, accessed through the Technology Tab in Wolf Den.

Religion (REL)

REL 110. The Biblical Heritage. (3)

A study of the life, faith, and history of ancient Israel, early Judaism, and early Christianity through an examination of selected portions of the Old and New Testaments, with stress upon their relevance for modern humanity. Partially satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Religion, Area F-1b. Offered every semester.

REL 111. Hebrew Scriptures. (3)

This course provides an overview of the social and historical context of the ancient Israelite society

(from the age of the Patriarchs to the emergence of Second Temple Judaism), the literary character of the scriptures it produced and the theological content of those scriptures. Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Religion, Area F-1a.

REL 112. New Testament. (3)

This course provides an overview of the emergent Christian community of the early Christian era (from the time of Jesus to the end of the Apostolic Age), the literary character of the scriptures it produced and the theological content of those scriptures. Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements in Religion, Area F-1,a. NOTE: Students may not take both REL 110 and the REL 111-112 sequence as their content will overlap.

REL 203. From the Apostles to the Reformers (History of Christianity I; ca. 100-ca. 1550). (3)

This course examines the institutional, intellectual, and social developments in the history of Christianity from its beginnings to the Reformation. Issues such as the relationship between church and state, theology and philosophy, piety and culture will be traced and analyzed in the wider context of the history of the Mediterranean and Western Worlds from later antiquity to the Reformation. This course may be taken by History Majors to complete degree requirements in the field of History. (see pages130-131 of the Catalog) Satisfies Core requirement F-2.

REL 207. From the Reformation to the Present (History of Christianity II; ca. 1500-Present). (3)

This course examines the history of Christianity from the Protestant Reformation through the emergence of the modern era to contemporary events in Christian History. Particular attention will be given to the rise of denominationalism, the history of Christianity in America, various reaction to modern social, political, and scientific theory, and the encounter of Christianity with non-European cultures through missionary and colonizing activity. This course may be taken by History Majors to complete degree requirements in the field of History. (see pages 130-131 of the Catalog). Satisfies Core requirement F-2.

REL 213. Christian Ethics in a Changing Society. (3)

Prerequisites: REL 110 or REL 111 and 112.

An investigation of the resources within the Christian faith for making moral decisions with respect to the scientific, social, economic, political, and personal problems in the contemporary world. Offered at departmental discretion. Satisfies Core requirement F-3.

REL 220. Religions of the World. (3)

The history, beliefs, and practices of major non-Christian religions, including Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Taoism.  Offered at departmental discretion. May be taken to satisfy Core requirement F-1b along with REL 110.

REL 230. Special Topics in Religion. (3)

Prerequisites: REL 110, REL 111, or REL 112.

This course provides an examination of specific topics related to the Christian engagement in contemporary society. Designed for the non-major and ideally suited for completion of Core Requirement F, 1-b or the pursuit of topics on general interest, this course provides students and faculty an opportunity to exlore biblical interpretation and religious engagement in the practical concerns of contemporary society. Satisfies Core requirement F 1-b. (Students who take REL 111 or REL 112 may not count REL 230 toward satisfying Core Requirement F).

 

REL 250. Christian Vocation and Church Leadership. (1)

A study of the call to Christian service in the Church and the world. This course will examine the concepts of ministry and the call, the nature and structure of the Church, contemporary issues facing the Church, as well as resources and programs used by the Church to promote faith and service in local congregations. This course is open to students of all denominations and religious traditions. Offered at departmental discretion. This course may not be taken to fulfill any Core requirement.

 

REL 290. Religion and Popular Culture. (3)

This course explores the wide variety of religious perspectives and values communicated through the arts most accessible to the general public. Movies, television, music, and web-based communication will provide opportunities for investigation into and reflection on the role that religious ideas and values play in contemporary American society.  Offered at departmental discretion. May be taken to satisfy Core requirement F-1b along with REL 110.

 

REL 301. Jesus: His Religion and His Teachings. (3)

Prerequisites: REL 110 or REL 112 completed with a grade of C+ or better.

The character, ministry, and teaching of Jesus Christ, based upon the New Testament, including an examination of modern interpretations of Jesus. Offered alternate years. May be taken to satisfy Core requirement F-1b along with REL 110.

 

REL 302. The Hebrew Prophets: Their Times and Message. (3)

Prerequisites: REL 110 or REL 111 completed with a grade of C+ or better.

A study of the development, characteristics, and messages of selected major and minor prophets of Israel and Judah, with an emphasis upon their relevance for contemporary life.  Offered alternate years. May be taken to satisfy Core requirement F-1b along with REL 110.

REL 303. Paul: His Life, Writings, and Continuing Impact. (3)

Prerequisites: REL 110 or REL 112 completed with a grade of C+ or better.

A survey of the life of Paul and the development of his theology in response to the problems and heresies he faced as an apostle and a missionary, with a consideration of their impact upon 20th century theology. Offered alternate years. May be taken to satisfy Core requirement F-1b along with REL 110.

REL 305. The General Epistles and the Johannine Literature. (3)

Prerequisite: REL 110 or REL 112 completed with a grade of C+ or better.

A study of the non-Pauline epistles in the New Testament and those writings associated with the name of John, including Revelation. Offered alternate years. May be taken to satisfy Core requirement F-1,b along with REL 110.

REL 310. American Religious History. (3)

A study of the major trends, issues, persons, and movements in American religious history in their social, cultural, and political contexts.Offered at departmental discretion. This course may be taken by History Majors to complete degree requirements in the field on History (see pages 126-127 of the Catalog).

REL 320. African-American Religious History. (3)

A study of the major trends, issues, persons and movements in African-American religious history. Special attention will be paid to Civil Rights, sociological factors affecting religion in America, and the politics of Religion. Offered at departmental discretion.

REL 322. History of Lutherans and Lutheranism. (3)

This course investigates the unique character of Lutheranism as a Christian faith. People, places, and events important in shaping the contemporary Lutheran Church will be examined in an effort to help students clarify their own Christian identities. Satisfies Core requirement F-2.

REL 330. Christian Education. (3)

This course will provide a very practical introduction to the problems encountered and ―best practices employed by Church Leaders in the area of Christian Education. Attention will be paid to curriculum selection or development, effective teaching methods, volunteer teacher recruitment and training, and issues related to staff and supervisory boards. Does NOT satisfy Core Curriculum requirements for Religion & Ethics, Area F. Offered at departmental discretion.

REL 340. Youth Ministry. (3)

This course will provide a very practical introduction to the problems encountered and ―best practices employed by Church Leaders in the area of Youth Ministry. Attention will be paid to youth outreach and support strategies, program organization, curriculum selection or development, effective teaching methods, unique challenges and issues related to pre-adolescent and adolescent youth, and issues related to staff and supervisory boards. Does NOT satisfy Core Curriculum requirements for Religion & Ethics, Area F. Offered at departmental discretion.

REL 350. Systematic Theology. (3)

This course examines the main themes of Christian theology in their classical formulation, traditional development, and contemporary expression. A seminar approach will be adopted in the course. Students will actively cooperate in developing the course content through the completion of reading assignments, outside research, formal presentation of material, and participation in discussion and debate. The textbook and instructor will serve primarily to describe the content and variety of influential positions taken on the main themes in theology. Students will take the initiative in advancing and defending particular views on the issues described. Offered alternate years. May be taken to satisfy Core requirement F-1,b along with REL 110.

REL 380. Lutheran Theology & Confessional Writings. (3)

Selections from Luther‘s works, the Augsburg Confession and subsequent Lutheran writings will guide the student‘s investigation of her or his own confessional understanding of the Christian faith. Satisfies Core Requirement F-2.

REL 481, 482. Seminar on Religious Issues. (1-3, 1-3)

Prerequisites: REL 110 or REL 111 and 112 and at least one 300 level course in Religion.

An intensive study of a question or problem in Biblical studies, religious history, or a current religious movement or issue. This course may not be taken to compete Core requirements.

REL 491. Independent Study. (1-3)

Open only to juniors and seniors of demonstrated ability majoring or minoring in Religion and Philosophy. Subject to rules and regulations on page 62 of the Catalog.

 

REL 495. Christian Vocation Internship. (3)

Prerequisites: Junior or Senior classification and approval of Religion & Philosophy Faculty advisor. Students will be matched up with an internship opportunity which matches the student‘s expressed interest in Church Leadership. Every effort will be made to place students in an internship experience which both exhibits some of the ―best practices in their chosen field of leadership and reflects the denominational/ theological affiliations of the student intern. Subject to regulations and restrictions on page 62. Offered at departmental discretion.

 

REL 499. Senior Essay. (3)

A project requiring scholarly research and culminating in the public presentation of a formal paper.

Subject to rules and regulations on page 63 of the Catalog. Offered at departmental discretion.

Philosophy (PHI)

PHI 101. Philosophy and Life Today. (3)

A survey of traditional philosophical issues applied to concerns in today‘s world.

Offered at departmental discretion. May be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements in Humanities and Fine Arts, Area C-2.

PHI 110. Introduction to Modern Logic. (3)

A study of the formal validity of deductive inference and the bases of inductive reasoning.

Philosophy 110 satisfies Core Curriculum requirements for Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Area D-3; Philosophy 110 does NOT satisfy Core Curriculum requirements for Humanities/Fine Arts, Area C-2. Offered at departmental discretion.

PHI 120. Introduction to Ethics. (3)

A study of major ethical theories and their application to specific moral issues.

Satisfies Core Curriculum Requirement F-3. Offered every semester.

 

PHI 201. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (to 1600). (3)

An historical survey with emphasis upon the thought of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas. May be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements in Humanities and Fine Arts, Area C-2. Offered fall semester, alternate years.

 

PHI 202. Modern Philosophy (1600 to 1850). (3)

An historical survey with emphasis upon Continental Rationalists, British Empiricists, and Immanuel Kant. May be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements in Humanities and Fine Arts, Area C-2. Offered spring semester, alternate years.

 

PHI 212. Philosophy of Human Nature. (3)

An exploration of selected philosophical issues, including the mind/body problem, free will versus determinism, personal identity, and human dignity.  May be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements in Humanities and Fine Arts, Area C-2. Offered at departmental discretion.

 

PHI 220. Social Philosophy and Ethics. (3)

A study of classical and contemporary texts on the relation between morality, justice, and the law.

Satisfies Core Curriculum Requirement F-3. Offered at departmental discretion.

 

PHI 230. Ethics of Health Care (3).

This course introduces students to contemporary ethical discussion regarding health care issues. Topics may include: medical professionalism, the nature of the patient-provider relationship, beginning and end of life issues, the just distribution of medical resources, and caring for public health communities. Satisfies Core Curriculum Requirement F-3. Offered at departmental discretion.

 

PHI 304. Contemporary Philosophy (since 1850). (3)

An examination of recent trends in Western thought, including philosophical analysis and existentialism.

May be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements in Humanities and Fine Arts, Area C-2. Offered at departmental discretion.

 

PHI 311. Philosophy of Religion. (3)

Philosophical analysis of the central problems of religious belief. May be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements in Humanities and Fine Arts, Area C-2. Offered alternate years.

 

PHI 312. Philosophical Ethics. (3)

A study of major moral philosophers, ethical theories, and the structure of moral reasoning.

Satisfies Core Curriculum Requirement F-3. Offered at departmental discretion.

 

PHI 330. Topics in Philosophy. (3)

Prerequisite: Must have passed at least one 100-level or 200-level Philosophy course prior to enrollment. A single topic of interest to faculty and students will be selected. Examples include: Existentialism. Environmental Ethics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Aesthetics. May be used to satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements in Humanities and Fine Arts, Area C-2. Offered alternate years.

PHI 482. Seminar on Problems in Philosophy. (1-3)

An intensive study of a selected philosophical issue or an individual philosopher. Offered at departmental discretion.

 

PHI 491. Independent Study. (1-3)

Open only to juniors and seniors of demonstrated ability majoring or minoring in Religion and Philosophy. Subject to rules and regulations on page 62 of the Catalog.

 

PHI 499. Senior Essay. (3)

A project requiring scholarly research and culminating in the public presentation of a formal paper.

Subject to rules and regulations on page 63 of the Catalog. Offered spring semester.

Course Descriptions