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Religion Department

The study of religion is among the oldest pursuits in human intellectual history. Each of the world's living religions has a long and rich history of scholarship on its sacred texts and interpretive traditions. The curriculum in the Department of Religion involves a dynamic combination of traditional textual study, ethnographic engagement, historical reflection, and theory-practice learning. Courses are designed to introduce students to the origins and historical developments of ancient religious systems as well as the living religions of the world. Equally important, courses in the department and related programs provide a context for stepping back from the "inside" of a particular religion in order to study aspects of religion comparatively and thematically across traditions (e.g., religion in public life, religion and gender, religion and culture, religion and conflict). Religion majors and minors include students seeking careers in medicine, law, and the sciences, as well as those whose interests lie more in the humanities and liberal arts. Faculty in the Department of Religion are deeply committed to interdisciplinary work and thinking, and expect the same of their students. Many of our faculty members co-teach their courses with faculty in other disciplines in order to enliven their thinking about a particular topic. Faculty are also engaged in the Emory community, working on educational and scholarly projects with student groups. Faculty have designed student internships with the religious communities of Atlanta, and field trips and site visits are a regular component of many Emory religion classes. We are also an intentionally pluralist community--with no single "majority" of scholars studying one particular religious tradition or using one particular method of study. Faculty numbers are equally strong in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and American studies. There is growing strength in African American religions, as well as ethnography of religions and the study of comparative sacred texts. Thanks to the high engagement of faculty in interdisciplinary work, the department now is participating in several University initiatives in contemplative studies; religion and conflict; religion and health; religion and sexuality; and religion and the arts. Students are highly encouraged to take part in these initiatives. More than half the faculty members have been recognized for excellence in teaching. The department also hosts fifteen associated faculty from other departments, including History, Classics, Political Science, Art History, Philosophy, Women¿s Studies, and Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies. The Graduate Division of Religion, the Institute of the Liberal Arts, Candler School of Theology, the Marial Center (Myth and Ritual in American Life), The Carter Center, The Center for Law and Religion, and the American Academy of Religion at Emory University enrich the academic environment and provide additional faculty resources for undergraduate students of religion. The department also has important connections with centers of learning from within the religious traditions, such as the Aquinas Center for Catholic Studies, the Drepung Loseling Institute for Buddhist Studies, and the Jewish Community Center of Atlanta

Faculty

Chair/Director
Gary Laderman
P0842042
Professor

Education

  • BA, California State University, 1986
  • MA, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1988
  • PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Institute of the Liberal Arts, Core Faculty
  • American Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • religion in the United States
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Michael Berger
P3778149
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Princeton University, 1985
  • MA, Princeton University, 1988
  • PhD, Columbia University, 1992

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • religious authority and ethics in Judaism
Core Faculty
Michael Berger
P3778149
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Princeton University, 1985
  • MA, Princeton University, 1988
  • PhD, Columbia University, 1992

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • religious authority and ethics in Judaism
David Blumenthal
P8724289
Jay & Leslie Cohen Professor of Judiac Studies

Education

  • BA, University of Pennsylvania, 1960
  • MHL, Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 1964
  • PhD, Columbia University, 1972

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • medieval and modern Jewish thought
  • Jewish mysticism
Paul Courtright
P8116010
Professor

Education

  • BA, Grinnell College, 1964
  • MDiv, Yale University, 1968
  • MA, Princeton University, 1970
  • PhD, Princeton University, 1974

Department

  • Religion, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Hindu religious traditions
  • history of religions
Dianne Diakité
P8008805
Associate Professor

Education

  • AB, Colgate University, 1990
  • MDiv, Harvard Divinity School, 1993
  • MPhil, Union Theological Seminary, 1996
  • PhD, Union Theological Seminary, 1997

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • African American Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • African American and African Caribbean religions
Tara Doyle
P5896325
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • BA, Antioch College, 1979
  • MTS, Harvard Divinity School, 1986
  • MA, Harvard University, 1988
  • PhD, Harvard University, 1997

Department

  • Religion, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • Buddhism and Hinduism
John Dunne
P0178236
Associate Professor

Education

  • AB, Amherst College, 1984
  • MA, Harvard University, 1988
  • PhD, Harvard University, 1999

Department

  • Religion, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Indian and Tibetan Buddhism
  • philosophy
  • contemplative studies
Wendy Farley
P4812921
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of New Hampshire, 1981
  • MA, Vanderbilt University, 1987
  • PhD, Vanderbilt University, 1988

Department

  • Religion, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • theology and ethics
Joyce Flueckiger
P5856068
Professor

Education

  • BA, Goshen College, 1974
  • MA, University of Wisconsin, 1978
  • PhD, University of Wisconsin, 1984

Department

  • Religion, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • performance studies in religion
  • religions of South Asia
Marko Geslani
P5775137
Assistant Professor

Education

  • PhD, Yale University, 2011

Department

  • Religion, Core Faculty
William Gilders
P4438320
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Toronto, 1990
  • MA, McMaster University, 1994
  • PhD, Brown University, 2000

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • Hebrew Bible
Pamela Hall
P9580209
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Dallas, 1982
  • MA, Vanderbilt University, 1985
  • PhD, Vanderbilt University, 1987

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • religion and women's studies
  • ethics and feminist thought
  • philosophy and women's studies
James Hoesterey
P5012643
Assistant Professor

Education

  • Ph.D, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
  • MA, University of South Carolina,
  • BA, Marquette University,

Department

  • Religion, Core Faculty
Gary Laderman
P0842042
Professor

Education

  • BA, California State University, 1986
  • MA, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1988
  • PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Institute of the Liberal Arts, Core Faculty
  • American Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • religion in the United States
Deborah Lipstadt
P5186269
Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies

Education

  • Ph.D, Brandeis University, 1976
  • MA, Brandeis University, 1972
  • BA, City College of New York, 1969

Departments

  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty
  • Religion, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Holocaust studies
  • modern Jewish history and culture
Sara L. McClintock
P8973648
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Bryn Mawr College, 1983
  • MTS, Harvard University, 1989
  • PhD, Harvard University, 2002

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • East Asian Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Indian and Tibetan Buddhism
  • Buddhist literature
  • rhetoric and religion
Satya Dev Negi
P5790631
Senior Lecturer

Education

  • MA, Institute for Buddhist Dialectics, 1985
  • PhD, Emory University, 1999

Department

  • Religion, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • Tibetan Buddhist studies and practices
Barbara "Bobbi" Patterson
P1820585
Professor of Pedagogy

Education

  • BA, Smith College, 1974
  • MDiv, Harvard University, 1977
  • PhD, Emory University, 1994

Department

  • Religion, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • feminist theology
  • religious practices
Eric Reinders
P6359564
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Hull, 1981
  • MPhil, University of Hull, 1987
  • PhD, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • East Asian Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Chinese religion
  • Buddhism
Jill Robbins
P5049346
Professor

Education

  • BA, Cornell University, 1979
  • MPhil, Yale University, 1982
  • PhD, Yale University, 1985

Departments

  • Comparative Literature, Core Faculty
  • Religion, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • comparative literature and religion
Vernon Robbins
P8034670
Professor

Education

  • BA, Westmar College, 1960
  • MDiv, United Theological Seminary, 1963
  • MA, University of Chicago, 1966
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1969

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • New Testament
  • comparative sacred texts
Don Seeman
P7158876
Associate Professor

Education

  • AB, Harvard University, 1990
  • AM, Harvard University, 1993
  • PhD, Harvard University, 1997

Departments

  • Religion, Core Faculty
  • Jewish Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • ethnography of Judaism and ethnography of religions
Theophus "Thee" Smith
P7243779
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, St. John's College, 1975
  • MTS, Virginia Theological Seminary, 1977
  • PhD, Graduate Theological Union, 1987

Department

  • Religion, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Christian studies
  • African American religious traditions
  • religion and conflict

Courses

Religion 100-Level Courses
REL 100R: Introduction To Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
HAP
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An exploration of diverse ways of being religious (for example, in thought, action, community, and experience) as they are displayed in several traditions and cultures.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 150: Introduction to Sacred Texts
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 160: Sacred Texts of the Middle East and South Asia
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 170: Special Topics in Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 170W: Special Topics in Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 190: Fresh Sem: Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Dynamics of inquiry on a focused research topic. Will include discussion, debate, oral and written presentations. Topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Religion 200-Level Courses
REL 200R: Relig & Contemp Experience
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
HAP
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Religion and contemporary issues of human existence, the role of religion in politics and international conflicts, or the nature of contemporary religious movements such as fundamentalism.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 205: Biblical Literature
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 205: Biblical Literature
Course Description

The Hebrew scriptures ("Old Testament"), in translation, examined in their historical setting, and in their roles as sacred texts in Judaism and Christianity.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 209: Hist Of Religions In America
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An examination of American religious history and culture from the colonial period to the present.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 210R: Classic Religious Texts
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 210R: Classic Religious Texts
Course Description

This course will explore classic religious texts in depth, developing skills to interpret sacred, philosophical and ethical works. Social, cultural, and/or philosophical contexts at work will provide interpretive frameworks.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 210RW: Classic Religious Texts
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 210RW: Classic Religious Texts
Course Description

This course will explore classic religious texts in depth, developing skills to interpret sacred, philosophical and ethical works. Social, cultural, and/or philosophical contexts at work will provide interpretive frameworks.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 211: Western Religious Traditions
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
HAP
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This course examines western religions over a significant span of history, special emphasis on interactions between culture and religion and between religions; topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 212: Asian Religious Traditions
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
HAP
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
EAS 212: Asian Religious Traditions
Course Description

Thematic study of at least two Asian religious traditions. Thematic emphasis may include relationships of text and context, pilgrimage, gender, epic performance, religious institutions, visual arts, or colonial and post-colonial identities.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 215: Greek and Roman Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CL 215: Greek and Roman Religion
Course Description

Introduction to the religions of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds: ritual types, forms of evidence, and methods of investigation, from the Bronze Age to the early Christian era.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
REL 251: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 251: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
MESAS 251: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
Course Description

Everyday life in ancient Israel (1200-586 BCE), including the economy, religion and culture, city planning, the Israelite kitchen, burials, status of women, and more.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 251W: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 251W: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
MESAS 251W: Daily Life In Ancient Israel
Course Description

Everyday life in ancient Israel (1200-586 BCE), including the economy, religion and culture, city planning, the Israelite kitchen, burials, status of women, and more.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 260: Archaeology And The Bible
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 250: Archaeology and the Bible
MESAS 250: Archaeology And The Bible
Course Description

An introductory course to the field of Biblical archaeology, with a careful examination of theory, methodology, famous discoveries, important sites, and historical questions.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Film Screening with discussion
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
REL 261R: Fldwork In Biblical Archaeol
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 259R: Fld Work In Biblical Archaeol
MESAS 259R: Fld Work In Biblical Archaeol
Course Description

Summer. Excavations in the Middle East, especially with the Summer Abroad Program affiliated with the Lahav Research Project at Tell Halif.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
REL 270: Special Topics in Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Variety of subjects pertaining to religion. Content will vary in successive offerings. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 270W: Special Topics in Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Variety of subjects pertaining to religion. Content will vary in successive offerings. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 288: Internship In Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
REL 290: Topics Abroad
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Study abroad course
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 290W: Topics Abroad
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Study abroad course
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
Religion 300-Level Courses
REL 300: Interpreting Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Critical exploration of philosophical, theological, ethical, and social science theories of religions and methods for the interpretation of religious phenomena.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
REL 301: Early And Medieval Hinduism
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Hindu religious traditions from prehistorical times to the eighteenth century, including classical texts, rituals, ethical and social structures, institutions, and theologies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 301W: Early And Medieval Hinduism
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Hindu religious traditions from prehistorical times to the eighteenth century, including classical texts, rituals, ethical and social structures, institutions, and theologies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 302: Religions in Colonial India
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Historical survey of religion in India, 1756 to the present, focusing on the impact of British colonial and post-colonial settings on diverse religions in India and among Indians living abroad.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 303: Modern Hinduism
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Hinduism in the modern period, from the early nineteenth century to the present, focusing on religious communities, rituals, modes of leadership, and the contemporary internationalization of Hinduism.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 304: South Asian Epics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 304: South Asian Epics
Course Description

Two major epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, have had a long and sustained history in the development of civilizational values in South Asia. This course critically examines the role these epics have played in shaping South Asian civilizations, with a primary focus on literature and religion

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 305: Introduction to Buddhism
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to the practices, doctrines, literature and institutions of Buddhism, with particular focus on contemplative practices, ethics and methods of philosophical investigation, narrative traditions, and the transformation of Buddhism across cultures.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 306: Tibetan Buddh:Psyc Of Enlightn
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to philosophical, psychological, and contemplative dimensions of Tibetan Buddhism.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 307: East Asian Buddhism
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
EAS 317: East Asian Buddhism
Course Description

The development of Buddhism in China and Japan, including examination of monasticism, ritual, ideas of Buddhahood, Zen, Pure Land, and Buddhist relations to the state and to other religions.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 308: Judaism
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 308: Judaism
Course Description

Explores the rituals and practices of Judaism, placing them in their historical context and examining the theological concepts that underpin them.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 309: Jews & Judaism in Modern Times
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 309: Jews & Judaism in Modern Times
Course Description

Modern Jewish history, society, and thought, with emphasis on religious and secular reformulations of Jewish self-identity.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 310: Modern Buddhism
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This seminar focuses on modern Buddhist history, society, and thought. Issues addressed may include colonization, women's ordination, meditation movements, conversion, eco-Buddhism, immigration, and globalization.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 311: Early & Medieval Christianity
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Christianity from the apostolic period through the Middle Ages, with emphasis on the contribution of major theologians.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 311W: Early & Medieval Christianity
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Christianity from the apostolic period through the Middle Ages, with emphasis on the contribution of major theologians.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 312: Protestant Christianity
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Representative types of modern Christianity, beginning with the Reformation in Germany and concluding with contemporary issues.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 313: Modern Catholicism
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examination of major social, ethical, and theological issues confronting post-Vatican II Catholicism, including the intellectual and historical roots of contemporary debates.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 313W: Modern Catholicism
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examination of major social, ethical, and theological issues confronting post-Vatican II Catholicism, including the intellectual and historical roots of contemporary debates.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 315: The Qur'an
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 315: The Qur'an
Course Description

The Qur'an in translation, from historical and literary perspectives, looking at its use in Islam, its language, stylistics, modes of narrative, and its relationship to Jewish, Christian, and Arabian traditions.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 315W: The Qur'an
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 315W: The Qur'an
Course Description

The Qur'an in translation, from historical and literary perspectives, looking at its use in Islam, its language, stylistics, modes of narrative, and its relationship to Jewish, Christian, and Arabian traditions.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 316: Premodern Islam
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 316: Premodern Islam
Course Description

This course is a survey of the major issues in the history, religion, culture, and civilization of the Islamic world in the pre-modern period.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 316W: Premodern Islam
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 316W: Premodern Islam
Course Description

This course is a survey of the major issues in the history, religion, culture, and civilization of the Islamic world in the pre-modern period.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 317: Modern Islam
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 317: Modern Islam
Course Description

This seminar analyzes the problem of Islam in modern history and focuses on religious responses to major events. Issues may include secularism and Post-Enlightenment modernism, reform movements, and Islamic liberalism.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 318: Islamic Law
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 318: Islamic Law
Course Description

This introduction to Islamic law draws on primary texts in translation from both the medieval and modern periods. Examines controversial issues including jihad, blasphemy, drugs (coffee, tobacco, hashish, opium), the status of women, and the status of religious minorities, both Muslim and non-Muslim.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 318W: Islamic Law
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 318W: Islamic Law
Course Description

This introduction to Islamic law draws on primary texts in translation from both the medieval and modern periods. Examines controversial issues including jihad, blasphemy, drugs (coffee, tobacco, hashish, opium), the status of women, and the status of religious minorities, both Muslim and non-Muslim.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 319: Native American Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Study of several Native American religious traditions in their historical contexts, with a focus on ritual, cosmology, and social life.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 320R: African - American Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
AAS 320: African - American Religion
Course Description

Development of religion among African Americans; trends and tendencies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 320RW: African - American Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
AAS 320W: African - American Religion
Course Description

Development of religion among African Americans; trends and tendencies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 321: Psychology Of Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examination of religious existence and its relation to various aspects of human life by approaches developed in major traditions of psychological study.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 322: Religion & Sexuality
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The relation of sexuality and the sacred in symbolism, attitudes and practice; authentic human communion; and specific problems of sexual ethics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 322W: Religion & Sexuality
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The relation of sexuality and the sacred in symbolism, attitudes and practice; authentic human communion; and specific problems of sexual ethics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 323: Death & Dying
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Understanding death through a study of religious attitudes and practices, modern therapies for the dying, ethical issues, and Western and Asian theological perspectives.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 324: The Holocaust
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 324: The Holocaust
Course Description

An analysis of the sociopolitical background and the horror of the Holocaust, followed by the popular as well as the theological responses of the Jewish and Christian communities.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 326: Black Christian Thought
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
AAS 326: Black Christian Thought
Course Description

Spiritual transformations involving worship, magic and healing, ritual, and aesthetic performance in Black speech and literature, music, and drama; and spiritual uses of Biblical themes to empower social political movements.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 326W: Black Christian Thought
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
AAS 326W: Black Christian Thought
Course Description

Spiritual transformations involving worship, magic and healing, ritual, and aesthetic performance in Black speech and literature, music, and drama; and spiritual uses of Biblical themes to empower social political movements.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 327: Relig In Holy Land On Locat
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 327: Relig In Holy Land On Locat
MESAS 327: Relig In Holy Land On Locat
Course Description

This course explores Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as well as other religious groups in the Holy Land on location. In Israel. In English. No knowledge of Hebrew required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 328: Women, Religion & Ethnography
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 328: Women, Religion & Ethnography
WGS 328: Women, Religion & Ethnography
Course Description

Cross-cultural ethnographic study of women's religious lives, including ritual and leadership roles, forms and contexts of religious expression, and negotiations between dominant cultural representations and women's self-representations.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 328W: Women, Religion & Ethnography
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ANT 328W: Women, Religion & Ethnography
WGS 328W: Women, Religion & Ethnography
Course Description

Cross-cultural ethnographic study of women's religious lives, including ritual and leadership roles, forms and contexts of religious expression, and negotiations between dominant cultural representations and women's self-representations.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 329: Religion & Ecology
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENVS 329: Religion And Ecology
Course Description

Historical, philosophical, and ethical relationships between religion and ecology; other dimensions include Eastern thought, ecofeminism, animal rights, and literary nature writers.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 331: Culture of Buddhist Tibet
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Tibet's history, geography, and spiritual legacy produced a unique culture that only recently has come into contact with the West; these three facets will be explored for their impact on Tibetan culture.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 333: Religion and the Body
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An exploration of the body and bodily experience in selected religious traditions. Topics may include: ritual, asceticism, monasticism, healing, gender, sex, diet, birth, and death.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 334: Dance & Embodied Knowledge
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
100
Scheduled Related Component
Live performance piece
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
REL 336: Religious Pluralism In Atlanta
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An exploration of local religious communities in the metropolitan area, with special emphasis on field research methodologies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 340: Rabbinic Judaism: The Liturgy
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 340: Rabbinic Judaism
Course Description

Background and emergence of Rabbinic Judaism in 100-500 C.E., its institutions and beliefs: study, law, chosenness, messianic doctrine of god, revelation and prayer.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 341: Medieval Jewish Thought
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 341: Medieval Jewish Thought
Course Description

Intensive study of a major work on an important theme in medieval Jewish thought such as Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed, Saadia's Beliefs and Opinions, and medieval Jewish exegesis of the Bible.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 343: Mod Jewish Thght:Herschel/Kap
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 343: Modern Jewish Thought
Course Description

Intensive study of a major work, author or movement; or of an important theme in modern Jewish thought, such as Heschel, Buber, reform, religious anthropology.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 346: Jewish Legal Thinking
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The role and methodology of law in Judaism, using difficult problems that arise due to recent advances in medical technology as a paradigm for how legal systems address hard issues.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 348: New Testament In Its Context
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Interpretation of the New Testament in the context of the historical, social, religious, and literary environment of the eastern Mediterranean world during late antiquity.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 348W: New Testament In Its Context
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Interpretation of the New Testament in the context of the historical, social, religious, and literary environment of the eastern Mediterranean world during late antiquity.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 350: Jesus And The Gospels
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The study of the New Testament gospels through approximately ten Christian gospels and fragments of gospels written during the first two centuries, including modern studies and debates about the historical Jesus.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 350W: Jesus And The Gospels
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The study of the New Testament gospels through approximately ten Christian gospels and fragments of gospels written during the first two centuries, including modern studies and debates about the historical Jesus.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 351: Paul And His Letters
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The study of the historical role of Paul, his thinking, the major Pauline theme, as well as the problems faced by the first urban Christians.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 351W: Paul And His Letters
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The study of the historical role of Paul, his thinking, the major Pauline theme, as well as the problems faced by the first urban Christians.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 352R: Gender and Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 352R: Gender and Religion
WGS 352R: Gender and Religion
Course Description

Construction of gender, definitions of the roles and status of women and men in a variety of traditions; women's and men's religious lives. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 353R: Mystical Thought and Practice
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 353: The Jewish Mystical Tradition
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 354R: Ethics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
HAP
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 354R: Ethics
Course Description

Analysis of methods and/or texts pertaining to ethical decision-making for individual and social problems such as race, sex/marriage, justice, war, biomedical technology, and environmental pollution. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 354RW: Ethics
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
HAPW
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JS 354RW: Ethics
Course Description

Analysis of methods and/or texts pertaining to ethical decision-making for individual and social problems such as race, sex/marriage, justice, war, biomedical technology, and environmental pollution. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 355R: Ritual and Worship
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

History and present experience of worship or liturgy in various traditions, with a variety of methods, including the study of art, music, and/or architecture. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 356R: Theological Reflection
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Issues in contemporary theology. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 357R: Religion and Conflict
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This theory-practice course asks: How does conflict reveal the character and nature of a religion? How can our conflict resolution practices advance our study of religion? Includes case studies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 358R: Religion and Healing
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Designed to explore the mind/body connection as a paradigm to understand religion and healing. Will examine the role of faith, ritual, prayer, and meditation in various models of healing.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 358RW: Religion and Healing
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
HSCW
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Designed to explore the mind/body connection as a paradigm to understand religion and healing. Will examine the role of faith, ritual, prayer, and meditation in various models of healing.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 361: The Sufi Way
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 311: The Sufi Way
Course Description

This course is an introduction to The Sufi Way, known as Islamic Mysticism or tasawwuf. The goal of the course is to give students an in-depth introduction to Sufism, the Muslim effort to experience God's presence and make society good. The course will focus on The Sufi Way in South Asia, encompassing Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, especially in the Chishti Order, the most popular and influential Sufi community in the region.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 365: Buddhist Philosophy
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Explores the features that distinguish Buddhist thought from other traditions, as well as the unique tenets of major philosophical movements such as Shravakayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 366: Afghanistan and Central Asia
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HIST 366: Afghanistan and Central Asia
MESAS 366: Afghanistan and Central Asia
Course Description

Survey of the history, cultures, and religions of Afghanistan and Central Asia including Tibet from antiquity to modern times. Topics will include the Silk Road, Buddhist, Christian, and Islamic cultures of the religion, and medieval, colonial, and modern history and politics

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 369: Religion And Film
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Narrative films concerned with religious issues and experience; commonalities between the film medium and the performative religious imagination.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 370: Spec Tops: Rel & Culture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Aspects of religion in relation to culture, such as theories of ritual, religion and psychoanalysis, feminist critiques of religion and culture, postmodern interpretations of religion. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 372: Spec Top:Clas.Text/Rel Thought
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Study in depth of a problem in classical texts or religious thought. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 372W: Spec Top:Clas.Text/Rel Thought
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Study in depth of a problem in classical texts or religious thought. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 373: Spec Tops: Religious Studies
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Study in depth of a historical or theoretical problem or tradition. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 374: Confucian Classics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CHN 373: Confucian Classics
EAS 374: Confucian Classics
Course Description

For more than two thousand years, a small set of texts associated with Confucius (551-479 BC) and his disciples formed the core of the Chinese educational curriculum. As a store of knowledge shared by all educated men and women, Confucian Classics shaped Chinese literati culture from late antiquity to the early 20th century. The goal of this course is to illustrate the diversity of the literary and cultural practices that evolved around this unique body of writings. The course is roughly divided into two parts. First, we will attempt to establish a framework for understanding the textual history and changing significance of the Classics throughout the premodern era. Drawing on a broad selection of primary sources (to be read in English translation), we will then examine how the canonized ideas were refracted in literary, philosophical, religious, and political discourse.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 374W: Confucian Classics
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CHN 373W: Confucian Classics
EAS 374W: Confucian Classics
Course Description

For more than two thousand years, a small set of texts associated with Confucius (551-479 BC) and his disciples formed the core of the Chinese educational curriculum. As a store of knowledge shared by all educated men and women, Confucian Classics shaped Chinese literati culture from late antiquity to the early 20th century. The goal of this course is to illustrate the diversity of the literary and cultural practices that evolved around this unique body of writings. The course is roughly divided into two parts. First, we will attempt to establish a framework for understanding the textual history and changing significance of the Classics throughout the premodern era. Drawing on a broad selection of primary sources (to be read in English translation), we will then examine how the canonized ideas were refracted in literary, philosophical, religious, and political discourse.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 375: Reporting on Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JRNL 375: Reporting on Religion
Course Description

Religion, a centerpiece of American public life, is shaping cultural and political discourse as never before. Students will have the opportunity to report on faith-based issues and debates, explore Atlanta's diverse religious landscape, and write news, features and opinion for the general public.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Supplemental instruction or problem set session
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
REL 375W: Reporting on Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
JRNL 375W: Reporting on Religion
Course Description

Religion, a centerpiece of American public life, is shaping cultural and political discourse as never before. Students will have the opportunity to report on faith-based issues and debates, explore Atlanta's diverse religious landscape, and write news, features and opinion for the general public.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Supplemental instruction or problem set session
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 380R: Internship In Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
REL 381: Islamic West 600-1600
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 381: Islamic West 600-1600
SPAN 381: Islamic West 600-1600
Course Description

This course is a historical and cultural survey of the medieval Islamic West (the Maghrib) as a single cultural unit, comprising Muslim Spain (al-Andalus), North Africa, and Sicily. The course covers cultural and religious interactions between indigenous peoples and Arab Muslims, critically examining the notion of Convivencia (co-existence) as theorized by modern Spanish and North African historians. The course also includes discussions of material culture, music, and poetry.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 387: Literature & Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: one course in religion and one course in literature, or consent of the instructors. Reading and interpretation of representative major literary works in the perspective of their religious meaning.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 387W: Literature & Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Prerequisite: one course in religion and one course in literature, or consent of the instructors. Reading and interpretation of representative major literary works in the perspective of their religious meaning.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 388: The Cultural Revolution
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CHN 388: The Cultural Revolution
EAS 388: The Cultural Revolution
Course Description

This course offers a general survey of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966 - 1976), with foci on three main aspects: language, religion, and art. Students will study revolutionary media such as songs, films, and model plays, in addition to the visual and material culture of the period. Students will also stage a performance of Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 388W: The Cultural Revolution
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CHN 388W: The Cultural Revolution
EAS 388W: The Cultural Revolution
Course Description

This course offers a general survey of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution (1966 - 1976), with foci on three main aspects: language, religion, and art. Students will study revolutionary media such as songs, films, and model plays, in addition to the visual and material culture of the period. Students will also stage a performance of Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 390: Topics Abroad
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Study abroad course
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 390W: Topics Abroad
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Study abroad course
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
Religion 400-Level Courses
REL 414: Shiite Islam
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 414: Shiite Islam
Course Description

This course is an introduction to Shiite Islam, including a historical survey with particular attention to the Twelver and Ismaili traditions, showing how Shiism has shaped Islamic history in general.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 414W: Shiite Islam
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 414W: Shiite Islam
Course Description

This course is an introduction to Shiite Islam, including a historical survey with particular attention to the Twelver and Ismaili traditions, showing how Shiism has shaped Islamic history in general.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 415: Great Books of Islamic World
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 415: Great Books of Islamic World
Course Description

This course focuses on intellectual history between 800 and 1000, primarily in the city of Baghdad, then the intellectual capital of the Islamic world. Through close reading, comparison of texts, and expository writing, students explore translation, genre, patronage, and their relation to the organization, transmission, and advancement of knowledge.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
REL 415W: Great Books of Islamic World
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
MESAS 415W: Great Books of Islamic World
Course Description

This course focuses on intellectual history between 800 and 1000, primarily in the city of Baghdad, then the intellectual capital of the Islamic world. Through close reading, comparison of texts, and expository writing, students explore translation, genre, patronage, and their relation to the organization, transmission, and advancement of knowledge.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 470: Joint Sem/Philosophy/Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
PHIL 470: Joint Sem Philosophy/Religion
Course Description

Prerequisite: either Philosophy 358 or one course in religion. The religious and philosophical consciousness in confrontation with each other; investigation of their differing natures and methods; and exploration of their possible contribution to the clarification and solution of problems of mutual concern.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic Speaker series
REL 472: Topics in Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, one to eight hours. Advanced study of an issue, problem or selection of writings. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
REL 472W: Topics in Religion
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, one to eight hours. Advanced study of an issue, problem or selection of writings. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 490: Snr Symposium:Critique Of Rlgn
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Selected topics in religious studies. Required for majors.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
REL 490W: Snr Symposium:Critique Of Rlgn
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Selected topics in religious studies. Required for majors.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 495R: Directed Reading (Honors)
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, one to eight hours. Independent research for senior major and joint-major students selected to participate in the department's Honors Program.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
REL 495RW: Directed Reading (Honors)
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, one to eight hours. Independent research for senior major and joint-major students selected to participate in the department's Honors Program.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Writing Requirement
Yes
REL 497R: Directed Reading
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, one to twelve hours. Maximum credit, twenty hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Specific readings for each student are decided upon in consultation with a member of the faculty.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable

Honors Program

See “Honors Program” under the curriculum section of the catalog and consult the department for further details.

The Honors Program affords students the opportunity for long-term, in-depth research on a topic of their interest. Together with a faculty adviser, students plan a rigorous program of scholarly reading and writing. Topics have ranged from historical analysis and textual exegesis to theological treatises and ethnographic studies. Students with a cumulative average of 3.50 at the end of their first three years of study are eligible and may be invited by the Department of Religion to participate in the Honors Program. In consultation with a departmental faculty director, students will choose two additional faculty members to serve on their honors committee. The honors committee must include one member from outside the Department of Religion and, in the case of joint majors, the committee must include one faculty member from outside both departments. A minimum of two successive semesters of Honors Directed Reading (REL 495R) is required for the honors degree. The department strongly encourages the student to find and take a graduate seminar related to the honors topic. Successful honors candidates are awarded the degree with honors, high honors, or highest honors. The Department of Religion hosts a chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national religious studies honor society. Local membership is determined by grade average and class standing as set forth by the national council.

For more information, see Honors Program | Academic Policies & Regulations.

Awards and Honors

The department’s prizes and awards include the William A. Beardslee Prize in Religious Literature for the best paper on religion submitted in a course offered by Emory College; the Vaddadi R. Rao Prize for overall excellence in the field of religion, limited to department majors; and the John Fenton Prizes in the Comparative Study of Religion for undergraduate and graduate student scholarship in the comparative study of religion.