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Course Descriptions Religion (REL)

RELIGION (REL)

Updated for 2014-2015

REL 150 Introduction to the World’s Major Religions (3)

A survey of the origins, teachings, practices, and present-day situation of the world's major religions. Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Shinto, Taoism, and indigenous traditions. (FG, Group C)

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent or consent of instructor.

REL 151 Religion & the Meaning of Existence (3)

Basic ideas and issues in contemporary religious thought about the meaning of existence. (DH)

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent or consent of instructor.

REL 200 Understanding The Old Testament (3)

Examination of the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) as an expression of the religious life, history, and thought of ancient Israel and as a sacred text within later Judaism and Christianity. (DH)

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent or consent of the instructor.

REL 201 Understanding The New Testament (3)

Intellectual analysis of the origin and development of the early Christian message as set forth in the New Testament. Special attention will be given to the messages of Jesus and Paul and their relevance to the modern world. (DH)

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent or the consent of instructor.

REL 202 Understanding Indian Religions (3)

Teachings and practices of major religious traditions of India, to include Hindu traditions, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Some attention will be given to the influences of Islam and Christianity on these traditions. (DH)

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

Rec Prep: REL 150

REL 203 Understanding Chinese Religions (3)

Taoist, Confucian, Buddhist, Socialist and folk beliefs and practices in their social and historical context.

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

REL 204 Understanding Japanese Religions (3)

Broad survey, with primary focus on Shinto, Buddhist and modern sectarian movements, analyzed in relation to social and cultural themes of major historical periods. (DH)

Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better or equivalent

or consent of instructor.

REL 205 Understanding Hawaiian Religion (3)

A general introductory survey of Hawaiian religious teaching and practice from ancient times to the present. (DH)

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent or consent of instructor.

REL 207 Understanding Buddhism (3)

Survey of major forms and practices. (DH)

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent or consent of instructor.

REL 209 Understanding Islam (3)

REL 209 focuses on the history, scriptures, beliefs, practices, law, and philosophy of Islam.

Prerequisite: ENG 100 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

REL 210 Understanding Christianity (3)

History of ideas concentrating on events, persons, and issues with the greatest impact on the development of Christianity. (DH)

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent or the consent of instructor.

Rec Prep: REL 150

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