Course Schedule

Spring '21 Course Schedule


Spring '21 Upper Level Courses

Spring 2021 Upper-Level Course Offerings

Religion 200: Approaches to the Study of Religion
(3 hours, General credit) 
Dr. Jarrod Whitaker
Explores the history of and methodological resources for the study of religion. Focus may vary with instructor, but the emphasis is on the ways religion has been defined, studied, and interpreted over the last several centuries.
Offered Wednesday/Friday at 2:00. Face to Face.

REL 290: The Art of Meditation: Walking the Ancient St. Cuthbert’s Way
(3 hours, Group II—Religion, History, and Society)
Dr. Ulrike Wiethaus
WFU Short-Term Abroad Program: Reynolda Campus and Scotland
Site-specific study of early medieval Christianity & pilgrimage. Daily walking along the Way. Students will immerse themselves into the intersections of ecology, the history of Christian spirituality (with accommodation for non-Christian traditions), personal growth, and interdisciplinary academic work in the art of meditation.
Offered Thursdays from 4-6:30 on campus April 8, 15, 22, 29. Trip to Scotland is scheduled for May 19-June 1, 2021.

REL 310: The Prophetic Literature
(3 hours, Group I—Biblical Studies
Dr. Ken Hoglund. 
Examines the development and theological contents of the literary products of Israel’s prophetic movement.
Offered Monday/Wednesday/Friday at 9:00. Online-synchronous.

REL 323: Jesus Traditions
(3 hours, Group I—Biblical Studies)
Dr. Mary Foskett
Examines ancient Christian and other religious representations of Jesus in historical, social, cultural and theological context.
Offered Wednesday/Friday at 11:00. Online-synchronous and asynchronous.

REL 347: Religion, Gender, & Sexuality
(3 hours, Group II–Religion, History, and Society)
Dr. Tanisha Ramachandran.
Explores how “religion” regulates and normalizes gender and sexuality.
Offered Tuesday/Thursday at 12:30. Online-synchronous and asynchronous.     

REL 376: Race Religion & Film
(3 hours, Group II–Religion, History, and Society)
Dr. Ronald Neal
Examines past and contemporary filmmakers who couple religious themes with racial concerns. (CD)
Offered Tuesday/Thursday at 3:30. Face-to-face.

REL 383: Quran & the Prophet
(3 hours, Group III—World Religions)
Dr. Nelly van Doorn-Harder
Examines the history, content, and main approaches to the sacred book of Islam. Explores the influence and interaction between the holy word and its transmitter the Prophet Muhammad. (CD)
Offered Tuesday/Thursday at 11:00. Online-synchronous and asynchronous.

REL 390: Religion and Environmental Justice in Latin America
(3 hours, Group II— Religion, History, and Society; ENV and LAS credit)
Dr. Elizabeth Gandolfo
Examines historical and contemporary relationships between environmental justice and religion in Latin America. Special focus on religious dimensions of leadership in movements for social & ecological well-being.
Offered Monday/Wedneday at 12:30. Online-synchronous. 

REL 390: 1893 Parliament of Religions: The Most Important Religious Event You’ve Never Heard About
(1.5 hours, Group II— Religion, History, and Society)
Dr. Leann Pace
Examines the 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago, often heralded as the first interfaith gathering and an important step forward in the academic study of religions in the United States.
Offered Tuesday/Thursday at 9:30 for the first half of the semester.  Online-synchronous.

REL 399: Senior Colloquy
(1 hour, General credit)
Dr. Lynn Neal.
This one-hour capstone course, required for senior majors, is structured around writing and reflection on the major through readings, discussions, and portfolio development.
Day and time to be established with student schedules. Online-synchronous.

Fall '21 Course Schedule

Fall '20 Upper Level Courses


Fall 2020 Upper-Level Course Offerings

Religion 318: Feminist and Contemporary Interpretations of the New Testament
(3 hours, Group I—Biblical Studies) 
Dr. Mary Foskett
Study of feminist and contemporary approaches to the New Testament in light of the history of New Testament interpretation and a range of contemporary concerns and interpretive contexts.

Religion 331: Religion and Law
(3 hours, Group II—Religion, History, and Society)
Dr. Annalise Glauz-Todrank     
A study of religion and law as distinct yet interdependent spheres that influence cultural negotiations about authority, power, identity, and the regulation of society. The geographic and tradition-specific focus may vary with the instructor.

Religion 336: Religious Traditions and Human Rights
(3 hours, Group II—Religion, History, and Society)
Dr. Simeon Ilesanmi                                                                                                                       
Study of relationships and tensions between religious traditions and human rights, with illustrations from historical and contemporary issues and movements.

REL 369: Radical Christian Movements
(3 hours, Group II—Religion, History, and Society) 
Dr. Stephen Boyd
Study of selected radical movements in the Christian tradition and their relation to contemporary issues.

REL 374: Black Messiahs and Uncle Toms
(3 hours, Group II—Religion, History, and Society)
Dr. Ron Neal
Examines the cultural and religious history of black leadership in the United States. (CD)

REL 385: Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs
(3 hours, Group III—World Religions)
Dr. Tanisha Ramachandran
Examines the racialization of Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism in North America using a postcolonial and intersectional approach, (CD)

REL 390 A: Explorations in Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
(3 hours, Group III–World Religions)
Dr. Jay Ford
This course will explore the historical exchange between Buddhism and Christianity. Different in so many respects, these two traditions have participated in a vigorous and sustained dialogue for over five centuries and, as one scholar puts it, represent “one of the liveliest expressions of global interreligious dialogue today.”

REL 390 B: Environmental Ethics
(3 hours, Group II—Religion, History, and Society)
Dr. Luke Johnston
This course explores different religious and secular perspectives on human responsibilities to and the impacts on ecological systems. Contestations over these various commitments are highlighted.

REL 395: Exploring Interfaith Practice and Leadership.
(3 hours, General Credit) ONLINE COURSE
Dr. Nelly van Doorn-Harder and Dr. Leann Pace
This online course on interfaith leadership invites students to consider how they might engage most effectively with people from a variety of religious backgrounds.

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