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MSU 2010-2012 Catalog > Religious Studies Courses

RLST
Religious Studies


RLST 100D  INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF RELIGION

RLST 110D  RELIGION,CONFLICT,& POLITICS

RLST 202D  ASIAN RELIGIONS-HINDUISM AND BUDDHISM

RLST 203D  DAOISM TO ZEN

RLST 204IH INTRODUCTION TO THE HEBREW BIBLE

RLST 205IH INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT

RLST 206IH ORIGINS OF GOD

RLST 207IH MYTH AND METAPHOR

RLST 217IH RELIGION AND SCIENCE

RLST 220IH INTERPRETATION OF AMERICAN RELIGION

RLST 223IH NATURE & CULTURE

RLST 290R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

RLST 291   SPECIAL TOPICS

RELS 320   PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

RLST 321   GENDER AND RELIGION

RLST 325   LITERATURE AND RELIGION

RLST 326   MYSTICS, FOUNDERS, REFORMERS

RLST 330   RELIGION ANCIENT EGYPT

RLST 332   BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY

RLST 402   NATURAL/UNNATURAL/SUPERNATURAL

RLST 405   TEXT AND IMAGE

RLST 407   Isms RELIGION & CATEGORIES

RLST 410   PSYCHE AND THE SACRED WORLD

RLST 415   MYTH, MAGIC, RELIGION

RLST 490R  UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

RLST 491   SPECIAL TOPICS

RLST 492   INDEPENDENT STUDY

RLST 592   INDEPENDENT STUDY


RLST 100D INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF RELIGION
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
-- The great themes of the world's religions and the methodological approaches to the academic study of religion and culture.

RLST 110D RELIGION, CONFLICT & POLITICS
F 4 cr. LEC 3 RCT 1
-- This course will focus on issues in which political events and conflict have had their roots in religion or in specific interpretations of different aspects of religion.

RLST 202D ASIAN RELIGIONS-HINDUISM AND BUDDHISM
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
-- The sacred texts and the historical forms of religious thought and practice in the traditions of India.

RLST 203D DAOISM TO ZEN
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
-- The sacred texts and images of the religious thought and practices in the traditions of China, Korea, and Japan.

RLST 204IH INTRODUCTION TO HEBREW BIBLE
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
-- The Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and its interpreters will be studied from literary, historical, archaeological, anthropological, and cultural perspectives.

RLST 205IH INTRODUCTION TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 1 RCT 2
-- The New Testament and it interpreters will be studied from literary, historical, archaeological, anthropological, and cultural perspectives.

RLST 206IH ORIGINS OF GOD
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
-- The history and roots and of varieties of concepts of the divine in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

RLST 207IH MYTH AND METAPHOR
F alternate years, 3 cr. LEC 3 to be offered even years
-- Images of key figures from sacred texts of the world, such as Moses, Krishna, the Buddha, Confucius, Jesus, or Muhammad, will be explored through themes such as the avatar, iconoclasm, sacrifice, or textuality, and examined in their cultural contexts.

RLST 217IH RELIGION AND SCIENCE
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
-- The histories of religious world-views and their responses to scientific thought.

RLST 220IH INTERPRETATION OF AMERICAN RELIGION
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
-- Religion in America and America as religion: an examination of figures, texts, and material culture in religious traditions that create twenty-first century America. This includes issues in the history of American religious traditions, myth, cultural imagery, thought, trends, and practices.

RLST 223IH NATURE AND CULTURE
S alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 2 RCT 1
-- The roots of the western world views of nature; the development of western scientific theories and technologies; gender, ethnicity, and class influences on descriptions of nature; and a survey of nonwestern views of nature and society.

RLST 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S 1-6 cr. IND may be repeated
-- Directed undergraduate research which may culminate in a written work or other creative project. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

RLST 291 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: None required but some may be determined necessary by each offering department.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

RELS 320 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: One of the following: PHL 110, PHL 101, RLST 206, RLST 207, PHL 270, PHL 236, or PHL 290.
-- Analysis of concepts of God, revealed truth, and immortality; the nature of religious emotion and experience, and of religious language; relation of faith to reason; traditional proofs of God's existence; the problem of evil.

RLST 321 GENDER AND RELIGION
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 2 RCT 1
PREREQUISITE: One of the following: HUM 204, HUM 205, RLST 105, RLST 110, RLST 202, RLST 203, RLST 204, RLST 205 or RLST 220.
-- Investigation of metaphors and myths of gender and world cultures.

RLST 325 LITERATURE AND RELIGION
On Demand 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: At least two 200 level courses in any one or combination of Religious Studies, English, Humanities, Modern Languages, or permission of the instructor.
-- Exploration of the relationship between the sacred and the aesthetic in a variety of ancient, modern, and postmodern texts.

RLST 326 MYSTICS, FOUNDERS, REFORMERS
On Demand 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: One of the following: RLST 105, RLST 202, RLST 203, RLST 204, RLST 205, RLST 206, RLST 207, or permission of the instructor.
-- The varieties of religious experience and the varieties of theories describing and analyzing those texts considered mystical. Questions of foundation and reformation periods considered in light of mystical experience.

RLST 330 RELIGION ANCIENT EGYPT
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: RLST 105, RLST 110, RLST 204, RLST 205, or RLST 206.
-- Survey Egyptian culture, religion, and society from the beginning of the history of a unified Kingdom of Ancient Egypt in the middle of the third millennium BCE through the Hellenestic conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great in 322 BCE.

RLST 332 BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY
S alternate years, to be offered even years 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: RLST 105 or RLST 110, and RLST 204 or RLST 206.
-- This course will examine the archaeology of the biblical world. Major topics to be covered will be the interaction of archaeological and biblical scholarship, and the history and background of those peoples and cultures that make up the "biblical world."

RLST 402 NATURAL/UNNATURAL/SUPERNATURAL
On Demand 4 cr. SEM 4
PREREQUISITE: One of the following: HUM 205, RLST 202, RLST 203, RLST 204, RLST 205, RLST 206, RLST 220 or permission of the instructor.
-- Investigating biblical, medieval, American, Taoist, and Buddhist views of nature, ways of categorizing nature and the sacred, and implications of traditional images for contemporary thought.

RLST 405 TEXT AND IMAGE
On Demand 4 cr. LEC 3 RCT 1
PREREQUISITE: One of the following: RLST 105, RLST 110, RLST 204, RLST 205, RLST 206 , HUM 201 or HUM 205.
-- If western religions are grounded in an iconoclastic imagination, what are the theories of reading and of seeing? This course examines the histories of literacy and of visual representation as keys to the foundations of western culture and religion.

RLST 407 Isms-RELIGION & CATEGORIES
F,S alternate years, to be offered Fall even years 3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: RLST 110.
-- This course will examine the religious roots of various social and political categories in today's world which might include, among other, nationalism, fundamentalism, or sexism, and examine the means by which these religiously-influenced categories have affected contemporary society and events.

RLST 410 PSYCHE AND THE SACRED
On Demand 3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: One of the following: RLST 105, RLST 202, RLST 203, RLST 204, RLST 205, HUM 201, or permission of the instructor.
-- This course is a cross cultural investigation of the ideas of personhood, including theories of the individual, the social, the body, and the transpersonal and transtemporal.

RLST 415 MYTH, MAGIC, & RELIGION
S alternate years, to be offered odd years 3 cr. LEC 3.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, ANTH 204.
-- Forms of religious representation and practice in cultural and historical context; from liminality and symbolic innovation to mythic charters and social transformations, cosmological scenarios and ritual forms are explored in this course.

RLST 490R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
F,S,Su 1 - 6 cr. IND May be repeated. Max 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing and consent of department head.
-- Directed undergraduate research. Course will address responsible conduct of research.

RLST 491 SPECIAL TOPICS
On Demand 1 - 4 cr. Maximum 12 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Course prerequisites as determined for each offering.
-- Courses not required in any curriculum for which there is a particular one-time need, or given on a trial basis to determine acceptability and demand before requesting a regular course number.

RLST 492 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of department head.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

RLST 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY
On Demand 1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Graduate standing, consent of instructor, approval of Associate Dean, and Dean of Graduate Studies.
-- Directed research and study on an individual basis.

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