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RLST
Religious Studies


RLST 100D  INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF RELIGION

RLST 110D  RELIGION,CONFLICT,& POLITICS

RLST 201   ISLAM

RLST 202D  HINDU TRADITIONS

RLST 203D  BUDDHIST TRADITIONS

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

RLST 321   RELIGION AND GENDER

RLST 325   RELIGION AND LITERATURE  

RLST 326   MYSTICS, FOUNDERS, REFORMERS

RLST 330   ANCIENT EGYPT

RLST 332   ARCHAEOLOGY AND RELIGION

RLST 370   PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION

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 499RH SENIOR CAPSTONE

RLST 592   INDEPENDENT STUDY


Course Equivalency Tool (Montana University System Common Course Changes)

RLST 100D INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF RELIGION
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
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 interpretations of religion.

RLST 201 ISLAM
F 3 cr. LEC 3
-- The textual traditions and historical forms of Islam will be studied from literary, historical, archaeological, and/or cultural perspectives.

RLST 202D HINDU TRADITIONS
3 cr. LEC 3
-- The sacred texts and the historical forms of religious thought and practice in the traditions of India.

RLST 203D BUDDHIST TRADITIONS
3 cr. LEC 3
-- The sacred texts and images of the religious thought and practices in the traditions of China, Korea, India, Southeast Asia, and/or Japan.

RLST 204IH INTRODUCTION TO HEBREW BIBLE
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
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
3 cr. LEC 3
-- The history and roots and of varieties of concepts of the divine in various religious traditions.

RLST 207IH MYTH AND METAPHOR
3 cr. LEC 3
-- The study of religion through story and image from their early contexts to their re-imagined forms. We will examine riddles such as myth and metaphor within a demythologized or literal worldview. We will apply and critique theorists of myth and of metaphor to topics such as the monster or the trickster, and to themes such as cosmogony or metamorphosis.

RLST 217IH RELIGION AND SCIENCE
3 cr. LEC 3
-- The interdisciplinary course investigates models for interpreting the relationship of religion, science, and nature using cultural, textual, and historical approaches. The purpose of this course is neither to examine nor to critique the conclusions of scientific work; neither is it a course in theology nor a testing ground for faith.

RLST 220IH INTERPRETATION OF AMERICAN RELIGION
3 cr. LEC 3
-- Religion in America and America as religion: an examination of figures, texts, movements, and material culture in creating America's religious and cultural landscapes.

RLST 223IH NATURE AND CULTURE
3 cr.
-- The course explores how nature may be an idea shaped by cultural influences or worldviews. Analyses will include perspectives on myth, scientific theories, technologies, gender, geography, history and politics, film, literary and visual studies.

RLST 290R UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
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
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.

RLST 321 RELIGION AND GENDER
3 cr. LEC 2 RCT 1
PREREQUISITE: Any RLST course.
-- Investigation of metaphors and myths of gender and world cultures.

RLST 325 RELIGION AND LITERATURE
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.
-- This course explores the intersection of religion with literary and other narrative cultures, with a focus on close reading and the interpretation of texts.

RLST 326 MYSTICS, FOUNDERS, REFORMERS
3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: Any RLST course.
--Charismatic individuals, whether they found, reform, or depart from existing tradition, are an important feature of religion worldwide. This course examines such persons from different disciplinary perspectives. Topics may include guru culture; religion and colonialism; mystical experience and more.

RLST 330 ANCIENT EGYPT
3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Any RLST course.
-- Survey of 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 Hellenistic conquest of Egypt by Alexander the Great.

RLST 332 ARCHAEOLOGY AND RELIGION
3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Any RLST course.
-- This course will utilize archaeology and archaeological method and theory as a means to study the history and development of the peoples, places, writings, and religious beliefs of the ancient Near Eastern world.

RLST 370 PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Any RLST or PHL course.
-- 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 402 NATURAL/UNNATURAL/SUPERNATURAL
4 cr. SEM 4
PREREQUISITE: Any RLST course.
--This course considers how secular and religious thinkers have defined the supernatural and distinguished it from the natural world, with attention to the contemporary implications of debates about supernaturalism.

RLST 405 TEXT AND IMAGE
4 cr. LEC 3 RCT 1
PREREQUISITE: Any RLST course.
--From iconoclasts to bibliophiles, religion has remained deeply entangled in matters of text and image. This course situates religion within the interdisciplinary study of visual, material, and media cultures using theoretical, cultural studies, anthropological, art historical, and/or literary approaches.

RLST 407 Isms-RELIGION & CATEGORIES
3 cr. SEM 3
PREREQUISITE: Any RLST course.
-- This course will examine the religious roots of various social and political categories in today's world which might include, among others, nationalism, fundamentalism, or sexism, and examine the means by which these categories affect contemporary society and events.

RLST 410 PSYCHE AND THE SACRED
3 cr. LEC 3
PREREQUISITE: Any RLST course.
-- 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
3 cr. LEC 3.
PREREQUISITE: Any RLST course.
-- 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
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
1 - 3 cr. IND Maximum 6 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Junior standing, consent of instructor, and approval of department head.

RLST 499RH SENIOR CAPSTONE
SEM 3 cr.
PREREQUISITE: Consent of instructor.
-- Religious Studies majors will explore significant themes relevant to the academic study of religion, using advanced research techniques, appropriate bibliographic tools, and in-depth analysis of historical, literary, theoretical, and/or visual sources.

RLST 592 INDEPENDENT STUDY
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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