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Religion and Culture

The following are TRS catalog courses in Religion and Culture.

Prerequisite Grade

Theology & Religious Studies 97 is a prerequisite for any upper-division theology and religious studies course; however, only a passing grade in TRS 97 is required, not a minimum grade of C-.

Upper Division

160 Topics in Religion and Culture
An investigation of a topic of religion and culture not covered by the regular offerings of the department. Topics are announced prior to each semester. May be repeated for credit when content changes. PrerequisiteTRS 97.

161 Religion and Literature
An exploration of the rich relationship between literary productions and religious commitment.PrerequisiteTRS 97.

162 Biblical Themes in Literature
Religious and biblical themes are woven into important works of modern American fiction.  This course usually features a critical reading of biblical texts like GenesisExodus, and Maccabees followed be a reading of plays and novels like Inherit the WindA Different Drummer, and The Chosen. PrerequisiteTRS 97.

164 Dante and The Divine Comedy
This course offers an in-depth spiritual and literary exploration of one of the greatest works of world literature: Dante's Divine ComedyPrerequisiteTRS 97.

165 Spiritual, Not Religious: Emerson to the New Age
The American tradition of individual seeking in religion is as old as the Republic, but may be said to have its serious origin in the writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson. This course seeks to situate the contemporary phrase "spiritual, not religious, in a larger historical context and to compare contemporary American understandings of spirituality without institutional borders to more traditional understandings of spirituality. PrerequisiteTRS 97.

167 Seeing Salvation: Christian Art and Architecture
This course examines the buildings, paintings, and sculptures that Christian artists over the centuries have created in their attempts to give visible embodiment to their religious experiences.  The course will focus on what their creations reveal of how they understood the gospel, how well they gave expression to the deepest longings of the human heart, and the influence of their creations on our understanding of the Christian faith. PrerequisiteTRS 97.

169 Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
This course is designed to give students a foundation in the theories and methods used to study religion. The course will examine classical and contemporary approaches to the study of religion and the development of religious studies as an academic discipline. The focus will be on seminal theories and methods, such as those formulated by Sigmund Freud, Emile Durkheim, and Clifford Geertz. A key component of the course will be an exploration of the differences between theological and religious studies approaches to religion and the way these approaches have influenced each other. Students will also have the opportunity to become familiar with critical issues and debates within the contemporary field of religion and power, the role of the body in religion, and the place of theological perspective in the academic study of religion. (For majors and minors only.) PrerequisiteTRS 97.

196 Intensive Inquiry in Religion and Culture
An in-depth investigation of a topic in Religion and Culture, designed for TRS majors and minors. Topics are announced prior to registration each semester. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: Two TRS courses, or permission of instructor. 

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