Catalog
2013-14

Religious Studies

Dr. Michele Saracino
Chair of the Department

Introduction

The mission of the Religious Studies Department fulfills the mission of Manhattan College by seeking to provide a contemporary, person-centered educational experience characterized by high academic standards, reflection on faith, values, and ethics, and lifelong career preparation. These goals are accomplished through our nine-credit requirement that includes:

  1. A course that introduces the study of religion as an academic discipline and global phenomenon
  2. A course that explores the riches of the Catholic intellectual tradition
  3. A course that raises awareness of global and/or contemporary issues

Our goals for majors and minors include an ability to critically read and analyze religious texts, a facility with the methods of the academic study of religion, a familiarity with specific religious traditions, and an understanding of the role that religion plays in contemporary life. The introductory course focuses on a particular theme while introducing students to some of the research tools used in the academic study of religion. A Roman Catholic concentration is offered and a Roman Catholic interdisciplinary minor, in cooperation with other departments, may be elected. In addition, students may write a 6 credit honors thesis for departmental honors recognition.

College Religious Studies Requirements

Students of each school at Manhattan College must complete 9 credits in Religious Studies, including RELS 110 The Nature and Experience of Religion in the first year and two 3 credit elective courses in the following years. Students elect one course from Elective Group A (Catholic Studies) and one from Elective Group B (Global Studies and Contemporary Issues). See below for a list of courses meeting these requirements.

Requirements for a Major in Religious Studies

Students majoring in Religious Studies must complete RELS 110 The Nature and Experience of Religion and 27 credits in courses numbered 200 and above, including four courses at the 400 level. These courses are selected in consultation with the Department Chair. The elective courses will ordinarily include at least 1 course from each of the following areas of study:

  1. Biblical studies
  2. Christian theology
  3. Ethics
  4. World religious traditions

For serious reasons, one of the majors’ seminars may be waived by the Chair and another acceptable course substituted. A minimum grade of C is required for credit toward the major.

Please note: Students intending to major must register with the Department Chair.

Requirements for a Minor in Religious Studies

Students minoring in Religious Studies must complete at least RELS 110 The Nature and Experience of Religion and 12 credits in departmental courses numbered 200 and above, including 1 course at the 400 level.

Please note: Students intending to minor must register with the Department Chair.

Concentration in Catholic Studies

A student who majors or minors in Religious Studies may choose to concentrate on the Catholic tradition. This concentration focuses on Catholic beliefs, religious practices, moral teachings, and attitudes to other religious traditions, both in terms of the historical development of Catholicism and as subjects of contemporary discussion and debate. An academic and critical program, the Concentration in Catholic Studies aims at providing the interested student with an understanding of the diversity and richness of the Catholic tradition. The School of Arts also offers an interdisciplinary minor in Catholic Studies.

Those majoring in Religious Studies who wish to pursue the Concentration in Catholic Studies must complete RELS 110 The Nature and Experience of Religion, 4 courses at the 400-level, and 18 credits from the following:

RELS 210Jesus3
RELS 213Catholic Thought3
RELS 216Saints and Catholic Imagination3
RELS 225Contemporary Catholicism3
RELS 232Catholic Moral Theology3
RELS 243Early Christian Thought3
RELS 244The Catholic Mystics3
RELS 245Medieval Christian Thought3
RELS 254Catholic Social Teaching3
RELS 404Religion and Social Justice3

Those minoring in Religious Studies who wish to pursue the Concentration in Catholic Studies must complete RELS 110 The Nature and Experience of Religion or RELS 210 Jesus, 2 courses at the 400-level, and 6 credits from the courses listed above.

Religious Studies Honors Thesis

Both majors and those completing a minor with a 3.5 or greater cumulative index are eligible to develop a year-long independent research project under the supervision of a major reader and a second reader. In fall semester, the student registers for RELS 481 Honors Thesis I. In the spring, the student will present a completed and revised honors thesis RELS 482 Honors Thesis II to the readers. Upon the successful completion of this process, the Religious Studies Department will award the student with honors recognition.

Courses Meeting the College Religious Studies Requirements

Freshman Year

RELS 110 The Nature and Experience of Religion

Elective Group A: Catholic Studies

This requirement is usually met in the sophomore year. In addition to the following courses, a few courses offered by other departments also meet the Catholic Studies requirement. These include ART 260 Monasticism and the Arts, MUSC 240 Catholic Mass and its Music, and PHIL 301 Faith and Reason. Students should check with their advisors for a list of additional courses.

RELS 200Special Topic: in Religion3
RELS 205Urban America and Catholic Social Teaching3
RELS 207Central Themes New Testament3
RELS 209Paul3
RELS 210Jesus3
RELS 213Catholic Thought3
RELS 216Saints and Catholic Imagination3
RELS 225Contemporary Catholicism3
RELS 226Contemporary Catholic Theologians3
RELS 232Catholic Moral Theology3
RELS 243Early Christian Thought3
RELS 244The Catholic Mystics3
RELS 245Medieval Christian Thought3
RELS 254Catholic Social Teaching3
RELS 407The Gospel of John *3

*

Prerequisite for all 400-level courses: Open only to Religious Studies majors and minors or by permission of instructor.

Elective Group B: Global Studies and Contemporary Issues

RELS 206Understanding the Bible3
RELS 231Eastern Christianity3
RELS 300Special Topic3
RELS 321Psychology and Religion3
RELS 336Native American Religions3
RELS 337The American Religious Experience3
RELS 338Theologies of Liberation3
RELS 341Judaism3
RELS 342Islam and Politics3
RELS 353Religions of Africa3
RELS 354Buddhism: Its Development and Interpretation3
RELS 355Islam3
RELS 357Religions of China & East Asia3
RELS 358Religions of India3
RELS 359Afro-Caribbean Religions3
RELS 361Yoga: Philosophy, Praxis, and Art3
RELS 362Ethics in the Workplace3
RELS 363Religious Faith and the Arts3
RELS 366Religion and Contemporary Art3
RELS 372Religion and Science3
RELS 373Death as a Fact of Life3
RELS 374Women in Western Religion3
RELS 375Religion and the Body3
RELS 376Religion and the Media3
RELS 377Religion and Environmentalism3
RELS 381Religious Dimensions of Peace3
RELS 390Sexuality and the Sacred3
RELS 404Religion and Social Justice *3
RELS 415Reformation Theology *3
RELS 427The Bible in American Culture *3
RELS 434Non-Violent Revolution *3
RELS 450God and Evil *3
RELS 460Comparative Religion *3
RELS 480Religious Studies Tutorial *3
RELS 481Honors Thesis I *3

*

Prerequisite for all 400-level courses: Open only to Religious Studies majors and minors or by permission of instructor.


 

Courses

RELS 110. The Nature and Experience of Religion. 3 Credits.

Religion as a human phenomenon and its transcendent elements. Contemporary approaches to the problem of religious beliefs and faith. A study of the problems of religious language, myth, symbolism and ritual. The relations between religion and culture with special reference to contemporary questions. Offered every semester.

RELS 200. Special Topic: in Religion. 3 Credits.

An intensive study of a topic in Catholic Studies. The subject will vary from semester to semester.

RELS 202. US Latino/a Catholicism. 3 Credits.

This course explores the phenomenon of U.S. Latino/a Catholicism through an investigation of its history, figures, themes, and current controversies. It examines hos Latino/a theology articulates itself as an explicitly contextual theology that accounts for the role of popular religiosity and devotion, race, class, and gender in its thought.

RELS 205. Urban America and Catholic Social Teaching. 3 Credits.

An interdisciplinary, service learning course. Sociological, political science, economic analysis of urban poverty, combined with reflections on Catholic social teaching, provide the framework for student-volunteer work at various Bronx-based community organizations.

RELS 206. Understanding the Bible. 3 Credits.

How the Bible was formed; how to read the Bible. Use of historical and critical methods to examine texts, authorship, literary forms, transmission through manuscripts and translations.

RELS 207. Central Themes New Testament. 3 Credits.

The development of the Christian Scriptures. The history of the earliest Christian communities: the unique messages of the Evangelists and some of the methods used to understand their writings.

RELS 209. Paul. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the earliest Christian writings and of the personality and theology of Christianity's most influential preacher.

RELS 210. Jesus. 3 Credits.

An examination of the picture of the historical Jesus produced by recent critical scholarship of the New Testament; its implications for a contemporary Christology.

RELS 213. Catholic Thought. 3 Credits.

An investigation of the Christian tradition through a survey of its major themes, including the nature and sources of Christian belief., as well as Christology, ecclesiology, spirituality and theological anthropology.

RELS 214. Dante. 3 Credits.

An introduction to theological thought of the great medieval poet. Careful attention will be paid to The New Life and Inferno, as well as to Dante's political thought. Pre-requisite: RELS 110.

RELS 216. Saints and Catholic Imagination. 3 Credits.

The course examines the function of holy men and women within their religious traditions and more especially their ethical perspectives on the contemporary world. Included will be a study of the cult of Saints, hagiography, and Saints of own time.

RELS 219. Self and Other. 3 Credits.

This course is a study of human existence through scripture, classical church doctrines, and contemporary theology and philosophy. Many of the issues explored in the course intersect with questions of difference, including religious conflict and diversity; race, gender, and environmental degradation; and the impact of electronic technology on interpersonal relationships.

RELS 220. Vatican II. 3 Credits.

This course investigates the history, context, major figures, and varied themes of the Second Vatican Council. It examines the conciliar documents and the circumstances that surrounded their production in an effort to understand some of the complexity of contemporary Catholicism. The course will also consider the major conciliar documents as they relate to matters that deal with the Church itself, with the relationship of the Church to the world, and with the relationship of the Church to other religious traditions.

RELS 221. The Psalms and Catholic Worship. 3 Credits.

A form-critical introduction to the Book of Psalms, followed by an investigation into the historical and contemporary use of the Psalms in the liturgies of the Catholic Church. Pre-requisite: RELS 110.

RELS 225. Contemporary Catholicism. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the spirit, development, and new insights of the Catholic Church in the post-Vatican II era. Doctrinal, moral, ecumenical, and social questions will be examined.

RELS 226. Contemporary Catholic Theologians. 3 Credits.

An analysis of the theological presuppositions of contemporary authors; the methodology of research (hermeneutics) as a basis for modern thinking about Catholicism; the role of human and psychological premises underlying understanding of the mystery of Christ.

RELS 231. Eastern Christianity. 3 Credits.

A study of the separated and united Churches of the Near East, their history, expansion, preservation of Christian heritage, doctrinal and disciplinary affinity with the Western or Roman Church. Includes a field trip.

RELS 232. Catholic Moral Theology. 3 Credits.

New approaches to biblical and church authority in contemporary Christian Ethics. New options in systematic ethics: models, method, moral absolutes, and exceptions. Sin and conscience in contemporary ethical thought. The theoretical material will be illustrated by concrete reference to specific moral issues.

RELS 243. Early Christian Thought. 3 Credits.

The formation of doctrines, especially those concerning God, Christ, the world, history, and their mutual relationships. Philosophical and political influences which shaped Christianity to the 8th Century.

RELS 244. The Catholic Mystics. 3 Credits.

A study of the mystical experience in both its theory and practice as found in the lives and writings of the great Christian mystics, past and present. Ample exposure to primary sources and field trips to mystical and contemplative centers constitute the core of this course.

RELS 245. Medieval Christian Thought. 3 Credits.

History of Christian thought concerning the nature of humanity and the universe from Augustine through the Scholastics to the eve of the Reformation. Medieval political, theological, liturgical, and artistic expressions of Christendom will be examined. Includes a field trip.

RELS 254. Catholic Social Teaching. 3 Credits.

A theological and ethical investigation of selected moral problems of our time such as truth in government, violence, economic injustice, and racism. Consideration of additional moral issues.

RELS 300. Special Topic. 3 Credits.

An intensive study of a particular religious tradition or topic from within the fields of biblical studies. Christian theology or a world religious tradition. The subject will vary from semester to semester.

RELS 301. Introduction to Peace Studies,Intro to Peace Studies. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the nature, scope, and methodology of Peace Studies as well as explore some major contemporary problems which threaten peaceful and just relations between groups, nations or individuals.

RELS 301. Introduction to Peace Studies,Intro to Peace Studies. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the nature, scope, and methodology of Peace Studies as well as explore some major contemporary problems which threaten peaceful and just relations between groups, nations or individuals.

RELS 310. Religion and the Holocaust. 3 Credits.

This course explores the question of faith post-holocaust, and the moral lessons that can be learned from the Shoah. We will read various books, and essays to explore a range of personal, philosophical, and theological responses. Special emphasis will be placed on theological responses. Special emphasis will be placed on theological-political response: what role did God play in the death camps? What sort of political lessons are to be learned? How should Jewish (religious) identity define itself post-Shoah? We will analyze the impact of the Holocaust (1938-1945) on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in terms of philosophy-theology, subsequent placement in Western society and the effect that the Holocaust has had on Western and Global society.

RELS 312. Muslims in America. 3 Credits.

Post 9/11, many colleges scrambled to teach Islam and find "liberal" Muslims to speak at various venues to condemn terrorism and radical Islam. The following question looms in America: where are the moderate Muslims? Perhaps no population of Americans is more feared or misunderstood than Muslim Americans. Debates rage in the media, in politics, and in homes over whether Muslims are friend or foe, peaceful or violent, damned or saved, backward or progressive, feminist or misogynist. After 9/11, arguments about Islam and Muslims have become an essential aspect of the making of American identity and public policy. In order to inform and encourage understanding across the sometimes strident and fixed rhetorical positions that now characterize U.S. national discourse on Islam, this course explores the history and life of Muslims and Islam in the United States. We will examine the origins of Islam in the United States, the ethnic and religious diversity of American Muslims, conflicts about gender relations and women's issues, contemporary debates about Islam's role in the public sphere, and the spirituality of American Muslims.

RELS 321. Psychology and Religion. 3 Credits.

An examination of ways in which psychology has both broadened and challenged the understanding of religion; study of such topics as self, psyche, symbolism, psychotherapy, and spiritual methods.

RELS 336. Native American Religions. 3 Credits.

The study of the principal rites, stories, and religious symbols of the Native Americans of North America through the study of selected tribes or nations. Various research approaches and popular media portrayal of the "Indians" will also be discussed.

RELS 337. The American Religious Experience. 3 Credits.

An examination of the American religious spirit. Among the topics to be examined are Native American, Puritan, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and African-American traditions, as well as the new or alternative religions that have developed in America.

RELS 338. Theologies of Liberation. 3 Credits.

An examination of the theologies of liberation in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and among Afro-Americans and women in the United States; dialogue among these groups; response of first-world theologians; relation between religion and politics; place of activism in the life of a religous person.

RELS 341. Judaism. 3 Credits.

An introductory survey of post-biblical Judaism. Rabbinic texts and the emergence of rabbinic Judaism, Jewish holidays and practices, contemporary Judaism. The religious aspects of the question of Israel.

RELS 342. Islam and Politics. 3 Credits.

An investigation into the relationship between religious and political thought of the peoples of Islam. Selected Quranic texts and Hadiths will be studied for their political content. The history of political Islam and the contemporary Islamic scene throughout the world will be featured elements of the course.

RELS 353. Religions of Africa. 3 Credits.

This course is a study of present-day religious beliefs, ceremonies, and practices in Africa, through the religious worldviews of Islam, Christianity, and African Traditional Religion. Special attention is given to issues of race and gender.

RELS 354. Buddhism: Its Development and Interpretation. 3 Credits.

A study of the principles of Buddhist thought together with a reading of various Theravada and Mahayana texts. The course will address problems of philosophical interpretation, historical development and cultural transformation.

RELS 355. Islam. 3 Credits.

An introductory survey of the origins and religious teachings of Islam, with special attention to the Islamic views of providence, revelation, worship, and moral obedience. Community, social justice, and revolutionary thought in the contemporary Islamic world will also be discussed.

RELS 357. Religions of China & East Asia. 3 Credits.

A survey of the religious traditions of the cultures of the Far East. Examines Confucianism, Taoism, and Far Eastern forms of Buddhism as well as the cultural background, beliefs, practices, art, and literature of these religions. Pre-requisite: RELS 110.

RELS 358. Religions of India. 3 Credits.

A survey of the religions that began in India: Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism. Traces the historical development of these religions from the time of the Vedas to Mahatma Gandhi. The survey will focus on the religious beliefs, practices, and literature of these different groups.

RELS 359. Afro-Caribbean Religions. 3 Credits.

Explores the emergence of Afro-Caribbean religions such as Vodun, Candomble, Macumba, and Santeria from the intersection of West African and Catholic cosmologies. A critical assessment of the comologies, rituals, and theologies of these Afro-Caribbean religions, as well as their implications for enhancing the academic study of religion, form the focus of the course.

RELS 361. Yoga: Philosophy, Praxis, and Art. 3 Credits.

A cross-cultural and interdisciplinary introduction to the nature of yoga-its philosophical underpinnings, its iconographical representations and its practices. Materials will be drawn from Hinduism, the Buddhisms of Tibet and Japan, and Carmelite Christianity. In addition, contemporary neuropsychological approaches will be explored. The course will be enhanced by field trips that explore the art and practices of these areas.

RELS 362. Ethics in the Workplace. 3 Credits.

An investigation of the ethical challenges, from the personal to the global, that arise in the context of the workplace. Texts will feature case studies and analysis of issues ranging from honesty and fidelity to consumption patterns, organizational structure, and corporate ethos. Students will be introduced to theories in both philosophical and theological ethics that will provide critical tools to help determine a coherent and defensible ethic for their working lives.

RELS 363. Religious Faith and the Arts. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the ways in which religious faith is expressed through the arts, including the visual, performing, and plastic arts. Much of the course will take place off-campus in the theaters, museums, concert halls, and churches of New York City.

RELS 366. Religion and Contemporary Art. 3 Credits.

A study of the ways in which contemporary artists explore sacred themes, such as the construction of utopia, the development of community, and the search for transcendence. The course follows various religious phenomena through artistic movements, discussing the influence of Wasily Kandinsky, Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Beuys, Frank Gehry, and other artists of the 20th and 21st centuries and the ways in which they reflect upon modern religious life. The course shows how the sacred has remained a relevant concern for artists from modern to postmodern art.

RELS 372. Religion and Science. 3 Credits.

A study of their historical and contemporary relations. Comparison of methods and the religious implications of cosmology, quantum theory, evolutionary biology, and the neurosciences. Contemporary issues such as Islamic science, environmentalism, and genetics.

RELS 373. Death as a Fact of Life. 3 Credits.

An examination of the religious, legal, medical, and psychological questions concerning death. Reflections on the moral aspects of such issues as care of the dying and bereaved, cessation of treatment, euthanasia and suicide. The hope for life after death.

RELS 374. Women in Western Religion. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the field of women's studies in religion as it intersects with new understandings of God, text, and tradition emerging within Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The course will look at the roles of women within these three traditions and consider the question of how people bring about religious change.

RELS 375. Religion and the Body. 3 Credits.

This course considers the role of the body in the religious imagination. Special attention is given to the every day practices of eating, exercising, bathing, dressing, piercing, and tattooing. While this course focuses most closely on the body in Christianity, other religions of the world are engaged as well, including bodily practices in Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Native American spritualities.

RELS 376. Religion and the Media. 3 Credits.

A critical investigation of the significant roles of religion and media in modern life through consideration of their points of contact. Along with a variety of theoretical perspectives, the course examines a series of case studies that range across religious traditions and media formats. Special attention is given to analysis of how religious ideas and practices appear in the news media and in popular entertainment as well as to reflection on the religious parameters of media uses like television viewing and online gaming.

RELS 377. Religion and Environmentalism. 3 Credits.

Introduces the history, ideas and practices of modern environmentalism by examining references to and invacations of religion in debates about the environment from the late 18th century to the present. The course focuses especially on the emergence of environmentalism as a broad-based philosophical, political and cultural movement and thus gives special attention to careful analysis of the place of religion in foundational environmentalist works of the second half of the 20th century.

RELS 381. Religious Dimensions of Peace. 3 Credits.

A theological and ethical inquiry into the major Jewish and Christian responses to war: pacifism, just war, crusade. Various religious anthropologies are considered as possible ethical bases for peace in today's world. Contemporary relevance of Reinhold Niebuhr, Mohandas K. Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez.

RELS 390. Sexuality and the Sacred. 3 Credits.

Explores some ways in which different religious traditions have perceived the relationship between sexuality and religion. Examines the religious roots of our own cultural attitudes toward sexuality and sex roles and looks at some contemporary attempts to rethink the relationships between sexuality and spirituality, and between women and men.

RELS 399. Criminal Justice Ethics. 3 Credits.

An investigation of the theological and ethical issues related to crime and punishment. Students will discuss questions of human nature, the purpose and meaning of confinement, the ethics of law and judgment, the role of mercy and forgiveness, and alternatives to prosecution and incarceration. In many cases, the course will be conducted at the jail on Rikers Island. Pre-requisite: RELS 110.

RELS 400. Special Topic. 3 Credits.

RELS 404. Religion and Social Justice. 3 Credits.

The role of religion in the economic, political, and cultural life of the underclass in New York as interpreted through biblical insight and Roman Catholic social teaching. Site visits to such places as homeless shelters, social action groups, Wall Street, inner-city churches, the United Nations.

RELS 406. The Bible in American Culture. 3 Credits.

This course will consider the place of the Bible in American public life. We will see how the Bible has generated some enduring American values and how it has helped Americans form a sense of themselves. We will examine its role in social movements, politics, and the arts. Our learning will focus on the place of religion in public life, and different understandings of the principle of church and state. 1st Year Course.

RELS 407. The Gospel of John. 3 Credits.

A study of one of the most sophisticated voices in the early Church and the forces that shaped that Church.

RELS 415. Reformation Theology. 3 Credits.

An investigation of the concept of reform in the Christian thought and the Reformation of the sixteenth century, including its major figures: Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli. the Catholic Reformation of the Council of Trent and its role in the history of Christian reform theology.

RELS 423. Christianity and Religions. 3 Credits.

RELS 427. The Bible in American Culture. 3 Credits.

This course will consider the role of the Bible in the formation of national identity and the debate over religion in public life. We will consider the use of biblical ideas in the founding of the republic, debates over slavery, evolution, and women's rights, as well as the Bibles presence in the arts.

RELS 431. Religion and the Body. 3 Credits.

This course considers the role of the body in the religious imagination. Special attention is given to the everyday practice of eating, exercising, bathing, dressing, piercing, and tattooing. While this course focuses most closely on the body in Christianity, other religions of the world are engaged as well, including bodily practices in Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Native American spiritualities. 1ST YEAR COURSE.

RELS 434. Non-Violent Revolution. 3 Credits.

A study of the theory and practice of non-violence as found in select contemporary leaders: Mohandas K. Ghandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Cesar Chavez, Vinoba Bhave, Danilo Dolce, and Helder Camara. Examinations of the theological and ethical foundations of non-violent revolution.

RELS 450. God and Evil. 3 Credits.

Who is God? Why is there evil in the world? The course will explore these fundamental religious questions by examining the relationship between differing concepts of God and evil. Course material will include classical texts and contemporary Jewish, Christian, and Pagan writings.

RELS 460. Comparative Religion. 3 Credits.

This course will examine contemporary issues arising within religious studies that allow us to compare religions. Material will be drawn from both Western and Asian religious traditions; topics will focus on such issues as God, mysticism, evil, creation and/or salvation.

RELS 470. Majors' Seminar. 3 Credits.

This course is an intensive study of an author, period, problem, or concern in a given religious tradition, or the comparative study of some aspect of several traditions. Topics vary from semester to semester. This seminar is open to Religious Studies majors and minors as well as to other interested students. All students must obtain the Chair's permission for admission to the course.

RELS 475. Internship. 3 Credits.

Students participate in an off-campus training experience closely related to their area of study. Frequent meetings with the internship advisor and a paper are required. Internships are arranged through the Center of Career Development and must be approved in advance by the chair and the Dean of the School of Arts. Open to majors only.

RELS 480. Religious Studies Tutorial. 3 Credits.

Individual study under the supervision of a member of the department with the permission of the Chair. Open only to juniors and seniors majoring in Religious Studies who meet the requirements set by the Chair.

RELS 481. Honors Thesis I. 3 Credits.

The first semester of a two-semester honors thesis in Religious Studies. The honors thesis is written under a faculty advisor, who assists the student in developing research goals and selecting appropriate texts and research data. Available to Religious Studies majors with a 3.5 GPA. Permission of the department chair required.

RELS 482. Honors Thesis II. 3 Credits.

The second semester of a two-semester honors thesis in Religious Studies. The student continues the research project begun in RELS 481 and will write the honors thesis. Available to Religious Studies majors with a 3.5 GPA. Permission of the department chair required.

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