Religious Studies Courses for Fall 2017
Religious Studies will be offering 5 online courses for Fall 2017 along with 19 other courses covering subjects as varied as Gospel Literature and the Formation of Christianity – Faith Doubt and God – Exploring Religion – Intro to Islam – Religion and the Arts – Intro to Judaism – Intro to African American Religions.
Religious Studies online courses are accessible to students on the Columbia campus as well as the branch campuses around the state.
Katja Vehlow will be teaching a new online course, RELG 230-J10 Intro to Judaism. The course will examine a number of ideas that have shaped the Jewish experience such as the Oral Torah, the emphasis on prayer and social justice, sanctification of daily life, but also the impact of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, of feminism and gay and lesbian rights.
Elon Goldstein is putting up two online courses: RELG 101–J10 Exploring Religions and RELG 361/PSYC 320 Psychology of Religion. –
On-campus Religious Studies classes at the Columbia campus also cover a wide range of topics, including the following.
Erin Roberts is offering RELG 311 Gospel Literature and the Formation of Christianity as well as RELG 205 Morality, Ethics, and Religion. – The first addresses the production and use of literature within the religions of the ancient Mediterranean, with particular attention to gospel texts of first century Christianity. – The second offers a critical approach to the convergence of religion, the development of values, ethics, and social responsibility.
James Cutsinger will be teaching RELG 412 Faith, Doubt, and God. : Is God the greatest of facts or the greatest of fantasies? Discussion
Stephanie Mitchem is doing her RELG 207/ AFAM 207 Intro to African-American Religions. This course looks at the unique religious experiences and understandings of African Americans born of a combination of historical, cultural, social, and political realities; explore twin perspectives of 1) historical, cultural, and theological dimensions and 2) cultural expressions, particularly music and art.
Noah Gardiner is teaching three courses in the fall: RELG 101 Exploring Religions, RELG 250 Intro to Islam, and RELG 358 The Qur’an
John Mandsager will offer RELG 381/HIST 383 Jewish History I: Late Antiquity to 1500 and also RELG 270
Syllabi of these courses with further details of each and a full list of Religious Studies courses being offered for Fall 2017, can be found on: