An introduction to the diverse cultures of Asia through the reading of ethnography and other relevant anthropological literature. Emphasis will be placed on such topics as belief systems, ethnic identity, marriage, kinship, and social organization.
This course is a survey of sub-Saharan Africa that will provide a look at African culture, emphasizing economic, religious, and political aspects, both traditional and modern.
Religious belief is a cultural universal – all peoples have some form of belief in the supernatural. Though there are very few specific beliefs that all religions share, there are a number of common ways in which humans relate to and interact with the supernatural. This course will examine religion from a worldwide perspective, drawing upon examples from many areas of the globe.
The purpose of this course is to explore the theory and knowledge base that supports multicultural education and an awareness of diversity within American society. Topics may include the critical study of issues as they relate to race and ethnicity, exceptionality, language and dialect, religion, gender, and age.
Literary study of selected writings of the Hebrew Bible, the Apocrypha, and the New Testament, in English translation.
This course is designed to introduce students to various aspects of Africa and its people including, but not limited to: geography, history, language, culture, religion, politics, economics,literature, and current events. An interdisciplinary appoach will be utilized to address the diversity and complexity of the study of Africa and its peoples.
A survey of world magic, its origins and influence on literature, architecture, art, music, theatre, film, religion, and medicine from antiquity to present.
An examination of the social, economic, political, religious, and intellectual developments and controversies that helped shape modern America. Special attention is given to issues raised by industrialization, urbanization, immigration, science, and technology. The Labor, Populist, and Progressive movements are studied closely.
A political, economic, religious, social, and intellectual history of the Hellenistic world from 338 to 31 B.C. The course explores the massive change brought about by Alexander the Great’s unification of the Near East and Greece.
This course studies the Roman Revolution under Augustus which transformed the Republic into the Empire, Rome’s assimilation of the heterogeneous peoples of Europe and the Near East, the cultural and religious dimensions of Rome’s Silver Age, and the fall of the Empire in 476 A.D.
The reconstruction of a new European civilization upon the ruins of the old Roman Empire through the alliance of the Greco-Roman cultural traditions, Christianity, and the vitality of the new Germanic peoples.
The Protestant Reformation and the Catholic response as seen in the context of the political, social, and intellectual history of Europe.
This course surveys the political, cultural and social history of Paris from the late Middle Ages through contemporary times. Among the topics to be covered are the roles of the Catholic Church and the French monarchy in the city’s affairs; the growth in population beginning in the seventeenth century; the city’s history of revolutions from 1789 through 1871; and long-term developments in architecture and urban planning. Among the political and cultural figures to be examined are Etienne Marcel, Henri IV, Louis XVI, Maximilien Robespierre, Victor Hugo, Honoré de Balzac, Louis Michel and Simone de Beauvoir.
An intensive study of the holy wars between Western Europe and Islam that took place in the Holy Land and Europe from the late eleventh century to the late fifteenth century. Special emphasis is placed on an analysis of the crusading ideal, the motivations of the crusaders, the changes in crusade ideology, as well as Muslim response to Christian military attacks. Cross-cultural exchanges between Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the territories affected by the crusades also are examined.
Exploration of the origins and development of Islam in the context of Middle Eastern history with particular focus given to the social aspects of the Islamic community and its relations with non-members, especially Jews and Christians.
Examination of the changing relationships between the Islamic World and other peoples, especially Europeans after 1500 and the continuing evolution of Islamic identities. Includes exploration of the ongoing debate about the role of modernism, Islamic reform, and westernization within the Islamic world and the emergence of pan-Islamic and fundamentalist movements.
An examination of the impact of religious values and institutions on American history. Special attention is given to the rise, decline, and legacy of mainstream Protestant culture; religious pluralism in the 20th century; the religious origins of social and cultural change; the continuing importance of civil religion; and the implications of the First Amendment for religious expression in America.
An introductory survey course designed to expose students to the scholarly methods, disciplines, and topics involved in the academic study of religions.
Basic problems and philosophically significant theories of religion, including such problems as the relation of faith and reason, and the existence of God.
Analysis and discussion of leading decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court, with special attention given to civil rights, including the rights of persons accused of crime; freedom of speech, press, assembly, religion, separation of church and state, equal protection of the laws, and property rights.