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RELIGION

Religion and Public Life
Religions in a Global Context


Dr. Rebecca Alpert, Chair
Ralpert@temple.edu
215-204-7973

Dr. Vasiliki Limberis, Undergraduate Chair and Faculty Adviser
Anderson 631
limberis@temple.edu.
215-204-8756

http://www.temple.edu/religion

Religion is a pervasive, powerful, multifaceted, and enduring dimension of human experience.  Religions have shaped complex cultures and countless individual lives.  They are influential in the world today and will continue to be so in the future.  The academic study of religion is multidisciplinary, drawing upon approaches from history, literary studies, philosophy and the social sciences.  It is multicultural, exploring the beliefs, practices and development of particular religious communities in many different cultures.

The concentrations within the major differ only in emphasis.  Religion and Public Life prepares presents for careers in law, public policy, human and social services, and medicine and healthcare.  Religions in a Global Context is of special value to those looking toward careers in the international area or involving religious diversity.  Both concentrations are also excellent preparation for graduate work in religious studies, law, medicine, the humanities and the social sciences.

B.A. Requirements

Stipulations:

Transfer students: No more than 5 religion courses taken at other institutions may be accepted for the major. The Director of Undergraduate Studies must determine that these meet the standards of the Department of Religion.

Distinction in Major in Religion: 

Students who wish to be admitted to Distinction in Major in Religion in either their junior or senior year must have an overall GPA of 3.00 in their first two or three years of study in CLA and an average of 3.50 in religion courses, or they must have successfully completed the first two years of the College Honors Program. For graduation with Distinction in Major, an overall GPA of 3.25 is required with 3.5 in Religion. Consult the departmental adviser for further guidelines.

Required of All Majors and Minors:

Religion

CORE

Two of these of introductory courses below

6

Varies

Religion

Religion Religion Religion

C050

C051 C052 C053

Introduction to Asian Religions

Introduction to Western Religion

Religion in America

Introduction to World Religions

3

3

3

3

IS

IS

AC

IS

Additional Requirements of the Major (See concentrations below):

Eight more Religion Courses, no more than 2 numbered below 100. 

(One of the eight courses may be outside Religion Dept., if CLA credit is given for the course.)

One must be a W-course numbered 100 or higher.  This serves as student's Capstone course.

24

 

 

 

3

WI*

 


 

Religion and Public Life

Concentration I: Religion and Public Life: Provides opportunities to explore and examine in depth the various dimensions and issues of public life that stem from religious beliefs, behaviors and institutional legacies.  By investigating the religious dimensions of a range of challenging issues, the student gains an awareness of the dilemmas and prospects religion offers to contemporary society.

Both Concentrations need to be the same.

Required: Eight of the following courses. No more than two numbered below 100.

Note: Courses numbered 100-199 deal with African and Asian religions.

Courses numbered 200-299 deal with Western religions.

Courses numbered 300-399 deal with religion and contemporary issues.

Department

Course Number

Course Name

Sem. Hours.

Core Indicator

Religion

C054

Religion and Society

3

IN

Religion

C055

Racial Justice: A Religious Mandate for Obedience & Revolt

3

RS

Religion

C081

Religion and the Arts

3

AR

Religion

0151

Introduction to African-American Religion

3

 

Religion

0158

African Religions and New World Culture

3

 

Religion

0203

The Islamic State

3

 

Religion

0205

Women in Islam

3

 

Religion

0208

Islam in America

3

 

Religion

0224

What is Judaism?

3

 

Religion

0234

Judaism and Literature

3

 

Religion

0253/W253

What is Christianity?

3

WI

Religion

0301

Women in Religion and Society

3

 

Religion

0304

Earth Ethics

3

 

Religion

0306

The Holocaust: Resistance and Response

3

 

Religion

0307

Ethics of Human Institutions

3

 

Religion

0326

Philosophy of Religion

3

 

Religion

0341

Religion and Psychology

3

 

Religion

W343

Death and Dying

3

W

Religion

0350

Religion and Human Sexuality East and West

3

 

Religion

0352

Religion and Bioethics

3

 

Religion

0358

Cults and Sects 

3

 

Religion

0359

Religion and Science

3

 

Religions in a Global Context

Concentration II.  Religions in a Global Context provides opportunities to explore and examine in depth a variety of religious traditions.  While investigating the philosophies, practices, history, and cultural implications of those traditions, the student gains insight into religion as a cross-cultural dimension of human experience.

Required: Eight of the following courses. No more than two numbered below 100.

Note: Courses numbered 100-199 deal with African and Asian religions.

Courses numbered 200-299 deal with Western religions.

Courses numbered 300-399 deal with religion and contemporary issues.

Department

Course Number

Course Name

Sem. Hrs.

Core Indicator

Religion

0106/W106

Religions of India

3

WI

Religion

0115

Introduction to Zen Buddhism

3

 

Religion

0116

Chinese Religions - Confucius to Mao

3

 

Religion

0117

YI Ching, Taoism and Zen

3

 

Religion

0118

Chinese Buddhism

3

 

Religion

0119

Japanese Religions

3

 

Religion

0120

Japanese Buddhism

3

 

Religion

0122/W122

Introduction to Buddhism

3

WI

Religion

0151

Introduction to African American Religion

3

 

Religion

0157

Traditional Religions of Africa

3

 

Religion

0158

African Religions and New World Culture

3

 

Religion

0200/W200

Introduction to Islam

3

WI

Religion

0202

Religion in the Ancient Near East

3

 

Religion

0205

Women in Islam

3

 

Religion

0207

Islamic Mysticism

3

 

Religion

0208

Islam in America

3

 

Religion

0224

What is Judaism?

3

 

Religion

W240

Introduction to the Bible

3

WI

Religion

0241

Introduction to New Testament

3

 

Religion

0245

History of Christianity I

3

 

Religion

0246

History of Christianity II

3

 

Religion

0253/W253

What is Christianity?

3

WI

Religion

0256

 Jesus in the Gospels

3

 

Religion

0326

 Philosophy of Religion

3

 

Religion

0327

Comparative Philosophy of Religion

3

 

Minor Requirements

A minor in Religion has the same objectives and offers the same kinds of opportunities for learning as the major, in a program designed for students concentrating in another academic field.  It consists of:

Two of the introductory Religion courses (see major)

6

Various

Four Religion courses (no more than one below 100)

12

 
Total 18

Note: While a concentration is not required for the minor, students may choose
to concentrate in Religion and Public Life by taking Religion C052 and C053
and at least three upper-level Religion courses in that concentration, or in "Religion in the Global Context" by taking Religion C050 and C051 and at least three upper-level Religion courses in that concentration.

 

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