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Religion

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

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


Anderson Hall, Room 615
215-204–7973
www.temple.edu/religion

Religion and Public Life
Religions in a Global Context


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 students for careers in law, public policy, human and social services, 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 Required of All Majors and Minors:

NOTE: INTRODUCTORY COURSES ARE 1000-1999.  UPPER LEVEL COURSES ARE 2000 AND ABOVE.

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Select two of these introductory courses below: 6  
Religion 1102 Introduction to Asian Religions   IS
Religion 1401 Introduction to Western Religion   IS
Religion 1003 Religion in America   AC
Religion 1101 Introduction to World Religions   IS
         
Additional Requirements of the Major (See concentrations below):    
Religion   Seven more Religion courses, no more than two numbered below 2000. (One of the seven courses may be outside Religion Dept., if CLA credit is given for the course.) 21  
Religion 4096* Capstone Seminar in Religion 3 WI
Total     30  

*Restricted to Religion majors only and minors with permission of instructor.  Students must have completed at least five courses in the major prior to taking the capstone prerequisite.  It will be offered only in Spring Semester, so students should plan accordingly.

All Religion majors must select one of the two options for concentration.


Transfer students: No more than five 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 Religion major.


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.

Required: Seven of the following courses. No more than two numbered below 2000.

 

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Religion 1001 Religion and Society   IN
Religion 1002 Racial Justice: A Religious Mandate for Obedience & Revolt   RS
Religion 1004 Religion and the Arts   AR
Religion 2701 Introduction to African-American Religion    
Religion 3702 African Religions and New World Culture    
Religion 3601 The Islamic State    
Religion 3602 Women in Islam    
Religion 2602 Islam in America    
Religion 2403 What is Judaism?    
Religion 3405 Judaism and Literature    
Religion 2596 What is Christianity?   WI
Religion 2001 Women in Religion and Society    
Religion 3001 Earth Ethics    
Religion 3002 Philosophy of Religion    
Religion 3003 Religion and Psychology    
Religion 2006/2096 Death and Dying   /WI
Religion 2002 Religion and Human Sexuality East and West     
Religion 3004 Religion and Science    
Subtotal     24  


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: Seven of the following courses. No more than two numbered below 2000.

 

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Religion 2101 Religions of India    
Religion 2301 Introduction to Zen Buddhism    
Religion 2201 Chinese Religions – Confucius to Mao    
Religion 3201 YI Ching, Taoism and Zen    
Religion 3301 Japanese Religions    
Religion 3302 Japanese Buddhism    
Religion 2102 Introduction to Buddhism    
Religion 2701 Introduction to African American Religion    
Religion 3701 Traditional Religions of Africa    
Religion 3702 African Religions and New World Culture    
Religion 2606/2696 Introduction to Islam   /WI
Religion 2401 Religion in the Ancient Near East    
Religion 3602 Women in Islam    
Religion 3603 Islamic Mysticism    
Religion 2602 Islam in America    
Religion 2403 What is Judaism?    
Religion 2406/2496 Introduction to the Bible   WI
Religion 2501 Introduction to New Testament    
Religion 3501 History of Christianity I    
Religion 2596 What is Christianity?   WI
Religion 2502 Jesus in the Gospels    
Religion 3002 Philosophy of Religion    
Subtotal     24  

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:

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Religion   Two of the introductory Religion courses (see major) 6  
Religion   Four Religion courses (no more than one below 2000) 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 1003 and 1101 and at least three upper-level Religion courses in that concentration, or in "Religions in the Global Context" by taking Religion 1102 and 1401 and at least three upper-level Religion courses in that concentration.

 

Distinction in Major in Religion: 

For graduation with Distinction in Major, an overall GPA of 3.25 is required with 3.5 in Religion courses.

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