Feb 09, 2023  
2020-2021 University Catalog 
    
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


Course Numbering System

Courses are numbered as follows to indicate levels of difficulty and degrees of specialization:

  1000 series courses, for the most part, cover a wide range of material and serve as introductions to a particular discipline. Generally appropriate for first-year students.
  2000 series courses are more specific in focus than 1000 series; they may require some previous knowledge of a subject. Generally appropriate for sophomores.
  3000 series courses are clearly upper-level courses that require significant background in a field and may have specific prerequisites. Generally appropriate for juniors and seniors.
  4000 series courses require extensive background in a field and usually have prerequisites. Generally appropriate for juniors and seniors.
 

Physics

  
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    PHYS 4102 - Senior Research in Physics


    1/2 Course Unit(s)
    A capstone laboratory course involving independent research in atomic and molecular collisions. Students will typically modify existing apparatus and perform new measurements. Results will be presented in a formal paper.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): PHYS 3101  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PHYS 4214 - Independent Study in Physics


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Study of a topic chosen by the student in consultation with a professor. The topic should be appropriate for an undergraduate major in content and level of difficulty but should also be one that is not covered in other courses. Major pattern elective in physics. Standard or CR/NC grading.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): Determined by topic
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None

Political Science

  
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    PS 1004 - Introduction to Comparative Politics


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Provides an introduction to the world of politics by comparing different political systems. 

    General Education Requirement(s): II Social Science
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 1014 - Introduction to U.S. Politics


    1 Course Unit(s)
    A study of the organization and operation of the national government, the principles underlying our system, the complexity of big government, and the importance of national policy in individual daily life.

    General Education Requirement(s): II Social Science
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 1024 - U.S. State and Urban Policies


    1 Course Unit(s)
    A study of the organization and operation of state and local governments and an examination of politics in these areas. The focus will be comparative.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 2194 - International Politics


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An examination of the interaction processes and structural factors of the international political system that affect the behavior of states. The role of diplomacy, international law and organizations, and war in the international system.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 2224 - Research Methods for the Social Sciences


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Also listed as SOC 2224 .
    Introduction to the major aspects and issues of the research processes in the social sciences, including both quantitative and qualitative methods. Includes examination of selecting research problems, operationalizing concepts, research designs, methods of observation and analysis, reporting results, and ethical issues in research.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): SOC 1004  or PS 1004  and FYS 1104 
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 2234 - Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Also listed as PSY 2234  and SOC 2234 .
    An introduction to and practice in using and evaluating quantitative analysis in the social sciences. Coverage includes univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analytic techniques. Focus on proper use and interpretation of these techniques. Computation will be performed on computer. No mathematical or computer background is necessary. Lecture and laboratory.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 2294 - Special Topics in Political Science


    1 Course Unit(s)
    The study of an area of inquiry in political science not fully treated in other courses. Topics may change from term to term and are announced in advance. May be repeated for credit as long as the topic is different.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 2504 - Politics of the Middle East


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Regional and international dimensions of politics and society in the Middle East and North Africa. Areas of study include the formation of nation-states, nationalism, the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian question, Islamic revival and political development, and the prospects for stability or change in the region.

    General Education Requirement(s): III A or IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 2514 - Politics of Africa


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An introduction to the political systems of selected countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It will focus on topics of regional concern, such as political and economic development, post-colonial legacies, and security issues.

    General Education Requirement(s): III A; IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 2524 - Politics of Asia


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An examination of the interaction processes and structural factors of the international political system that affect the behavior of states. The role of diplomacy, international law and organizations, and war in the international system. The course will compare the political systems of selected countries from East and South Asia, including political institutions and processes that characterize these countries, and explore the growing power and influence of Asia on the global political economy.

    General Education Requirement(s): III A; IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 2534 - Politics of Europe and Russia


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An examination of selected political systems in Europe, the politics of the European Union, and the politics of Russia with an emphasis on political institutions, processes, and outcomes.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3044 - Modern Political Concepts, Methodology, and Analysis


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Designed to acquaint the student with the variety of political concepts, methods, and analytical systems used in political science. Required of all majors in political science, who should plan to take it in their junior year.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PS 1004 , PS 1014 , PS 2194 , and one of the following: PS 2504 , PS 2514 , PS 2524 , or PS 2534  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3114 - Political Theory I: Classical and Medieval


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Also listed as PHIL 3114 .
    An examination of the foundations of the Western political tradition in Greek, Roman, and medieval thought. Focusing attention upon such major figures as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Luther, and Calvin, explores the major questions and problems of political theory.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3124 - Political Theory II: Modern


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Also listed as PHIL 3124 .
    Surveys the development of political theory in the modern and contemporary periods, focusing on such major figures as Hobbes, Locke, Hegel, Marx, Sartre, Marcuse, and others. A chronological and logical extension of PS 3114 /PHIL 3114 , but PS 3114 /PHIL 3114  is not a prerequisite.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3134 - Congress and the Presidency


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Describes and analyzes congressional and presidential elections and operations and congressional-presidential relations.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PS 1014  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3144 - The Legal System


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Describes and analyzes the principal elements of the U.S. legal system, including state and federal courts, related legal institutions, and major civil and criminal legal standards.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PS 1014  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3174 - American Constitutional Development


    1 Course Unit(s)
    A study of the historical origins and creation of the American Constitution and an examination of its development and modification since 1789, as seen through historical events and Supreme Court decisions.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3204 - Canadian Parliamentary Internship


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Students will work for five weeks as interns in the office of a member of the Canadian House of Commons or Senate, conducting research on public policy and attending committee meetings, party caucuses, and press conferences while living at the University of Ottawa. CR/NC grading. CR/NC grading.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): PS 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3244 - U.S. Foreign Policy


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An examination of American foreign policy decision making since World War II, with an emphasis on major theoretical perspectives, policy issues, and crises.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): FYS 1104  and PS 2194  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3254 - International Law


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An advanced course dealing with the concepts and problems of international law, this course covers major topics in the field including the sources and subjects of international law, the jurisdiction of states, the use of force, and the relationship between international and domestic law. It will also address contemporary themes such as economic law, environmental law, and international criminal law.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): FYS 1104  and PS 2194 
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3264 - Human Rights


    1 Course Unit(s)
    This course examines human rights and humanitarianism intervention in world politics. It aims to enhance understanding of international human rights law at the domestic, regional, and international levels; investigate human rights violations, implementation, and enforcement throughout the world; and assess different perspectives on human rights by examining the Western liberal tradition and challenges presented by non-European cultures.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): FYS 1104  and PS 2194 
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3274 - Arab-Israeli Conflict


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An examination of the Arab-Israeli conflict focusing on the origins, actors, and key historical, political, economic, and social factors that have shaped it.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): FYS 1104  and PS 2504  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3294 - Special Topics in Political Science


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Advanced coursework that treats with greater depth topics covered in other courses in political science. Topics may change from term to term and are announced in advance. May be repeated for credit as long as the topic is different.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): While Prerequisites will be expected, they will vary depending on course topic
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3314 - Political Development


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Examines the political problems of the developing states of Africa, Asia, and Latin America in a multidisciplinary context. Analyzes the process of development in terms of the interrelated political, economic, cultural, and social dimensions that affect it. Specific in-depth study of a few representative nations supplements the study of the general development process.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): PS 1004  or permission of instructor and FYS 1104 
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3364 - Politics of China


    1 Course Unit(s)
    This course introduces the political institutions and processes that define contemporary China. We will examine China’s recent political history, the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party, the structure of the country’s political system, and current challenges within Chinese society, such as environmental degradation and social instability.

    General Education Requirement(s): III A; IV
    Prerequisite(s): PS 2524  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3384 - Topics in Comparative Politics


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Specialized study in a topic of comparative politics, a subfield of political science characterized by an empirical approach using the comparative method. Topics may include, but are not restricted to, political violence, political culture and attitudes, elections and electoral systems, political parties and party systems, and the political systems of specific countries or regions in the world not included in the department’s regular offerings. May be repeated for credit as the topic changes.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PS 1004  or permission of instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3704 - Directed Study in Political Science


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Allows students to supplement their study of political science in areas not covered by existing course offerings. The project must be approved by all program faculty members prior to the student’s registration for the course. The directed study will be executed under the supervision of the appropriate faculty member.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): Five courses in political science, junior standing, 30 grade point average overall and in major courses, and permission of the program faculty
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 4202 - Internship in Political Science


    1/2 Course Unit(s)
    Offers supervised placements in legal, political, and governmental organizations. Substantive area of internship and course format chosen in consultation with program faculty. CR/NC grading.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): PS 1004 , PS 1014 , and permission of instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 4204 - Internship in Political Science


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Offers supervised placements in legal, political, and governmental organizations. Substantive area of internship and course format chosen in consultation with program faculty. CR/NC grading.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): PS 1004 , PS 1014 , and permission of instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 4444 - Senior Seminar


    1 Course Unit(s)
    The culminating experience for the major in political science. Integrates theoretical, methodological, normative, and analytical aspects of the discipline.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PS 3044  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 4904 - Senior Honors


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Provides an opportunity for the qualified political science major to do independent work in the field under the supervision of a faculty member. A senior who has taken seven courses in political science and who has a 3.0 grade point average overall and in major courses may apply to enter the program by submitting a project proposal and securing the permission of the faculty. The student may receive credit for either 1 or 2 course units, depending on the project, but may not receive credit for more than 1 course unit per term.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 4908 - Senior Honors


    2 Course Unit(s)
    Provides an opportunity for the qualified political science major to do independent work in the field under the supervision of a faculty member. A senior who has taken seven courses in political science and who has a 3.0 grade point average overall and in major courses may apply to enter the program by submitting a project proposal and securing the permission of the faculty. The student may receive credit for either 1 or 2 course units, depending on the project, but may not receive credit for more than 1 course unit per term.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None

Political Science: Kentucky Legislative Intern Program

  
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    PS 3568 - Kentucky Legislative Process in State Government


    1 Course Unit(s)
    A two-unit course designed to acquaint students with the political dimensions of the General Assembly. In addition to weekly seminars and lectures, interns will work a minimum of 30 hours per week with experienced participants in the legislative process.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PS 3584 - Research in Kentucky Politics


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Preparation of a major paper on some aspect of Kentucky politics related to the experiences of the intern with the General Assembly. Topic is to be chosen in consultation with a faculty member in an appropriate discipline.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None

Psychology

  
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    PSY 1004 - General Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    This course is a prerequisite to all other psychology courses. A combined theoretical, experimental, and clinical approach to the science of human behavior. An introduction to the rudiments of psychology from a social science perspective.

    General Education Requirement(s): II Social Science
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2001 - Introduction to Psychological Research


    1/4 Course Unit(s)
    An introduction to psychological research by collaborating on a research project of a faculty member or student, under faculty supervision. Course may be repeated twice for credit.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): PS 1004  and permission of instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2034 - Experimental Psychology of Learning


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Survey of research design, method, and theory in the study of learning and motivation.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): PS 1004  and FYS 1104  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2054 - Theories of Personality


    1 Course Unit(s)
    A study of the development, structure, and dynamics of the personality. Major contemporary theories are surveyed with comparative and critical treatment.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PS 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2064 - Positive Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    This course focuses on an emerging movement in psychology called positive psychology and explores the social, motivational, cognitive, and applied research on well-being, virtue, and personal growth. In addition to examining the empirical research in this area, students will participate in a several semester-long projects designed to enhance their own psychological well-being.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2104 - Lifespan Development


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Developmental psychology is the scientific study of age-related biopsychosocial change and continuity; we will take a cultural perspective to explore development from birth through death in the U.S. Doing so involves examining culturally created understandings of development, and the ways that particular contexts shape development, especially systems of oppression and the field of developmental psychology itself. Can only take PSY 2104 or either of the Human Development courses PSY 2114 /PSY 2124 .

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2114 - Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An exploration of dominant trajectories of, and individual differences in, physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development from infancy through adolescence and how the contexts in which children and adolescents develop shape development and contribute to similarities and differences between developmental trajectories. Can only take PSY 2104 or either of the Human Development courses PSY 2114/PSY 2124.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  and FYS 1104  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2124 - Human Development: Adulthood


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An exploration of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development in adulthood through the lens of our cultural narratives, which lay out the tasks of adulthood as engaging in love, work, and parenthood, while dealing with aging and making sense of our lives. This course explores psychological, sociological, and cultural understandings of these tasks of adulthood as they impact individual development. Can only take PSY 2104 or either of the Human Development courses PSY 2114/PSY 2124.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  and FYS 1104  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2224 - Research Methods for Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Introduction to the major aspects and issues of the research processes in psychology. Includes examination of selecting research problems, operationalizing concepts, research design, methods of observation and analysis, reporting results, and ethical issues in research. Lecture and laboratory.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2234 - Statistical Analysis for the Social Sciences


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Also listed as PS 2234  and SOC 2234 .
    An introduction to and practice in using and evaluating quantitative analysis in the social sciences. Coverage includes univariate, bivariate, and multivariate analytic techniques. Focus on proper use and interpretation of these techniques. Computation will be performed on computer. No mathematical or computer background is necessary. Lecture and laboratory.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  and PSY 2034  or PSY 2224  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2244 - Research Lines in Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    In previous psychology courses you’ve been exposed to many research studies, all used to support or contradict some assertion. In this course, you will have the opportunity to see how those individual studies evolved from the particular psychologist’s interests, theories and theoretical perspective, and prior studies. By examining one research line, you will gain an understanding of how knowledge in psychology emerges, how psychologists answer “big questions,” and explore a specific issue in depth.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2294 - Special Topics in Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An introduction to selected topics in psychology focusing on concepts and methods used by psychologists. Topics may include gerontology, neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, states of consciousness, and writings of major psychological theorists. Directed by a faculty member having specific competence in the topic under study. May be repeated for credit as long as the topic is different.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2304 - Evolutionary Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An examination of the contribution of evolutionary history to human behavior. Evaluates the extent to which current behavioral phenomena can be explained by human evolution, by current cultural trends, or by a combination of the two, and explores the role that ideology plays in interpreting behavior.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2324 - Cultural Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Also listed as ANTH 2324 .
    An examination of culture and psychological processes as mutually constituting agents. The course is positioned within broad themes, including diversity in psychological functioning, cultural grounding of psychological experience and processes, and psychology of culture. Topics include self and identity, human development, relationships, emotions, cognition and perception, and motivation and health.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): ANTH 1024  or PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2404 - Cognitive Neuroscience


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An examination of how applying theories in psychology to neuroscience research can contribute to our understanding of how the mind works. Evaluates the extent to which a multidisciplinary approach between biology, psychology, and computer science can be used to explain how different brain areas and functions underlie our mental processes and behaviors. Topics include neuroanatomy, attention, learning, memory, emotion, social cognition, and object recognition.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2504 - Human Sexuality


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Also listed as WGS 2554 .
    Explores the psychological and physiological aspects of human sexual behavior. Emphasis is placed on the cultural and biological diversity of sexual expression.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2524 - Psychology of Gender


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Also listed as WGS 2524 .
    Provides students with an overview of psychological research and theory on gender. The course provides analysis of the myths and stereotypes associated with women and men in society, the social and psychological gender differences that have been identified in the research, and the evidence and theoretical arguments concerning the origin and functional implications of these differences.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2534 - “Doing Gender” in Marriage


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Also listed as WGS 2534 .
    An examination of the ways in which gender is activated and enacted in the institution of marriage in the United States from psychological, sociological, and historical perspectives. Uses a feminist lens to emphasize the roles of psychological and interactional processes between partners, and of cultural narratives and social institutions, in the experience of “doing gender” in marriage. Promotes the goals of authenticity and mindful decision-making as strategies for maximizing success in long-term partnerships.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2544 - Stereotyping and Prejudice


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Explores social psychological research on how cultural beliefs about the relative value and nature of different socio-demographic groups transform stereotyping and prejudice (individuals’ cognitive in-group/out-group categorization processes) and give rise to systems of power, privilege, and oppression. Students will examine origins, maintenance, and cognitive underpinnings of stereotypes, racism/white privilege, sexism, and heterosexism, as well as research on effective prejudice reduction techniques.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 2644 - The Psychology of Minority Religious Traditions Through Novel and Film


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Also listed as REL 2644 .
    The purpose of this course is to examine, through novels and films, the practice of religious traditions in cultural contexts, in which the religious tradition is not the mainstream or dominant tradition (e.g. a Hindu residing in a predominantly Muslim cultural space). In some contexts, this would be an immigrant religion; in others, it would be a long standing and well-established minority tradition. We will investigate how cultural spaces shape and influence the construction of the non-dominant religious identity.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 3004 - Social Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An overview of theory and research in social psychology. Topics include the self, social perception, conformity, attitudes and attitude changes, prejudice, aggression, altruism, interpersonal attraction, and intergroup conflict.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 3034 - Psychological Testing


    1 Course Unit(s)
    The methods, assumptions, and problems involved in psychological measurement and personality evaluation. A number of representative tests are used to study the underlying rationale for psychological testing and the construction, administration, interpretation, and evaluation of psychological tests.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 3044 - Industrial/Organizational Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Applications of psychology in organizations. Attention to topics such as motivation, leadership, personnel selection and training, job analysis, human relations, human engineering, and the psychology of organizations.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 3054 - History of Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    A survey of the major historical antecedents of contemporary psychology, with emphasis on the development of systematic viewpoints in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  and FYS 1104  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 3124 - Abnormal Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    A study of psychopathology considering the possible cause of emotional disturbances, with techniques of diagnosis and theory employed.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  and FYS 1104 
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 3134 - Motivation and Emotion


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Motivation theory and research attempts to answer the Big Question in psychology: Why do people do the things they do? This course explores the sources of motivation, why motivation varies between individuals and within one person from time to time, and how to increase motivation and enhance its quality.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004 
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 3214 - Issues in Developmental Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An in-depth exploration of a particular topic or issue in developmental psychology. The topic (and therefore the prerequisites) may change from term to term and will be announced in advance. May be repeated once for credit as long as the topic is different.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): Any 2000/3000-level PSY course or PSY 1004  and permission of instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 3244 - Health Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Focuses on the relationship of behavioral factors on health and longevity and how behaviors and attitudes have an impact on the quality of our lives. The course will cover how psychological theory and research are used to develop interventions to assist patients in maintaining healthy lifestyles and coping with and managing chronic health problems. Preventing disease will also be a major focus. Among the topics covered will be stress, cardiovascular disease, substance abuse, obesity, and many others.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 3304 - Biopsychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    A survey of biological mechanisms underlying behavior. Topics to be covered include brain anatomy and physiology, physiological processes underlying psychological and neurological disorders, effects of drugs on brain function, physiology of emotions and motivation, and hormonal influences on behavior.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  and FYS 1104  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 3324 - Experimental: Sensation and Perception


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Introduction to design, methods, and theory in experimental psychology; consideration of critical experiments and research methods in the study of sensory and perceptual processes.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  and FYS 1104  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 3354 - Behavioral Pharmacology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    A study of the use and abuse of psychoactive drugs. Presents basic principles of pharmacology. Surveys the drugs used to treat psychological and neurological disorders. Also covers the recreational use of drugs and the problems associated with drug addiction and rehabilitation.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004 
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 4004 - Independent Research


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Individual faculty supervision of student research. Students taking Independent Research for two terms may apply only one unit toward the 11 units required for the major. Course may be repeated once for credit.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004 , major in psychology, and permission of instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 4014 - Theories of Psychotherapy


    1 Course Unit(s)
    A survey of the basic principles and theories of psychotherapy and an introduction to counseling techniques.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004 , PSY 3124 , and FYS 1104  or permission of instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 4024 - Developmental Psychopathology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Covers the major psychological and behavioral disorders of childhood and adolescence. Issues related to the etiology, conceptualization, course, and treatment of childhood maladaptation will be examined.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004 , PSY 2114 , and FYS 1104  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 4034 - Issues


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Different resource materials will be used to provide a basis for discussion of controversial topics in psychology that cover a gamut of interests. Audiotapes, videotapes, writings, and other materials are used. May be repeated once for credit. Standard or CR/NC grading.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004 , major in psychology, junior or senior standing, or special permission of instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 4044 - Interpersonal Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Focuses on interpersonal psychology’s theoretical and empirical analysis of personality organization, including this model’s approach to conceptualizing psychopathology, assessment strategies, and psychotherapy.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 2054  or PSY 3124 , or permission of instructor
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 4204 - Internship in Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Supervised placement of students in organizations or industries employing professional psychologists. Provides students with the opportunity to see how psychology is practiced in the community and lets them apply material from their courses in a work setting. An academic requirement relating psychological theory to practice is included in the internship. CR/NC grading.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004  and 4 units in psychology
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 4444 - Senior Seminar in Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    The culminating experience for the psychology major, designed to integrate and advance knowledge gained from previous courses. A systematic examination of significant current issues in theory, research, and application.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004 , major in psychology, senior standing and FYS 1104  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 4904 - Senior Honors in Psychology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    A creative exploration in psychology. Students pursue an area of interest to satisfy their own intellectual curiosity and to challenge and expand their knowledge of psychology.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004 , senior standing, a major in psychology, permission of instructor, 35 grade point average in major, and a 30 overall grade point average
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 4908 - Senior Honors in Psychology


    2 Course Unit(s)
    A creative exploration in psychology. Students pursue an area of interest to satisfy their own intellectual curiosity and to challenge and expand their knowledge of psychology.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004 , senior standing, a major in psychology, permission of instructor, 35 grade point average in major, and a 30 overall grade point average
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    PSY 4912 - Senior Honors in Psychology


    3 Course Unit(s)
    A creative exploration in psychology. Students pursue an area of interest to satisfy their own intellectual curiosity and to challenge and expand their knowledge of psychology.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): PSY 1004 , senior standing, a major in psychology, permission of instructor, 35 grade point average in major, and a 30 overall grade point average
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None

Religion

  
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    REL 1001 - Introduction to Prayer and Meditation


    1/4 Course Unit(s)
    This half-semester practicum introduces students to a number of practices of prayer and meditation. We will explore practices of praying the psalms (the prayer book of the Hebrew Scriptures), Buddhist mindfulness meditation and Christian prayer. Class time will be devoted to experiencing these practices and discussion, and students will be asked to continue these practices and complete brief readings in between sessions. Grading: CR/NC

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 1014 - Introduction to Religion


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An introduction to and exploration of what “religion” means, what it means to live religiously, and what it means to study religion from an academic perspective. Areas of focus include (but are not limited to) notions of the sacred as manifested in symbol, myth, doctrine, text, and ritual.

    General Education Requirement(s): II Humanities
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 1054 - The Judaeo-Christian Heritage


    1 Course Unit(s)
    A survey of the historical development of the Jewish and Christian religions and their relationship to one another from the first century of the common era to the present (TRAD, REG).

    General Education Requirement(s): II Humanities or III B
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 1134 - Foundations of Asian Religions


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An introductory course designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the ideas and practices that shape several Asian religious traditions. Focuses primarily on Hindu, Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist traditions; attention also given to Jain, Sikh, and Shinto traditions (TRAD, REG).

    General Education Requirement(s): II Humanities or III A
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2024 - The Bible


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An examination of the development and meaning of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. By reading the biblical text critically and appreciatively, students better understand the Bible—its content, its cultural environment, its vision of life, and its relevance for today (TEXT).

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): FYS 1104  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2104 - Theory and Methods in Religion


    1 Course Unit(s)
    The class examines how to research and write within religious studies, an academic field that is inherently interdisciplinary, in preparation for independent research. The course is organized around major methods, including: ethnography, history, genealogy, quantitative sociology, comparative religions, and philosophy. For each method, we read a theory, an example, and primary source material. Then, we practice writing in each method. To conclude, we develop a concise proposal for a feasible senior research project. Useful to students in all disciplines.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V

     
    Prerequisite(s): FYS 1104  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None

  
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    REL 2122 - Religious Biography


    1/2 Course Unit(s)
    A study and evaluation of selected figures in religion. The intention is to discern the interrelatedness of religious and personal formation in the development of thought and in action.

    General Education Requirement(s):
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2154 - Gender Roles in Religious Life


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An exploration of the relationships and roles of women and men in the context of religious life, paying attention to the way male perspectives have dominated many areas of formal religious discourse, but also noting the dissenting voices of women often hidden in alternative forms of expression. After reviewing selected contemporary theories about the evolution of gender roles and the dynamics of gender relationships, the course will focus on the Christian and Hindu traditions and then conclude by examining selected writings from other traditions (LENS).

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): FYS 1104  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2164 - Race and Religion


    1 Course Unit(s)
    In this course, we test the hypothesis that relationships between religion and race have helped define American history, culture, and politics. We do this by interrogating processes and expressions of race and religion in America, such as orientalism, missions, liberation theologies, representation, eugenics, and secularism. Sources include films, theoretical texts, speculative fiction, and historical articles. Assignments may include short visual analysis papers and a creative project in a medium of students’ choosing (LENS).

    General Education Requirement(s): III A or IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): FYS 1104  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2174 - Religion and Violence


    1 Course Unit(s)
    This course will focus on the interplay between religion and violence. Students will explore how religious ideologies and practices have been used to justify violence, even in cases where the religion begins with strong pacifist or nonviolent orientation. Students will focus on the following religious traditions: Hinduism, Sikhism, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. In addition to these specific religious cases, the class will examine why it is religion and violence can be, and often are, an explosive combination. In this regard, students will examine violence as a performance, cosmic war theory and some issues of gender as it pertains to theoretical underpinnings of the combination of religion and violence (LENS, TEXT).

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2184 - American Religions


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An examination of religion in America from the precolonial era to the present day. What has it meant to be “religious” in “America,” and what has constituted an “American” “religion,” in the past and now? To answer these questions, we explore such themes as belonging, colonialism, national identity, race, gender, activism, lived religious practice, healing, pluralism, psychology, consumerism, and spirituality. Sources include sermons, films, letters, memoirs, and self-help books (REG).

    General Education Requirement(s): III B or IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2194 - Novel Approach to South Asian Religions


    1 Course Unit(s)
    In this course we will examine the main religious traditions of South Asia through the medium of novels and film.  The religions that will be addressed are primarily Hinduism, although where Indian religious concepts overlap, it will include Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, and Sikhism. Students will be expected to read texts on Indian religions which will frame the reading of novels and watch films using that lens. Students will come to class prepared to discuss their religious aspects as well as the context for the religions presented in the various novels. Students will be assessed through short papers, film reviews, regular journals, and a final paper. 

    General Education Requirement(s): III A or IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2204 - Christian Worship


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An introduction to the nature and history of Christian worship, with an overview of the basic elements of Christian worship and how they shape the Christian identity. Particular focus on the development and ongoing practice of baptism and Eucharist (Lord’s Supper) in the church. Course enables students to locate and appreciate individual traditions within the larger and inclusive liturgical tradition (TRAD).

    General Education Requirement(s): IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): FYS 1104  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2294 - Special Topics in Religion


    1 Course Unit(s)
    The study of a seminal figure, school of thought, era, issue, or topic of interdisciplinary interest not fully treated in other courses. Topics will be announced in advance (May be designated as LENS, REG, TEXT, or TRAD depending on the topic). May be repeated for credit as long as the topic is different.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2304 - Major Thinkers


    1 Course Unit(s)
    The exploration of a major theologian or thinker crucial to the development of a religious school of thought, seminal idea, or doctrine in a particular religious tradition, who is not fully treated in other courses. May be repeated for credit as long as the designated thinker is different.

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2314 - Biblical History and Archaeology


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An examination of the historical and archaeological records of the ancient Near East that relate to the Biblical period (circa 1800 BCE to 135 CE). Students will gain an understanding of how the study of history and archaeology affects the interpretation of the Bible (REG, TRAD).

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2324 - Journey Through the Bible


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An examination of the history, geography, and archaeology of the Biblical world (circa 1800 BCE to 135 CE) by studying and traveling to the land of the Bible (Israel). This is a May term travel course (TEXT, TRAD).

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2344 - Jewish-Christian Relations


    1 Course Unit(s)
    istory of the relationship of Christianity—beginning with its inception as a Jewish sect and culminating in the Holocaust—to Judaism. Two questions will frame our thought: How is it that a Jewish sect, whose “founder” was a Jewish rabbi, had within less than a century become avidly and outspokenly anti-Jewish? Was the Holocaust an inevitable consequence of the long, entrenched Christian tradition of anti-Judaism? (TRAD)

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2414 - The Hebrew Bible


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An examination of the collection of literature that is called the Hebrew Bible (Tanak) in the Jewish tradition and the Old Testament in the Christian tradition. Students will gain an understanding of Israelite history, major religious ideas of the text, and knowledge of and experience in interpreting the Hebrew Bible both critically and appreciatively (TEXT).

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): Must have at least sophomore standing
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2424 - The New Testament


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An examination of the collection of 27 books that is called the New Testament by the Christian tradition. Students will gain an understanding of the formation of the early church, major religious ideas of the text, and knowledge of and experience in interpreting the New Testament both critically and appreciatively (TEXT).

    General Education Requirement(s): IV
    Prerequisite(s): Must have at least sophomore standing
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2504 - Ancient Chinese Thought


    1 Course Unit(s)
    Also listed as PHIL 2504 .
    Between the sixth and the second centuries BCE, China burgeoned with philosophical schools and their texts. Students will read those texts closely and critique them, concentrating especially on the Analects, the Chuang-Tzu, the Mencius, and the Hsun-Tzu. Special emphasis will be placed on how the traditions such texts represent react to each other as they develop increasingly sophisticated defenses of their positions. The course will also attempt to identify, assess, and avoid popular Western readings of the Chinese philosophical tradition by, in part, incorporating recent historical findings and textual apparatus (TRAD, REG).

    General Education Requirement(s): III A or IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2524 - Islamic Religious Traditions


    1 Course Unit(s)
    An exploration of Islamic identity, religious expressions, and institutions. Topics of study include the life of Muhammad, the nature and teachings of the Qur’an, and Islamic sectarian identities (TRAD).

    General Education Requirement(s): III A or IV
    Prerequisite(s): None
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
  
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    REL 2534 - Hindu Religious Traditions


    1 Course Unit(s)
    A survey of the history, practices, ideas, and social institutions associated with the variety of Hindu religious traditions. Students will learn about the Indus Valley civilization and the Aryan settlement of the Indian subcontinent. Discussions will focus on the development of classical Hindu India. Students will read foundational texts in English translation as well as selections from modern Indian thinkers such as Aurobindo, Radhakrishnan, Vivekananda, Gandhi, and Ambedkar (TRAD, TEXT).

    General Education Requirement(s): III A or IV; V
    Prerequisite(s): FYS 1104  
    Corequisite(s): None
    Pre/Corequisite(s): None
 

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