Course Descriptions

Definition of Prefixes

ASN-Asian Studies; RLG-Religion Graduate; SRK-Sanskrit Language

ASN 5120 Religion and Society in Japan (3). Examines the relation between religion and the state, the growth of new religious movements, the role of religion during times of war and conflict, issues of religious freedom and legality, the impact of religious institutions on gender and ethnicity.

ASN 5130 Zen and the Arts (3). Examines the history, theory, and practice of Chado (Way of Tea), a Zen inspired art that has had, and still exerts, a long-lasting influence on Japanese society.

RLG 5018 Religion, Literature, and Critical Theory (3). Examines intersections between world religions and contemporary literature in light of modern theories of interpretation. Themes explored include scriptural rereadings and spiritual journeys. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5023 Religious Ritual (3). Examines the critical relationship of ritual, religious practice and belief, and culture, while introducing the principles and methods of ritual studies. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5025 Myth and Religion (3). Investigates the role, function, and meaning of myth in religious experience and practice through an examination of specific myths, mythic patterns, and critical theories. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5038 Advanced Fieldwork in Religious Studies (3). Techniques of ethnography used in Religious Studies beginning with research design and including participant observation, interviews, surveys.

RLG 5065 Latinas and Religion in the Americas (3). This course will review the practices, beliefs, social and political activism, and theological and biblical reflections of Latinas in the Americas from a historical perspective to modern day.

RLG 5106 Religions, Latino/as and Immigration (3). The course will analyze the relationships between the complex phenomenon of Latinos/as immigration and religions. This area of study necessarily demands an interdisciplinary approach including gender.

RLG 5122 African-American Religion (3). Survey of development of African-American Religions with emphasis on North American experience during slavery, Jim Crow and contemporary eras. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5125 Religion and Public Life (3). Examines the relationship of religion and government in the United States, with focus on the First Amendment and issues of separation of church and state. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5137 North American Religion (3). Historical examination of religious groups and influences in North America, focusing on their contributions and cultural impact. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5138 Sects, Cults, and New Religions (3). Explores and critically analyzes the multiplicity of new American religious movements and the unique combination of factors that has encouraged them. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5144 Women and Religion (3). Examines the influence of religion on social construction of gender and the definition of woman’s nature and role, with a focus on Western developments. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5149 Religion, Violence, and Conflict (3). Is religion peaceful or violent? Theoretical analysis of the role of religion in violent, social and political conflicts, such as the Crusades, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and the Haitian Revolution. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5165 Science and Religion (3). Surveys the interaction between science and religion from conflict models to integration; special attention to specific natural sciences including cosmology and biology. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5182 Religion and Ethics (3). Investigation of methods, resources for ethics in world religions, and some examples of issues. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5183 Religion, Nature, and Globalization (3). Through exploring sources for contemporary attitudes and values about "nature", this course examines environmental ethical issues surrounding the process commonly referred to as globalization. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5184 Sexuality, Religion and Social Change (3). Traces various religions' accommodation to and rejection of both new scientific research on sexuality and new economic and social trends. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5192 Seminar in Mysticism (3). The issues of consciousness, language, and morality in mystical tradition of the East and west, including Kabbalah, Neoplatonism, Sufism, Yoga, Taoism, and Zen. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5211 Bible I: The Hebrew Scriptures (3). Extensive reading in the Hebrew Scriptures, how the various texts of the Hebrew Scriptures came to be written, and how they can be interpreted - both within the context of faith communities and within the cultural contexts out of which the texts were written. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5232 Hebrew Exegesis I (3). Provides a comprehensive survey of the fundamentals of the language of the Hebrew Bible designed to equip the student for the task of exegesis. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5233 Hebrew Exegesis II (3). A continuation of Hebrew Exegesis I emphasizing the reading of select passages of the Hebrew Bible to develop skills in translation and interpretation. Prerequisites: RLG 5232 and graduate standing.

RLG 5242 New Testament and Qumran (3). Detailed investigation of the possible contacts between the New Testament and Qumran in such areas as Biblical Exegesis, Apocalypticism, Eschatology, and Messianism. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

RLG 5244 Bible II: The New Testament (3). History, theology, and interpretation methods of the New Testament. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5262 New Testament Greek Exegesis I (3). A detailed overview of the principles of Greek grammar that shows the student how to use Greek in the study of the New Testament. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

RLG 5263 New Testament Greek Exegesis II (3). Careful reading of selected passages of the New Testament and early Christian literature designed or selected to develop skills in translation and interpretation. Prerequisite: RLG 5262 and graduate standing.

RLG 5284 Studies of the Dead Sea Scrolls (3). Overview of the Dead Sea Scrolls explores the new techniques being used in their study. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5331 Religions of India (3). Topics include: religion in prehistoric and ancient India, classical Hindu texts and schismatic movements, medieval theism, the acculturation of extrinsic religions, Hindu-Muslim-Sikh syncretism, and the modern period. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5334 Studies in Diaspora Hinduisms (3). Research methods and theory in the study of Hinduisms in the Diaspora, with a special focus on Hindu institutions in Florida.

RLG 5338 Classical Hinduism (3). A study of the textual and philosophic traditions of classical India, as well as theoretical and methodological issues pertinent to their study. Prerequisites: REL 3330 or REL 3333 or RLG 5331.

RLG 5346 Seminar on Buddhism (3). The central doctrines and rituals of the Buddhist tradition, including the views on causality, mindfulness, monasticism, salvation, purity, and ethics in the Theravada, Tantric, and Zen schools. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5352 Religions of East Asia (3). The history, philosophy, and cultural impact of the major religious traditions of East Asia, including Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, Shinto, and syncretic folk religions. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5360 Classical Arabic (3). Introduces the grammar and vocabulary of classical Arabic necessary for developing the ability to read classical texts.

RLG 5366 Advanced Interpretation of the Quran: Gender and Jihad (3). History, interpretation and translation of the Quran through a close examination of passages related to issues of gender and jihad.

RLG 5369 Voice of the Prophet (3). Familiarizes students with the position and history of prophetic traditions (Hadith) in Islam.

RLG 5372 The Globalizing of African Spirituality (3). Intensive investigation of select forms of traditional spirituality in sub-Saharan Africa, including ritual, sacrifice, and spirit possession, and Africanized Christian and Islamic devotion. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5384 Rasta, Vodou, Santeria (3). Critical, sociological and phenomenological analysis of the history, beliefs, rituals, and social significance of Rastsfarianism, Vodou, and Santeria on the Caribbean and the United States. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5385 Native American Religions (3). An advanced study of Native American religions and the methods employed to investigate them. Attention will be given to traditional and contemporary expressions. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5387 Native Religions of Latin America (3). Focuses on major culture areas, history of tribes, changes in religious practice through contact with Christianity.

RLG 5388 Latinas’ Religious Experience (3). Focus on the diversity of religious experiences among women born and educated in Latin cultures such as: Brazil, Haiti and Hispanic American, including Hispanic in the U.S.

RLG 5394 Jewish Mystical Texts (3). A study of the major movements and figures in the development of Jewish mysticism through its significant texts, from biblical times up to the present. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5397 Yoga Theory and Practicum (3). An in-depth graduate seminar addressing theory and practice of the eight limbs of yoga. Includes critical analysis of Patanjali's text, the Yoga Sutras.

RLG 5435 Feminist Theory and Religion (3). Surveys the development of feminist work in religion based in general feminist theory; includes work in major world religions. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

RLG 5455 Seminar on Jain Sacred Sources (3). In depth study of selected primary texts of Jainism, examining diverse scriptures, including prose, verse, philosophical conversations, and narrative stories of different Jain sects. Basic knowledge of Jainism necessary.

RLG 5462 Religion and Philosophy (3). Examines the use of philosophical reasoning to justify religious belief or its rejection. Such topics as natural theology, atheism and fideism will be examined. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5488 Theology and Liberation Movements (3). Comparison of Latin American, feminist, and African American theologies of liberation, including methods, social analysis, social location, interlocutor, ecclesiology, theology, eschatology and use of scripture. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5495 Interreligious Dialogue (3). The intellectual basis, the classical formulations, and the contemporary practice of interreligious dialogue in a variety of cultural settings. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5501 History of Christianity I (3). Christianity from its origins to the Middle Ages. Doctrinal and organizational development of the church and characteristic aspects of its spiritual life. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5502 Saints, Witches and Missionaries (3). Survey of movements, reforms, divisions, and major ideas within institutional Christianity, 1400 to present. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5515 History of Early Christianity (3). Origin and growth of Christianity from the first to the fifth century, and the adaptation of its message to the Greco-Roman world. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5565 Modern Catholicism (3). Theology and liturgical practice in the Roman Catholic Church from Trent (16th c) to the present, with primary and secondary sources. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5605 Studies in Judaism (3). Historical overview of Jewish belief and practice, with special consideration of Jewish ritual life. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5606 Rabbinic Judaism (3). The theology and ideologies of the 1700-year period in the history of Judaism known as Rabbinic Judaism. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5613 Religion, Culture and Politics in Israel (3). Exploration of the history of modern Israel. Discussion of issues, state and religion, ethnic and denominational tensions, democratic characters of the state and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

RLG 5614 Ancient Judaism (3). The history, literature and characteristic institutions of Judaism from the Persian period to Amoraic times. Attention given to developments in the land of Israel and the diaspora. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5615 Medieval Judaism (3). The works of major thinkers in Medieval Judaism, including Maimonides, Nahmanides, Halevi, Luzatto, and such topics as Jewish mysticism (Kabalah) and Hasidism. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5617 Jews and Muslims in the Middle Ages (3). Study of Jewish culture from the rise of Islam in the 7th century—usually considered the start of Jewish Medieval Era—to the end of the Middle Ages.

RLG 5618 Modern Judaism (3). Explores the ways in which religious beliefs and traditional concepts of Jewish self-identity have changed as a result of emancipation and participation of Jews in the modern Western world. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5619 Holocaust Representations: Religion and Remembrance (3). Examines the symbolic and cultural representations of the Holocaust through its religious/theological discourse and its remembrance. Implications for Jewish life and thought are also explored. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 5620 Kabbalah and Gender (3). Exploration of the theme of Gender within the context of Jewish mysticism. Analysis of central Kabbalistic texts pertaining to the issue of gender and sexuality.

RLG 5628 Jewish Thought and Thinkers (3). The principal of Sephardic and oriental thinkers since the Middle Ages includes philosophers, rabbinics.

RLG 5629 Kabbalah, Peace and War (3). Study of the basic categories of Kabbalah as an esoteric doctrine and evaluate its unique approach to peace and war within the historical context of the Jewish mystical experience.

RLG 5364 Advanced Topics in Islamic Mysticism (Sufism) (3). Explores the depth and breadth of the mystical tradition of Islam (Sufism) through primary and secondary texts which look at the esoteric dimensions of mystical practice in the Islamic World.

RLG 5698 Sephardic and Oriental Jewry Colloquium (3). In depth examination of important issues in the study of Sephardic and Oriental Jewry.

RLG 5907 Independent Study in Sephardic and Oriental Jewry (1-6). For advanced students who possess proven significant knowledge of the field of Sephardic and Oriental Jewry, to engage in a guided research on the topic of their choice within the field. Prerequisites: REL 4610, RLG 5617, REL 3695, SYD 4606.

RLG 5911 Independent Research (1-5). Topics are selected to meet the academic needs of the individual student. Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor is required.

RLG 5934 Graduate Pedagogy (1-3). Advanced work in Religious Studies pedagogy, including classroom teaching, assignment development and grading, and seminar discussion of pedagogical issues.

RLG 5937 Special Topics (3). Topics will be selected to meet the academic needs of groups of students.

RLG 5945 Internship in Sephardic and Oriental Jewry (1-3). Work and study with the leadership of and research one of the Sephardic and Oriental communities in Florida. This serves as field study in which the classroom learning comes alive. Prerequisites: REL 4610, RLG 5617, REL 3695, SYD 4606.

RLG 6013 Modern Analysis of Religion: Classic Texts in Religious Studies (3). Surveys history of religious approaches to religion (Eliade, Otto), social scientific approaches to religion (Freud, Durkheim, Weber, Geertz), and postmodern / poststructuralist approaches (Foucault, de Certeau, Baumann, Braudillard, Butler etc.). Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 6094 Seminar in Religious Fundamentalism (3). Evolution of Fundamentalism from inception to our times as it began to encompass a wider umbrella of global organizations with a focus on the 3 Abrahamic traditions and advanced analysis of their texts.

RLG 6096 Advanced Religious Fundamentalism: A Viewpoint for National Security (3). Evolution of Fundamentalism from inception to our time as it began to encompass a wider umbrella of global organizations with a focus on the 3 Abrahamic traditions and advanced analysis of their texts.

RLG 6097 Muslim Concepts of War: A Perspective for National Security (3). Intended to acquaint students with the history and development of Muslim concepts of war prepare them to make meaningful contributions to policy deliberations.

RLG 6175 Ethics and Development (3). Examines problems in development programs, such as bribery and corruption, labor rights, child labor, gender justice, environmental sustainability, from both religious and secular justice traditions.

RLG 6176 Religions and Human Rights (3). Examines sources of human rights theory in the West and compares it to a variety of religious conceptions of the rights of human beings.

RLG 6195 Sociological Approaches to Religion (3). Sociological Method/Theory in religious studies scholarship on religious ritual around life cycle events. Individual and group projects. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 6285 Biblical Archaeology (3). Introduces the methods used in archaeological excavations. Finds from the Bronze Age to the Greco-Roman period are examined for the ways they bring new understanding to the texts of the Bible. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 6319 Seminar in Asian Religions (3). Asian religious traditions, texts, rituals, or artifacts. May be repeated with change in content. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 6322 Seminar in Western Religions (3). Similarities and differences in the three Western monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam during their historical development. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 6332 Studies in Modern Hinduisms (3). Research methods and theory in the study of modern Hindu movements and issues in contemporary Hinduism.

RLG 6348 Seminar on Tibetan Buddhism (3). Study of influential Tibetan texts in their historical contexts. Prerequisites: REL 4340 or REL 3344 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

RLG 6349 Seminar on Pali Buddhism (3). The “original” teachings of the Buddha as preserved in the Pali Tipitaka and its commentaries readings in translation. Students knowing Pali will work with instructor. Prerequisites: REL 4340 or equivalent or permission of instructor.

RLG 6442 Religion in the Contemporary World (3). Society and religion in processes of secularization and pluralism. Attention to religious interpretations of sociocultural processes. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 6697 Indian Judaism (3). The stories, rituals, interactions and identities of four Indian Jewish communities and their implications for Indo-Israeli relations and contemporary American Judaism. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

RLG 6921 Colloquium (1). Students attend a minimum of three lectures, conferences, or professional presentations, with seminar report and discussion. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

RLG 6930 Pedagogy Workshop (1). Two-day teaching workshop offered by the Academy for the Art of Teaching. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

RLG 6931 Pedagogy Seminar (1). Provide Teaching Assistants with pedagogical skills, such as lecture preparation, exam preparation and grading, advising and small group work. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

RLG 6935 Seminar in Sacred Texts (3). Sacred texts with a common theme from several religions. Problems of interpretation are a central concern. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 6938 Pedagogy Forum (1). Students attend at least six (6) teaching forums for certificate offered by the Academy for the Art of Teaching. Prerequisite: AAT Summer Teaching Workshop.

RLG 6940 Teaching Religious Studies (3). Assist the instructor in an introductory course and attend seminar meetings. Topics: ‘faith’ vs ‘objectivity’ in the classroom; student diversity; religious studies as a profession; designing an introductory course. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

RLG 6942 Teaching Internship (1-3). Advanced work in Religions Studies pedagogy, including classroom teaching, assignment development and grading, and seminar discussion of pedagogical issues. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

RLG 6946 Advanced Field Work in Jain Studies (3). Supervised field work among Jain communities and institutions in India and in the Jain Diaspora. Prerequisites: Graduate standing, IRB project clearance, CU.

RLG 6971 Thesis (1-6). For students working on the thesis for the M.A. in Religious Studies. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and permission of the instructor.

RLG 6972 Thesis Proposal Development (3). Elements of thesis construction, including thesis statement, feasibility research, bibliography, methodology. Initial 3 credits of thesis may be required for some students by GPD and thesis advisor. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

SRK 5001 Sanskrit Exegesis I (3). Application of both modern and traditional interpretations of selected readings from classical Sanskrit texts. Prerequisites: SRK 2101 or permission of the instructor.

SRK 5002 Sanskrit Exegesis II (3). Reading of extended classical Sanskrit text (such as the Bhagavad Gita) with attention to exegetical methods, philology and advanced grammar. Prerequisites: SRK 5001 or permission of the instructor.

SRK 5004 Introduction to the Prakrit Languages (3). Phonology, morphology and grammar of the Prakrit languages with emphasis on building reading competency in Buddhist and Jain literatures. Prerequisites: SRK 3202 or SRK 5202 or permission of the instructor.

SRK 5005 Advanced Prakrit Reading (3). Intensive reading of a text in a selected Prakrit language with emphasis on cultivating advanced reading techniques and the development of a research project. May be repeated with change in content. Prerequisites: SRK 3202 or SRK 5202 and SRK 5004, or permission of the instructor.

SRK 6105 Sanskrit I (3). Sanskrit grammar, its rules of transliteration and translation. The pronunciation and reading skills will be trained.

SRK 6106 Sanskrit II (3). Sanskrit grammar rules, rules of tense, rules of transliteration and translation.