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Courses in the Religious Dimensions domain offer students the opportunity to explore the explicitly religious dimensions of life and culture. These dimensions are found in the culturally embedded narratives, beliefs and practices of particular religions, as well as in encounters with realities perceived to be ultimate or sacred. Through myth, symbol, ritual and doctrine, these religions not only provide order and meaning, they also carry capacities to challenge and transform individuals and societies. Intellectual and social maturity requires understanding the unique contributions, both positive and negative, of the religious traditions of the world to culture and consciousness as well as coming to terms with ultimacy. This Learning Domain offers courses with a comparative, thematic, or ethical focus, as well as courses in specific traditions.

Learning Outcomes

​Students will be able to:

  • Explain beliefs and practices of one or more religious traditions in their specific social and cultural contexts.
    • In courses in which the focus is on one religious tradition, describe the diversity of strands within the tradition and explain with significant depth the modes of interpretation of the world the tradition offers both to adherents and to others.
  • Identify religious modes of thinking, acting, and feeling such as: myth and narrative, symbol, ritual, law, doctrine, ethics, religious experience.
  • Analyze the impact of religion on personal as well as communal dimensions of human life, including for example the relationship between religion and power, social integration, social transformation, and social justice.

Courses

Below please find examples of courses previously offered for religious dimensions credit. For information on current offerings, please consult campus connection.

Course Title Quarter Hours
American Studies
AMS 220AMERICAN BUDDHISMS: RACE AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY4
Catholic Studies
CTH 110THE CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE4
CTH 180INTRODUCTION TO CATHOLICISM4
CTH 181INTRODUCTION TO WORLD CATHOLICISM4
CTH 182THE LATINO RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES4
CTH 183THEMES IN CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT4
CTH 190METHODS OF BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION4
CTH 202CATHOLICS AND SCRIPTURE4
CTH 203WHAT CATHOLICS BELIEVE4
CTH 205CATHOLICISM IN WORLD HISTORY I: JESUS TO 15004
CTH 206CATHOLICISM IN WORLD HISTORY II:MODERN & POST-MODERN TIMES4
CTH 209THEORIES OF THE CHURCH: CONCEPTS AND CONTROVERSIES4
CTH 212ANCIENT ISRAEL: HISTORY, LITERATURE AND RELIGION4
CTH 213THE NEW TESTAMENT4
CTH 214THE HISTORICAL JESUS4
CTH 215VARIETIES OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY4
CTH 216PAUL AND HIS INFLUENCE IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY4
CTH 226ROMAN CATHOLIC SPIRITUAL LITERATURE4
CTH 231ROMAN CATHOLIC LITURGY4
CTH 233LA MORENITA DE CHICAGO: FAITH, CULTURE AND IDENTITY IN MEXICAN CATHOLICISM4
CTH 241VIRTUE ETHICS4
CTH 243ROMAN CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL THINKING4
CTH 244DEBATES ABOUT GOD4
CTH 246INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN ETHICS4
CTH 247ROMAN CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT IN CONTEXT4
CTH 248CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES4
CTH 249NATURE, COSMOS AND GOD: CATHOLICISM AND SCIENCE4
CTH 265LITERATURE AND THE SACRED4
CTH 270JESUS ACROSS CULTURES4
CTH 271ROMAN CATHOLICISM'S ENCOUNTER WITH OTHER RELIGIONS4
CTH 274IRELAND: RELIGION AND THE CONTEMPORARY "TROUBLES4
CTH 276CATHOLICISM IN AFRICA4
CTH 279CATHOLICISM AND THE FAMILY4
CTH 290THE LIFE AND TIMES OF VINCENT DE PAUL4
CTH 292WOMEN AND SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL4
CTH 293NOTABLE VINCENTIAN WOMEN4
CTH 295THE VINCENTIANS IN AMERICA4
History of Art and Architecture
HAA 220BUDDHIST ART4
HAA 222ISLAMIC ART4
HAA 302AFRICAN ISLAM: ISLAMIC ART & ARCHITECTURE IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA4
Irish Studies
IRE 103IRELAND: RELIGION AND THE CONTEMPORARY "TROUBLES4
Islamic World Studies
IWS 117INTRODUCTION TO SUFISM4
IWS 192ISLAMIC WORLD STUDIES4
IWS 251ISLAMIC ART4
IWS 263RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST4
IWS 270ISLAMIC ETHICS4
IWS 278HADITH: TRADITIONS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD4
IWS 295SHI'ITE ISLAM4
Management
MGT 228BUSINESS, ETHICS, AND SOCIETY4
Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies
PAX 252FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION4
PAX 253DESPAIR AND HOPE4
Religious Studies
REL 103RELIGIOUS WORLDS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE4
REL 107JUDAISM IN HISTORY: FROM THE BIBLE TO 14924
REL 108JUDAISM IN HISTORY: FROM 1492 TO PRESENT4
REL 109THE JEWISH EXPERIENCE4
REL 110THE CHRISTIAN EXPERIENCE4
REL 111THE AMERICAN RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE4
REL 113THE LATINX RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES4
REL 115THE AFRICAN AMERICAN RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE4
REL 116THE ISLAMIC EXPERIENCE4
REL 142HINDU EXPERIENCE4
REL 143BUDDHIST EXPERIENCE4
REL 161NATIVE AMERICAN RELIGIONS4
REL 180INTRODUCTION TO CATHOLICISM4
REL 183THEMES IN CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT4
REL 190INTERPRETING SACRED TEXTS4
REL 200DEBATES ABOUT GOD4
REL 201RELIGION AND ETHICS I4
REL 202ETHICAL WORLDS: MORAL ISSUES ACROSS CULTURES4
REL 205RELIGION AND ETHICS II4
REL 212RELIGION AND POPULAR CULTURE4
REL 217ISLAMIC CULTURES AND SOCIETIES4
REL 218BLACK INTELLECTUAL TRADITIONS4
REL 219SLAVERY, RACE AND RELIGION4
REL 220PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION4
REL 221RELIGION IN SOCIETY4
REL 222CONTEMPORARY MORAL ISSUES4
REL 223LITERATURE AND THE SACRED4
REL 224RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE UNITED STATES4
REL 225RELIGION AND THE ARTS4
REL 226TECHNOLOGY/ETHICS AND SOCIETY4
REL 227RELIGIOUS ETHICS AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE4
REL 228BUSINESS, ETHICS AND SOCIETY4
REL 229MEDICINE, ETHICS AND SOCIETY4
REL 232ANCIENT ISRAEL: HISTORY, LITERATURE, AND RELIGION4
REL 233THE NEW TESTAMENT4
REL 235PAUL AND HIS INFLUENCE IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY4
REL 236VARIETIES OF JUDAISM IN THE GREEK AND ROMAN WORLD4
REL 237GODS IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE4
REL 238THE HISTORICAL JESUS4
REL 239RELIGION AND FILM4
REL 241RELIGION IN CHINESE HISTORY, SOCIETY AND CULTURE4
REL 243BUDDHIST THOUGHT IN CULTURAL CONTEXT4
REL 245RELIGION IN JAPANESE HISTORY, SOCIETY, AND CULTURE4
REL 246TRADITIONS OF CHINESE POPULAR CULTURE4
REL 247LITERATURE AND RELIGION IN JAPAN4
REL 248LITERATURE AND RELIGION IN CHINA4
REL 250MYSTICISM IN RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS4
REL 251THE IDEA OF 'EVIL4
REL 252FORGIVENESS AND RECONCILIATION4
REL 253DESPAIR AND HOPE4
REL 256WELLNESS AND DISEASE IN RELIGIOUS PERSPECTVE4
REL 257DEATH AND ITS BEYOND: EXPERIENCE, MYTH AND RITUALS4
REL 260RELIGION AND POLITICAL CONFLICT4
REL 261RELIGION AND CONFLICT IN SOUTH ASIA4
REL 262RELIGION AND GLOBALIZATION4
REL 263RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST4
REL 264COLONIZATION, RELIGION AND RESISTANCE4
REL 265ISLAMIST POLITICAL MOVEMENTS4
REL 266ISLAM IN THE UNTIED STATES4
REL 268MODERN JUDAISM4
REL 269JUDAISM IN ANTIQUITY4
REL 270WOMEN IN THE BIBLE4
REL 272GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN MUSLIM CULTURES4
REL 273JESUS ACROSS CULTURES4
REL 280ROMAN CATHOLIC THEOLOGICAL THINKING4
REL 281ROMAN CATHOLIC LITURGY4
REL 283ROMAN CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT IN CONTEXT4
REL 286PILGRIMAGE, RELIGION AND POPULAR CULTURE4
REL 287ROMAN CATHOLIC MORAL THOUGHT4
REL 291LOOKING FOR GOD IN LATIN AMERICA4
REL 295SHI'ITE ISLAM4
REL 298METHODS AND APPROACHES IN THE STUDY OF RELIGION4