Religion

Religion

Augustana College - Rock Island, IL

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LAURA M. HARTMAN, Assistant Professor B.A., Indiana; Ph.D., Virginia DANIEL E. LEE, Professor, Chair B.A., Concordia (Moorhead); M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale JASON MAHN, Assistant Professor B.A., Gustavus Adolphus; M.A., Luther Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Emory University KELLY MURPHY, Conrad J. Bergendoff Fellow B.A., Mary Washington; A.M., Chicago; MSt., Oxford; PhD., Emory NIRMALA S. SALGADO, Professor B.A., M.A., London; Ph.D., Northwestern ERIC C. STEWART, Assistant Professor B.A., Pacific Lutheran; M.A., Claremont; Ph.D., Notre Dame CYRUS ALI ZARGAR, Assistant Professor B.A., University of California-Los Angeles; M.A., Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley Christian Traditions All students enrolling as first-year students at Augustana are required to take a course in Christian Traditions before the end of their sophomore year. Transfer students fulfill this requirement as soon as possible after enrollment. Students must choose one of the following 200-level religion courses in order to fulfill this requirement. These courses do not count toward the religion major/minor, and only students who have not yet fulfilled their Christian Traditions requirement are eligible to take one (and only one) of these courses. (N.B. Successful completion of the first year of Foundations or Logos fulfills the Christian Traditions requirement if one of the courses in the series is taught by a professor of religion who normally teaches in Christian Traditions courses.) 201 (PS) American Christianities (3) 203 (PH) Christian Ethics (3) 205 (PP) Christian Origins (3) 207 (PL) Christian Scripture (3) 209 (PH) Christian Theology (3) Major in Religion. 28 credits beginning with 260 (3 credits), and concluding with RELG-INTR-Sxx/Lxx/Axx Senior Inquiry/Service Learning/Academic Internship (3 credits) and 460 (4 credits). The remaining 18 credits must include at least one course (3 credits) from each of the following four concentrations: Christian Foundations (310, 335, 360, 371, 373, 393) Theological and Ethical Reflection (323, 325, 326, 327, 328, 364, 391) Religious Life and Practice (311, 313, 363, 392) Comparative Religion (300, 362, 365, 378, 379, 394) At least two of these courses (6 credits) must come from 391, 392, 393, 394 or 410. Minor in Religion. 18 credits beginning with 260, and including at least one course (3 credits) from each of three of the concentrations described above, one of which must come from 391, 392, 393, 394 or 410.

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    Average Salary

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Curriculum

Courses (RELG)

RELG-199 Directed Study (1 Credits)

RELG-201 American Christianities (3 Credits)
(PS) An exploration of Christianities in the United States and the ways in which Americans have put a distinctly "American" spin on their churches and faith. May not take RELG-203, 205, 207 or 209 if this course is taken.

RELG-203 Christian Ethics (3 Credits)
(PH) An examination of various approaches to ethical decision making and theological perspectives of significance for Christian ethical reflection. May not take RELG-201, 205, 207 or 209 if this course is taken.

RELG-205 Christian Origins (3 Credits)
(PP) An examination of the origins of Christianity and its transformation from a Judean grassroots home-based religious movement to an official Roman political religion. May not take RELG-201, 203, 207 or 209 if this course is taken.

RELG-207 Christian Scriptures (3 Credits)
(PL)An introduction to the Christian Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, their origins and history of interpretation. May not take RELG-201, 203, 205 or 209 if this course is taken.

RELG-209 Christian Theology (3 Credits)
(PH) A survey of major Christian understandings of God, creation, sin, Jesus, salvation and faith from the 5th century CE to today. May not take RELG-201, 203, 205 or 207 if this course is taken.

RELG-260 Introduction to Religion (3 Credits)
(D) A multidisciplinary and comparative introduction to the academic study of religion and religious phenomena. Required for majors and minors.

RELG-299 Directed Study (1 Credits)

RELG-300 Islam (3 Credits)
(PH) A scholarly critical examination of the history, development and values of Islam.

RELG-309 Judaism (3 Credits)
(PH) A scholarly critical examination of the history, development and values of Judaism.

RELG-310 Early Church Controversies (3 Credits)
(PL) An exploration of a particular controversy that shaped the early church and its development by examining the texts that arose in its midst.

RELG-311 Religion, Culture & Archaeol. (3 Credits)
(PP) Religion, Culture and Archaeology. Examination of the biblical text in light of recent archaeological evidence.

RELG-313 Race, Ethnicity, Religion (3 Credits)
(PS,D) Race, Ethnicity and Religion. An investigation into how issues of race and ethnicity defined and were defined by religious persuasions in post-World War II America.

RELG-323 Sexual Ethics (3 Credits)
(PH) An exploration of conventions, morals and ethics pertaining to human sexuality from the perspective of religious ethics, i.e., a systematic and principled understanding of the good as articulated in religious traditions.

RELG-325 Environmental Ethics (3 Credits)
(PH) Religious and ethical perspectives on environmental problems and their solutions, including questions of nature's value, duties to the earth, sharing common resources, and expressions of nature spirituality

RELG-326 Medical Ethics (3 Credits)
(PH) An exploration of issues at the intersection of medicine and ethics, including euthanasia, abortion, cloning, stem cell research, experimentation on human subjects, and access to health care, with special attention to Christian perspectives on these issues.

RELG-327 Business Ethics (3 Credits)
(PH) Ethical issues pertaining to the business world and of the relationship between Christian ethical ideals and economic concerns.

RELG-328 Theological Investigations (3 Credits)
(PH) Examination of post-enlightenment and postmodern philosophical theology. Focus is on 20th-century Western concepts of deity and the problem of evil, with a third topic selected yearly.

RELG-335 Luther: Life, Thought, Legacy (3 Credits)
(PP) Luther: Life, Thought and Legacy. A study of Martin Luther's theology through biography, critical readings of his writings and the interpretation of his ideas by modern Lutheran theologians.

RELG-360 Jesus of Nazareth (3 Credits)
(PP) An historical critical examination of the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth focusing primarily on the New Testament Gospels and other early Christian texts.

RELG-362 Religion & Philosophy of India (3 Credits)
(PP,G) An introduction to the study of Indian religion and philosophy including ritual, contemplative, and devotional traditions from earliest times to the present.

RELG-363 American Catholicism (3 Credits)
(PP,D) An examination of the history of the Catholic Church in the United States, with a special focus on issues of gender, ethnicity and popular piety.

RELG-364 Prayer, Community & Transform. (3 Credits)
(PH) Prayer, Community and Transformation. An exploration of forms of Christian life (both communal and solitary) throughout history, with an eye to how prayer and community have energized the search for justice and social action.

RELG-365 Religions of East Asia (3 Credits)
(PL,G) An examination of a variety of religious traditions of East Asia such as Daoism, Confucianism, Buddhism and Shinto, focusing on the interpretation of their texts and their contexts.

RELG-366 Buddhism (3 Credits)
(PH,G) An examination of how Buddhist religious and philosophical traditions relate concepts such as suffering, karma and no-soul to key existential questions.

RELG-371 Faiths in Dialog (3 Credits)
(PH,G) Faiths in Dialog. Examination of Roman Catholic, Protestant and other views on issues such as the doctrine of justification, war and peace, and technological intervention in precreation. Offered only in conjunction with international study in Rome.

RELG-373 Interpreting the Bible (3 Credits)
(PL) An examination of ancient and modern ways of reading and interpreting the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

RELG-378 Muslim Literary Worlds (3 Credits)
(PL,G) An exploration of Islamic thought and cultures from a literary perspective. Works of fiction, hagiography, poetry and personal narrative are used to examine theoretical, social and religious concerns. (Offered as part of a Learning Community).

RELG-379 Islamic Mysticism (3 Credits)
(PP,G) An introduction to the key movements and figures in the Islamic mystical tradition, making particular use of medieval contemplative writings.

RELG-388 Serving Refugees (1 Credits)
Serving Refugees provides participating students with the opportunity to gain an understanding of the way that faith commitments of various religious traditions are expressed in relief and other forms of outreach to those displaced by war and other calamities. Part of the Spring term trip to Rome.

RELG-391 Suffering, Death and Endurance (3 Credits)
Suffering, Death and Endurance. Addresses questions such as the nature of suffering, evil, death, afterlife and disciplined living. Prerequisite: 260 or permission of instructor.

RELG-392 Women in Religion (3 Credits)
An exploration of the intersection between religion and culture with respect to the roles of women in religious communities past and present. Prerequisite: 260 or permission of instructor. May be taken twice for credit if instructor and course content are different.

RELG-392A Women in Bible and Chrisitian Origins (3 Credits)
392 Women in Religion (3) An exploration of the intersection between religion and culture with respect to the roles of women in religious communities past and present. Prerequisite: 260 or permission of instructor. May be taken twice for credit if instructor and course content are different.

RELG-392B Women in Asian Religions (3 Credits)
Women in Asian Religions. An exploration of the intersection between religion and culture with respect to the roles of women in religious communities past and present. Prerequisite: 260 or permission of instructor. May be taken twice for credit if instructor and course content are different.

RELG-392C Women in American Religions (3 Credits)
Women in American Religions. An exploration of the intersection between religion and culture with respect to the roles of women in religious communities past and present. Prerequisite: 260 or permission of instructor. May be taken twice for credit if instructor and course content are different.

RELG-393 Key Moments in Church History (3 Credits)
Key Moments in Church History. An historically and culturally contextual examination of the implications of a watershed event or the contributions of a significant person in the life of the church. Prerequisite: 260 or permission of instructor. May be taken twice for credit if instructor and course content are different.

RELG-393A Key Moments in Early Church History (3 Credits)
Key Moments in Early Church History. An historically and culturally contextual examination of the implications of a watershed event or the contributions of a significant person in the life of the church. Prerequisite: 260 or permission of instructor. May be taken twice for credit if instructor and course content are different.

RELG-394 Key Issues in Comparative Religion (3 Credits)
Key Issues in Comparative Religion. An exploration of non-Christian traditions from a scholarly perspective. Emphasis is placed on acquiring the theoretical tools used to study religion. Prerequisite: 260 or permission of the instructor. May be taken twice for credit if instructor and course content are different.

RELG-394A Formative Islamic History (3 Credits)
Comparative Religion: Formative Islamic History. An exploration of non-Christian traditions from a scholarly perspective. Emphasis is placed on acquiring the theoretical tools used to study religion. Prerequisite: 260 or permission of the instructor. May be taken twice for credit if instructor and course content are different.

RELG-394B Studying Asian Religions (3 Credits)
Comparative Religion: Studying Asian Religions. An exploration of non-Christian traditions from a scholarly perspective. Emphasis is placed on acquiring the theoretical tools used to study religion. Prerequisite: 260 or permission of the instructor. May be taken twice for credit if instructor and course content are different.

RELG-399 Directed Study (1 Credits)
An opportunity for students to study a particular subject under a faculty member's direction. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and department chair.

RELG-400 Independent Study (1 Credits)
Guided study and research in religion. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and department chair.

RELG-410 Special Topics in Religion (3 Credits)
An in-depth study of special topics in the area of religious studies. May be taken twice for credit if course content is different.

RELG-460 Senior Inquiry (4 Credits)
A consideration of methodological approaches to the study of religion as context for and to support the completion of the research, writing and public presentation of the Senior Inquiry project. Prerequisites: 260 and RELG-INTR.

RELG-460 Senior Inquiry (3 Credits)
A consideration of methodological approaches to the study of religion as context for and to support the completion of the research, writing and public presentation of the Senior Inquiry project. Prerequisites: 260 and RELG-INTR.

RELG-499 Directed Study (1 Credits)
An opportunity for students to study a particular subject under a faculty member's direction. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and department chair.

RELG-INTR Religion Internship (0-9 Credits)
RELG-INTR-Sxx/Lxx/Axx Senior Inquiry/Service Learning/Academic Internship (0-9) In preparation for RELGELGELG-460 Senior Inquiry all Religion Majors will complete a 3-credit (105- to 120-hour) internship by the end of the fall term of their senior year under the direction of a faculty member. The focus of Senior Inquiry and Service Learning Internships will be the needs of a particular religious congregation, parish, or community, or other faith-based organization. Academic internships will focus on the practical application of learning. The internship will culminate in a written Senior Inquiry proposal. Prerequisites: RELG-260 and consent of the supervising faculty member and the department.