Course descriptions

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131. Comparative Religion. 3 hrs. The study of religion as an aspect of human culture with attention to both Christian and non-Christian religions

303. Introduction to Islam. 3 hrs. This courses aquaints students with Islamic religion, philosophy, culture and history

304. Survey of Islamic History. 3 hrs. To provide undergraduate students the opportunity to learn about the evolution of Islamic history and culture

320. Tibetan Religions. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: REL 131. An examination of some of the varieties of religious forms found in Tibetan culture areas following historical, anthropological and philosophical approaches

322. Native American Religions. 3 hrs. This course surveys varieties of religiosity found in the indigenous western hemisphere, both contemporary and historical

324. Religion and Animals. 3 hrs. This comparative religions course explores the roles of nonhuman animals in human religions and societies

326. Religions of India. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: REL 131. This course surveys the variety of religions in India including Brahmanism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, Sikhism, and Christianity.

333. The Hebrew Bible. 3 hrs. A study of the major themes and history of the Jewish religion

334. New Testament. 3 hrs. In this course students are introduces to the academic study of the New Testament through critical readings of primary and secondary texts

335. The Life of Jesus. 3 hrs. A study of the major themes and history of the Christian religion

336. The Christian Tradition. 3 hrs. This course provides the student with a survey of the Christian religion

338. The American Religious Experience. 3 hrs. This course provides the student with a survey of the religious phenomena in America

340. Beyond the Grave: Religion and the Afterlife. 3 hrs. This course explores views on the afterlife as found in major world religions.

350. Religion and Violence. 3 hrs. A study of the global phenomena of religiously motivated violence by tracing its history, assessing the current situation and considering prospects for the future

351. Theories of Religious Experience. 3 hrs. A study of the nature of the religious phenomena as it is reflected in human experience, including responses to the critique of both modernism and postmodernism

353. Religion and the Literary Imagination. 3 hrs.

424. Religion and Healing. 3 hrs. This course studies several examples of religious healing practices found in ethnographic literature creating a dialogue between indigenous and academic theories of healing

430. Buddhism. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: REL 131. This course surveys Buddhist religions and cultures. Topics include Indian origins, philosophical schools, ritual practice, and historical development.

432. Mysticism. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: REL 131. A course exploring mystical practices as found in ethnographic texts. Students pursue an interdisciplinary approach drawing on several models of mysticism

445. Modern Islamic Thought. 3 hrs. An examination of Islamic political movements and their development. Attention will be paid to law, government, relations with non-Muslims and the ethics of violent conflict

446. Women in Islam. 3 hrs. A study of Muslim views of women, focusing on scripture, law, early Islamic history and the works of reformers and Islamists in the Middle East and South Asia

460. Global Religious Ethics. 3 hrs. This course engages the student in the process of cross cultural, inter-religious ethics formation, by which a comparative analysis of various religiously based ethical systems leads to a consensual statement

480. Senior Capstone in Religion. 3 hrs. A capstone course for religion majors, focusing on advanced content and method in the study of religion.

490. Issues in Religion. 3 hrs. An examination of specific problems within the broad spectrum of contemporary religious concern; may be taken for a total of 9 hours.

492. Special Problems. 1-3 hrs. Directed individual study; may be taken for a total of nine hours

499. Religious Studies Abroad. 3-6 hrs. The study of religious themes in various parts of the world; offered abroad through the Center for International Education



The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

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