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Bangladeshi bride, 2011.

CC image courtesy of

HasinHayder.

REL 104 Introduction to Religious Studies
This course introduces students to the academic study of religions. It acquaints students with key methods and issues in religious studies, and provides an introductory survey of selected religions. Not open to students who have taken REL 105. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Zimdars-Swartz, S.
MW 12:00-12:50 PM SMI 100 - LAWRENCE
3 21284
DIS Zimdars-Swartz, S.
R 04:00-04:50 PM SMI 206 - LAWRENCE
3 25661
DIS Zimdars-Swartz, S.
R 05:00-05:50 PM SMI 206 - LAWRENCE
3 25662
DIS Zimdars-Swartz, S.
F 10:00-10:50 AM SMI 107 - LAWRENCE
3 25663
DIS Zimdars-Swartz, S.
F 12:00-12:50 PM SMI 206 - LAWRENCE
3 25664
LEC Brody, Samuel
TR 11:00-12:15 PM SMI 107 - LAWRENCE
3 25687
REL 105 Introduction to Religious Studies, Honors
This course introduces students to the academic study of religions. It acquaints students with key methods and issues in religious studies, and provides an introductory survey of selected religions. Open only to students in the University Honors Program or by permission of instructor. Not open to students who have taken REL 104. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 106 Living Religions of the East
A basic introduction to religion in India, China, and Japan with emphasis upon religions that affect the modern period. Not open to students who have taken REL 108/EALC 108. (Same as EALC 105.) LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lindsey, William
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM SMI 100 - LAWRENCE
3 14305
REL 107 Living Religions of the West
A basic introduction to the major religious traditions of the Near East, Europe, and the Americas, with an emphasis on their development through the modern period and their expressions in contemporary life. Not open to students who have taken REL 109. (Same as JWSH 107.) LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lollar, Joshua
TR 04:00-05:15 PM SMI 100 - LAWRENCE
3 24380
REL 108 Living Religions of the East, Honors
A basic introduction to religion in India, China, and Japan, with emphasis upon religions that affect the modern period. Open only to students in the University Honors Program or by permission of instructor. Not open to students who have taken REL 106/EALC 105. (Same as EALC 108.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 109 Living Religions of the West, Honors
A basic introduction to the major religious traditions in the Near East, Europe, and the Americas, with an emphasis on their development through the modern period and their expressions in contemporary life. Open only to students in the University Honors Program or by permission of instructor. Not open to students who have taken REL 107. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 124 Understanding the Bible
An introduction to the literature of the Bible, exploring the relationships among the various types of literature present and the function of each type in the history and religious life of the people who produced and used them. Cannot be taken concurrently with REL 311 or JWSH 321 or REL 315. Not open to students who have taken REL 125 or JWSH 125. (Same as JWSH 124.) LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Mirecki, Paul
MW 11:00-11:50 AM SMI 100 - LAWRENCE
3 16489
DIS Mirecki, Paul
F 12:00-12:50 PM SMI 208 - LAWRENCE
3 16494
DIS Mirecki, Paul
F 11:00-11:50 AM SMI 208 - LAWRENCE
3 16492
DIS Mirecki, Paul
W 03:00-03:50 PM SMI 208 - LAWRENCE
3 16493
DIS Mirecki, Paul
R 04:00-04:50 PM SMI 208 - LAWRENCE
3 16490
DIS Mirecki, Paul
R 05:00-05:50 PM SMI 208 - LAWRENCE
3 16491
REL 125 Understanding the Bible, Honors
An introduction to the literature of the Bible, exploring the relationships among the various types of literature present and the function of each type in history and religious life of the people who produced and used them. Open only to students in the University Honors Program or by permission of instructor. Not open to students who have taken REL 124 or JWSH 124. (Same as JWSH 125.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 130 Myth, Legend, and Folk Belief in East Asia
A survey of the commonly held ideas about the beginning of the world, the role of gods and spirits in daily life, and the celebrations and rituals proper to each season of the year. The purpose of the course is to present the world view of the ordinary peoples of East Asia. (Same as ANTH 293, EALC 130.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 171 Religion in American Society
A broad introduction to religion in American culture. This class emphasizes the well-established religions with large followings (viz. Judaism, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism). Some attention is also given to other religions active in America. Other topics covered include the relationship of church and state, religion in ethnic and racial minority groups, and women and religion. Not open to students who have taken REL 172. (Same as AMS 290.) LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Miller, Timothy
TR 11:00-12:15 PM SMI 100 - LAWRENCE
3 14306
REL 172 Religion in American Society, Honors
Honors version of REL 171. A broad introduction to religion in American culture. This class emphasizes the well-established religions with large followings (viz. Judaism, Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Protestantism). Some attention is also given to other religions active in America. Other topics covered include the relationship of church and state, religion in ethnic and racial minority groups, and women and religion. Not open to students who have taken AMS 290. Open only to students in the University Honors Program or by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 177 First Year Seminar: _____
A limited-enrollment, seminar course for first-time freshmen, addressing current issues in Religious Studies. Course is designed to meet the critical thinking learning outcome of the KU Core. First-Year Seminar topics are coordinated and approved by the Office of First-Year Experience. Prerequisite: First-time freshman status. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Zahn, Molly
TR 01:00-02:15 PM SMI 4 - LAWRENCE
3 29316
REL 200 Study Abroad Introductions to: _____
This course is designed for the study of special topics in Religious Studies. Credit for coursework must be arranged through the Office of KU Study Abroad. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.


Western (Wailing) Wall

in Jerusalem, 1988.

CC image courtesy of

Robert Croma.

REL 311 Religion of Ancient Isreal
A study of the development of the Hebrew Bible from its earliest stages of oral tradition to its canonization with an emphasis on the relationship of the historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts shaping that development. (Same as JWSH 321.) Prerequisite: REL 124 or JWSH 124 or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 315 History and Literature of Early Christianity
An examination of the literature produced by early Christians. In addition to New Testament texts, the course includes a broad range of diverse texts produced by early Christians, Jews, and others. Prerequisite: REL 124 or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 325 Introduction to Judaism
Analyzes a selection of the core texts, teachings, and practices of Jewish religious traditions in terms of classical and contemporary understanding. (Same as JWSH 325.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 326 Introduction to the Talmud and Interpretation
A study of the Talmud and the main lines of its reception and interpretation from Late Antiquity through Modernity in Rabbinic literature and the broader context of Western religion and philosophy. Prerequisite: REL 104, REL107, or REL124/125, or permission of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 330 Native American Religions
A survey of religious traditions among selected Native American peoples. Topics include religious freedom, ritual activity, cultural narrative (myth) kinship, healing practices, ecology, government relations, impact of colonization, impact of missionization, contact between cultures, and secularization. Not open to students who have completed REL 331. (Same as ISP 330.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 331 Native American Religions, Honors
A survey of religious traditions among selected Native American peoples. Topics include religious freedom, ritual activity, cultural narrative (myth) kinship, healing practices, ecology, government relations, impact of colonization, impact of missionization, contact between cultures, and secularization. Open only to students in the University Honors Program or by permission of instructor. Not open to students who have completed REL 330. (Same as ISP 331.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 339 History of Religion in America
Survey of the development of religious institutions and ideas in America from colonial times to the present. Emphasis is given to the mainstream religious traditions (Protestant, Catholic, Jewish), but attention is also paid to other phenomena, including nonwestern and native American religions. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Miller, Timothy
TR 02:30-03:45 PM SMI 208 - LAWRENCE
3 25623
REL 341 Mysticism
The nature of mystical experience and reflection as expressed in selected mystical literature of the world's religions. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Zimdars-Swartz, Paul
TR 11:00-12:15 PM SMI 208 - LAWRENCE
3 20278
REL 342 Religion and Literature
An examination of contemporary writings to explore the authors' presuppositions concerning the nature of God, the nature of human beings, the meaning of good and evil, the significance of human existence, and the means of attaining fulfillment or salvation. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 345 Christianity
An introductory examination of the history, doctrines, and practices of Christianity. Selected readings from the creeds, papal decrees, and major Christian theologians. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Ketchell, Aaron
T 07:00-09:30 PM SMI 208 - LAWRENCE
3 25624
REL 350 Islam
Origins of Islam; the Prophet Muhammad; the Holy Koran; religious symbols and moral mandates; historical developments. (Same as AAAS 349.) LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Brinton, Jacquelene
MW 12:30-01:45 PM SMI 107 - LAWRENCE
3 19368

Holi celebration

in India, 2008.

CC image courtesy

of Judepics.

REL 355 Muslim Societies
In this class we study Muslim societies throughout the world. We examine variation between regions by looking at Muslim history and culture in different countries, such as Pakistan, Indonesia, Mali, Bosnia, Egypt, Yemen, and others. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 360 The Buddhist Tradition in Asia
A historical and geographical survey of the Buddhist tradition from its origins in India to modern day developments in the three major regional Buddhist cultures of Southeast Asia, Tibet, and East Asia (China, Korea, and Japan). Prerequisite: Prior coursework in Asian studies or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 365 Hinduism
An introduction to the diversity and richness of Hinduism from the Vedic period to the present; explores Hindu practices, beliefs, and communities using primary texts and extensive audio-visual resources. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 371 Religion and Society in Tension
Specific issues of conflict between the values of certain religious groups and those of the larger society. Includes problems of church and state, birth control and abortion, civil disobedience and dissent, education, war and peace, and "civil religion. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC ,
T 07:10-10:00 PM REGN 252 - EDWARDS
3 26322
REL 373 The Supreme Court and Religious Issues in the United States
Historical study of the interpretation of the religion clauses of the First Amendment with special reference to the questions of establishment, the free exercise of religion, freedom of religious belief, worship, and action, and religion and the public schools. Not open to freshmen. (Same as HIST 373.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 374 Religious Perspectives on Selfhood and Sexuality
The nature of the self in its individual and social dimensions. Self experienced and expressed in sexuality. Survey of viewpoints in religious literature. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 375 The Supreme Court and Religious Issues in the United States, Honors
Historical study of the interpretation of the religion clauses of the First Amendment with special reference to the questions of establishment, the free exercise of religion, freedom of religious belief, worship, and action, and religion and the public schools. Open only to students in the University Honors Program or by permission of the instructor. (Same as HIST 375.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 376 American Judaism: Life and Thought
A study of the conflicts between secularists and religionists, between Zionists and synagogue representatives, and the patterns of compromise in American Jewish life. Questions of Americanism and Jewish survival, support for the State of Israel, and the bureaucratic structure of rabbinical training and philanthropy in America will be raised. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 377 Religious Ethics and Moral Decisions
When faced with ethical dilemmas how do we decide what is the right course of action? In what ways are our decisions affected by religious ideas about morality? In this class we examine the ethical problems we encounter every day in light of the solutions offered from various religious traditions. Cases to be examined include issues of life and death, war and peace, sexual morals, torture, the treatment of animals and the environment. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 378 Religion and Moral Decisions, Honors
Honors version of REL 377. Introduction to religious viewpoints on individual and social ethics. Influence of religious thought on the making of moral decisions, and on value development. Examined in relation to specific moral issues. Open only to students who have been admitted to the University Honors Program or by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

Yankou mudra, 2009.

Image courtesy of

Daniel Stevenson.

REL 380 Philosophical Issues in Religion
This course will consider, from a philosophical perspective, some of the problems in religion which arise in the development of "Natural Theology" broadly conceived. (Same as PHIL 350.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 400 Study Abroad Special Topics: _____
This course is designed for the study of special topics in Religious Studies equivalent to courses at the 300 to 600 level at KU. Coursework must be arranged through the Office of KU Study Abroad. May be repeated for credit if content varies. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 404 Undergraduate Seminar in Religion: _____
Topic, instructor, prerequisite and hours of credit to be announced in Schedule of Classes. Particular subject matter any given semester responding to student interest and taking advantage of special faculty competence. Class discussion, readings, and individual projects. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Welch, Eric
MW 11:00-12:15 PM WES 1001 - LAWRENCE
3 29388
LEC Welch, Eric
M 04:30-07:00 PM RC 100 - EDWARDS
3 29423
REL 405 Directed Study in Religion
Investigation of a special topic or project selected by the student with advice, approval, and supervision of an instructor. Such study may take the form of directed reading or special research. Individual reports and conferences. May be repeated, with maximum cumulative credit of four hours. Course taken for one hour of credit may not be used to fulfill College distribution requirement. Prerequisite: One previous course in religious studies at the University of Kansas and permission of instructor. IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Brinton, Jacquelene
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 20490
IND Ketchell, Aaron
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 25234
IND Lindsey, William
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 16551
IND Miller, Timothy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14308
IND Mirecki, Paul
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14309
IND Shelton, Robert
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14310
IND Stevenson, Daniel
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14311
IND Zahn, Molly
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 20491
IND Zimdars-Swartz, Paul
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14312
IND Zimdars-Swartz, S.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14313
IND Zogry, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14307
REL 406 Reading Asian Religious Classics
A close reading of classic texts of Asian religions in English translation, with emphasis on their construction and reception as sacred "scripture" in both their indigenous Asian contexts and in the post-colonial West. No prior knowledge of Asia is required, although some background is desirable. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 425 Religion and Film
An examination of the treatment of religious themes through the medium of film and an examination of the attitudes of religious organizations toward films and film production. Selected films will be viewed and analyzed from the perspectives taken within religious studies. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 440 Muslim Women in Religion and Society
This course consists of a spring break study in a Muslim country, meeting with women's NGOs and other women's groups and visiting sites of significance to women. Preparatory class sessions focusing on assigned readings precede the study abroad trip and a concluding class session follows it. A research paper is required. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 447 Islamic Law in the Digital Age
In this class we trace how Islamic law has changed in the modern era, beginning with an overview of shari'a and its traditional function in Muslim society, and then examine how the practice of Islamic law was altered by colonialism and the rise of the nation state. We mark these transformations by studying how Islamic law is used in the online environment today. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 450 Popular Culture in the Muslim World
A study of pop songs, television, comics, and other idioms of popular culture from different parts of the Muslim world, with attention to Muslims' sense of humor, tragedy, aesthetics, and pertinent issues of the day. (Same as AAAS 450.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 464 Visions in Art and Literature
A study of the phenomenon of visions, their expression in various media, and theories of visionary experience from the humanities and social sciences, with a particular emphasis on critically evaluating the relationship between the visionary experience and its expression. (Same as HWC 464). LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 468 Illness in Art and Literature
An examination of how illness and health have been conceptualized, expressed, and explored in Western literature and art, as well as a consideration of issues of illness and health from the perspectives of philosophy and religious studies. (Same as HWC 468). LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 475 Loving Relationships
Theories and elements of love in a variety of types of relationships, with attention to religious ethical traditions and social and behavioral sciences. Includes small group discussions and application to personal experience. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 477 Gender and Religion
Examination of symbols, images, scriptures, rites and teachings that define gender in various religious traditions. (Same as HWC 477.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 478 Women and Religion, Honors
Examination of symbols, images, scriptures, rites, and teachings defining women's roles in various religious traditions. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the University Honors Program, or by permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 490 Senior Seminar in Theories and Methods
A capstone course for religious studies majors to survey methods and theories in religious studies. Prerequisite: Religious Studies major or permission of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 499 Undergraduate Honors Research
Required for Departmental Honors. May be taken more than once; total credit not to exceed 6 hours. Prerequisite: Open only to candidates for degree with departmental honors and with consent of the student's research supervisor. IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Lindsey, William
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 14314
IND Mirecki, Paul
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 21704
IND Zahn, Molly
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 20862
IND Zogry, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 18163
REL 500 Readings in Non-English Religious Texts
This course provides directed readings for students in either primary or secondary texts related to religious studies utilizing material in languages other than English. IND.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
IND Brinton, Jacquelene
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 22235
IND Mirecki, Paul
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14315
IND Stainton, Hamsa
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 25362
IND Stevenson, Daniel
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 17254
IND Zahn, Molly
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 22236
REL 502 Special Topics in Religion: _____
Topic and instructor to be announced in Schedule of Classes. Enables qualified students to participate in current research interests of faculty and/or pursue specific current topics. May be offered by different instructors under different subtitles, and may be taken more than once if subject matter varies sufficiently. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Lindsey, William
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM SMI 107 - LAWRENCE
3 25627
REL 504 Millenarian Movements
A historical survey of millenarian movements (the belief in imminent, total, ultimate, this-worldly, collective salvation), with particular attention to their psychological, sociological, and political dimensions. (Same as POLS 504.) Prerequisite: POLS 301 or honors equivalent or for non-majors completion of Western Civilization requirement, or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 507 Religion in India
Survey of religious thought and practice in India from the Vedic period to the present. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 508 Religion in China
Survey of religious thought and practice in China from the Shang to the People's Republic. (Same as EALC 508.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 509 Religion in Japan
Survey of religious thought and practice in Japan from the Jomon period to the present. (Same as EALC 509.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 510 Religion in Korea
Survey of religious thought and practice in Korea from the Three Kingdoms period to the present. Prerequisite: REL 106/EALC 105; EALC 104; or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 515 Studies in Early Christian Literature and History
Contemporary research in the history and literature of earliest Christianity including most of the following: (1) the use of critical method, (2) philosophical and theological contexts, (3) sociological analyses, (4) interpretation of archaeological data (5) papyrology and the medieval manuscript tradition, (6) relations between Christians and the Roman government, (7) relations between Christians and Jews, (8) development of diverse literary genres, and (9) the origins of gnosis and Christian gnosticism. Prerequisite: REL 124 or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 523 The Dead Sea Scrolls
A study of the archeological evidence and texts from the Dead Sea area that provide primary evidence for Jewish religious belief and practice in the Greek and Roman periods (ca. 250 B.C.E. - 135 C.E.). (Same as JWSH 523.) Prerequisite: REL 124 or JWSH 124 or consent of instructor LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 524 Studies in Ancient Egyptian Culture and Religion
A study of the basic features of Egyptian history, culture, and religion from the beginning of the Pharaonic period (ca. 3500 B.C.E.) to the rise of Greek rule in Egypt (ca. 350 B.C.E.). Prerequisite: A principal course in Religious Studies or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 525 Jews and Christians
This course examines the ways Jews and Christians have interacted with and characterized one another at various points in their histories. Special emphasis is placed on the gradual separation of the two religious traditions in the 1st-4th centuries. (Same as JWSH 325.) Prerequisite: A previous course in Religious Studies or Jewish Studies; or consent of instructor. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Zahn, Molly
TR 11:00-12:15 PM SMI 108 - LAWRENCE
3 25625
REL 526 Jewish History and Literature in the Greek and Roman Periods
The history and literature of the Jewish people from the hellenistic period (late fourth century B.C.E. to the codification of the Mishnah 210 C.E.). Select texts from the Hebrew Bible, the so-called apocrypha and pseudepigrapha, the Qumran scrolls, Philo, Josephus, related early Christian texts, and Rabbinic texts will be studied. (Same as JWSH 526.) Prerequisite: REL 124 or JWSH 124 or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 527 Ancient Mesopotamian Culture and Religion
A study of the basic features of Mesopotamian history, culture and religion from the origins of writing (ca. 3500 B.C.E.) to the rise of Greek rule in the region (ca. 350 B.C.E.). Prerequisite: A principal course in religious studies or consent of instructor. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Mirecki, Paul
MW 12:30-01:45 PM SMI 206 - LAWRENCE
3 25626
REL 528 The Apostle Paul and Early Christian Paulinism
Biographical issues related to the Apostle Paul, his teachings in relation to Greek and Jewish thought as exemplified in his letters, and his reception by later diverse Paulinists. Prerequisite: REL124/125, or REL 315. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 530 Christian Origins: from the Beginnings to Augustine
This course covers the major political, literary, and theological developments in Christianity from the first century through Augustine in the early fifth century, including: (1) the development and significance of the New Testament canon, (2) relations between Christians, Jews, and the Roman government, (3) the nature of orthodoxy and heresy, and the rise of the major gnostic systems, (4) the growth of the orthodox network, (5) theological debates and councils, and (6) the biography and theology of Augustine and his influence on the medieval church. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 531 Studies in Christianity
Study of religious thought, practice, and institutions of Christianity with an emphasis on the examination of primary documents. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 532 Studies in Islam
Study of religious thought, practice, and institutions of Islam with an emphasis on the examination of primary documents. (Same as AAAS 532.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 534 Studies in Ritual: _____
A study of ritual theory and a comparative study of ritual activity among selected religious traditions. May be taken more than once if content differs sufficiently. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 535 The History of Islam in Africa
A study of the history and institutions of Islam in Africa. Emphasis will be placed on the impact of Islam on African traditional religions and African civilization in general; the historiographical traditions of Islam in Africa. (Same as AAAS 542.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 541 Gods and Goddesses of South Asia
This course explores the dynamic diversity of gods and goddesses in South Asian religious life through examination of their basic iconography, religious narratives and devotional poetry, temple images and architecture, ritual practices, performance traditions, and film. Prerequisite: An introductory course in religious studies or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 543 Hindu Epics, Past and Present
This interdisciplinary course considers the roles that the two great Indian epics, the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, have played in the history of religion, literature, art, and politics in South Asia (and beyond). Prerequisite: An introductory course in religious studies or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 545 Yoga in Theory, Practice, and History
Historical and thematic investigation into Yoga, including classical formulations, esoteric practices, and contemporary developments and debates. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 550 Gender Issues in Islam
Focusing on issues of gender, this course follows major religious developments in the Islamic tradition. Also examines how Muslim women have impacted those developments. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 551 Shari'a, Democracy, and Society
In this class we examine the question of whether or not democracy and shari'a can coexist. Is there a necessary opposition between democratic visions of society and the institutionalization of Islamic law? As a case study we look at changes in the modern Egyptian political system and the role religious ideals have played in these changes, especially the push for democracy. Prerequisite: An introductory course in religious studies or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 552 Classical Islamic Literature
An examination of major developments in classical Islamic literature in the Middle East and beyond, with attention to the poetic and prose works (in translation) that emerged from them. (Same as AAAS 552.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 555 Buddhists and Buddhism in China
A reading and media-rich survey of institutional, ritual, literary, educational, and exegetical practices that have shaped the lives of Buddhists in China, past and present. Alterities within the Buddhist tradition, and interactions with other religious options, are considered. (Same as EALC 555.) LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Stevenson, Daniel
TR 01:00-02:15 PM SMI 208 - LAWRENCE
3 25628
REL 557 Modern Islamic Reform Movements
This course examines movements of renewal and reform in the Islamic world today. Also studies the conditions that gave rise to calls for reform throughout the Muslim majority world, as well as the impact reform movements have had on the practices and beliefs of Muslims today. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 558 Religion in Britain Since the Reformation: A Survey
This course deals analytically and synoptically with religion in Britain from the Reformation to the present with special reference to the Church of England, and focuses on the themes of ecclesiology, ecclesiastical polity, and political theology. It is essentially an examination of religious history from a perspective of history of ideas. (Same as HIST 558.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 559 Religion in Britain Since the Reformation: A Survey, Honors
This course deals analytically and synoptically with religion in Britain from the Reformation to the present with special reference to the Church of England, and focuses on the themes of ecclesiology, ecclesiastical polity, and political theology. It is essentially an examination of religious history from a perspective of the history of ideas. Open only to students in the University Honors Program or by permission of instructor. (Same as HIST 559.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 560 Classical and Contemporary Jewish Thought
An introduction to individual Jewish thinkers and collective projects from Philo to the present, including The Talmud and Midrash, Middle Age and Early Modern Jewish philosophical and Talmudic rationalism and mysticism. Considers such thinkers as Spinoza, Cohen, Soloveitchik, Rosenzweig, and Levinas. (Same as JWSH 560.) Prerequisite: A previous course in Religious Studies or Jewish Studies; or consent of instructor. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Brody, Samuel
TR 04:00-05:15 PM SMI 108 - LAWRENCE
3 25629
REL 570 Studies in Judaism
A study of the major intellectual sources of the Jewish tradition from the Mishna, Talmud, Midrash, prayerbook, philosophers, the Zohar, and the Shulchan Aruch. (Same as JWSH 570.) Prerequisite: A course in Religious Studies or Jewish Studies numbered 300 or above. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 571 Religion in Kansas
A survey of religions active in Kansas in the past or present. The course has a strong fieldwork component in which students, after receiving training in fieldwork methods, conduct interviews and gather information to contribute to a public archive of religion in Kansas. FLD.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 580 Religious Perspectives on Illness, Health, and Healing
An examination of the perspectives of selected religious traditions on the meaning of illness and health, methods of diagnosis and treatment, and the place of these themes and experiences within each tradition. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 581 Psychology of Religion
Consideration of the psychological antecedents of religious experience, the nature of religious experience, and the behavioral consequences of religion. Focus will be on psychological theory and research relevant to religious thought, feeling, belief, and behavior. (Same as PSYC 581.) Prerequisite: PSYC 104. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 585 New Religious Movements (Western)
A survey of the beliefs, practices, and social impact of religious minorities in the United States, both contemporary and historical, rooted primarily in Christianity and Judaism. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 586 New Religious Movements (Nonwestern)
A survey of the beliefs, practices, and social impact of religious minorities in the United States, both contemporary and historical, which have developed primarily from sources other than Christianity and Judaism. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 601 Approaches to the Study of Religion
An introduction to the various methods by which social scientists, historians, philosophers, and theologians study the meaning, influence, and significance of religion as an integral part of society and its cultural heritage. Prerequisite: REL 104 required for undergraduate students. No prerequisite for graduate students. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Brinton, Jacquelene
W 04:00-06:30 PM SMI 4 - LAWRENCE
3 17393
REL 604 Religion and Political Theory
An examination of the relationship between religious faith and politics in Western political thought and theory. The approach will be both historical and philosophical, beginning with Moses on the one hand, and the Greeks on the other. Texts will include biblical, Greek philosophical, Jewish and Christian philosophical and theological writings. (Same as POLS 604.) Prerequisite: POLS 201, or for non-POLS majors completion of Western Civilization requirements, or consent of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 650 Sufism
A survey of developments in Sufi (Islamic Mystical) thought, poetry, and ritual throughout Muslim history and across the Muslim world. (Same as AAAS 650.) Prerequisite: AAAS 349/REL 350 or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 657 Gender in Islam and Society
An investigation of the relationship between Islam, and gender roles and status in religious texts (Quran and Hadith) and in societies across the Muslim world, past and present. (Same as AAAS 657.) Prerequisite: AAAS349/REL 350 or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 665 Religious Ethics
Main themes and traditions in ethical thought. Religious thought as basis of systems of ethics. Contemporary approaches to methods of value organization and moral choices. Prerequisite: A basic course in religious studies. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 667 Religious Perspectives on War and Peace
Views of war and peace in various faith traditions throughout the world. Examination of teachings and action of religious groups and selected individuals, including use of war rhetoric and differing theological and social understandings of peace. Lecture, seminar discussion, and research assignment require preparation and participation by students. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 669 Human Conflict and Peace
Study of religious, cultural, and social traditions toward understanding the nature and purposes of human conflict. Analysis of various meanings of peace, with emphasis on study of nonviolent approaches to management of conflict. Class discussion, readings, and individual research projects. (Same as COMS 669.) Prerequisite: Junior standing or above. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 671 American Communes
An examination of utopian communities in North America from the seventeenth century to the present. The course will survey the history, literature, and social dynamics of representative communal societies and movements including the Shakers, the Hutterites, the Oneida Community, Catholic religious communities, egalitarian communities, and other religious and secular communities. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 677 Women in Christianity
An examination of the roles, images, and status of women in Christianity from its origin to the contemporary period and in its missionary expansion from the ancient Near East through Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 704 Russian Orthodoxy in Historical Perspective
This course examines Russian Orthodoxy as a religious system and the institution of the Russian Orthodox Church from its first appearance in Russia to the present. It focuses on beliefs and practices of the clergy and the laity; institutional structures; the relationships between Church and State; interaction with non-Orthodox religious communities; responses to Soviet atheist policies; Orthodox influences on political theory, philosophy, literature, and the fine arts. (Same as REES 704.) LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 727 Seminar in Religion, Text and Textuality
This seminar explores issues surrounding the production and use of authoritative religious texts (sacred texts) in religious traditions, including such topics as scripturality and canon, scriptural hermeneutics, and material and ritual dimensions of scriptural practice. Specific case studies and content to be selected by the instructor. SEM.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 732 Seminar in Western Religious Texts: _____
An analysis of selected religious text or texts from Judaism, Islam, or Christianity in translation. May be taken more than once if subject matter varies sufficiently. Prerequisite: REL 512, REL 515, REL 526, REL 530, REL 532, REL 539, or REL 570 or permission of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 733 Seminar in Eastern Religious Texts: _____
Analysis of a selected religious text or texts from India, China, or Japan, in translation. May be taken more than once if subject matter varies sufficiently. (Same as EALC 733.) Prerequisite: REL 507, REL 508, REL 509, or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 737 Seminar in Religion, Media and Performance
This seminar explores aspects of performance and the media of performance in lived religion, which might include such topics as ritual, the body, mass media and the internet, and visual and material culture. Specific case studies and content to be selected by the instructor. SEM.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
SEM Stainton, Hamsa
F 02:00-04:30 PM SMI 206 - LAWRENCE
3 25630
REL 747 Seminar in Religion, Society and Social Change
This seminar explores issues regarding the social dimensions of religiosity/lived religion, ranging from aspects of religious institutionalization, authority, and normativity to alternative religiosities and alterity. Specific case studies and content to be selected by the instructor. SEM.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 757 Seminar in Religious Subjectivity, Experience, and Narrative
This seminar explores issues regarding the subjective and experiential dimension of lived religiosity, including such things as religious experience and mysticism, modes of personal religious expression and embodiment, and dynamics of personal and collective religious narrative and identity. Specific case studies and content to be selected by the instructor. SEM.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 761 Seminar in Western Religious Thought: _____
An analysis of the thought of selected thinkers of the Christian, Jewish, and/or Islamic traditions. May be taken more than once if subject matter varies sufficiently. Prerequisite: REL 512, REL 515, REL 526 , REL 530, REL 532, REL 539, or REL 570 or permission of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 762 Seminar in Eastern Religious Thought: _____
Analysis of the religious thought of selected thinkers of India, China, and/or Japan, traditional and modern. May be taken more than once if subject matter varies sufficiently. (Same as EALC 732.) Prerequisite: REL 507, REL 508, REL 509, or permission of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 767 Seminar in Theory, Method, and History in Religious Studies
This seminar explores theoretical, methodological, and historical issues that are instrumental to our notions of religion as an analytic category and foundational to the study of religion as a field of academic enquiry. Specific case studies and content to be selected by the instructor. SEM.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 771 Seminar in Religious Movements and Social Change: _____
Relationship of religious groups to movements for social change: influence of religious groups on social change, and the impact of efforts toward social change in religious groups. Prerequisite: REL 171, REL 371, REL 377, or equivalent. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 772 Seminar in Religion and Modern Social Criticism: _____
Seminar focusing on religious issues in some important texts of modern social criticism from the French Revolution to the present day. Prerequisite: An introductory course in religion. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 773 Seminar in Religion and National Identity: _____
Analysis of selected issues wherein religion and the formation and definition of a selected nation or nations intersect. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 775 Seminar in Religion and Society in the West: _____
Analysis of selected Western religions and their relationships to selected Western societies. May be taken more than once if subject matter varies sufficiently. Prerequisite: REL 512, REL 515, REL 526 , REL 530, REL 532, REL 539, or REL 570 or permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 776 Seminar in Religion and Society in Asia: _____
Analysis of selected Asian religions and their relationship to selected Asian societies. May be taken more than once if subject matter varies sufficiently. (Same as EALC 776.) Prerequisite: REL 507, REL 508, REL 509, or permission of the instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 777 Seminar in Religion and Gender
Examination of symbols, images, scriptures, rites, teachings and scholarship regarding gender definitions and performance in various religious traditions. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 787 Seminar in Ethical Issues in Health Care: _____
Interdisciplinary seminar, drawing on the literature of social, medical, and professional ethics, with special attention to religious perspectives on meanings of health and the delivery of health care. Of particular interest to health-related professions. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 800 Readings
RSH.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
RSH Lindsey, William
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 16552
RSH Lollar, Joshua
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 23316
RSH Miller, Timothy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14316
RSH Stainton, Hamsa
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 25649
RSH Mirecki, Paul
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14317
RSH Shelton, Robert
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14318
RSH Stevenson, Daniel
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14319
RSH Zimdars-Swartz, S.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14320
RSH Zogry, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-4 14321
REL 839 Topics in the History and Literature of Religion: _____
Selected studies, as announced in Schedule of Classes, in the history and religious literature of Judaism, Christianity, religion in America, Islam, and Asian religions. Course may be taken more than once if the subject matter varies sufficiently. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 864 Topics in Religious Thought and Symbol: _____
Selected studies, as announced in Schedule of Classes, in Asian, Middle Eastern, and Western religious thought, mysticism, and religious ethics. Course may be taken more than once if subject matter varies sufficiently. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 875 Topics in Religion and Society: _____
Special topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes, according to research interests of faculty and students. A particular aspect of the study of religion and culture will be emphasized. Course may be taken more than once if the subject matter varies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
LEC Zogry, Michael
T 02:30-05:00 PM SMI 107 - LAWRENCE
3 21292
REL 877 Topics in Women and Religion: _____
Selected studies, as announced in Schedule of Classes, in the history and analysis of symbols, images, scriptures, rites, and teachings defining women's roles in various religious traditions. Course may be taken more than once if the subject matter varies sufficiently. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. LEC.

The class is not offered for the Fall 2015 semester.

REL 899 Thesis
THE.
Fall 2015
Type Time/Place and Instructor Credit Hours Class #
THE Lindsey, William
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 16553
THE Miller, Timothy
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 14322
THE Mirecki, Paul
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 14323
THE Shelton, Robert
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 14324
THE Stevenson, Daniel
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 14325
THE Zimdars-Swartz, S.
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 14326
THE Zogry, Michael
APPT- KULC APPT - LAWRENCE
1-3 14327

 


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Wanna Skype? Chancellor gets creative to surprise Truman winner From KU News Service: http://bit.ly/1awodaa Ashlie Koehn, a University of Kansas junior from Burns studying in Kyrgyzstan, interrupted helping her host family prepare dinner to make a Skype call on Monday evening. To her surprise, Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little was on the other end of the call letting Koehn know she had been named a 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholar. Koehn is the 18th KU student to be named a Truman Scholar and the only 2015 recipient from the state of Kansas. Earlier this month, she was also named a 2015 Udall Scholar. And in spite of a distance of more than 10,800 kilometers and 11 time zones, Koehn’s thrill from hearing the news from the chancellor came through loud and clear. “Ashlie’s experience at KU epitomizes a quality undergraduate experience. She challenged herself in her coursework, exposed herself to different research opportunities, studied abroad in Germany, Switzerland and Kyrgyzstan, and participated in both student government and community service projects,” Gray-Little said. “This is quite a year for Ashlie. Her hard work is a wonderful reflection on her and also a great reflection on the university, and we all congratulate her.” Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Koehn, a member of KU’s nationally recognized University Honors Program, is majoring in environmental studies, economics and international studies. Her goal after earning her KU degree is to pursue a master’s degree in economics at either the London School of Economics or the University of Reading, with a focus on the economics of climate change. In 2014, she received KU’s Newman Civic Engagement Award for her work establishing the Coalition against Slavery and Trafficking. Her involvement with the issue was sparked by Hannah Britton, associate professor of political science and women, gender, and sexuality studies, who hosted national conference on contemporary slavery at KU three years ago. “Ashlie and I met several times to think about what KU students could contribute to the issue of slavery and human trafficking, and the result was her founding of KU CAST,” Britton said. “After a year as president, Ashlie successfully handed the organization over to the next student leader. She demonstrated her strong leadership qualities by setting a unique goal and then pursuing it with her sense of passion, engagement and dedication. No matter the country or context, her leadership strength is evident in her coursework, her public service and her work experiences.” The University Honors Program works with a campus committee to select KU’s nominees for the Truman Scholarship and supports them during the application process. Anne Wallen, assistant director of national fellowships and scholarships, noted it was an amazing ruse to pull off the surprise. Originally, the call was set up to be between Wallen and Koehn. “I was totally not prepared to be greeted by Chancellor Gray-Little, but it was an amazing surprise for sure,” Koehn said. “As a first-generation student, it took time to learn the collegiate system, but my parents taught me to be resourceful and independent from a young age and KU and the Kansas Air National Guard have provided me with the opportunities to drive me into the future, both at graduate school and in my career. I plan to use the Truman Scholarship to pursue a career as an environmental economist helping to shape future trade agreements and leverage action on important international environmental issues, particularly concerning climate change.” Koehn also had a surprise of her own for the chancellor — the meal she was helping to prepare was not exactly typical Kansas dinner fare. On the menu with her host family in Kyrgyzstan on Monday was a traditional Kyrgyz meal called Beshbarmak, or “five fingers,” because you eat it with your hands. The dish is made of horse and sheep and was being prepared as a birthday celebration for Koehn’s host mom. Chancellor Gray-Little, as she signed off from Skype, made sure to encourage Koehn to enjoy her Beshbarmak. Koehn is the daughter of Rodney and Carolyn Koehn of Burns. She graduated from Fredric Remington High School in Moundridge. She is an active member of the Kansas Air National Guard and currently on leave while studying abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She is a member of the KU Global Scholars Program and a past member of the Student Senate. In addition to being named a 2015 Truman and Udall scholar, she was named a 2014 Boren Scholar and Gilman Scholar and in 2013 was named the Kansas Air National Guard Airman of the Year.