UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

RELIGIOUS STUDIES



James Provinzano, Chairperson
Department Office: Arts & Communication 319
Department Telephone: 920-424-4406

I. FACULTY

Beane, Corley, Linenthal, Lishka, Taylor, Urbrock

II. DEGREES

Undergraduate: A major in Religious Studies can lead to the degree(s): Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science.

Graduate: The Department does not offer a graduate program. However, students who complete a Religious Studies major may wish to consider advanced study at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

For specifics, please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin.

III. SUMMARY OF FIELDS OF STUDY

1. THE GOAL(S)
See the department for a listing of their goal(s).

2. THE MAJOR(S)
The Department offers one major: 1) Major in the Study of Religion - Liberal Arts.

3. THE MINOR(S)
The Department offers two minor(s): 1) Minor in the Study of Religion - Liberal Arts; 2) Minor in the Study of Religion - Secondary Education.

IV. ADMISSION/GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Any student in good academic standing at the University is eligible to become a major. Specific departmernt requirements listed below.

To be eligible for graduation, students must meet all requirements for the degree being sought in addition to earning a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses required for the Religious Studies major or minor. Refer to the following. for complete major/minor course requirements.

Those students seeking Wisconsin teacher certification must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in all courses required for their majors and minors in order to meet the requirements of the College of Education and Human Services.

V. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

Religious Studies:
  • Religious Studies 102 World Religions 3 cr.
  • Religious Studies 104 Religions of America or
  • Religious Studies 105 Honors: Religions of America 3 cr.
  • Religious Studies 107 Religious Ethics 3 cr.
  • Religious Studies 203 The Old Testament 3 cr.
  • Religious Studies 204 The New Testament 3 cr.

Course Substitutions: Course Religious Studies 105 can be substituted for Religious Studies 104.

Comment:
To complete a Major in the study of Religion, students must earn a minimum of 36 units (crs.) in Religious Studies. Students are responsible for 15 units (crs.) in Religious Studies core courses and 21 units (crs.) in Religious Studies electives--18 units (crs.) of which must be upper level. (Students also may elect additional courses of related interest from other Departments.)

VI. THE MAJOR(S), WITH EMPHASES AND/OR OPTIONS

1. MAJOR IN THE STUDY OF RELIGION (Liberal Arts)

Required Units (crs.): 36 minimum

Required Courses: Core Courses (15 units (crs.)) as listed above.

Electives: 21 Electives in Religious Studies are required--of which 18 must be upper level.

Course Substitutions: Substitutions may be arranged with the consent of the Department.

VI. MINOR(S)

1. MINOR IN THE STUDY OF RELIGION (Liberal Arts)
Recommended for students who wish to select courses related to their major and/or for personal interest and development.

Required Units (crs.): 24 minimum

Required Courses: Core Courses (15 units (crs.)) as listed above.

Other Requirements: Three additional courses in Religious Studies.

Course Substitutions: Substitutions may be arranged with the consent of the Department.

Electives: Additional courses beyond the minimum requirement may be taken from the Department and/or from the list of courses of related interest offered by other departments.

2. MINOR IN THE STUDY OF RELIGION (Secondary Education)
Recommended for students who seek licensure as secondary school (Grades 7-12) teachers.

Requirements: The same as for the Letters and Science Minor. (Education requirements, including teaching methods courses are taken from the College of Education and Human Services.)

Comment:
This minor is licensure by the Department of Public Instruction.

VII. COURSE OFFERINGS

Religious Studies 101 3 units (crs.)
Exploring Religion (HU-ES)
An academic introduction to the religious dimension of life; including both personal and social aspects and the relationship between religion and culture.

Religious Studies 102 3 units (crs.)
World Religions (NW)
A historical survey of the basic experiential, mythical, doctrinal, ethical, ritual, and social dimensions in the world's major traditions: tribal religion, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese and Japanese religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Religious Studies 103 3 units (crs.)
Honors: Exploring Religion (HU)
Covers the same subject matter as Religious Studies 101. Prerequisite: University Honors student.

Religious Studies 104 3 units (crs.)
Religions of America (HU-ES)
This course will introduce students to the power and pervasiveness of religious expression in America. Religious expression involves the entire person, acting through all his/her senses. Consequently, the study of American religion must look for data beyond traditional religious texts and doctrines. Readings will introduce students to: 1) the formative religious meaning of the New World and the enduring classification of land and people that such visions engendered; 2) a variety of sacred texts in American life; 3) a variety of sacred rituals in American life; 4) social and personal pilgrimage; 5) the construction of sacred environments; and 6) sacred sounds. (Fall or Spring)

Religious Studies 105 3 units (crs.)
Honors: Religions of America (HU-ES)
Covers the same subject matter as Religious Studies 104. Prerequisite: University Honors student. (Fall or Spring)

Religious Studies 106 3 units (crs.)
The Bible and Current Events (HU)
This course introduces the Bible and biblical interpretation by focussing on the role of the Bible in shaping culture and public discourse on key issues in public and foreign policy, general interest, and popular culture, such as church/state relations, abortion, domestic violence, ‘family values,' welfare reform, same-sex marriage, and recent conflicts in the Middle East.

Religious Studies 107 3 units (crs.)
Religious Ethics (HU)
Comparative approaches to the study of diverse traditions of religious ethics. Examines the influence of the moral assumptions and values of various cultures on contemporary social conflicts.

Religious Studies 202 3 units (crs.)
Honors: The Old Testament (NW)
A literary and historical introduction to the Old Testament and its religious and cultural background, with emphasis on the period up to the Exile in Babylon. Prerequisite: University Honors student.

Religious Studies 203 3 units (crs.)
Old Testament (NW)
A literary and historical introduction to the Old Testament and its religious and cultural background, with emphasis on the period up to the Exile in Babylon.

Religious Studies 204 3 units (crs.)
New Testament (HU)
A literary and historical introduction to the New Testament in its religious, social and cultural context with emphasis on the Gospels, the Acts of the Apostles and the Pauline Epistles.

Religious Studies 210 3 units (crs.)
Christianity (HU)
The principal forms and traditions of Christianity from the first century to the present; with emphasis on essentials of Christian thought.

Religious Studies 221 3 units (crs.)
The Hindu Tradition (NW)
Historical and religious study of Hinduism in its unity and diversity as world view, world faith, and world influence. The course aims at a systematic understanding of Hindu origins, values, and practices as revealed in texts in translation, artistic expression, and modern transformative movements in and beyond India.

Religious Studies 222 3 units (crs.)
Buddhist World (NW)
An introduction to how Buddhists throughout the Buddhist tradition in India, Southeast Asia, Tibet and Central Asia, China, Korea, Japan, and the West understand the world, experience their religion, and apply it to society and culture.

Religious Studies 240 3 units (crs.)
Islam (NW)
The religion of Mohammed and his followers from the Arabian beginnings through the rise and development of Islam as a great international faith and cultural system. Includes Islamic responses to modernization and the West

Religious Studies 262 3 units (crs.)
Envir Ethics (HU)
Examines competing environmental ethics, and the ensuing social conflicts, which result from diverse views about what constitutes proper moral relationships with and obligations toward the natural world.

Religious Studies 265 3 units (crs.)
Women and Religion (NW-ES )
Explores the role of women and the feminine in the religions of the world. Using sacred textual traditions as a base, we will examine the place of women and the feminine in 1) mythology, 2) social and family relations, and 3) religious ritual and organization, including monasticism. Attention will also be given to the significance of the gendered nature of deity for women's spirituality and experience in the world's religions. Cross-listed: Religious Studies 265/Women's Studies 265. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

Religious Studies 275 3 units (crs.)
Myth and Mystery (HU)
A study of the human response to the sacred in the formation of world views in diverse cultures and an interpretation of the relation between theories of myth and extraordinary themes and events (e.g.; lost continents, catastrophic prophecies, extraterrestrials, reincarnation, and secret knowledge), with emphasis on their possible symbolic-religious significance.

Religious Studies 285 3 units (crs.)
Afro-American Religious Experience (ES)
An examination of ideas, forms, and expressions of religious experience in the life of the Afro-Americans against the background of their own ethno-cultural heritage (Africa) and in relation to the larger and more diverse American religious heritage. Includes analyses of the thought of preeminent Afro-American religious leaders. Christian and non-Christian, the role of the Black church as a fomenting and transformative force for cultural change, and the possible future of ‘Black Religion' in the new millennium.

Religious Studies 303 3 units (crs.)
Ancient Near E (NW)
Religions of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Canaan. Myths and beliefs about universal human concerns: origins and destiny, reproduction and death, nature and the state.

Religious Studies 304 3 units (crs.)
Old Testament Poetry and Wisdom
Selections from the Psalms, Job, Proverbs, and the Festival Scrolls: Ruth, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, Esther. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 203.

Religious Studies 305 3 units (crs.)
Old Testament Prophets and Prophecy
The prophetic movement in Israel: its historical and social setting, its literary and theological developments, and its continuing impact on Western religion and culture. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 203.
Religious Studies 309 3 units (crs.)
Religion and Culture of New Testament Times
An examination of Jewish and Hellenistic sources related to the New Testament, including the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Apocrypha, as well as sources for ancient Mystery Religions and Gnosticism. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 204 or 210.

Religious Studies 311 3 units (crs.)
Biblical Archaeology
An examination of the archaeological evidence relating to the Judaeo-Christian biblical tradition. Introduces selected biblical sites through lectures, readings, and slides. Investigates the methodology of archaeological fieldwork including side identification, excavation techniques and analysis of finds. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 203 or 204.

Religious Studies 328 3 units (crs.)
Religious Legacy of Vietnam
An examination of the impact of the Vietnam war on American culture as a fundamentally religious crisis. Conflicting interpretations of sacrifice, heroism, and national destiny emerge through detailed study of popular literature, film, and music of the period. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 104 or 105.

Religious Studies 329 3 units (crs.)
Religion and the Bomb
The impact of nuclear weapons on two distinct periods of American culture. The course proceeds from the assumption that nuclear weapons have been clothed with a variety of symbolic meanings that have conveyed apocalyptic fears and utopian hopes that are essentially religious in nature. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 104 or 105.

Religious Studies 333 3 units (crs.)
American Sacred Space
Americans, like other peoples, do not perceive all space equally. This course examines the religious landscape of America: Native American sites, natural and historic sites. The course examines how Americans consecrate-make sacred-various places.

Religious Studies 334 3 units (crs.)
Holocaust and American Memory
This course will examine representation of the Holocaust in American Culture from Post-war survivor memory to the creation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Some attention will be paid to Holocaust memory in Europe and Israel.

Religious Studies 335 3 units (crs.)
Chinese Religions (NW)
An introduction to Chinese religions and culture as the medium for the development of religion, including archaic shamanism, ancestor cult, language, change, the Tao, Confucianism and Taoism, Buddhism, syncretism. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 102, 222 or consent of instructor.

Religious Studies 337 3 units (crs.)
Japanese Religion (NW)
A general survey of Japanese religion and its relationship to culture, including archaic tribal religions, importation of Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism, medieval Buddhism and New-Confucianism, role of religions during Japanese modernization, militarism, post-war era, and post-modern Japan. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 102, 222 or consent of instructor.

Religious Studies 341 3 units (crs.)
Issues in Contemporary World Religions
A comparative investigation of important regional and global developments among major world religions today. Topics may vary with each presentation of the course and address a wide range of issues from interreligious dialogue to suffering, end-time themes, and comparative mysticism. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 102.

Religious Studies 344 3 units (crs.)
Zen Practice
Examines individual and communal religious practice toward the experience of realization (Japanese: satori) in the Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and American Zen Buddhist traditions. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 102 or consent of instructor.

Religious Studies 345 3 units (crs.)
Zen Art and Literature
Examines how the Zen schools of Buddhism have used secular literary and artistic forms to teach and to understand the experience of Zen realization (Japanese: satori) and some of the influences these have had on Japanese culture. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 102 or consent of instructor.

Religious Studies 351 3 units (crs.)
Personal Ethics
Patterns of reflection and interpretation on personal moral responsibility in the contemporary world. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 101 or 103.

Religious Studies 352 3 units (crs.)
Religion and Social Ethics
Relationships between religion and social morality in the contexts of past and present social policy, social change, and other social issues and themes. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 101 or 103.

Religious Studies 355 3 units (crs.)
Religion, War, and Peace
An examination of issues of war, conflict resolution, and peace from the perspective of various religious traditions and movements; with emphasis on ethical questions and implications. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 101 or 103.

Religious Studies 356 3 units (crs.)
Religion and Liberation Ethics
Examines the religious ideas and social analyses of Latin American Liberation theology, its role in social conflicts and insurrections in recent Latin American history, and its global influence on religious ethics. May also explore the ethics of those who would extend the liberation motif to all life and Earth itself and the socio-political conflicts resulting from liberation ethics extended in this way.

Religious Studies 357 3 units (crs.)
Religion, Faith, and Healing
Historical, psychological, and religious study of the healing process through exposition, interpretation, and discussion of the relevance of religion to a holistic view of well-being. Includes questions of shamanic techniques, placebos, alternative medicine, healing attitudes, mental health, miracles, and medical ethics. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 101 or 103.

Religious Studies 362 3 units (crs.)
Religion and Earth Ethics
Examines human attitudes and behaviors toward the natural world, focusing on the historical evolution of religious environmental ethics in diverse cultures and traditions. Analyzes how religion serves as a resource for many contemporary environmental movements and yields varying public policy prescriptions. Provides an opportunity for a critical appraisal of competing religious environmental ethics. Prerequisite: Religious Studies 107, 262 or Environmental Studies 262.

Religious Studies 395 1-3 units (crs.)
Special Topics
A course on a topic not normally covered in the curriculum. Each time it is offered, the topic will be announced in the time schedule. May be repeated with different content.

Religious Studies 399 1-3 units (crs.)
Study Tour
A combination of background reading, travel, and field lectures. Students will keep a journal and write a comprehensive paper. May be repeated with different content. For details, inquire at the Department Office.

Religious Studies 446 1-3 units (crs.)
Independent Study
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

Religious Studies 456 1-3 units (crs.)
Related Readings
See Related Readings under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisites, and proper contract form requirements.

Religious Studies 474 1-6 units (crs.)
Honors: Thesis
Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals attached to Independent Study contract must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be ‘Honors Thesis.' Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Maximum of 6 units (crs.). Prerequisite: University Honors status and junior standing.

Religious Studies 498 3 units (crs.)
Honors: Seminar Religious Studies
Presentation and discussion, by faculty and advanced University Honors, of an area of current interest in religion related to recent developments or debates in such areas of science, medicine, law, politics or others. Individual and collaborative case studies and term projects. Prerequisite: 60 units (crs.), including at least 6 units (crs.) of Honors completed. (May be repeated for credit with different content.)

Religious Studies 499 3 units (crs.)
Seminar in Religion
Presentation and discussion, by faculty and advanced students, of recent publications and other developments in various areas of the study of religion. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 60 college units (crs.), including 15 units (crs.) in Religious Studies.

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