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A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL THEOLOGY COURSES IS THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF ALL REQUIRED DEVELOPMENTAL READING AND ENGLISH COURSES.

Introductory Courses

NO STUDENT MAY TAKE MORE THAN ONE OF THESE COURSES TO SATISFY THE CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS.

1100. The Christian Faith - Introduces the Christian Theological Tradition by presenting the historical, cultural and social contexts for past and contemporary Christian Faith. (3)

1120. Introduction to Biblical Studies - Introduces the discipline of biblical studies by applying various methodologies used by Bible scholars to the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. Examines the historical and cultural traditions that influenced the Bible, and the religious beliefs of ancient Israel. Requires careful reading of major portions of the Bible. (3)

1170. Introduction to Theology - Introduces theology by presenting the sources and methods for doing theology and using those preliminary guidelines to approach various types of Christian theology. (3)

Upper-Level Courses

A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL UPPER-LEVEL COURSES IS THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A 1000-LEVEL COURSE.

2001. The Torah of Israel - Studies the core concepts of the Torah in the light of modern biblical scholarship and looks at various traditional ways Jews, Christians, and Muslims have interpreted this block of biblical literature. (3)

2002. Prophets and Prophecy - Examines the phenomenon of prophecy in general, the historical and cultural situation of the various prophets, the literary forms in which their messages are expressed and their major theological emphases. (3)

2003. Psalms and Wisdom Literature - Explores Hebrew poetic techniques, the various types of psalms and their setting in Israel’s life; examines the origins and function of Israel’s wisdom traditions. (3)

2021. The Synoptic Gospels and Acts - Studies the content of the synoptic Gospels of the New Testament and the Book of Acts as well as their literary, historical, social and theological contexts; compares and contrasts the various portraits of Jesus, their messages for the early Christians, and their relevance for modern readers. (3)

2022. Pauline Correspondence - Examines the various letters in the Christian Scriptures associated with Paul; investigates the social settings and theological themes found in these letters and the contemporary disputes over the proper interpretation of this material. (3)

2023. Apocalyptic Literature and the Book of Revelation - Investigates the historical and cultural situation of apocalyptic literature prior to and including the Book of Revelation; the major theological emphases found in Jewish and Christian apocalypses; critiques various ancient and modern interpretations of the Book of Revelation. (3)

2100. Comparative Religion - Examines the relationship of Christianity to ONE OR MORE OF THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS. (3)

2110. Historical Survey of the Catholic Church - Presents the history of the Church, including the development of various forms and branches of Christianity. (3)

2120. Catholicism - Studies the theology, doctrine, ritual and moral principles specific to the Roman Catholic Church. (3)

2150. African American Christianity - Analyzes the development of Christianity in Africa and the Americas and contemporary Black theology. (3)

2200. (HIST 2200) Religion and Southern Culture - Examines the historical interaction between religion and culture in the American South from the colonial period to the present, with particular emphasis upon the African American experience. (3)

2250. (HIST 2250) Religions of the Ancient Near East - Examines religion in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Syria, and Israel/Canaan through reading ancient Near Eastern religious texts, viewing religious iconography, and examining religious architecture and cultic implements. The course will explore these ancient societies’ answers to such questions as the nature of the divine, the relationship between the divine and humans (including all classes of society), creation, problems of theodicy, and their notions of afterlife. (3)

2410. Christianity in the Early Period - Explores the history of Christianity in the first five centuries. (3)

2420. Christianity in the Medieval Period - Explores the history of Christianity from Augustine to the Protestant Reformation. (3)

2440. Christianity in the Modern Period - Explores the history of Christianity from the Protestant Reformation to the present. (3)

2500. Moral Theology - Presents the Catholic tradition of morality with attention to selected moral issues in contemporary society. (3)

2600. Women in Religion - Investigates womanist and feminist issues in religion and theology.

2700. Religion and Theology in North America - Studies the development of religious and theological issues in North America. (3)

3000. Sacramental Theology - Investigates the basic principles of sacramental theologies in Catholicism and other Christian communities. (3)

3010S. Seminar - Seminar on specialized topics in the related fields of theology. (1)

3012S. Seminar: Research and Presentation Methods in Theology - A seminar conducted in conjunction with various full-time faculty members to gain practical experience in using the tools and methods appropriate to various Theological specializations. (1)

3020S. Seminar - Seminar to prepare for comprehensive exams. (1)

3030S. Seminar - Utilizes readings and lectures based on the research of individual faculty members. (3)

3060. Theological Understanding of Jesus Christ - Examines the historical and theological perspectives of Jesus Christ as presented in the Christian scriptures, in early centuries of Christian thought, and in subsequent Christian reflection. (3)

3080. Theological Understanding of the Catholic Church - Explores the essential nature of the Catholic Church from a theological perspective. (3)

3120. Methods of Biblical Study - Examines the field of biblical studies by concentrating on one or more methodologies, including archaeology, historical criticism, social-scientific methods, and/or literary-based analysis. (3)

3170. Perspectives in Contemporary Theology - Examines contemporary national and international perspectives in theology, and the major theologians who represent them. (3)

3200. THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIAL JUSTICE - Investigates theological texts that give a basis for justice and its meaning for contemporary society. (3)

3300. Religion in Africa - Explores aspects of religious belief and practice in traditional African religion, Christianity, Islam and Independent African churches, as well as African Theologies of liberation and incarnation. (3)

3370. History of Jewish Thought - Presents an overview of Jewish historical religious tradition. (3)

3410. Theological Perspectives of the Reformation - Explores the historical, cultural and social contexts from which the various expressions of reform movements began. The course will examine the theologies of the Protestant Reformers, the radical Reformers, and the Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation. (3)

3800. Environmental Issues in Christian Perspective - Explores modern and contemporary environmental issues from a Christian theological perspective. (3)

3850. Theology and Science - Examines the relationship between theology and science by looking at the historical development of the relationship, how theology relates to the methods and theories of science, and how theology and science have influenced, and continue to influence, one another. (3)

4001, 4002, 4003. Directed Readings - Permission of chairperson. (1, 2, or 3)

4999. Senior Comprehensives. (0)

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