Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Interfaith Studies Concentration

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Degree Type Offered: Concentration

The concentration in Interfaith Studies is an interdisciplinary program, consisting of 10 credit hours. The concentration allows students in any major and/or pre-professional program to acquire the knowledge base and skills needed to work within and across religious diversity to promote peace, stability, and enduring cooperation and problem-solving across religious difference.

Students must complete the following courses:

REL-215 Introduction to Interfaith Studies

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

This course introduces theoretical and practical paradigms within the emerging field of Interfaith Studies. It explores how college students can become interfaith advocates and leaders who shift public discourse and practices from conflict to cooperation. It teaches foundational tenets within multiple religious traditions that advocate for, and promote, peace; skills inherent to interfaith advocacy; current interreligious issues in the news, and successful models of interfaith understanding and cooperation. It will provide foundational concepts and skills for students interested in Global Studies, Interfaith Studies, and Peace Studies. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics

REL-483 Interfaith Studies Senior Seminar

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Spring Only

This course is the one-credit capstone seminar of the Interfaith Studies concentration. It will bring students in the concentration together from their different disciplinary and pre-professional programs to reflect together upon their learning while in concentration courses and to explore how the core competencies of Interfaith Studies translate into their academic and professional areas of interest. Much of the course will involve interfaith case studies relevant to each of the range of academic and professional domains of the concentration (health series/pre-med; political science/pre-law; interfaith studies/pre-ministry; sociology/pre-social work; and communications/theatre. Emphasis will be on reflection upon cases and experiences, and public deliberation skills. An interview with a local religious leader will also be assigned. Prerequisites: REL-215 and 2 additional courses from the Interfaith Studies concentration

And two courses from the following :

PSCI-355 Constitutional Law of Civil Rights and Liberties

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of the development of US Supreme Court decisions in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties. Topics include first amendment rights to freedom of speech, press, and assembly, due process rights, and rights to equal protection. This course also considers the First Amendment as a site for interfaith dialogue. Alternate years: offered 2016-2017

PSY-475E Neuroethics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Delineates a new field of Neuroethics concerned with the social, legal and ethical implications of modern research on the brain. Brings together contemporary writings from neuroscientists, bioethicists, public policy makers and scholars in the humanities for discussion and debate on these issues. The relationship between different faith and philosophical positions on decision making from an applied (clinical) perspective will also be investigated. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350; ENG-110; and PSY-101 and PSY-210 or BIOL-110; or permission of instructor FILA general education: ethical reasoning Offered alternate years

REL-318E Religious Ethics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

A critical survey of ethical perspectives ad issues in the thought and practices of several religious traditions. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: philosophy or religion and ethical reasoning

REL-335E Christian Perspectives on Violence and Peace

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Biblical, historical, and social attitudes toward violence and peace including a study of political, social, and scientific factors that affect violence at the interpersonal, and through war at the international levels of human and interfaith experience. A seminar approach is used. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: philosophy or religion and ethical reasoning

SOC-370E Sociology of Religion

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of religion as a powerful force of social cohesion, order, meaning and change in human societies. Special attention will be given to why people are religious or not religious; the growth and decline of religious organizations; religious conversion and loss of faith; the impact of modernity on religion and religious belief, especially among young and emerging adults. The social context in which various religious communities exist and how they shape and are being shaped by their social context will also be investigated. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350, ENG-110, and SOC-101 FILA general education: ethical reasoning

THEA-345 Acting: Styles and Techniques

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

This course will introduce the student to the physical, vocal, and mental worlds of various styles and techniques of non-realistic performance traditions. Students will experiment with a variety of acting styles and techniques including physical, masked, post-modern, non-western, and devised performance. This course includes interfaith components of eastern meditative, movement, and centering practices as they are linked to acting methods and techniques. This course is a practical expression of the theoretical and historical. Textual analysis, scene work, monologues, and various training exercises will be used. Corequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: fine arts & music