CCPS Religion Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
RELG 109: Introduction to the Study of Religion

200 Level Courses:
RELG 202: Religions of the World: Middle Eastern
RELG 203: Introduction to the Bible
RELG 204: Introduction to History of Christianity
RELG 205: The Life and Teachings of Jesus
RELG 206: Eastern Religions and Philosophies
RELG 290: A-Z Selected Topics

300 Level Courses:
RELG 303: Teachings of Paul
RELG 305: Ethical Issues in Health Care
RELG 390: A-Z Selected Topics

400 Level Courses:
RELG 490: A-Z Selected Topics


RELG 109: Introduction to the Study of Religion. 3 hours.
Religion and religious ideas are central to all cultures and societies, including our own. This course will look at the broad range of cultural forms we have come to call religion, examine how these forms shape cultures and societies, and finally, by examining what these forms have in common and how they differ, we will determine what it is we study when we study religion.

RELG 202: Religions of the World: Middle Eastern. 3 hours.
A comparative study of the major ideas of those religions most directly related to and influencing the West: Zoroastrianism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

RELG 203: Introduction to the Bible. 3 hours.
An introductory study of the Hebrew scriptures and the Christian New Testament with attention to the literature of these sacred texts, the historical circumstances of their development and the methods of textual interpretation.

RELG 204: Introduction to History of Christianity. 3 hours.
An introductory survey of the history of Christianity. Attention is given to the Early Church Fathers, the Medieval era, the Reformation, the church's response to the Enlightenment and the Contemporary period.

RELG 205: The Life and Teachings of Jesus. 3 hours.
A study of the person, work and teachings of Jesus as reflected in the Biblical records with some attention given to later and current interpretations of His life.

RELG 206: Eastern Religions and Philosophies. 3 hours.
An introduction to Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Specifically, the course focuses on the systems of value that emerge from these traditions, and where appropriate, compares and contrasts them with the value systems of Western traditions. The conceptual framework guiding this examination incorporates the tradition's overall world view, conception of God or ultimate reality, its understanding of the origin, nature and destiny of the cosmos and of human beings, diagnosis of the human condition, and prescription for attaining the ultimate goal or purpose of human life. Same as PHIL 206.

RELG 303: Teachings of Paul. 3 hours.
A study of the life and writings of Paul. An opportunity for in-depth study of the New Testament segments that record Paul's letter to the Galatians, Corinthians, Romans, and others.

RELG 305: Ethical Issues in Health Care. 3 hours.
This course explores the ethical dilemmas confronting contemporary medicine. It both inquires into a broad range of topics (abortion, euthanasia, health care costs, organ transplantation, etc.) and provides a thorough study of ethical theories which may be applied to address the dilemmas of modern medicine. Same as PHIL 305.

RELG 290, RELG 390, RELG 490: A-Z Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.