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Course Descriptions

REL 235 Religion and Social Issues 3(3-0)

Introduction to religious ethical thought in its personal, social and institutional contexts, considered in relation to current societal, medical, and sexual issues. (University Program Group IV-A)

REL 240 African-American Religion 3(3-0)

Origins, development, and contemporary character of African-American religion, including Christianity, Islam, and new religious movements. (University Program Group IV-C)

REL 250 The Old Testament and Its Age 3(3-0)

The literature, history, and religion of ancient Israel in its Near Eastern context as disclosed through study of the Hebrew Bible in English translation. (University Program Group I-A)

REL 260 The New Testament and Its Age 3(3-0)

Intensive study of selected portions of New Testament literature, with an introduction to the Hellenistic-Roman age through study of selected background documents. (University Program Group I-A)

REL 313 Christianity 3(3-0)

Development of the Christian religious tradition from Jesus of Nazareth to its major contemporary branches: Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism, and Protestant- ism. (University Program Group I-A)

REL 314 Islam 3(3-0)

Phenomenological approach, stressing sources, institutions, dogmas, modes of expression within the context of Islamic civilization, and the role in the contem- porary world, especially in the Middle East. (University Program Group IV-B)

REL 315 Judaism 3(3-0)

Judaism as a multifaceted approach to identity and lifestyle, both personal and societal; religious expressions such as Torah, myth, ritual, festivals, holy days. (University Program Group I-A)

REL 320 The Buddhist Tradition 3(3-0)

The general nature of Buddhism, with attention to particular developments within it (e.g., Theravada, Mahayana, Tibetan Buddhism). Examines Buddhism’s role in various Eastern cultures. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. (University Program Group IV-B)

This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format.

REL 334 Death and Dying: Religious Dimensions 3(3-0)

Religious and cultural understandings of death; selected religious and moral problems related to death, e.g., suicide, abortion, euthanasia; religious rituals and death. Prerequisites: 12 hours of college credit. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. (University Program Group IV-A)

REL 342 From Spirituals to Gospel 3(3-0)

The development of African-American religion from 19th century to the pres- ent through an examination of the nature and function of religious song. No knowledge of music theory required. (University Program Group IV-C)

REL 345 The Civil Rights Movement 3(3-0)

Examines the civil rights movement from 1954 to 1980s; based on PBS series: Eyes on the Prize; identical to SOC 345, PHL 345, PSC 325. Credit may not be earned in more than one of these courses. Prerequisites: Any one of the following: HST 110, HST 111, HST 112, LAR 145, PSC 100, PSC 125, REL 140, SOC 100. (University Program Group IV-C)

REL 347 African American Reflections on Racism 3(3-0)

Impact of and resistance to racism treated in theoretical works (theology, ethics, social sciences) and illustrated in the lives and creative works of African Americans. (University Program Group IV-C)

REL 501 Seminar in the Study of Religion 3(3-0)

The study of religion as an academic discipline, including a selection of leading scholarly approaches to the investigation of religious phenomena. Prerequisites: 9 credit hours in Religion.

REL 642 African-American Sacred Song 3(3-0)

Study of nature and function ofAfrican-American sacred singing from spirituals to contemporary gospel. Singing will be examined in historical context with varied theoretical approaches. Prerequisites: a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. No prior knowledge of music theory required.

RLA - Recreation and Leisure Activities

Note: a limitation of 6 hours of PED and/or RLA courses may be applied toward the requirements for graduation.

RPL - Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration

RPL 118 Introduction to Recreation 2(2-0) The nature, scope, and significance of recreation in today’s world. A survey of professional opportunities. No credit for student with credit in RPL 119.

RPL 200 Special Topics in Recreation 1-6(Spec) Concentrated study of a current recreation topic.

RPL 261 Introduction to Private and Commercial Recreation 3(3-0) An introduction to the broad areas of, and career opportunities in, commercial recreation and facility management.

RPL 307 Management Skills in Leisure Services 3(3-0)

The development of conceptual and human relations skills necessary to the successful management of a leisure service agency. Prerequisites: RPL 118; One of the following: RPL 204 or 216 or 261.

RPL 318 Field Course in Recreation Specialization 1-15(Spec) Supervised practical, field work experience within a leisure services orga- nization.

RPL 346 Recreation for Senior Citizens 3(3-0) Proposing, organizing, administering, and conducting recreation activities for older adults.

RPL 400 Special Issues in Leisure Services 1-6(Spec) In-depth study of a special issue in leisure services. May be repeated up to six credits for different topics. Prerequisite: RPL 118.

RPL 405 Administration of Community Leisure Services 3(3-0) The organization and administration of community leisure services. Prereq- uisites: RPL 118; one of the following: RPL 204, 216, 261.

RPL 420 Planning and Facility Design for Leisure 3(3-0)

Basic concepts related to master planning for leisure services; planning and design of recreation areas and sites; planning, design, and construction of recreation facilities.

RPL 508 Budgeting for Leisure Service Agencies 3(3-0) Basic budgetary principles and procedures for leisure service agencies. Prerequisite: RPL 204 or 210 or 216 or 261 or graduate status.

RUS - Russian

RUS 101 Elementary Russian I 4(4-0)

Designed for students who have had no Russian. Basic language skills. Introduction to the culture of the Russian-speaking countries. Students who have completed more than one year of Russian in secondary schools will not receive credit. (University Program Group IV-B)

SOC - Sociology

SOC 100 Introductory Sociology 3(3-0)

Systematic introduction to the field of sociology, its theories, concepts, and methods. Explores social relationships within the context of social structure. (University Program Group III-B)

SOC 201 Social Psychology 3(3-0)

Examines the links between social structure and self. Substantive topics may include: agency, emotions, socialization, attitudes, gender, inequality, deviance, conflict, and social change. (Group III-A)

SOC 221 Social Problems 3(3-0)

Nature and extent of major social problems. Underlying general social processes and specific factors, as well as proposed solutions. Prerequisite: One 3-hour course from University Program Group III-B. (University Program Group IV-A)

SOC 223 Urban Structures and Change 3(3-0)

Culture and social system of the city. Demographic structures, patterns of conflict and cooperation, and problems peculiar to urban social organization. Prerequisite: any course from sociology, political science. (University Program Group IV-A)

SOC 310 Life in Russia Today 3(3-0)

Cross-cultural examination of modern Russia’s people, society, and culture; emphasis on everyday life, family, and social institutions, as well as overviewing the former USSR. (University Program Group IV-B)

SOC 311 Sociology of Education 3(3-0) Contributions of sociology to an understanding of education as a social process. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 201 or SOC 221.

SOC 314 Public Opinion and the Mass Media 3(3-0)

The methods and findings of social research on public opinion, and the effects of the mass media on values and attitudes. Prerequisite: 6 hours of coursework in PSC, PSY or SOC.

SOC 320 Sociology of Aging and Retirement 3(3-0) Aging as a social phenomenon; with focus on aging in industrial societies. Prerequisite: SOC 100 or SOC 201 or SOC 221.

SOC 323 Racism and Inequality 3(3-0)

Relations among dominant and subordinate groups focusing on racism as structural inequality. This course is approved for offering in a distance learning format. Recommended: SOC 100, SOC 201, or SOC 221. (University Program Group IV-C)

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