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Religion course catalog


KHALIL ANDANI, Assistant Professor of Religion
B.Math., University of Waterloo; M.Acc., University of Waterloo., MTS, Harvard Divinity School; Ph.D., Harvard University

DANIEL E. LEE, Marian Taft Cannon Professor in the Humanities
B.A., Concordia (Moorhead); M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University

JASON MAHN, Associate Professor
B.A., Gustavus Adolphus; M.A., Luther Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Emory University

NIRMALA S. SALGADO, Professor, Chair
B.A., M.A., London; Ph.D., Northwestern University

ERIC C. STEWART, Associate Professor
B.A., Pacific Lutheran; M.A., Claremont; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

MICHELLE WOLFF, Assistant Professor
B.A. Westmont; MTS Duke Divinity School; Ph.D., Duke University

Reasoned Examination of Faith (REF) Courses

All REF courses will include a critical examination into the ways in which faith and reason challenge and enrich each other through the academic study of Christianity, ethical theories, and worldviews. REF courses are 200-level courses with numbering up to and including RELG 214. The "reasoned examination of faith" constitutes one of Augustana's five faith commitments; sections of this course may focus on additional faith commitments. One or more significant writing projects builds on skills introduced in the First Year Inquiry program. Reasoned Examination of Faith (REF) courses are listed below. Honors 202: Reason will also count for the REF requirement. Barring exceptional circumstances, students may not take more than one course that qualifies as an REF course.

RELG-201 Christian Origins (4)
RELG-202 Jewish and Christian Scriptures (4)
RELG-203 Christian Ethics (4)
RELG-204 Christian Theology and Contemporary Issues (4)
RELG-205 American Christianities (4)
RELG-206 Radical Lutherans/Lutheran Radicals (4)
RELG-207 Jesus and Discipleship, Then and Now (4)
RELG-208 Literature and Theology (4)
RELG-209 Global Christianities (4)
RELG-210 Sages, Mystics, and Philosophers (4)
RELG-211 Religion and Film (4)
RELG-212 The Disciplined Life: Asceticism in Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism (4)
RELG-213 Called to Work:Vocational Discernment from Theological and Practical Perspectives 
RELG-214 Angels & Demons 

Major in Religion

28 credits [not including the CT Courses (renamed as REF or Reasoned Examination of Faith)] beginning with 150 (4 credits)and culminating with 449 (2 credits) and 450 (2 credits). At least one course from each of the following three areas, with two additional courses from any of the religion course offerings; three of these five courses should be at the 300 level.

History and Theology: 270, 273, 370, 371, 373, 374
Ethics and Practice: 269, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 362, 363
Cross Cultural: 284, 285, 287, 384, 385, 386, 387

Minor in Religion

18 credits, including 150 (4 credits) and 449 (2 credits) and one course from each of the three categories specified above for the major (12 credits), one of which must be at the 300-level.

Minor in Ethics (Religion and Philosophy departments)

20 credits, including the following:

• Core courses: RELG 203; either PHIL 103 or PHIL 105; and PHIL 320

• Complementary courses: two of RELG 355, RELG 356, RELG 359, RELG 363, RELG 385, PHIL 122, PHIL 312, PHIL 320, PHIL 322, PHIL 324, PHIL 330.

• At least one complementary course must carry a RELG designation.

• A student may substitute RELG 357 and RELG 358 for one of the complementary courses listed above.

Grade Point Average Notation: All courses listed in the catalog as required courses for any major and/or minor, including those courses outside of the department or with a different subject coding, are considered part of the major and will count in the grade point average. Some departments may have additional grade requirements for the courses offered within their department. Recommended supporting courses that are optional and not required may also count in the major depending on the program. For more information see your department chair or the degree requirements for Bachelor of Arts and information on Majors/Minors.

Courses (RELG)

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