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Minor Concentration Philosophy and Western Religions (18 credits)

Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office     Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science

Program Requirements

NOTE: THE MINOR CONCENTRATION IN PHILOSOPHY AND WESTERN RELIGIONS IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE 2013-2014 ACADEMIC YEAR.

Students will benefit most from this Minor concentration if they combine it with programs in Philosophy, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, or Classics. Students are also encouraged to complete a minor concentration in one of the languages relevant to the academic field.

Required Course (3 credits)

  • RELG 307 Bible, Quran & Interpretations (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Jewish, Christian and Muslim scriptures as responses to earlier sacred texts and in the light of post-scriptural interpretations. The debates, polemics, interpretative strategies, and intellectual and spiritual sharing produced by these three religions in accepting, explaining, amplifying, modifying, and selectively rejecting their and other sacred scriptures.

    Terms: Summer 2014

    Instructors: B Barry Levy (Summer)

    • Winter

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

15 credits selected as follows:

Students must complete 6 credits from the course lists for any two of the three categories below and 3 credits from the course list for the remaining category:

Philosophy and Western Religions
History of Philosophy
Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought

Philosophy and Western Religions

3-6 credits from:

Note: Students are strongly encouraged to take both PHWR 300 and PHWR 301.

  • PHWR 300 Philosophy & Western Religions 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy & Western Religions : Introduction to the encounter between philosophy and the Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, from Antiquity to the 12th Century, covering the philosophical sources (Plato to Neoplatonism), the religious sources (Bible to Qu'ran), and their manifold syntheses in the thought of theologians, philosophers and mystics within the three religious traditions.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Open to students in Philosophy & Western Religions, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and to students of other units with permission of the instructor.
  • PHWR 301 Philosophy & Western Religions 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Arts - Dean's Office (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy & Western Religions : Introduction to the encounter between philosophy and the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, from the 13th Century to the Enlightenment, covering the manifold syntheses of philosophical and religious ideas in thinkers from the Later Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the 17th Century and the Enlightenment.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PHWR 300 or permission of the instructor.
    • Restrictions: Open to students in Philosophy & Western Religions, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and to students of other units with permission of the instructor.

History of Philosophy

3-6 credits, at least one of the following:

  • PHIL 354 Plato (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of some of the philosophical problems (those in logic, epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics, e.g.) found in a selection of Plato's dialogues.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Stephen Menn (Fall)

  • PHIL 355 Aristotle (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of selected works by Aristotle. The course considers issues in moral philosophy as well as those found in the logical treatises, the Physics and Metaphysics, and in the philosophy of mind.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Alison Laywine (Winter)

Students completing 6 credits in the History of Philosophy category, may select 3 credits from the following:

  • CLAS 415 Advanced Latin: Oratory (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : The reading of selected texts in Roman Oratory Prose in the original Latin.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: 9 credits of Intermediate Latin or permission of instructor
  • CLAS 426 Advanced Greek: Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: History and Classical Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Classics : The reading of selected texts in Greek Philosophy Prose in the original Ancient Greek.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: 9 credits of Intermediate Ancient Greek or permission of instructor
  • PHIL 356 Early Medieval Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of selected works in the Christian, Islamic and Jewish traditions. Topics in moral and political philosophy, logic and metaphysics, philosophical psychology and epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophical theology may be discussed.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Alison Laywine (Winter)

  • PHIL 357 Late Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : A discussion of the works of selected philosophers from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. Topics for discussion may include God's knowledge of future contingents, issues in medieval logic, political and moral issues, and philosophical theology.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • PHIL 360 17th Century Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of the work of such seventeenth-century philosophers as Descartes, Hobbes, Gassendi, Malebranche, Leibniz, and the Cambridge Platonists.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Carlos Fraenkel (Fall)

  • PHIL 452 Later Greek Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Philosophy (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Philosophy : An examination of some of the major post-Aristotelian schools of philosophy. Texts from the Peripatetic, Stoic, Epicurean, Sceptical, Platonic, and medical traditions may be considered. Problems in logic, ethics, physics, epistemology, and metaphysics will be addressed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: PHIL 354 or PHIL 355
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken POLI 351

Jewish and Christian Thought

3-6 credits from:

  • JWST 261 History of Jewish Philosophy & Thought (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : An introduction to Jewish philosophy and thought from the Hellenic period (Philo) to the beginning of the modern era (Spinoza) focusing on topics such as prophecy and philosophy, God and the world; the Law as a canon of ethical rules and as a political constitution. survey the treatment of such issues by Jewish thinkers from Philo to Maimonides.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • JWST 337 Jewish Philosophy and Thought 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Focuses on either a period, a current of thought or the work of a thinker in the history of Jewish thought from Antiquity to the Middle Ages, paying particular attention to the relationship of Jewish thinkers to intellectual trends in their respective cultural contexts. contemporary Muslim and Christian theologians and philosophers.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Lawrence Kaplan, Carlos Fraenkel (Fall)

    • Winter
  • JWST 338 Jewish Philosophy and Thought 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Focuses on either a period, a current of thought or the work of a thinker in the history of Jewish thought from the Middle Ages to Modern Times, paying particular attention to the relationship of Jewish thinkers to intellectual trends in their respective cultural contexts. themes and concerns of Jewish theology and on Jewish responses to contemporary trends in European thought.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Winter
  • JWST 358 Topics in Jewish Philosophy 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Topics in Jewish philosophy. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • All texts in English
  • JWST 359 Topics in Jewish Philosophy 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Topics in Jewish philosophy. Topic varies by year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • All texts in English
  • JWST 474 Maimonides' Mishneh Torah (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Study of the Moses Maimonides' Mishneh Torah, including such subjects as idolatry, repentance, and sacrifices, to torts, contracts, and public law.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • JWST 543 Maimonides as Parshan (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Biblical Interpretation in the Guide of the Perplexed and related writings.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: Lawrence Kaplan (Fall) Lawrence Kaplan (Winter)

    • Requires Departmental approval
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken JWST 540
  • JWST 562 Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy (3 credits)

    Offered by: Jewish Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Jewish Studies : Deals with the manifold points of contact between medieval Muslim and Jewish intellectual history. Muslim and Jewish philosophers, theologians and mystics belonged to the same currents of thought, used the same language and studied the same sources in translation, proposing similar answers to questions that arose in the context of their respective religious traditions.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Carlos Fraenkel (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: one course in Greek, Islamic or Jewish Philosophy, or permission of instructor.
  • RELG 334 Christian Thought and Culture (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Explores the Christian narrative and theological worldview, in relation to western religion, ethics, philosophy, science, and culture, with reference to both primary and secondary literature.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Douglas B Farrow (Winter)

    • Winter and Summer
    • Prerequisite: One prior course in Christianity, or History of Western Thought or by permission of the instructor.
  • RELG 341 Introduction: Philosophy of Religion (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : Introduction to the subject. Faith and reason, theistic arguments, values and destiny, the problem of evil, religious language.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Jim Kanaris (Fall)

    • Fall
  • RELG 423 Reformation Thought (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Religious Studies)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : An examination of issues and persons in Europe and the British Isles that contributed to ecclesiastical and social change during the 16th and early 17th centuries.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

  • RELG 439 Religious Dialogues (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : A comparative survey of the literature of Western religious dialogues, addressing the history and diversity of debates concerning religion. Texts to be discussed include dialogues by Plato, Cicero, Augustine, Boethius, Anselm, Cusanus, Leo Hebraeus, Erasmus, Thomas More, Jean Bodin, Leibniz and Hume.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: RELG 204 or RELG 207.
  • RELG 532 History of Christian Thought 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The development of Christian theology in the Patristic and Medieval periods. Focus on the controversial development of Christian doctrines and disciplines through intensive exposure to primary texts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: At least six (6) credits at the 300 level in Christianity or the Christian Bible.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken RELG 320
  • RELG 533 History of Christian Thought 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Religious Studies (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    Religious Studies : The development of Christian theology in the Reformation, Post Reformation and Modern periods through intensive exposure to primary texts.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: At least six (6) credits at the 300 level in Christianity or the Christian Bible.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken RELG 327
Bachelor of Arts & Science—2013-2014 (last updated Aug. 21, 2013) (disclaimer)