RELS-Religious Studies

RELS 1113. Introduction to Religious Studies.3 Credit Hours.

Examines inner workings and external practices of religion, including various definitions of religion, and how religion functions in the world through ritual, myth, and symbol. Analysis of varieties of religious experience, human destiny and the use of sacred texts among the world's religions. (F, Sp, Su) [IV-WC].

RELS 1213. Judaism and Christianity in Conversation and Conflict.3 Credit Hours.

This course introduces students to academic study of Judaism and Christianity, including their relationship to one another in antiquity and today. Our approach is comparative, historical, and analytical as we examine the development of these major religious traditions over time and the diversity both between and within them. (Irreg.)

RELS 2003. Special Topics in Introduction to Religious Studies.3 Credit Hours.

May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit six hours. Various topics in introduction to religious studies including comparative studies and theories in the study of religion. (Irreg.)

RELS 2133. Introduction to Christianity.3 Credit Hours.

Explores Christian beliefs and practices from ancient origins to the present day. Examines key texts and observes how and why certain thinkers and events were crucial to the development of the Christian religious tradition, and how ideas and practices were contested (internally and externally) and adapted according to cultural context. (Sp)

RELS 2303. Islamic Religious Tradition.3 Credit Hours.

An exploration of the historical development of the world's second largest religious tradition. Investigation of the major tenets of Islam, the Qur'an, the life of Muhammad, ritual and worship, development of Islamic law and the spread of Islamic civilization and ideas. (Irreg.) [IV-NW].

RELS 2403. Introduction to Comparative Religion.3 Credit Hours.

A general study of the world's most representative religious traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. A comparative consideration of the differences and similarities among the religions. (Irreg.) [IV-NW].

RELS 2413. Religion, Culture, and the Meaning of Life.3 Credit Hours.

Develops the terms and concepts to engage critically powerful sources of meaning-making. Key images, stories, religious and philosophical texts, primarily from Christianity and Judaism, will inform the study of the way traditions interpret and configure important assumptions to meet the needs of their own times, as personal and social crisis demand new ways of understanding suffering and human purpose. (F, Sp) [IV-WC].

RELS 2703. Introduction to Buddhism.3 Credit Hours.

An introductory study of Buddhism, including sacred text and concepts; Examines the four noble truths, the noble eight-fold path; the four immeasurables, and the three traditions of Buddhism; Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana Buddhism. Examines the development of Buddhism from its Asian origins to its adaptation to western culture. (Irreg.) [IV-NW].

RELS 2713. Introduction to Hinduism.3 Credit Hours.

Study of the tradition of Hinduism. Examines the historical development of the tradition as well as the thoughts of modern philosophers. Examines Aryan and early Indian culture, epics, scriptures, and philosophies that have developed. Explores fundamental premises and guiding principles and organic process of change. Generally inquires into the historical development of the Hindu religious tradition. (Irreg.) [IV-NW].

RELS 2900. Special Topics in Religious Studies.3 Credit Hours.

May be repeated with a change of content; Maximum credit six hours. Special topics in religious studies not accommodated by the current curriculum. (Irreg.)

RELS 2903. Introductory Topics in Judaic Religious Tradition.3 Credit Hours.

May be repeated with a change of content; Maximum credit six hours. An introductory course in the religious traditions of Judaism. Includes historical context of the tradition, basic teachings and different approaches to their interpretations. Examines organic process of religious and/or philosophical change. (Irreg.)

RELS 2913. Introductory Topics in Christian Religious Tradition.3 Credit Hours.

May be repeated with a change of content; Maximum credit six hours. An introductory course in the religious tradition of Christianity. Includes historical context of the tradition, basic teachings, and different approaches to their interpretations. Examines organic process of religious and/or philosophical change. (Irreg.)

RELS 2923. Introductory Topics in Islamic Religious Tradition.3 Credit Hours.

May be repeated with a change of content; maximum credit six hours. An introductory course in the religious tradition of Islam. Includes historical context of the tradition, basic teachings and different approaches to their interpretations. Examines organic process of religious and/or philosophical change. (Irreg.)

RELS 2933. Introductory Topics in Eastern Religious Traditions.3 Credit Hours.

May be repeated with a change of content; maximum credit six hours. An introductory course in a religious tradition such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto, Taoism, Confucianism or other Eastern tradition. Includes historical context of the traditions, basic teaching and different approaches to their interpretation. Examines organic process of religious and/or philosophical change. (Irreg.)

RELS 2943. Introductory Topics in Indigenous Religious Traditions.3 Credit Hours.

May be repeated with a change on content; maximum credit six hours. An introductory course in an indigenous or folk religious tradition. Includes historical context of the tradition, basic teachings and different approaches to their interpretation examines organic process of religious and/or philosophical change. (Irreg.)

RELS 2960. Directed Readings.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Consists of topics designated by the instructor in keeping with the student's major. Topics will cover materials not usually presented in the regular course offerings. (F, Sp, Su)

RELS 2970. Special Topics.1-6 Credit Hours.

Special Topics. 1 to 3 hours. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research, and field projects. (Irreg.)

RELS 3013. Special Topics in Religious Texts.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of text; maximum credit nine hours. An examination of religious texts, and may include the Koran, Jewish scriptures, Christian scriptures, Bhagavad Gita, Vedas, etc. (Irreg.)

RELS 3023. Special Topics in Religious Traditions.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with a change of content; maximum credit nine hours. An examination of religious traditions, and may include traditions such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity, native traditions or other religious traditions. (Irreg.)

RELS 3033. Special Topics in Religion, Literature & the Arts.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with a change of content; maximum credit nine hours. An examination of the relationship of religion, literature, and the arts, and may include study of various religious expressions through art, music, or literature; or the influence of religious traditions upon the art, music, or writing of a culture or society. (Irreg.)

RELS 3043. Special Topics in Religion, Social Organization & Politics.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with a change of content; maximum credit nine hours. An examination of issues and topics in religion, social organization and politics. (Irreg.

RELS 3053. Special Topics in Religion and History.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with a change of content; maximum credit nine hours. An examination of religious phenomena throughout history, appearance and development of religious traditions, or special issues or topics in religion and history. (Irreg.)

RELS 3063. Special Topics in Religion and Philosophy.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with a change of content; maximum credit nine hours. An examination of issues and topics in religion and philosophy. (Irreg.)

RELS 3153. Jesus of Nazareth.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Examines varied portrayals of Jesus of Nazareth in literature, scholarship, and film, ranging from ancient gospels to contemporary scholarly and cinematic portrayals. Primary texts include canonical and non-canonical gospels from antiquity, modern scholarly reconstructions of the historical Jesus, and contemporary Jesus films. (Irreg.)

RELS 3183. Lost Scriptures and the Formation of the Bible.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. How did the Bible become the Bible? Survey of Jewish and Christian literary activity c. 300 BCE-c. 200 CE, especially texts whose inclusion in the Bible was contested or denied, such as Tobit; the books of the Maccabees; apocalypses; Dead Sea Scroll biblical interpretations, and non-canonical gospels. Historical questions surrounding how and when particular texts in antiquity were ascribed authority. (Irreg.)[IV-WC].

RELS 3193. Biblical Literature.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Examines Biblical texts to observe the Bible as the scriptural background of both Judaism and Christianity; modern scholarship and current debates surrounding the composition, themes, content, and dating of Biblical texts; historical and geographic circumstances surrounding the composition of biblical texts; the Bible as cultural inscription, the various ways the Bible is read today, and its impact on modern culture. (Irreg.)

RELS 3213. Religion and Violence.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Examines the causes, characteristics, and consequences of religious violence around the world, and investigates religion's unique relationship to violence as the only institution other than the state that can legitimate violent action. Treats the particular ways in which religion frames political violence in terms of a struggle between the sacred and the profane, good and evil. Focuses on theories from sources such as sacred texts, social/psychological explanations, and global processes. (Irreg.)

RELS 3223. Religion and Nationalism in India.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. A study of how the major religions of India (Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Zoroastrianism, and Sikhism) change under various political regimes; a case study of how these religions transformed under British colonial rule and in nationalist and post-independence India, hardened religious boundaries, and the partition of India into two nation-states, and one (Pakistan) divided again (into Pakistan and Bangladesh). (Irreg.)[IV-NW].

RELS 3303. Conceptions of the Afterlife.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. An examination of the variety of answers given to the question, "what happens after death?" Particular attention is given to the views of Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and Buddhists and the ways these views related to life in this world. Conducted in a seminar format. Students will also explore ways the afterlife is presented in popular movies. (Irreg.) [IV-NW].

RELS 3313. World Religions in America.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. The United States of America is arguably the world's most religiously diverse nation at the beginning of the 21st century. The framers of the Constitution could not have imagined the scope of religious diversity in the United States today when they wrote the famous sixteen words of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...." This course explores the history of and contemporary challenges and opportunities presented by the presence of and freedom for adherents of the world's religions in America. Through readings, class lectures and discussion, guest lectures, and access to superb electronic resources, students will become conversant with multiple factors that have shaped the American experience and are as current as the headlines in today's news. (Irreg.)

RELS 3413. Approaches to the Study of Religion.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Examines ways religion may be studied in order to better understand it. The course will include theory and the methodologies of the social sciences and humanities. (Irreg.)

RELS 3423. Gender, Sex, and the Body in the Christian Tradition.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. An overview of some topics where issues of gender and sexuality intersect with a particular religious tradition. Topics have to do with gender, sexuality, and religion, including purity and power, celibacy and virginity, marriage, reproductive rights, gender fluidity, and religious leadership and ordination. (F)

RELS 3440. Mentored Research Experience.3 Credit Hours.

0 to 3 hours. Prerequisites: ENGL 1113 or equivalent, and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. For the inquisitive student to apply the scholarly processes of the discipline to a research or creative project under the mentorship of a faculty member. Student and instructor should complete an Undergraduate Research & Creative Projects (URCP) Mentoring Agreement and file it with the URCP office. Not for honors credit. (F, Sp, Su)

RELS 3533. The Qur'an.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. Intensive study of the Qur'an, its major themes, and literary forms, with attention to a range of classical and contemporary discourses about the Qur'an, emphasizing the great variety of ways in which Muslims and non-Muslims have analyzed and interpreted the Qur'an. (Irreg.) [IV-NW].

RELS 3543. Islamic Law.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Junior standing or permission of instructor. A close reading and discussion of primary texts (scriptural, classical, and modern) and accounts of court cases, focused on one aspect of Islamic law such as equity, violence, authority, or gender. (Irreg.) [IV-NW].

RELS 3563. Islamic Theology.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. A close reading and discussion of primary texts (the Qur'an creeds, classical theological arguments, and modern writings) on major theological problems such as salvation, God, revelation, and religious pluralism. (Irreg.) [IV-NW].

RELS 3573. Jesus in the World's Religions.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. This seminar examines some of the great diversity of ways in which Jesus has been understood and imagined by adherents of five religious traditions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism). Rather than asking who Jesus actually was, we will focus on how he has been represented, and why. (Irreg.)

RELS 3583. Comparative Sacred Texts.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. This seminar examines a selection of passages from texts that are sacred to five religious traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism), as well as selections from later commentaries that interpret those sacred texts. The chosen texts relate to the origin of the world, the human condition, and salvation from that condition - especially as achieved through sacrifice. As we carefully and collectively build our mental models of how each text and each commentary envisions the human condition and the way to salvation from it, we will test the usefulness of comparison between different traditions as a tool for understanding scriptures, commentaries, and religions. We will also try to develop some general theories about how scriptures function, and how they are used and interpreted, within the religious communities that hold them sacred. (Irreg.)

RELS 3623. Discovering the Apostle Paul: His Life and Thoughts.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor. Explores who Paul claimed to be within his own Jewish and then Greco-Roman first-century context. Explores the letter-writing medium, his view of law, the role of women, resurrection and afterlife, and his goals for the church. (Irreg.)

RELS 3633. Religious Leaders for Social Justice.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Examines social and political leaders taking a stand against injustice by both speaking and acting against it. They are called religious in that they derive part of their inspiration and motivation from their faith tradition. Surveys the writing of activists from among various faith traditions for life experiences and personal attributes that give rise to their ability to speak out and lead. (Irreg.)

RELS 3643. Special Topics in Religious Studies: Travel Abroad.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: RELS major or minor, junior standing, permission of instructor and satisfaction of criteria established by OU Education Abroad office (including overall GPA of 2.5). May be repeated with change of content/location; maximum credit six hours. An examination of themes, shifts, events or major sites of various religions. (Irreg.)

RELS 3663. Roman Religion.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. The course examines religious practices and beliefs in the Roman world from the founding of the Roman Republic to Late Antiquity through a survey of literary and archaeological evidence. (Irreg.)

RELS 3683. Christian Heresies.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Investigates the relationship between religious orthodoxy and heresy, and how the clamor for the former only generated more of the latter. We will examine what became orthodox and why and how, and what heresies emerged, persisted or re-emerged, and under what conditions. We will examine how cultural, socio-economic, ethnic, and political/power relationships impinged upon the definition and evolution of authority, orthodoxy, and heresy. The goals of this course include the tracing of the recurrence of ancient heretical ideas into the modern period, and the consequences of the orthodox/heterodox dialectic across Christian history. (Irreg.)

RELS 3693. Greek Religion.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Examines the religious rituals, beliefs, and sacred sites of the ancient Greeks. Considers such topics as the relationship between myths and ritual, sacred time and space, concepts of the afterlife, and the role of religion in the family and city-state. (Irreg.)

RELS 3723. Buddhist Meditation Traditions.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Explores in detail systems and techniques of meditation within different traditions of Buddhism. Meditation is understood as necessary to fulfilling the highest goals of Buddhism. Yet different traditions within Buddhism have had different understandings of what meditation entails and how it relates to other aspects of the complex of the Buddhist tradition as a whole. Course will examine different conceptions of meditation and how these different conceptions affect the understanding of the Buddhist life. Also considers from the perspective of the philosophy of religion, the issue of the validity of religious experience in meditation as a source of gnosis and self-transformation that crosses religious and sectarian boundaries. (Irreg.) [IV-NWC].

RELS 3733. Tibetan Buddhism.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. A survey of Tibetan Buddhism, sometimes referred to as "Vajrayana" or "Tantric Buddhism," considered in relation to the socio-cultural history of late Medieval India. Themes include monastic institutions, reincarnate lama traditions, death and dying, and contemporary political issues. A major theme will be the "image of Tibet"--the mythologization of Tibet, the Tibetan people, and their culture in foreign imagination. (Irreg.)

RELS 3743. Daoism.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. Examines history, practices, and worldviews of the Daoist tradition as it developed and took shape over Chinese history. The history of Daoism, the social and cultural forces that shaped its development, and the views, practices, and goals of specific Daoist schools. A study of the formation of Daoist identity and community, material culture, construction of sacred space, and self-cultivation techniques. (Irreg.)[IV-NW].

RELS 3753. Zen Buddhism.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. The development and growth of Chan Buddhism (China), Zen Buddhism (Japan); and the introduction and representation of Zen in the United States, through critical, post-modern historiography. This approach highlights the way Chan/Zen Buddhists have defined and redefined themselves through the construction and reconstruction of their history, and the representation of the Zen tradition by scholars, apologists, and adherents. (Irreg.)[IV-NW].

RELS 3843. Archaeology of the Lands of the Bible.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing. Examines the lands, cultures, and people associated with the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament through a chronological survey of archaeological evidence and investigates the relationship between archaeology and biblical texts. The course also investigates archaeological evidence for Jewish and Christian practices in late Roman Palestine as well as archaeological and architectural evidence for early Islamic Jerusalem. (Sp)[IV-WC].

RELS 3900. Special Topics.1-4 Credit Hours.

1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of topic; maximum credit nine hours. Topics in Religious Studies not accommodated by the existing curriculum. (Irreg.)

RELS 3903. Topics in Judaic Religious Tradition.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with a change of content; maximum credit six hours. An upper division course in the religious tradition of Judaism. Includes historical context of the tradition, basic teachings and different approaches to their interpretations. Examines organic process of religious and/or philosophical change. (Irreg.)

RELS 3913. Topics in Christian Religious Tradition.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit six hours. An upper division course in the religious tradition of Christianity. Includes historical context of the tradition, basic teachings and different approaches to their interpretations. Examines organic process of religious and/or philosophical change. (Irreg.)

RELS 3923. Topics in Islamic Religious Tradition.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit six hours. An upper division course in the religious tradition of Islam. Includes historical context of the tradition, basic teachings and different approaches to their interpretations. Examines organic process of religious and/or philosophical change. (Irreg.)

RELS 3933. Topics in Eastern Religious Traditions.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with a change of content; Maximum credit six hours. An upper division course in a religious tradition such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto, Taoism, Confucianism or other eastern tradition. Includes historical context of the tradition, basic teachings and different approaches to their interpretation. Examines organic process of religious and/or philosophical change. (Irreg.)

RELS 3943. Topics in Indigenous Religious Traditions.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated with a change of content; maximum credit six hours. An upper division course in an indigenous or folk religion. Includes historical context of the tradition, basic teachings and different approaches to their interpretation. Examines organic process of religious and/or philosophical change. (Irreg.)

RELS 3960. Honors Reading.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Consists of topics designated by the instructor in keeping with the student's major program. Topics will cover materials not usually presented in the regular course offerings. Will provide an opportunity for the gifted Honors candidate to work at a special project in the student's field. (F, Sp, Su)

RELS 3970. Honors Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Subjects covered vary. Deals with concepts not usually treated in regular courses. (Irreg.)

RELS 3980. Honors Research.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Admission to Honors Program. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Consists of topics designated by the instructor in keeping with the student's major program. Topics will cover materials not usually presented in the regular offerings. Will provide an opportunity for the gifted Honors candidate to work at a special project in the student's field. (F, Sp, Su)

RELS 3990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: 1113, Anthropology 1823, Philosophy 1203 or 2403; junior standing, and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Through a written contract, independent study may be arranged for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or field projects. (F, Sp, Su)

RELS 4323. Capstone.3 Credit Hours.

Prerequisite: Major in Religious Studies and permission of instructor. Capstone provides the opportunity to integrate knowledge about the major and apply it to a project culminating in a presentation and senior paper. The project will develop a selected problem, issue, or controversy in religious studies. (F, Sp) [V].

RELS 4640. Field Study in Religious Studies.1-6 Credit Hours.

(Slashlisted with RELS 5640) 1 to 6 hours. Prerequisite: junior standing and permission of instructor or RELS program. May be repeated with change of content/location; maximum credit 12 hours. Students participate in excavation and field study of material culture. Course combines lectures, lab, discussion, and/or research. The subject matter depends upon the specific summer session. No student may earn credit for both 4640 and 5640 for the same content/location. (Su)

RELS 4960. Directed Readings.1-4 Credit Hours.

1 to 4 hours. Prerequisite: good standing in University; permission of instructor and dean. May be repeated; maximum credit four hours. Designed for upper-division students who need opportunity to study a specific problem in greater depth than formal course content permits. (Irreg.)

RELS 4970. Special Topics/Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

RELS 4990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: 1113, Anthropology 1823, Philosophy 1203 or 2403; senior standing, and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit six hours. Through a written contract, independent study may be arranged for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or field projects. (F, Sp, Su)

RELS 5640. Field Study in Religious Studies.1-6 Credit Hours.

(Slashlisted with RELS 4640) 1 to 6 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing, permission of instructor or RELS program. May be repeated with a change of content/location; maximum credit twelve hours. Students will participate in excavation and field study of material, social, and visual culture. Combines lectures, lab, discussion, and/or research. The subject matter depends upon the specific summer session. No student may earn credit for both 4640 and 5640. (Su)

RELS 5960. Independent Study In Religious Studies.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing and/or permission of instructor. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine hours, maximum of six hours with one professor/instructor. Independent study/directed reading arranged between the professor and student on a special topic in religious studies, to give students the opportunity to complete intensive readings in field of study under direct guidance of the student's advisory committee. F, Sp, Su)

RELS 5970. Special Topics/Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

RELS 5990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Contracted independent study for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)

RELS 6960. Advanced Readings in Religious Studies.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 To 3 Hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor; student must be at PhD level. May be repeated with change of content; maximum credit nine hours. Advanced independent study/directed reading, arranged between the professor and student on a special topics in religious studies. Designed to give students the opportunity to complete intensive readings in field of study under direct guidance of his/her advisory committee. (F, Sp, Su)

RELS 6970. Special Topics/Seminar.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: graduate standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit 12 hours. Special topics or seminar course for content not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. May include library and/or research and field projects. (Irreg.)

RELS 6990. Independent Study.1-3 Credit Hours.

1 to 3 hours. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor. May be repeated; maximum credit nine hours. Contracted independent study for a topic not currently offered in regularly scheduled courses. Independent study may include library and/or laboratory research and field projects. (Irreg.)