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Table of Contents: 2013-2014 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.1 Academic Calendar 0.2 Warren Wilson College Catalog 0.3 From the President 0.4 Accreditation and Memberships 0.5 Table of Contents 1.01 Mission, Values, Objectives, and Vision 1.02 College Profile 1.03 History 1.04 Undergraduate Admission 1.05 Financial Aid 1.06 Withdrawal and Refund Policy 1.07 Student Life 1.08 Special Facilities 1.09 Resources and Educational Opportunities 1.10 PEW Learning Center and Ellison Library 2.1 Work Program 2.2 Service Program 2.3 Academic Policies and Regulations 2.4 Baccalaureate Degree Requirements 3 Programs of Study 3.2 Undergraduate Programs of Study 3.2.01 Art 3.2.02 Biology 3.2.03 Business 3.2.04 Chemistry 3.2.05 Creative Writing 3.2.06 Education 3.2.07 English 3.2.08 Environmental Studies 3.2.09 Gender and Women's Studies 3.2.10 Global Studies 3.2.11 History and Political Science 3.2.12 Integrative Studies 3.2.13 Mathematics 3.2.14 Modern Languages 3.2.15 Music 3.2.16 Outdoor Leadership 3.2.17 Peace and Justice Studies 3.2.18 Philosophy 3.2.19 Physics 3.2.20 Psychology 3.2.21 Religious Studies 3.2.22 Social Work 3.2.23 Sociology/Anthropology 3.2.24 Sustainable Business 3.2.25 Theatre 3.2.26 Women's Studies 3.2.27 Writing 3.3 Graduate Program 3.3.1 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing 3.4 Specialized Advising Areas 3.4.1 Pre-Law Advising 3.4.2 Pre-Medical and Pre-Allied Health Advising 3.4.3 Pre-Peace Corps, International, and Non-Governmental Service Advising 3.4.4 Pre-Veterinary Medicine Advising 4.01 Courses of Instruction 4.02 Anthropology (ANT) 4.03 Art (ART) 4.04 Biology (BIO) 4.05 Business (BA) 4.06 Chemistry (CHM) 4.07 Economics (ECO) 4.08 Education (EDU) 4.09 English (ENG) 4.10 Environmental Studies (ENS) 4.11 Gender and Women's Studies (GDS) 4.12 Global Studies (GBL) 4.13 History (HIS) 4.14 Interdepartmental (INT) 4.15 Modern Language (LAN) 4.16 Mathematics (MAT) 4.17 Music (MUS) 4.18 Outdoor Leadership (ODL) 4.19 Peace and Justice Studies (PAX) 4.20 Philosophy (PHI) 4.21 Physical Education (PED) 4.22 Physics (PHY) 4.23 Political Science (PSC) 4.24 Psychology (PSY) 4.25 Religious Studies (REL) 4.26 Science (SCI) 4.27 Social Work (SWK) 4.28 Sociology (SOC) 4.29 Theatre (THR) 4.30 Writing (WRI) 5.1 Administration and Staff 5.2 Undergraduate Faculty 5.2.1 Library Faculty and Staff 5.2.2 Staff Teachers 5.3 Graduate Faculty and Staff 6.1 Board of Trustees 6.2 Alumni Board 6.3 Endowed Scholarships 7.1 Index of Sections


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4.25 Religious Studies (REL)

Course meets Triad Education Program Requirement in specified area.

REL 111 - Exploring Religions 4cr

Exploring Religions is a survey course designed to introduce students to selected religions of the world and to the academic study of religion. This course carefully examines a wide variety of primary and secondary sources to help students understand and appreciate the diversity of ways in which human beings have asked, answered, and responded to questions of life and death, values and ethics, power and danger. This course does not aspire nor pretend to cover all religions but instead will focus on a few selected religions such as Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, or Daoism. Students learn how to employ research methods in the academic study of religion through their textual research and possibly on-site field experiences.

Philosophy/Religion or Language/ Global Issues

REL/GDS 112 - Women and Global Religious Traditions 4cr

This course focuses on women's experiences within religious traditions such as Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, and Neo-paganism. Questions concerning the status of women, strategies for empowering women within religions, similarities between male and female religious experience, women's work for social and environmental justice within religions, and ways that women are transforming global religious traditions are explored.

Philosophy/Religion or Language/Global Issues

REL 209 - Introduction to Islam 4cr

This course is a historical and thematic survey of the origins and development of Islam. The primary historical period covered is the so-called "classical period" of Islam (700 - 1300 CE). Students study the life and career of Muhammad as the Prophet of Islam in the 7th century and the rise of the early Muslim community. Formation of the Islamic polity and its struggles and challenges in terms of succession, cohesion, and expansion are surveyed. Central themes in this course include traditional hadith (known as "The Hadith of Gabriel"), islam ("submission"), iman ("faith"), and ihsan ("excellence"). Exploration of these dimensions of Islam is anchored on the Qur'an - its historical, theological, intellectual, juridical, and ritual aspects - and on Islamic "mysticism" as represented in the various Sufi movements. This course also examines the enduring significance of Islam in the modern world.

Philosophy/Religion or Language/Global Issues

REL 212 - Religion, Nature, and the Environment 4cr

This course explores, through textual study and field experience, the manifold ways that humans as religious and/or spiritual entities try to make sense of their place in the cosmos and the ethical responsibilities that are incumbent upon them if they are to live in a mutually enhancing and sustainable relationship to their environment. The religious and ethical sensibilities of particular religious traditions such as Buddhism, Christianity, and Judaism, among others, along with ecologically informed movements such as deep ecology and ecofeminism, and the work of nature writers, theorists, and religious naturalists are explored.

Philosophy/Religion or Language/Global Issues

REL 221 - History and Literature of the Ancient Israelites 4cr

This course introduces the Hebrew Bible as an anthology of ancient Israelite religious and literary texts. Emphasis is placed on the texts' literary-cultural aspects, including history, composition, structure, and cultural contexts, as well as themes, images, and other conventions. The course also explores ways in which these texts shape contemporary Jewish practices, such as the observance of holidays.


REL 236 - Religions of South Asia 4cr

This course introduces the variety of religious beliefs, practices, and experiences of Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Muslim, Sikh, and popular traditions of South Asia. Through a combination of primary sources, ethnographies, historical scholarship, and documentary films, students examine both the history of these traditions and their continuing impact on contemporary South Asian culture.

Philosophy/Religion or Language/Global Issues

REL 238 - History and Literature of Buddhism 4cr

This course introduces students to the history, fundamental doctrines, and practices of Buddhist traditions. It pays close attention to how Buddhism influenced the collective histories and personal lives of the people who identify themselves as "Buddhists" across the expanse of time and space. Readings of translations of Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, and Tibetan primary texts will be complemented with biographies, ethnographies, and documentary films. Special attention will be given to Thai, East Asian, and Tibetan Buddhism.

Philosophy/Religion or Language/Global Issues

REL 241 - History and Literature of the New Testament 4cr

This course offers students a critical introduction to the life and literature of the early Christian movement. Primary attention will be given to the various writings of the New Testament, to the issues and events that gave rise to their composition, and to the concrete situations and communities that these writings originally addressed.


REL 253 - Emerging Christian Theologies 4cr

Emerging theologies explore the experiences of people who have been invisible to traditional theological discussions--people of color, women, people from developing nations, gay/lesbian/bisexual people, and the poor in general, as they begin to challenge contemporary Christian faith and the political and economic structures that contribute to their invisibility. Students will read theologies that give voice to these experiences of oppression and do service/solidarity projects alongside the people who are suffering in our midst.

Philosophy/Religion or Language/Global Issues

REL 255 - Contemporary Christian Thought and Experience 4cr

This course provides students the opportunity to reflect on the diverse ideas represented by 20th and 21st century Christians. Some representative thinkers who may be addressed include Nazi war resister Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Catholic social activist and contemplative Thomas Merton, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., contemporary Christian ecofeminist Rosemary Radford Ruether, and evangelical C.S. Lewis.


REL 311 - Apocalyptic Texts and Times 4cr

This course includes the following: an examination of the literary and cultural features and motifs of various biblical apocalyptic texts; an examination of numerous postbiblical apocalyptic and/or millennial communities in history; and, an examination of how apocalyptic thinking continues to shape 21st century racism, sexism, heterosexism, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, violence in the Middle East, and ongoing environmental abuses.

Philosophy/Religion or College Composition II

Prerequisite: One prior course in Religious Studies or permission of the instructor.

REL 321 - Religion, Peace, and Social Justice: Seminar 4cr

This advanced seminar examines key religious values and practices, sacred and classic writings, and case studies of religious leaders and cultures where religions have contributed significantly to the making and sustaining of peace.

Philosophy/Religion, Language/Global Issues, or College Composition II

Prerequisite: One prior course in Religious Studies or permission of the instructor.

REL 338 - Tibetan Buddhism and the West 4cr

This course introduces students to the living tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. This course focuses on the history and development of Tibetan Buddhist doctrines, practices, goals, lineages, and institutions. Upon successful completion of this course, students should have a critical understanding of Tibetan Buddhism as well as a good grasp of Tibetan Buddhist self-understanding. The last section of this course will focus on contemporary experiences of Tibetan Buddhism in the United States as well as the new generation of Americans who have embraced a Tibetan Buddhist religious identity.

Philosophy/Religion, Language/Global Issues, or College Composition II

Prerequisite: One prior course in Religious Studies or permission of the instructor.

Course meets Triad Education Program Requirement in specified area.