Phone: (845) 257-2621
Location: Jacobson Faculty Tower Room 916
Web address: www.newpaltz.edu/religiousstudies

The interdisciplinary minor in religious studies gives students the opportunity to engage in the study of religion from the perspective of a number of different disciplines, including anthropology, philosophy, history, literature and sociology. REL270 Religions of the World is an introductory survey of the principal world religions. The coordinator may in individual cases allow credit for appropriate cognate courses or independent study.

Program Coordinator: Christopher Link (Department of English)
Office: JFT 1007
Phone: (845) 257-2346
E-mail: linkc@newpaltz.edu

ANT403Religion and Culture 3
ANT414The Anthropology of Performance3
ANT461Seminar in Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery 3
ARH340The Arts of Early China 3
ARH342The Arts of Japan 3
ARH344History of Buddhist Art3
ARH361Art of the Renaissance in Italy 3
ARH362Northern European Painting from Van Eyck to Bruegel 3
ARH363Early Medieval Art 3
ARH364Later Medieval Art: Gothic 3
ARH378Sacred Spaces, Divine Images 3
ARH387Art of the Islamic World 3
ARH391Baroque Painting 3
BLK264African American Religion3
ENG211Great Bks Asian Classics 3
ENG355The Bible 4
ENG404Medieval Literature 4
ENG408Seventeenth-Century Literature 4
HIS207Medieval Europe 4
HIS243Middle East to 17984
HIS336Religions of Asia3
HIS343History of Islam and the Middle East 570-19183
HIS344The Middle East in the 20th Century 3
HIS348Medieval Society 3
HIS349Renaissance and Reformation 3
HIS363Inquisition3
HIS365Jihad and Crusades3
HIS369Ancient Israel 3
HIS370Bible: Myth and History 3
HIS371Jews in the Middle Ages 3
HIS383Religion in the United States 3
JST205The Jewish Experience3
PHI251Indian Philosophy 3
PHI252East Asian Philosophy3
PHI311Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy 3
PHI320God, World, and Soul3
PHI321Religion, Ethics, and Society3
PHI325The Meaning of Life3
PHI332Buddhist Philosophy3
PHI382Contemporary Buddhism1
POL220Athens and Jerusalem: Political Thought in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds4
POL336Middle Eastern Politics and Institutions 3
REL coursesSee descriptions below
SOC304Sociology of Religion 3

REL270. Religions of the World. 3 Credits.

A survey of several major religious traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Attributes:

  • Effective Expression/Written
  • Ethical Reflection
  • Liberal Arts
  • Systematic Inquiry
  • GE4: World Civilizations
  • GE3: WRLD
May not be repeated for credit

REL275. Islam:An Introduction. 3 Credits.

Introduction to Islam's history, beliefs, practices, and diversity. Topics include gender, war and recent portraits of Islam in the media and elsewhere.

Attributes:

  • Effective Expression/Written
  • Liberal Arts
  • GE4: World Civilizations
  • GE3: WRLD

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
May not be repeated for credit

REL293. Selected Topics Relg Studies. 3-12 Credits.

Selected topics courses are regularly scheduled courses that focus on a particular topic of interest. Descriptions are printed in the Schedule of Classes each semester. Selected topics courses may be used as elective credit and may be repeated for credit, provided that the topic of the course changes.

May be repeated for credit

REL301. History of Christian Thought. 3 Credits.

A survey of representative thinkers and documents of the Christian tradition, from biblical times to the present. Some attention will also be given to the Christian encounter with other religions and cultures.

Attributes:

  • Effective Expression/Written
  • Liberal Arts
  • GE3: WEST
  • GE4: Western Civilization

Restrictions:

  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
May not be repeated for credit

REL393. Selected Topics Religious Stu. 3-12 Credits.

Selected topics courses are regularly scheduled courses that focus on a particular topic of interest. Descriptions are printed in the Schedule of Classes each semester. Selected topics courses may be used as elective credit and may be repeated for credit, provided that the topic of the course changes.

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman
May not be repeated for credit

REL493. Religious Studies Selected Top. 3-12 Credits.

Selected topics courses are regularly scheduled courses that focus on a particular topic of interest. Descriptions are printed in the Schedule of Classes each semester. Selected topics courses may be used as elective credit and may be repeated for credit, provided that the topic of the course changes.

Attributes:

  • Liberal Arts

Restrictions:

  • Must have the following level: Undergraduate
  • Must not be enrolled in the following class: Freshman

REL495. Rel Studies Indep Studies. 1-12 Credits.

May be repeated for credit

Coordinator: Christopher A. Link (English)
Clinton Bennett (Philosophy)
Major Coleman (Black Studies)
David Elstein (Philosophy)
Heinz Insu Fenkl (English)
Thomas Festa (History)
Andrea Gatzke (History)
Jaclynne Kerner (Art History)
Ellen Konowitz (Art History)
Douglas C. Maynard (Psychology)
Lauren Meeker (Anthropology)
Bruce Milem (Philosophy)
Jeff Miller (Political Science & International Relations)
Heather Morrison (History)
Akira Shimada (History)
Hamilton Stapell (History)
William Strongin (History)
Michael Vargas (History)
Daniel Werner (Philosophy)