Department of Religious Studies
Available Classes



REL 101 The Question of GOD
An introductory course covering the historical evidence of God through faith,  logic, the evidence of the senses and intuition. 

REL 102 Divine Revelation
The problem of ascertaining the difference between divine revelation and the written word of mortal man is analyzed through the study of scripture. 

REL 103 Philosophy of Religion
The philosophy of religion will be examined using a number of current texts and crossing several different disciplines.  Emphasis will be placed on Pythagoras,  Plato and other Greek philosophers during the first centuries BCE.

REL 104 Spiritual Art and Music
The requirements for worship services will be studied on the basis of the  history and development of both music and art within various religions.

REL 105 The Spiritual World I
The spiritual world as a part of the physical world is discussed versus the  physical world as a part of the spiritual world.  The differences between the  physical, mental, emotional, psychic and spiritual worlds is analyzed.

REL 106 The Spiritual World II
The student will continue studies commenced in The Spiritual World I and  apply them to his or her everyday life and profession.

REL 201 Doctrine and Dogma
Doctrine and dogma are both defined from the perspectives of eastern, western and Shamanistic religious viewpoints and then analyzed in depth.

REL 202 Ritual
Western, eastern and Pagan ritualistic practices will be examined and compared to determine both the similarities and differences in spiritual practices.

REL 203 Ethics I
A study of the standards of conduct and moral judgment from the viewpoint of a number of philosophers, theologians and religious movements.

REL 204 Ethics II
A comparison of the standards of conduct and moral judgment from the viewpoint of a number of philosophers as they might relate to the three major religious movements within the eastern, western and pagan traditions. 

REL 301 The Sacraments
A comprehensive examination of baptism, confirmation, marriage, communion,  confession, burial of the dead, healing or unction and holy orders as they are practiced by a variety of western, eastern and Pagan faiths.

REL 302 Exorcism, Spirits and Ghosts
Disincarnate spirits and ghosts, demons and angels, elementals and devas and the practice of removing these entities from the human aura.

REL 303 Transmigration and Reincarnation
The history and philosophy of soul transmigration and reincarnation as it applies to both eastern and western religious thought.

REL 304 Karma
The philosophical underpinnings of Karma and how it is handled in both eastern and western theology and practices.

REL 305 The Philosophy of Western Religions
The history and development of divergent spiritual philosophies in Judaism,  Christianity and Islam as compared to Greek and European philosophies.

REL 306 The Philosophy of Eastern Religions
The history and development of divergent spiritual philosophies in Hindu and  Buddhist Yoga as compared with historical and concurrent Chinese philosophy.

REL 380 Introduction to Thesis Writing
This course is required of all Master Degree Candidates prior to choosing a Thesis topic and all Doctoral Candidates who have not previously written a thesis. 

REL 390 Thesis in Religious Studies
The candidate will write an original thesis on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the department.  Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of course work and permission of the department.  

REL 401 Independent Study in Religious Studies
The student is expected to pick a topic of interest to explore in detail.  Prerequisite: Approval by the Department.

REL 402 Curriculum Development in Religious Studies I
The student will develop a curriculum for teaching introductory and intermediate courses in religious studies to beginning and intermediate students.

REL 403   Eastern and Western Philosophies I
A comparison of the religious philosophies underlying eastern and western religions and theologies.

REL 404   Eastern and Western Philosophies II
A comparison of the religious practices of eastern and western religions based  on the underlying eastern and western philosophies.

REL 501 Advanced Independent Study in Religious Studies
The student is expected to pick a topic of interest to explore in detail.  Prerequisite: Approval by the Department.          

REL 502 Curriculum Development in Religious Studies II
The student will develop a curriculum for teaching advanced courses in religious studies to advanced students.

REL 580 Research and Publication
A survey of research and publishing techniques.  Required of all Doctoral Candidates prior to selecting a topic and writing their dissertation.  

REL 590 Dissertation
The candidate will write an original dissertation on a topic chosen by the student and approved by the department.  Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of course work and permission of the department.