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Religion (REL)

Religion (REL)

111 Literature of the Bible
An introductory survey of the entire Bible using the tools of modern scholarship to focus on the literature, history, and religious ideas of its people.  The course will cover both the Old and New Testaments as continuous and interrelated scriptures within the Judeo-Christian tradition.  (Students taking REL 111 will not receive credit for REL 112 or 113.)
Three hours, three credits.

112 Literature of the Old Testament
An introductory examination of the Old Testament using tools of modern Biblical scholarship for interpreting, understanding, and appreciating the origins, development, and structure of the literature of Israel.
Three hours, three credits.

113 Literature of the New Testament
A critical examination of the New Testament from the viewpoint of modern Biblical scholarship.
Three hours, three credits.

151 World Religions
An introductory study of the origins, beliefs, and practices of the major religions of the world.
Three hours, three credits.

206 The Search for Values
An examination of types of values, the process of valuation, individual and communal values, and values clarification.  The course will deal with various values and lifestyles derived from systems of religious faith as well as those of a secular nature.
Three hours, three credits.

207 Selected Topics
A study of a selected religion or of issues and major themes within a single religious tradition or in a variety of religions.  The topic under consideration varies from semester to semester according to periodic assessments of the needs and interests of students.  Students may take only one 207 course as one of the two courses required to meet the general education requirement in religion.
Three hours, three credits.

216 Religion in Film
Examines the ways that religion is portrayed in film and the ways that various films present a view of human existence with a view toward understanding the ways that religion impinges upon our culture.
Three hours, three credits.

222 History of Christian Thought
A survey course tracing the development of Christian thought from the New Testament era to the present day by focusing on controversies and decisive moments in the history of Christianity.  Special emphasis is given to emerging themes still present in the life of the church today.
Three hours, three credits.

230 Foundations of Christian Education
This course is designed to acquaint students pursuing a career in Christian ministry to the theoretical “core” of educational ministry.  Understanding educational ministering can be accomplished through three avenues, the context of ministry (the congregation), the focus of ministry (usually an age level specialty), or the role of ministry (the Christian educator) while including some orientation to the other two approaches (congregational study and age level emphases.  Students will evaluate how material discussed in the course is applied in the local church setting.  Prerequisite: six hours of religion.
Three hours, three credits.

245 Religion and Public Life
In this course students will explore how religion impacts public life.  Attention will be given to the role of religion in politics and public policy in the United Stated within the constitutional framework in a pluralistic society as well as in its engagement with the world.
Three hours, three credits.

311 Prophetic Literature of the Old Testament
Beginning with the prophetic movement in Israel and the place of the prophetic literature in the canon, this course will focus on the individual books of prophecy with regard to their cultural and historical contexts, their unique literary styles, the special circumstances that motivated their authors, and the primary themes of their messages.  Prerequisite: REL 111 or 112.
Three hours, three credits.

312 Wisdom Literature of the Old Testament
A study of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament in the cultural and literary context of the Ancient Near East.  The approach is both critical and interpretive, and assumes that the truths formulated by ancient sages are not limited by space or time.  Prerequisite: REL 111 or 112.
Three hours, three credits.

315 Studies in the Gospel
A detailed critical study of the four canonical gospels. 
This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course. Prerequisite: REL 111 or 113.
Three hours, three credits.

316 Life and Letters of Paul
A study of Acts and the letters of Paul.  Acts is examined as a source for the life of Paul and the situation of the earliest Church, and the letters are used to trace the development of Pauline theology. 

This course is designated Writing Intensive; a grade of “C” or higher in this course is required for this course to count toward the six-credit-hour Writing Intensive graduation requirement for Ferrum College.  A student cannot earn a grade of “C” or higher in this course unless he or she earns a “C” or better on the writing assignments required by the course. Prerequisite: REL 111 or 113.
Three hours, three credits.

331 Christian Theology
A systematic study of the basic concepts of Christian theology from the historical, philosophical, and Biblical perspectives.  Both the traditional formulations of Christian doctrine and the contributions of modern theologians are covered.
Three hours, three credits.

399 Ministry Practicum
This course is for students interested in pursuing a career in Christian ministry and is designed for them to have practical supervised experience working in a church or other public setting.  It operates on the educational model of action/reflection.  Prerequisites: 9 hours of REL coursework and program coordinator approval.  (May be repeated for a maximum of three credits.)
One to three credits.

401 Biblical Archaeology
Begins with the fundamentals of archaeological methods of locating, excavating, and dating.  It introduces the student to some of the significant discoveries that have enhanced Biblical interpretation, and it examines important inscriptions found in neighboring Mid-Eastern cultures  and compares them with the literature of the Bible.
Three hours, three credits.

481, 482 Seminar: Topics in Religious Studies
An intensive study of a particular topic in religion.  The content of the course varies from semester to semester.  The selection of the topic is made by the instructor and prospective enrollees during the semester prior to that in which the seminar is offered.  Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
Three hours, three credits.

496 Directed Study
This course offers students an option to conduct independent research in an area of interest to them under the guidance of faculty supervision.  Students will develop and refine skills needed to conduct and convey research in the discipline, be exposed to literature in the field, write a paper following a style guide and conventions used in the discipline, and orally defend their research.
One to three credits.


Greek
(see LAN 101-202)
Three hours, three credits each.


Hebrew
(see LAN 101-202)
Three hours, three credits each.