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    REL 2000 Introduction to Religion
    Credits: 3.
    Introduces the historical underpinnings, geographical movement, development and current expression of a variety of religious traditions.
    REL 2071 Sustainability and Religion
    Credits: 3.
    Examines the relationship between religion and sustainability and explores how the world’s different religious traditions address the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Topics include social and environmental justice, sustainable consumption and sustainable agriculture. Case studies highlight multiple religious perspectives, especially in Latin America and south Asia. (H) (WR)
    REL 2104 Environmental Ethics
    Credits: 3.
    Explores competing secular and religious views regarding human impacts on and moral responsibilities toward nature and of the key thinkers and social movements in contention over them. (H) (WR)
    REL 2109 American Religious Diversity
    Credits: 3.
    Major religions in the United States: how they differ, what they have in common, interaction and their roles in the society of the American people. (D and H)
    REL 2121 American Religious History
    Credits: 3.
    An historical inquiry into the ideological origins and social context of American religious life. (H and D)
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    REL 2166 Religion and the Environmental Crisis
    Credits: 3.
    Examines the relationship between religion, nature and ethics in different religious traditions. (H and ;N) (WR)
    REL 2210 Hebrew Scriptures
    Credits: 3.
    The history, literature, and beliefs of the Israelites from the Biblical text in the light of modern scholarship. (H)
    REL 2240 New Testament
    Credits: 3.
    An introduction to the various literary, social and religious contexts of the books of the New Testament. (H)
    REL 2300 Introduction to World Religions
    Credits: 3.
    The origin, historical development and key figures, concepts, symbols, practices and institutions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and East Asian traditions, including Taoism, Shinto and Confucianism. (H and N)
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    REL 2301 Introduction to Hindu Culture
    Credits: 3.
    The history, performing arts and cultural expressions of the Hindu traditions of India and in the diaspora.
    REL 2315 Religion in Asia
    Credits: 3.
    Study of the religious dimensions of human culture, focusing on Asia (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto). (H and N) (WR)
    REL 2341 Introduction to Buddhism
    Credits: 3.
    Introduction to the doctrines, practices and institutions that shaped the essential identity of Buddhism as a pan-Asian religion that transcended ethic, cultural and linguistic boundaries. (H)
    REL 2362 Introduction to Islam
    Credits: 3.
    Historical introduction to Islamic tradition. The foundational elements of the tradition, based on the life of Prophet Muhammad and the text of the Qur'an and on an examination of subsequent Islamic expressions. (H and N)
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    REL 2388 Indigenous Religions of the Americas
    Credits: 3.
    The religious values, attitudes and norms of Native American peoples within the United States. (H) (WR)
    REL 2600 Introduction to Judaism
    Credits: 3.
    Multidisciplinary approach to the Jewish experience from its Biblical origins to modern times.
    REL 2930 Topics in Religion
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits.
    Variable topics in religion at an introductory level. (H)
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    REL 3022 Myth and Ritual
    Credits: 3.
    Theory and method in the anthropological and religious studies of myths, rituals, religious specialists and religious movements using examples from cultures throughout the world.
    REL 3076 Cults and New Religious Movements
    Credits: 3.
    An investigation of significant new religious movements such as the People's Temple and the Branch Davidians. The origins, internal structure, popularity and functioning of these movements as well as claims of manipulation and discrimination. (S)
    REL 3098 Religion Medicine and Healing
    Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore standing.
    Non-conventional healers and healing practices in religious traditions around the globe.
    REL 3103 Religion and Nature in North America
    Credits: 3.
    Investigation of the ways that religion and nature have evolved and influenced one another during the cultural, political and environmental history of North America since European contact. (H)
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    REL 3108 Religion and Food
    Credits: 3.
    Explores the relationship between food and religion by investigating food in the context of specific religious traditions, e.g., Hinduism, and examining food as a moral and ethical category in religious and secular contexts, e.g., organic and locavore. (D and H) (WR)
    REL 3120 Religion and the American Immigrant Experience
    Credits: 3.
    Offers a survey of the roles that religion has played in some significant movements of people into and out of the U.S. from the pre-Colonial period to the present.
    REL 3128 Latinos in the United States
    Credits: 3.
    Surveys the history of Latino presence in the U.S. and examines the roles religion has played.
    REL 3139 African-American Religion
    Credits: 3.
    An interdisciplinary study of African-American religious experience from its beginnings in the 17th century to the present. (H)
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    REL 3140 Religion and Society
    Credits: 3.
    The interaction of religion and social institutions and the ways religious groups influence and are influenced by the socio-cultural environment. (S) (WR)
    REL 3148 Religion and Violence
    Credits: 3.
    Explores the problem of violence that springs from religious roots in Western, Asian, African and Native American traditions. (H and N) (WR)
    REL 3154 Gender and Nature
    Credits: 3.
    Examines the relationship between gender and nature as it is constructed in different religious traditions.
    REL 3160 Religion and Science
    Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore standing.
    Examines the relationship between religion, science and philosophy in different religious traditions, focusing on the West. (H) (WR)
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    REL 3169 Religion and Environmental Movements of the Global South
    Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore status minimum.
    Explores the religious dimensions of environmental movements in the global South, including seed-saving campaigns in India and Mexico, Liberation Theology and the Green Belt Movement. Course examines global environmental issues; e.g., loss of biodiversity, climate change and privatization of water that disproportionately affect the poor and marginalized.
    REL 3170 Ethics in Religious Perspective
    Credits: 3.
    An exploration of ethical concepts in Western religions and the religious dimensions of current moral issues.
    REL 3171 Ethics in America
    Credits: 3; Prereq: Sophomore standing.
    An examination of ethical issues facing contemporary U.S. society, with a focus on cultural and religious diversity. Introduces students to major religious and philosophical frameworks as ways of understanding and addressing these issues.
    REL 3179 Race, Religion and Rebellion
    Credits: 3.
    An examination of the interplay of religion, race and rebellion in the various revolts, insurrections and social movements of African Americans in the United States.
    REL 3191 Death and the Afterlife: Perspectives from World Religions
    Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore standing.
    Examines conceptions of death and the afterlife from the perspectives of various religious traditions and popular culture. Considers certain ethical issues related to death and how some American religious traditions engage with such issues.
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    REL 3213 Hebrew Bible as Literature
    Credits: 3.
    Intensive introduction to the literary study of the Hebrew Bible within the context of ancient Near Eastern literature and history.
    REL 3231 The Book of Job
    Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
    Examines the biblical book of Job and the ongoing tradition of its interpretation.
    REL 3234 Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible
    Credits: 3.
    Examines ancient Israelite and early Jewish wisdom literature alongside similar literature from ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt.
    REL 3249 The Christian Gospels
    Credits: 3; Prereq: REL 2210 or REL 2240, or instructor permission.
    A redaction-critical study of selected portions of the canonical Gospels with particular attention to the development of traditions about Jesus in the earliest church. (H) (WR)
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    REL 3252 Acts, Paul and Early Christianity
    Credits: 3; Prereq: REL 2210 or REL 2240, or instructor permission.
    An examination of the narrative of the beginning of Christianity according to the Book of Acts, especially as it describes the career of Paul. The second half of the course focuses on the letters of Paul as an alternative source for understanding the earliest forms of Christianity. (H) (WR)
    REL 3291 Gender and the Hebrew Bible
    Credits: 3.
    Critical examination of the literary representation and historical realities of gender and sexuality in ancient Israel through close readings of selected texts from the Hebrew Bible.
    REL 3294 Apocalypticism
    Credits: 3.
    Exploration of Jewish and Christian apocalypticism through a survey of apocalyptic texts from the Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Jewish literature (including the Dead Sea Scrolls) and the New Testament. (H)
    REL 3318 Chinese Religions
    Credits: 3.
    A comprehensive historical survey of the main religious traditions in China, with focus on Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism.
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    REL 3321 Early Judaism and Christianity
    Credits: 3.
    Examines the Jewish-Christian encounter. The historical interaction between Judaism and Christianity including how each group symbolized the other, and the practical implications of the representations. (H and N) (WR)
    REL 3330 Religions of India
    Credits: 3.
    Historical look at the major religious traditions of the Indian subcontinent. (H and N) (WR)
    REL 3333 Gods, Sages and Kings: Mythology
    Credits: 3.
    Survey and analysis of important narrative genres and myth cycles of premodern India, featuring selections from the Vedas, Puranas and the Indian epics, read in translation. (H)
    REL 3335 Hindu Sacred Text/Social-Ritual Context
    Credits: 3; Prereq: any course in Asian religion, Asian scripture or REL 4024.
    An investigation of the development, use, authority and performance of sacred texts in ritual, drama, festival and music within the Hindu tradition. (H and N)
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    REL 3336 Religion in Modern India
    Credits: 3.
    A study of the religious traditions of India and their interpretation in relation to conditions of the modern world. (H and N) (WR)
    REL 3344 Chinese Buddhism
    Credits: 3.
    Comprehensive historical survey of Chinese Buddhism. Explores the growth and transformation of the beliefs, doctrines, practices and institutions that shaped the historical trajectory of Chinese Buddhism.
    REL 3370 Religions of Africa
    Credits: 3.
    The religion and culture in Africa, the encounter of Islam and Christianity with indigenous religions and diasporic reformulations. (H and N) (WR)
    REL 3371 Islam in Africa
    Credits: 3.
    Development of Muslim societies in Africa from the 7th to the early 20th century with a focus on the religious dynamics that led to the formation of a multitude of African Muslim cultures.
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    REL 3381 Religion in Latin America
    Credits: 3.
    The main religious traditions in Latin America: native religions, Catholicism in its various forms, Protestantism and African-based religions. (H and N)
    REL 3440 Religion and the Modern Mind
    Credits: 3.
    An examination of the modern outlook, focusing upon conceptual commitments associated with present cultural styles, with attention to certain critical issues for religion. (H) (WR)
    REL 3463 God: Beliefs, Concepts, Issues
    Credits: 3.
    An investigation of central issues connected with the concept of God in Western religious traditions. Topics include arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil, theodicy, faith and reason. (H)
    REL 3492 Religion Ethics and Nature
    Credits: 3.
    Religious perspectives on nature and the environment that focus on different theological understandings of the natural world, approaches to using natural resources and efforts to understand human responsibility for the realm of nature. (H)
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    REL 3563 American Catholicism
    Credits: 3.
    The American Catholic experience from an historical and sociological perspective. (H) (WR)
    REL 3626 Rewritten Bible: Midrash
    Credits: 3.
    Introduces students to Jewish biblical interpretation, or midrash, from antiquity to today.
    REL 3693 Judaism and Nature
    Credits: 3.
    A survey of Jewish traditions about nature, the environment and ecology.
    REL 3931 Junior Seminar
    Credits: 3.
    An intensive introduction to the study of religion. Required of all religion majors during the junior year.
    REL 3938 Special Topics in Religion
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 12 credits.
    Special topics in religion. (H) (WR)
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    REL 4092 Ethics, Utopias and Dystopias
    Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
    Examines relationships between ethics and utopias in literature, religious communities and millenarian movements. (H) (WR)
    REL 4134 Religion in Southern Culture
    Credits: 3.
    Development of religious life in the South through its history, with particular reference to its interaction with regional culture. (H) (WR)
    REL 4141 Religion and Social Change
    Credits: 3.
    An investigation of the diverse relations between religion and processes of social change. The course uses both theoretical and ethnographic case studies to explore issues raised by religion's social role in the U.S., Britain, Asia, Latin America and Africa. (S) (WR)
    REL 4145 Women in Religion and Society
    Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
    Provides an understanding of both the oppressive and liberatory aspects of the three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) for women.
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    REL 4168 Religion, Nature and Social Change
    Credits: 3; Prereq: junior standing or above.
    Explores relationships between religion, nature and society as a means to understand how these relationships reflect and shape social relations among people.
    REL 4173 Religion, Ethics and Sustainable Agriculture
    Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
    Examines the role of agriculture within religious thought and practice.
    REL 4177 Special Topics in Religion and Ethics
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 9 credits.
    Special topics in religion and ethics. (WR)
    REL 4188 Special Topics in Religion and Ethics
    Credits: 3.
    Examines the ethical, religious and political dimensions of the relationship between ethical ideas and practices, including the divergence between expressed values and actual practices and some possible reasons for this divergence.
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    REL 4198 Religion Modern Postmodern
    Credits: 3; Prereq: one previous course in religion or philosophy, or instructor permission.
    Examines the key themes that have characterized modernity-postmodernity debate and the impact of this debate for the study of religion. (H)
    REL 4209 Dead Sea Scrolls and Early Jewish Literature
    Credits: 3; Prereq: refer to the department.
    Explores the varieties of literature that arose within Judaism from 250 BCE to 220 CE, including selections from the Dead Sea Scrolls, the OT Pseudepigrapha, Philo and Josephus. (H)
    REL 4221 The Pentateuch
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 6 credits. Prereq: instructor permission.
    In-depth study of the Pentateuch (Genesis-Deuteronomy) in light of modern biblical scholarship.
    REL 4293 Special Topics in Biblical Studies
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 9 credits.
    Advanced study of special topics for students with previous courses in biblical studies. (WR)
    REL 4337 Women in Hindu Tradition
    Credits: 3; Prereq: one course in Hinduism.
    A study of women in Hindu traditions focusing on their participation in temple practices, religious scholarship and practices of piety and austerity. Special attention is given to women poets, scholars, ascetics and patrons in Hindu religions and society. (H and N) (WR)
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    REL 4345 Chan/Zen Buddhism
    Credits: 3; Prereq: introduction to Buddhism, Chinese religions or instructor permission.
    The course is a comprehensive inquiry of the history, doctrines and practices of the Chan/Zen tradition of East Asian Buddhism.
    REL 4349 Buddhist Meditation
    Credits: 3; Prereq: introduction to Buddhism or instructor permission.
    The theory and practice of Buddhist meditation, with focus on the systems of meditation practice developed by the Theravada school in Sri Lanka and the main traditions of Chinese Buddhism.
    REL 4361 Women and Islam
    Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
    Provides an interdisciplinary understanding of the history and role of women in Islam.
    REL 4367 The History of Islam in the Modern World
    Credits: 3; Prereq: REL 2362.
    The history of Muslims from the 18th century to the present with particular attention to certain critical issues and interpretations in relation to conditions of the modern world. (H and N) (WR)
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    REL 4382 Religion and Politics in Latin America
    Credits: 3.
    Relationship between religion and politics in Latin America, from a variety of perspectives and approaches. It addresses millenarian movements, gender, ethnicity and class, as well as church-state dynamics. (S and N)
    REL 4393 Islam in the Americas
    Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
    Provides knowledge of Islam in the Americas from the 15th century to the present. (H) (WR)
    REL 4433 Religion and Existentialism
    Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
    In-depth exploration of the main works of various existentialist thinkers with a particular emphasis on their views of religion.
    REL 4490 Special Topics in Religious Thought
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 9 credits.
    Special topics in religious thought. (WR)
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    REL 4491 Sacred Geographies: Place, Space and Pilgrimage in South Asia
    Credits: 3; Prereq: REL 2317, REL 2341 or REL 3022.
    With a focus on reading primary texts in translation supplemented with recent ethnographies, this weekly seminar explores various conceptions of sacred space and place - and movement to, from and between them - in the Indic imagination.
    REL 4611 Israelite Religion
    Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
    Comparative survey of literary, historical, ritual and material aspects of ancient Israelite religion with evidence from Canaan, Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome.
    REL 4625 Early Rabbinic Judaism
    Credits: 3; Prereq: refer to the department.
    Critical and historicized introduction to the rabbinic texts of Mishnah, Midrash and Talmud. Emphasizes the growth and development of the rabbinic movement, and upon reading practices. (H and N)
    REL 4905 Individual Work
    Credits: 1 to 5; can be repeated with change in content up to 9 credits. Prereq: 9 credits in religion or department permission.
    Majors or other advanced undergraduates who wish to supplement regular coursework by individual studies under guidance may apply to a member of the faculty for individual work.
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    REL 4930 Special Topics in Religious Thought
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with a change in content up to 6 credits.
    Special topics in religious thought.
    REL 4932 Thesis Seminar in Religion
    Credits: 3.
    Thesis preparation option for honors-level students.
    REL 4933 The Comparative Study of Religion
    Credits: 3; Prereq: junior or senior standing and department permission.
    A study of the history and major methods that have contributed to the modern study of religion. (H) (WR)
    REL 4936 Special Topics in Religious Studies
    Credits: 3; can be repeated with change in content up to 9 credits.
    Advanced study for those with proper preparation of selected topics involving one or more religious traditions. (WR)
    REL 4956 Overseas Studies
    Credits: 1 to 18; can be repeated with change in content up to 18 credits. Prereq: undergraduate advisor permission.
    This course provides a mechanism by which coursework taken as part of an approved study abroad program can be recorded on the UF transcript and counted toward graduation.
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    SRK 1120 Beginning Sanskrit 1
    Credits: 4.
    First semester of a two-semester series that introduces the Sanskrit language through the Devanagari Script.
    SRK 1121 Beginning Sanskrit 2
    Credits: 4.
    Second semester of a two-semester series that introduces the Sanskrit language through the Devanagari Script with an emphasis on reading, writing, grammar and oral recitation.
    SRK 2200 Intermediate Sanskrit 1
    Credits: 3; Prereq: SRK 1121 with a minimum grade of C, or equivalent.
    Intermediate study of Sanskrit to increase knowledge of vocabulary by developing reading and translation skills.
    SRK 2201 Intermediate Sanskrit 2
    Credits: 3; Prereq: SRK 2200 with a minimum grade of C, or equivalent.
    Continuation of intermediate Sanskrit to increase knowledge of vocabulary by developing reading and translation skills.
    SRK 3410 Advanced Sanskrit 1
    Credits: 3; Prereq: SRK 2201 with a minimum grade of C, or equivalent.
    Advanced study of Sanskrit to further develop skills in reading and understanding texts.
    SRK 3411 Advanced Sanskrit 2
    Credits: 3; Prereq: SKR 3410 with a minimum grade of C, or equivalent.
    Continuation of advanced Sanskrit to further develop skills in reading and understanding texts.
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