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Religious Studies at Tri-C 

REL-1010 Introduction to Religious Studies
03 Semester Credits
Comprehensive introduction to concepts of religion, attributes of God, myth and symbol, faith and reason, rituals, and overview of major historical religions.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): None.

REL-179H Honors Contract in Religious Studies
01 Semester Credit
Honors Contract complements and exceeds the requirements and objectives for an existing REL 1000-level honors course through the formulation of a contract with a faculty mentor. In conjunction with a faculty mentor, the student will formulate a contract, which upon completion will result in distinctive scholarship. In order to complete the contract, the student is required to meet on a regularly scheduled basis with the instructor offering the contract for mentor-student tutorial sessions.
Lecture 01 hour. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Must be taken concurrently with a 1000-level course in Religious Studies, whose instructor approves the Honors Contract.

REL-2010 Religious Traditions of Western Christianity
03 Semester Credits
Comprehensive introduction to history, writings, teachings, and liturgical practices of Western Christianity. Includes historical Jesus, new testament church, patristic church, medieval church, Protestant Reformation, and Church today (including ecumenical concerns following the Second Vatican Council).
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG-1010 College Composition I.

REL-2020 Religious Traditions of Judaism
03 Semester Credits
Comprehensive introduction to history, writings, teachings, and liturgical practices of Judaism. Includes historical background, Old Testament, special Jewish festivals, and Judaism's adaptation to modern society. Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG-1010 College Composition I.

REL-2030 Religious Traditions of Islam
03 Semester Credits
Comprehensive introduction to history, writings, teachings, and liturgical practices of Islam. Includes historical background, the Quran, special Islamic festivals, and Islam's adaptation to modern society.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG-1010 College Composition I.

REL-2040 Religious Traditions of India
03 Semester Credits
Comprehensive introduction to history, writings, teachings, and liturgical practices of the religious traditions of India. Focus on Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG-1010 College Composition I.

REL-2050 Religious Traditions of China and Japan
03 Semester Credits
Comprehensive introduction to history, writings, teachings, and liturgical practices of Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto. Topics include lives and teachings of Buddha, Confucius, and Lao Tzu. Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG-1010 College Composition I.

REL-2060 African-American Religious Experience
03 Semester Credits
Comprehensive introduction to religious movements and institutions of African-Americans from the period of slavery to present. Includes historical background, Protestantism, Islam, civil rights movement and modern role of religion in African-American life.
Lecture 03 hours. Laboratory 00 hours.
Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG-1010 College Composition I.

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