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Liberal Arts Colleges
Camden College of Arts and Sciences
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Engineering Transfer 005
Accounting 010
African American Studies 014
Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
American History 512
American Literature 352
American Studies 050
Anthropology 070
Art (Art 080, Art History 082)
Arts and Sciences 090 (Interdisciplinary Courses)
Astronomy 100
Biochemistry 115
Biology 120
Biomedical Technology 124
Business Administration 135
Business Law 140
Chemistry (Biochemistry 115, Chemistry 160)
Childhood Studies 163
Classical Studies Minor
Computer Science 198
Criminal Justice 202
Dance 203
Ecommerce and Information Technology 623
Economics 220
Engineering Transfer Program 005
English (English Literature 350, American Literature 352, Film 354, Journalism 570, Linguistics 615, Writing 989)
European Studies 310
Finance 390
Fine Arts (Art 080, Art History 082; Museum Studies 698; Music 700, 701; Speech 950; Theater Arts 965)
Foreign Languages and Literatures (French 420, German 470, Italian 560, Russian 860, Spanish 940)
Geology 460
History (Historical Methods and Research 509; European History 510; American History 512; African, Asian, Latin American, and Comparative History 516)
Home Economics 520
Honors College 525
International Studies Program 549
Student-Proposed Majors and Minors 555
Journalism 570
Justice and Society 572
Latin American Studies Minor
Liberal Studies 606
Linguistics 615
Management 620
Marketing 630
Mathematical Sciences (Mathematics 640, Statistics 960)
Media Studies 657
Medicine, Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine
Museum Studies 698
Music 700, 701
Nursing 705
Pharmacy 720
Philosophy and Religion 730, 840
Major Requirements
Minor Requirements
Philosophy Minor
Religion Minor
Philosophy and Religion Minor
Ethics Minor
Philosophy and Religion Departmental Honors Program
Courses (Philosophy 730)
Courses (Religion 840)
Physics 750
Political Science 790
Psychology 830
Religion 840
Reserve Officer Training Programs
Russian 860
General Science 890
Social Work 910
Sociology (Anthropology 070, Criminal Justice 202, Sociology 920)
Spanish 940
Speech 950
Statistics 960
Teacher Preparation Program 964
Theater Arts (Dance 203, Speech 950, Theater Arts 965)
Urban Studies and Metropolitan Planning 975
Walt Whitman Program in American Studies
Women's Studies 988
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Divisions of the University
Camden Newark New Brunswick/Piscataway
  Camden Undergraduate Catalog 2008-2010 Liberal Arts Colleges Programs, Faculty, and Courses Philosophy and Religion 730, 840 Courses (Religion 840)  

Courses (Religion 840)

50:840:103 Introduction to World Religions (G) (R) (3) A general introduction to the basic religious concerns of humanity and the ways in which religions have developed in Eastern and Western history, giving intellectual, moral, and institutional expression to the meaning of human existence.
50:840:108 Introduction to Religion and Contemporary Culture (3) A study of the ways that religion may or may not have significance for our world today, examining issues such as the meaning of religious experience, evil and goodness, the purposes of ritual, roles of religion in society and culture, the impact of science and technology on religion, and issues in ethics.
50:840:110 Introduction to the Bible (3) Historical and literary exploration of portions of the Tanakh (Old Testament) and New Testament that have had the most lasting influence on Western culture. Focus on the meaning of key terms like covenant and evil, biblical authorship, and different ways the text may be interpreted today.
50:840:211 Eastern Religions (G) (3) A historical and comparative study of the religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto and their expressions in the cultures of India, China, and Japan.
50:840:212 Jews, Christians, and Muslims (G) (3) The historical development of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam from the earliest roots in the myths and rituals of the ancient world to their modern forms. The interaction between each tradition and the cultural context in which it emerges and develops. The popular expression of each religion's beliefs in its holidays, rituals, and legends.
50:840:213 Myth and Symbol (G) (3) Comparative studies of the creation myths and hero myths of selected Eastern, Middle Eastern, European, Native American, and African cultures. Attention given to the religious worldview, the psychological and social implications, and the symbolic forms of expression of each. Various methodologies for the study of myth investigated. Formerly: 50:840:325.
50:840:216 African-American Religion (D) (3) The effects of American enslavement on the religious and social institutions of the African people and the development of religious beliefs and institutions within the black community in the United States. The relationship between the black and white religious institutions and the role of religion in the development of black political consciousness.
50:840:225 Religion in Contemporary America (D) (3) An investigation of some of the major religious issues which have emerged in recent years in American culture. Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and black representatives studied; the influence of Eastern religions and extradenominational manifestations of religious concern examined. Formerly: 50:840:307.
50:840:230 Contemporary Religious Thought (3) Major trends in current Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant theology as related to developments in modern thought. Questions of God's existence, evil, morality, and meaning. Formerly: 50:840:312.
50:840:326 Philosophy of Religion (3) An exploration of religious issues which are live options. Examples: Do science and reason leave any room for faith? Without a belief in a supreme being who is supremely good, is life pointless? Can an atheist be moral? Can God's existence, or human immortality, be proven? Do religious experiences occur, and do they prove anything? Credit not given for this course and 50:730:326.
50:840:327-328 Lecture Series in Religion (3,3) Visiting lecturers speak on a central topic selected by the religion department. Students participate through attendance at the lectures, prescribed background reading under the direction of a faculty member, and submission of a paper. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
50:840:330 Women and Religion (D) (3) An examination of the image of women and the feminine in the myths, symbols, and theology of major religious traditions. Consideration given to the status and role of women in relation to the issues of religious practice, participation in rituals, and ordination. Finally, a look at feminist options for women's changing image and role in religion.
50:840:332 Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust (D) (3) An investigation into the nature and historical development of anti-Semitism in general and Nazism in particular. Examination of specific stages of Nazi genocide as well as implications for modern religion, theories of human nature, and situations we may confront in the future. Integrates material from history, psychology, ethics, theology, and literature in order to evaluate possible responses.
50:840:333 Evil (3) Examines the phenomenon and meaning of evil, especially "moral" evil. Key questions pursued are how evil may be explained, why humanity is capable of it in the first place, whether it belongs to some or all people, how to differentiate its perpetrators and its victims, whether evil is compatible with the existence of a good God, and how one may judge the difference between evil and good. These and other fundamental questions are pursued through a range of classic, historical, and contemporary texts and in relation to examples of evil in today's world.
Credit not given for this course and 50:730:333.
50:840:334 Religion and Science (3) Explores the historic tension between science and religion and analyzes areas of conflict and compatibility. Issues such as cosmology and creation, evolution and human nature, neurology and spirituality are discussed.
50:840:335 Comparative Religious Ethics (G) (3) The value systems embodied in the myths, rituals, and traditions of the major world religions examined in light of their influence on the formation of personal identity and the relation of traditional ethicscompared to modern ethical theory. Specific contemporary issues analyzed, such as racism, sex, abortion, gender discrimination, divorce, pacifism, civil disobedience, ecological destruction, and genetic manipulation.
50:840:336 Religion and Film (3) Examines the use of mythical and religious images and symbols in contemporary films. The cinematic representation of issues such as ultimate meaning and ethical values, spiritual quests, hopelessness, and salvation are analyzed. May be taken as part of a minor in media studies. 
50:840:337 Religion and Psychology (3) Survey of different approaches to the psychological interpretation of religious phenomena, such as images of God, myths and legends, rituals, mysticism, faith healing, meditation, and conversion experiences. The works of Freud, Jung, and others considered.
50:840:340 Family Ethics (D) (3) An examination of the complex issues facing families in today's world. Such issues include home versus work life, divorce,same-sex marriage, marriage's changing meaning, domestic violence, and raising children. Approaches are ethical, religious, historical, legal, psychological, and sociological.
50:840:349 Biomedical Ethics (3) An examination of ethical theories and their application to such issues as abortion, cloning, physician-patient relations, genetic manipulation, and health care justice. Credit not given for this course and 50:730:349.
50:840:373 Contemporary Judaism (D) (3) A study of the development of Judaism in America and an analysis of the major religious issues of modern Judaism as expressed by major Jewish thinkers. Topics include contemporary attitudes toward God and Torah, Israel and Zionism, the Holocaust and the death of God, the dialogue of Judaism and Christianity, the challenge of secularism, and the Jew in modern literature.
50:840:389,390 Independent Study (3,3) Advanced students pursue a research topic under the direction of a faculty member, culminating in a paper.
50:840:393 Special Topics in Religion (3)
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