Prepare to teach, serve others, minister in your faith tradition or pursue a variety of vocations. Prepare to teach, serve others, minister in your faith tradition or pursue a variety of vocations. Prepare to teach, serve others, minister in your faith tradition or pursue a variety of vocations. Prepare to teach, serve others, minister in your faith tradition or pursue a variety of vocations. Prepare to teach, serve others, minister in your faith tradition or pursue a variety of vocations.

College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Philosophy/Religious Studies

Religious Studies

Questions?

Wioleta Polinska

+1 630 637 5317

wdpolinska@noctrl.edu

Why pursue a religious studies degree at North Central College?

You’ll better understand your neighbors—whether they live next door or around the world—so you’ll be better prepared to teach, serve others, minister in your faith tradition or pursue any other vocation you choose. In North Central’s religious studies program you’ll examine the world’s major religions and consider their global influence. Your exploration of some of life’s most challenging questions will lead you to the fields of philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, ethics and ministry.

You may also:

  • Analyze sacred texts and secondary sources.
  • Hear guest practitioners discuss their religious traditions.
  • Conduct research in areas that interest you.
  • Become involved with The Union, a weekly event that incorporates music, art and film into spirituality.

More Department information

Religious Studies, B.A.

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Religious Studies.

Major Requirements

31 credit hours, including:

Electives

Courses must be distributed among all four of the course listings below:

Biblical Studies
  • REL 110 - Introduction to Bible

    REL 110 - Introduction to Bible

    3.00 credit hours

    An introductory survey course of the Bible that identifies major historical and cultural forces that influenced the development of Biblical religion and analyzes dominant theological themes in the Biblical texts. May not be taken for credit by a student who has already taken either REL 210 or REL 220.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 210 - Old Testament

    REL 210 - Old Testament

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the Old Testament in its historical setting. Attention is given to the interpretation of the exodus, the monarchy, the prophetic movement, the exile and the postexilic experience.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    H5 901

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 215 - The Evolution of God

    REL 215 - The Evolution of God

    3.00 credit hours

    This course examines the origin and development of ancient Israel's portrayals of God. It traces these beliefs from their origins in the religions of the surrounding ancient Near Eastern cultures through the development of monotheism and the apocalyptic worldview, exploring the various ways in which ancient cultures contrasted divine and human standards of ethical behavior. The course concludes with various early Christian descriptions of the relation of the Christian Messiah to the God of Israel in the writings of the New Testament.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 220 - New Testament

    REL 220 - New Testament

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the New Testament in its historical setting. Attention is given to the social and religious milieu of the early Christian community, the interpretation of the Synoptic Gospels, the theological themes in Paul's letters and the unique motifs in the Johannine literature.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    H5 901

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 222 - Violence, War and Peace in the Bible

    REL 222 - Violence, War and Peace in the Bible

    3.00 credit hours

    The course examines traditions from both the Old and New Testaments in regard to issues of violence, war and peace in the biblical texts. Different portrayals of the character of God as warlike and vengeful, as well as beneficent and peace-loving, are examined, in places in dialogue with the religious traditions of the surrounding cultures. The different portrayals of violence and peace in the human community are discussed in light of these depictions of God.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 355 - The Historical Jesus

    REL 355 - The Historical Jesus

    3.00 credit hours

    A systematic review of scholarly attempts to construct an accurate portrait of Jesus of Nazareth as he actually lived and worked in Palestine in the first century of the common era. Special attention is given to the "new quest" for the historical Jesus characterizing the scholarly debate on this topic since 1950.

    Prerequisite(s)

    REL 110 or REL 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

Non-Christian Traditions
  • REL 255 - The Religions of India

    REL 255 - The Religions of India

    3.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the major indigenous religions of South Asia with particular emphasis on shared concepts such as karma, the cycle of rebirth (samsara) and the transcendence of rebirth (nirvana/moksha). The course traces the evolution of Indian religion from its roots in the Vedas and Upanishads through the development of Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism and Sikhism, and concludes with an examination of "inclusivistic" and "exclusivistic" approaches to religious pluralism in contemporary Indian thought.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 260 - The Religions of China

    REL 260 - The Religions of China

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the history, theory and practice of the major religious traditions of China: Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism and the folk traditions that blend all three. The course focuses on the evolution of Chinese religion through a process of mutual influence within a general atmosphere of religious tolerance for sectarian differences.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 265 - The Religions of Japan

    REL 265 - The Religions of Japan

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of the major religious traditions of Japan, including Shinto, Buddhism (Tendai, Shingon, Zen, Pure Land and Nichiren) and the various "New Religions" that have come to prominence in the post-war period (such as Soka Gakkai and Tenrikyo). The theory and practices of specific religions are examined in their historical context, beginning with the early roots of Shinto and concluding with the dramatic changes that have transformed the Japanese religious landscape from the nineteenth century to the present.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 270 - Judaism

    REL 270 - Judaism

    3.00 credit hours

    Beliefs, traditions, ethics and history of Judaism, with special attention to Zionism and the Holocaust.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 280 - Islam and the Middle East

    REL 280 - Islam and the Middle East

    3.00 credit hours

    Islamic society, culture and theology, with special attention to Turkey, the Arab World, Pakistan, India, Indonesia and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Field trip to nearby Islamic community.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 315 - Buddhism

    REL 315 - Buddhism

    3.00 credit hours

    A detailed exploration of the historical evolution of Buddhism from its initial formulation in India to its various incarnations in Southeast, Central and East Asia, as well as its more recent manifestation in North America. Particular attention is given to the distinctions between the three major branches of the religion (Theravada, Mahayana and Tantrayana), as well as to the theory and practice of individual sects such as Zen and Pure Land.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 155 - Native Americans

    SOA 155 - Native Americans

    3.00 credit hours

    Continuity and change, diversity and commonality among the indigenous peoples of the United States and Canada. Concentration on native nations of the upper Midwest. Special emphasis on ecological and spiritual relationships with the land.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

Ethical and Social Dimensions of Religion
  • REL 115 - Christian Ethics

    REL 115 - Christian Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the Christian basis for morality and arguments by which specific moral actions are justified. Attention is given to such perennial moral issues as capital punishment, sexuality, biomedical ethics and political obligations.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 125 - Religious Ethics

    REL 125 - Religious Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    A comparison of ethical experience, sources, norms and methods as interpreted by at least one Eastern religion and one Western religion. Attention is given to specific issues such as marriage and family, war and peace and social responsibility

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 225 - Urban Ethics and Religion

    REL 225 - Urban Ethics and Religion

    3.00 credit hours

    This course examines the relationship between urban problems in America and religious communities and their teachings. Attention is given to the ways religious institutions can be both part of the problem and part of the solution within urban contexts, as well as to specific resources within religious traditions for illuminating and improving urban life.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 230 - Gender in the Judeo-Christian Traditions

    REL 230 - Gender in the Judeo-Christian Traditions

    3.00 credit hours

    The study of how gender affects religious practices, beliefs and experiences in Christianity and Judaism.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 240 - Religion in the United States

    REL 240 - Religion in the United States

    3.00 credit hours

    This course addresses religious diversity in the U.S. by examining several religious traditions. These traditions serve as a lens through which to view issues relevant to contemporary American culture. Particular attention is given to the resources present within each tradition for spiritual transformation within the North American context.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    H5 905

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 261 - Sociology of Religion

    REL 261 - Sociology of Religion

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the interplay between religion and society. Attention is given to religion as a system of ideas and ritual patterns as well as a social institution.

    Prerequisite(s)

    SOA 100 or one course in religious studies.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 310 - Death and Dying

    REL 310 - Death and Dying

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of general topics related to death and dying in America, with a special emphasis on the study of selected ethical and theological issues.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 344 - Religion and the Political Order

    REL 344 - Religion and the Political Order

    3.00 credit hours

    A historical survey of primary texts engaging the intersection of religion and political theory, as well as the relationship between political leadership and religious/ethical values. Emphasis is placed upon Western political philosophers shaped within the traditions of Judaism, Christianity and/or Islam, as well as upon the themes of theocracy, civil religion and secularization. Thinkers studied may include Plato, early Christian authors, Eusebius, John Chrysostom, Augustine, Al-Farabi, Maimonides, Averroes, Aquinas, Marsillus of Padua, Reformation authors, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau or De Tocqueville.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Any two courses in philosophy, religious studies or political Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 345 - Religion, Ritual and Symbol

    REL 345 - Religion, Ritual and Symbol

    3.00 credit hours

    A cross-cultural examination of religious beliefs and religious institutions, and the symbolic meanings and social functions of myths and rituals. Special emphasis on the beliefs and practices of selected indigenous peoples.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Course work in religion or SOA 105.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 375 - Topics in Religious Ethics

    REL 375 - Topics in Religious Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of one topic or theme in contemporary religious ethics through the lens of at least two major religious and cultural traditions. Philosophical and scientific sources, films and/or literature that illuminate the topic may also be examined. Content varies. Possible topics include: Pacifism and Just War, Work and Family, The Environment, Accounts of Human Nature and Human Perfection or Asceticism. Repeatable with different topic.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Any two courses in philosophy or religious studies.

    Schedule Of Classes

Theology and Philosophy of Religion
  • REL 325 - Jesus and Buddha in Dialogue: Spiritualities of West and East

    REL 325 - Jesus and Buddha in Dialogue: Spiritualities of West and East

    3.00 credit hours

    An exploration of spiritual traditions of Christianity and Buddhism with attention to their similarities and differences arising from their unique cultural backgrounds. The course examines Buddhist and Christian teachings on a variety of issues such as their founders, ritual prayers, love, consumerism and gender.

    Prerequisite(s)

    REL 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 330 - Social Justice and Theology

    REL 330 - Social Justice and Theology

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of those contemporary Christian theologies which are making an impact on the direction of current theological discourse. Attention is given to African-American theology, feminist theology, liberation theology and the contemporary debate on Christology.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One religion course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 350 - Gender and World Religions

    REL 350 - Gender and World Religions

    3.00 credit hours

    An analysis of feminist thought in non-Western religious traditions. The course discusses women's redefinition of traditional concepts, rituals and practices in a number of religious traditions across the globe.

    Prerequisite(s)

    REL 100 or a course in non-Judeo-Christian tradition.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 360 - Philosophy of Religion

    REL 360 - Philosophy of Religion

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the basic issues in the philosophy of religion, including the relation of faith and reason, the problem of the existence and nature of God and the nature and significance of religious experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Previous course in philosophy or religion.

    Schedule Of Classes

Note:

*All majors must register for REL 499 for one credit hour during the term immediately preceding their graduation. This course serves as an independent study that functions as the capstone course for Religious Studies majors. The independent study form for this course is due in the Office of the Registrar no later than Week 3 of the term before this course will be taken. Please consult with Religious Studies faculty for more information.

Religious Studies Minor

For additional programs and courses in this department, see Religious Studies.

Minor Requirements

21 credit hours, including:

  • REL 100 - Introduction to World Religions

    REL 100 - Introduction to World Religions

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the major religions of the world. The primary methodology is phenomenological. Special emphasis is given to the beliefs, rituals, sacred texts and ethical dimension of each religion.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    H5 900

    Schedule Of Classes

    • At least one 300-level course

Electives

Courses must be distributed among all of the four course listings below:

Biblical Studies
  • REL 110 - Introduction to Bible

    REL 110 - Introduction to Bible

    3.00 credit hours

    An introductory survey course of the Bible that identifies major historical and cultural forces that influenced the development of Biblical religion and analyzes dominant theological themes in the Biblical texts. May not be taken for credit by a student who has already taken either REL 210 or REL 220.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 210 - Old Testament

    REL 210 - Old Testament

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the Old Testament in its historical setting. Attention is given to the interpretation of the exodus, the monarchy, the prophetic movement, the exile and the postexilic experience.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    H5 901

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 215 - The Evolution of God

    REL 215 - The Evolution of God

    3.00 credit hours

    This course examines the origin and development of ancient Israel's portrayals of God. It traces these beliefs from their origins in the religions of the surrounding ancient Near Eastern cultures through the development of monotheism and the apocalyptic worldview, exploring the various ways in which ancient cultures contrasted divine and human standards of ethical behavior. The course concludes with various early Christian descriptions of the relation of the Christian Messiah to the God of Israel in the writings of the New Testament.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 220 - New Testament

    REL 220 - New Testament

    3.00 credit hours

    An introduction to the New Testament in its historical setting. Attention is given to the social and religious milieu of the early Christian community, the interpretation of the Synoptic Gospels, the theological themes in Paul's letters and the unique motifs in the Johannine literature.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    H5 901

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 222 - Violence, War and Peace in the Bible

    REL 222 - Violence, War and Peace in the Bible

    3.00 credit hours

    The course examines traditions from both the Old and New Testaments in regard to issues of violence, war and peace in the biblical texts. Different portrayals of the character of God as warlike and vengeful, as well as beneficent and peace-loving, are examined, in places in dialogue with the religious traditions of the surrounding cultures. The different portrayals of violence and peace in the human community are discussed in light of these depictions of God.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 355 - The Historical Jesus

    REL 355 - The Historical Jesus

    3.00 credit hours

    A systematic review of scholarly attempts to construct an accurate portrait of Jesus of Nazareth as he actually lived and worked in Palestine in the first century of the common era. Special attention is given to the "new quest" for the historical Jesus characterizing the scholarly debate on this topic since 1950.

    Prerequisite(s)

    REL 110 or REL 220.

    Schedule Of Classes

Non-Christian Traditions
  • REL 255 - The Religions of India

    REL 255 - The Religions of India

    3.00 credit hours

    An exploration of the major indigenous religions of South Asia with particular emphasis on shared concepts such as karma, the cycle of rebirth (samsara) and the transcendence of rebirth (nirvana/moksha). The course traces the evolution of Indian religion from its roots in the Vedas and Upanishads through the development of Buddhism, Jainism, Hinduism and Sikhism, and concludes with an examination of "inclusivistic" and "exclusivistic" approaches to religious pluralism in contemporary Indian thought.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 260 - The Religions of China

    REL 260 - The Religions of China

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the history, theory and practice of the major religious traditions of China: Confucianism, Daoism, Buddhism and the folk traditions that blend all three. The course focuses on the evolution of Chinese religion through a process of mutual influence within a general atmosphere of religious tolerance for sectarian differences.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 265 - The Religions of Japan

    REL 265 - The Religions of Japan

    3.00 credit hours

    A survey of the major religious traditions of Japan, including Shinto, Buddhism (Tendai, Shingon, Zen, Pure Land and Nichiren) and the various "New Religions" that have come to prominence in the post-war period (such as Soka Gakkai and Tenrikyo). The theory and practices of specific religions are examined in their historical context, beginning with the early roots of Shinto and concluding with the dramatic changes that have transformed the Japanese religious landscape from the nineteenth century to the present.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 270 - Judaism

    REL 270 - Judaism

    3.00 credit hours

    Beliefs, traditions, ethics and history of Judaism, with special attention to Zionism and the Holocaust.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 280 - Islam and the Middle East

    REL 280 - Islam and the Middle East

    3.00 credit hours

    Islamic society, culture and theology, with special attention to Turkey, the Arab World, Pakistan, India, Indonesia and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Field trip to nearby Islamic community.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 315 - Buddhism

    REL 315 - Buddhism

    3.00 credit hours

    A detailed exploration of the historical evolution of Buddhism from its initial formulation in India to its various incarnations in Southeast, Central and East Asia, as well as its more recent manifestation in North America. Particular attention is given to the distinctions between the three major branches of the religion (Theravada, Mahayana and Tantrayana), as well as to the theory and practice of individual sects such as Zen and Pure Land.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • SOA 155 - Native Americans

    SOA 155 - Native Americans

    3.00 credit hours

    Continuity and change, diversity and commonality among the indigenous peoples of the United States and Canada. Concentration on native nations of the upper Midwest. Special emphasis on ecological and spiritual relationships with the land.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Social Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

Ethical and Social Dimensions of Religion
  • REL 115 - Christian Ethics

    REL 115 - Christian Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the Christian basis for morality and arguments by which specific moral actions are justified. Attention is given to such perennial moral issues as capital punishment, sexuality, biomedical ethics and political obligations.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 125 - Religious Ethics

    REL 125 - Religious Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    A comparison of ethical experience, sources, norms and methods as interpreted by at least one Eastern religion and one Western religion. Attention is given to specific issues such as marriage and family, war and peace and social responsibility

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 225 - Urban Ethics and Religion

    REL 225 - Urban Ethics and Religion

    3.00 credit hours

    This course examines the relationship between urban problems in America and religious communities and their teachings. Attention is given to the ways religious institutions can be both part of the problem and part of the solution within urban contexts, as well as to specific resources within religious traditions for illuminating and improving urban life.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 230 - Gender in the Judeo-Christian Traditions

    REL 230 - Gender in the Judeo-Christian Traditions

    3.00 credit hours

    The study of how gender affects religious practices, beliefs and experiences in Christianity and Judaism.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 240 - Religion in the United States

    REL 240 - Religion in the United States

    3.00 credit hours

    This course addresses religious diversity in the U.S. by examining several religious traditions. These traditions serve as a lens through which to view issues relevant to contemporary American culture. Particular attention is given to the resources present within each tradition for spiritual transformation within the North American context.

    Cardinal Directions Designation(s)
    Humanities.
    iCon(s)
    H5 905

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 261 - Sociology of Religion

    REL 261 - Sociology of Religion

    3.00 credit hours

    A study of the interplay between religion and society. Attention is given to religion as a system of ideas and ritual patterns as well as a social institution.

    Prerequisite(s)

    SOA 100 or one course in religious studies.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 310 - Death and Dying

    REL 310 - Death and Dying

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of general topics related to death and dying in America, with a special emphasis on the study of selected ethical and theological issues.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Junior standing.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 344 - Religion and the Political Order

    REL 344 - Religion and the Political Order

    3.00 credit hours

    A historical survey of primary texts engaging the intersection of religion and political theory, as well as the relationship between political leadership and religious/ethical values. Emphasis is placed upon Western political philosophers shaped within the traditions of Judaism, Christianity and/or Islam, as well as upon the themes of theocracy, civil religion and secularization. Thinkers studied may include Plato, early Christian authors, Eusebius, John Chrysostom, Augustine, Al-Farabi, Maimonides, Averroes, Aquinas, Marsillus of Padua, Reformation authors, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau or De Tocqueville.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Any two courses in philosophy, religious studies or political Science.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 345 - Religion, Ritual and Symbol

    REL 345 - Religion, Ritual and Symbol

    3.00 credit hours

    A cross-cultural examination of religious beliefs and religious institutions, and the symbolic meanings and social functions of myths and rituals. Special emphasis on the beliefs and practices of selected indigenous peoples.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Course work in religion or SOA 105.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 375 - Topics in Religious Ethics

    REL 375 - Topics in Religious Ethics

    3.00 credit hours

    An intensive study of one topic or theme in contemporary religious ethics through the lens of at least two major religious and cultural traditions. Philosophical and scientific sources, films and/or literature that illuminate the topic may also be examined. Content varies. Possible topics include: Pacifism and Just War, Work and Family, The Environment, Accounts of Human Nature and Human Perfection or Asceticism. Repeatable with different topic.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Any two courses in philosophy or religious studies.

    Schedule Of Classes

Theology and Philosophy of Religion
  • REL 325 - Jesus and Buddha in Dialogue: Spiritualities of West and East

    REL 325 - Jesus and Buddha in Dialogue: Spiritualities of West and East

    3.00 credit hours

    An exploration of spiritual traditions of Christianity and Buddhism with attention to their similarities and differences arising from their unique cultural backgrounds. The course examines Buddhist and Christian teachings on a variety of issues such as their founders, ritual prayers, love, consumerism and gender.

    Prerequisite(s)

    REL 100.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 330 - Social Justice and Theology

    REL 330 - Social Justice and Theology

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of those contemporary Christian theologies which are making an impact on the direction of current theological discourse. Attention is given to African-American theology, feminist theology, liberation theology and the contemporary debate on Christology.

    Prerequisite(s)

    One religion course.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 350 - Gender and World Religions

    REL 350 - Gender and World Religions

    3.00 credit hours

    An analysis of feminist thought in non-Western religious traditions. The course discusses women's redefinition of traditional concepts, rituals and practices in a number of religious traditions across the globe.

    Prerequisite(s)

    REL 100 or a course in non-Judeo-Christian tradition.

    Schedule Of Classes

  • REL 360 - Philosophy of Religion

    REL 360 - Philosophy of Religion

    3.00 credit hours

    An examination of the basic issues in the philosophy of religion, including the relation of faith and reason, the problem of the existence and nature of God and the nature and significance of religious experience.

    Prerequisite(s)

    Previous course in philosophy or religion.

    Schedule Of Classes

Religious Studies Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

  • Assistant program director, Mountain Tennessee Outreach Project, Coalmont, TN
  • Intern, Junior/Senior Scholars, Naperville
  • Intern, Humanitarian Service Project, Carol Stream, IL 

Graduate School

Recent graduates in religious studies have been accepted at:

  • Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
  • Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Vanderbilt University
  • DePaul University
  • Illinois State University

Careers

Recent graduates in religious studies include:

  • Youth support worker, Geneva Foundation
  • Minister of discipleship, First United Methodist Church of Waukesha
  • Coordinator of college-age ministry, Calvary Church
  • Associate pastor and ordained elder, Glenview United Methodist Church
  • Associate pastor of congregational care, Brentwood United Methodist Church
  • Pastor, Roselle United Methodist Church
     

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