Current Course Offerings and Declaring the Minor

To declare the World Religions MInor, please fill out this form: https://forms.as.uky.edu/all-program-declaration-form.  It will go to an Arts and Sciences advisor. 

 

The following courses, to be offered in FALL 2021, all carry credit toward the World Religions Minor.  Many also fulfill a UK Core Requirement!

 

AIS 228. Applies to the UK Core requirement: Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

Islamic Civilization 3.0 Credits 

This course is an introduction to the religion of Islam and the classical era of the Islamic civilization. A great deal of time will be spent on the life of Muhammad (570-632) and basic beliefs, rituals and practices. The course will also explore aspects of the history of Islamic civilization from the time of Muhammad to around the 17th century, including science, art theology and law.

In-Person TR 9:30 am - 10:45 am

 

AIS 338

Women and Islam 3.0 Credits

A survey of women's issues related to Islam and contemporary Muslim culture including the perception of women in Islam, the role and rights of women in Islam, female circumcision, honor killing women's dress. The course will discuss the viewpoints of the Muslim traditionalists,

In-Person MWF 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm

Patterson Office Tower Rm.OB3

Ghadir K. Zannoun

 

ANT 352

Spec Tops Cultural Anthropology: Soul & Cosmos 3.0 credits

Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology: Soul and Cosmos in the Native Americas.

In-Person TR 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Lafferty Hall Rm.0201C

Shannon E Plank

 

CHI 345

Introduction to Early Chinese Thought 3.0 Credits

This course will examine the intellectual history of China's classical period, from the late Shang until the sixth century CE, and critically engage fundamental concepts of early Chinese philosophy and religion including: the Dao, the discourse of tradition, formation of philosophical "schools," cosmic and social gender, the Sage, and human nature. This course will also consider "Religion" and "Philosophy" as terms of inquiry, and synthesize this literature to describe and analyze changes and continuities to Chinese thought during the classical era.

In-Person TR. 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Barker Hall Rm.306

Matthew V. Wells

 

CLA 135

Greek/roman Mythology. 3.0 Credits   Applies to the UK Core requirement: Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

The Greek myths studied both from the standpoint of their meaning to the Greeks and Romans and from the standpoint of their use in later literature and in everyday life. 

In-Person MWF 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Leni Ribeiro Leite

 

HIS 328. Same as HJS 328MCL 328.   Applies to the UK Core requirement: Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

Representing the Holocaust. 3.0 Credits

An exploration of the ways in which the Holocaust has been represented in literature, film and historical writing and an assessment of the limits of representation of catastrophe and trauma.

In-Person TR 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Whitehall Classroom Bldg Rm.244

Sheila Elana Jelen

 

HIS 352

Tops Euro His Befor 1789: Jewish Thought/Ancient Israel  3.0 Credits. Meets with HJS 324-001.

In-Person TR 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Whitehall Classroom Bldg Rm.338

Daniel A Frese

 

HIS 353 Tops Euro His Snce 1789: Jewish Civ since 1492. HIS 353-001 meets with HJS 325-001.

In-Person MWF 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Whitehall Classroom Bldg Rm.243

 

HJS 324

Jewish Thought/cuture I Ancient Israel to the middle Ages 3.0 Credits.  HJS 324-001 meets with HIS 352-001.

A survey of Jewish intellectual and material civilization from its beginnings in Ancient Israel to its efflorescence in the medieval period.

In-Person TR 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Whitehall Classroom Bldg Rm.338

Daniel A Frese

 

HJS 325

Jewish Thought/culturer II Expulsion from Spain- to Holocaust. 3.0 Credits.  HJS 325-001 meets with HIS 353-001.

A survey of Jewish intellectual and material civilization from the expulsion from Spain in 1492 to the destruction of European Jewry in the Holocaust and the Re-establishment of Israel.

In-Person MWF 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Whitehall Classroom Bldg Rm.243

J D Popkin

 

HJS 328

Representing the Holocaust.  3.0 Credits. Same as HIS 328MCL 328  Applies to the UK Core requirement: Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

An exploration of the ways in which the Holocaust has been represented in literature, film and historical writing and an assessment of the limits of representation of catastrophe and trauma.

In-Person TR 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Whitehall Classroom Bldg Rm.244

Sheila Elana Jelen

 

PHI 245

Introduction to Philosophy of Religion. 3.0 Credits

An introduction to the philosophical study of religion, with attention to issues such as the nature of religious language, religious experience, concepts of God, science and religion, religious pluralism, miracles and revelation, death and the afterlife, and the problem of evil.

In-Person MWF 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Whitehall Classroom Bldg Rm.217

 

PHI 343

Asian Philosophy. 3.0 Credits.  Applies to the UK Core requirement: Global Dynamics

An introduction to the main concepts, assumptions, problems and texts of one or more Asian philosophical traditions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.

In-Person TR 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Whitehall Classroom Bldg Rm.237

 

PHI 545

Philosophy of Religion. 3.0 Credits. Prereq:PHI 100, 260, or 270 or the consent of the instructor.

An analysis of the philosophical issues raised by religion, such as the problem of religious knowledge, the nature of religious language, science and religion, concepts of God, death, and evil.

In-Person TR 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Fine Arts Bldg Rm.0308B

Oliver Norbert Leaman

 

 

 

The following courses, offered in SPRING 2021, all carry credit toward the World Religions Minor.  Many also fulfill a UK Core Requirement!

 

HJS 110: Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible. Lecture, Hybrid. TR 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm. Daniel A Frese. Applies to the UK Core requirement: Intellectual Inquiry in the Humanities

This course is an introduction to and survey of the small library of ancient documents collectively known as the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament) - a library which is sacred to Judaism and Christianity. During our survey of the Hebrew Bible's content and our close reading of selected passages, we will consider the origins and formation of these texts and how they relate to the history and culture of the ancient Near Eastern context in which they were written. We will also pay attention to the artistry of the texts' various genres and to modern academic theories about how to understand and interpret them.

 

CLA 391/HIS 391: Christians in the Roman Empire Lecture, In-Person. TR 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm. Business and Economics Bldg Rm.383 David M. Olster

This course discusses the changing status of Christians in the Roman Empire between 100 and 500 CE. An underlying theme of this course is: What is it to be a Christian? Students will read and discuss both primary and secondary sources and analyze how the answer to the above- mentioned question changed during the Roman Empire. Topics to be discussed include: heresies, persecution, definitions of doctrines and practices, the relationship to the Roman Empire, and more. All students will write a book review, take two essay exams, and participate in regular discussion. Class participation is an expected component of this class and contributes 25% to the final grade for the course.

HIS 323: The Holocaust. Seminar, In-Person. TR 9:30 am - 10:45 am. Whitehall Classroom 238. Ryan J. Voogt

This course will attempt to help students understand the events that resulted in the virtual destruction of Europe's Jews during the Second World War. Topics will include the history of anti-semitism, the ways in which Nazi policy against the Jews was implemented, Jewish resistance response of non-Jews and other governments to the Holocaust.

A-H 323: Medieval Art: Christian Iconography. Prereq: A-H 105 recommended. Lecture, In-Person. TR 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm. School of Art & Visual Studies Bldg Rm.114. Alice Christ

The course introduces the various modes of depicting Christian religious subject matter from the first origins in the Roman Empire to the height of Gothic spirituality and the rebirth of city life in Europe. Focus of interpretation is on the relationship of changing modes of depicting Christian subject matter to changes in economic, political, socio- cultural and theological conditions of art patronage and production. The skills you will be cultivating apply to similar issues in the arts of many cultures.

AIS 330: Islamic Civilization II Lecture, Hybrid. TR 9:30 am - 10:45 am. Mandrell Hall Rm.143. Ihsan A Bagby

The Islamic world's response to westernization and the resultant reassertion of its cultural role in the modern world.

AIS 410: Theology and Law in Islam.  Prereq: Islamic Civilization I or the permission of the instructor. Lecture, Hybrid TR 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm. College of Nursing Rm.505. Aiyub Palmer

This course provides an historical and thematic overview of theology and law (Shari?ah or Fiqh) in Islam. The main concepts of Islamic theology are introduced, comparing them to Christian thought and taking into account contemporary issues. The section on law covers the historical development of the classical legal schools and the main concepts of Islamic legal philosophy.

AIS 430: Islam in America. Lecture, Hybrid. TR 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm. Law Bldg Rm.193. Ihsan A Bagby

This course is an overview of the Muslim experience in America with special emphasis on the issues facing Muslims as they seek to adjust and find their space in America, especially in the wake of 9/11.

ANT 327: Culture and Societies India & South Asia This section meets via internet synchronously. Lecture, Fully Online. MW 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm. Business and Economics Bldg, Rm.233. Mark P. Whitaker

This course considers the interrelationships between the various religious, political and philosophical traditions and practices of India and South Asia in the context of their shared cultural, historic, structural, geographic and demographic ties.

ANT 335: Religion in Everyday Life Applies to the UK Core requirement: Intellectual Inquiry in Social Sciences. This course is required for the World Religions Minor. This section meets via internet synchronously. Lecture, Fully Online. TR 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm. Business and Economics Bldg, Rm.171. Juliana McDonald

Directed at non-majors (with no anthropology prerequisite), this course is intended to introduce the student to the diversity and unity of religious beliefs and practices in everyday life throughout the world through the lens of the social science anthropology. This includes the study of religions both textual and non-textual, large-scale and small- scale. The course content will include ethnographic materials as well as an examination of various methods and theoretical approaches used in anthropology in the cross-cultural study of religion. Questions that are addressed in this course include: Why do humans have/need religion? What is "religion"? Where, when, and how did "religion" evolve as a cultural universal in the human species? We will examine the basic components of religious beliefs and practices and how they are integrated into human life both individually and in communities. Students will think critically about the social organization of religion and impact of religion on society. Other areas of discussion will include: religious specialists, sacred places, religion and adaptation, religion and gender, and politics and religion. This course is much more than a typical survey of world religions and will specifically encourage the cross-cultural comparative perspective of a significant feature of all human groups.

PHI 343: Asian Philosophy Lecture, Hybrid.TR 9:30 am - 10:45 am. Whitehall Classroom Bldg, Rm.244. Oliver Leaman

An introduction to the main concepts, assumptions, problems and texts of one or more Asian philosophical traditions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.

GER 363: Germanic Mythology This section meets via internet synchronously. Lecture, Fully Online.MWF 11:00 am - 11:50 am. Brenna R. Byrd

Overview of the mythological traditions of the Germanic peoples and their continuing presence in Western culture.

PHI 245: Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion. Lecture, Fully Online. Kayla G Bohannon

An introduction to the philosophical study of religion, with attention to issues such as the nature of religious language, religious experience, concepts of God, science and religion, religious pluralism, miracles and revelation, death and the afterlife, and the problem of evil.

 

The following courses, offered in FALL 2020, all carry credit toward the World Religions Minor. (asterisk (*) indicates a course also fulfills a UK Core Requirement). 

Area 1: Judaism

HJS 324 Jewish Thought and Culture I: From Ancient Israel to the Middle Ages TR 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm (Daniel A Frese)

HJS 325/HIS353  Jewish Thought and Culture II: From the Expulsion from Spain to the Present MWF 11.00-11.50  (Jeremy Popkin)

Area 2: Christianity

*HIS 191 A History of World Religions: Making of the Gospels TR 11.00-12.15 (David Olster)

HIS 330 A History of Western Religious Thought TR 2.00-3.15. (Abigail Firey)

HIS 352: Special Topics Europe: Christianity. TR 9.30-10.45 (David Olster

Area 3: Islam

*AIS 228 Islamic Civilization . TR 9:30 am - 10:45 am (Aiyub Palmer)

Area 4: Central and East Asian Religion

*PHI 343 Asian Philosophy TR 11:00 am - 12:15 pm (Oliver Leaman)

Area 5: Ancient, Folk, and Indigenous Religion

*CLA 135 Greek and Roman Mythology TR11:00 am - 12:15 pm (TBD)

Area 6: Methodology and Comparative Religion

ANT 130: Introduction to Comparative Religion

ANT 450: Symbols and Culture (Monica Udvardy)

SOC 350: Greening of Religion (Patrick Mooney)

 

The following courses, offered in SPRING 2020, all carry credit toward the World Religions Minor. (asterisk (*) indicates a course also fulfills a UK Core Requirement)

  • AIS 330: ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION II (Ihsan Bagby)
    TR,9.30-10.45, Whitehall Classroom Bldg,Rm.201

  • AIS 345: ISLAMIC MYSTICISM (Aiyub Palmer)
    TR,9.30-10.45,Law Building,Rm.399

  • AIS 440: INTRODUCTION TO THE QURAN (Ihsan Bagby)
    TR, 2.00-3.15, Whitehall Classroom Bldg,Rm.243

  • ANT 327: CULTURE AND SOCIETIES OF INDIA & SOUTH ASIA (Mark Whitaker)
    TR,3.30-4.45,Lafferty Hall,Rm.213

  • ANT 335*: RELIGION IN EVERYDAY LIFE (Diane King)  [REQUIRED FOR MINOR]  Core Social Science
    MWF,12.00-12.50,Don and Cathy Jacobs Science Building,Rm.213

  • CHI 450: Wells, Matthew, "HERMITS, IMMORTALS AND MADMEN" (Matthew Wells)
    TR,11.00-12.15,Fine Arts Bldg,Rm.208

  • CLA 391/HIS 391: CHRISTIANS IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE (Bruce Holle)
    TR,11.00-12.15,Whitehall Classroom Bldg,Rm.201

  • GER 363: GERMANIC MYTHOLOGY (Brenna Byrd) (taught in English)
    MWF,11.00-11.50,Whitehall Classroom Bldg,Rm.247

  • HIS 323: THE HOLOCAUST (Ryan Voogt)
    TR,9.30-10.45,Funkhouser Building,Rm.B4

  • HIS 352:GREEK AND ROMAN RELIGIONS (TOPICS, EUROPEAN HISTORY BEFORE 1789) (Daniel Gargola)
    MWF,11.00-11.50,Whitehall Classroom Bldg,Rm.217

  • HIS 379: REFORMATION EUROPE (Scott Taylor)
    TR,11.00-12.15,Thomas Hunt Morgan Bio Sci Bldg,Rm.109

  • HJS 110*: INTRO TO THE OLD TESTAMENT/HEBREW BIBLE (Daniel Frese)   Core Humanities
    TR,12.30-1.45,Law Building,Rm.395

  • PHI 245: INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
    TR,9.30-10.45,Whitehall Classroom Bldg,Rm.306

  • PHI 343*: ASIAN PHILOSOPHY (Oliver Leaman) Core Global Dynamics
    TR,9.30-10.45,Whitehall Classroom Bldg,Rm.244

 

The following courses, offered in FALL 2019, all carry credit toward the World Religions Minor. (asterisk (*) indicates a course also fulfills a UK Core Requirement)

 

  • AIS 228* : ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION I.
    TR 9:30 am - 10:45 am.Aiyub Palmer

  • AIS 410: THEOLOGY AND LAW IN ISLAM
    TR. 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm.  Aiyub Palmer

  • CLA 135* : GREEK AND ROMAN MYTHOLOGY
    MWF 11:00 am - 11:50 am.  Valerio Caldesi Valeri

  • CLA 191* : CHRISTIANITY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY
    MW 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm + F recitation.  Bruce Holle

  • CLA/HIS 390: BACKGROUND AND EARLY HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY
    W 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Bruce Holle

  • CHI 345: INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHINESE THOUGHT
    TR. 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm.  Matthew Wells

  • HIS 191*: HISTORY OF WORLD RELIGIONS: CHRISTIANITY, FROM JESUS TO THE REFORMATION
    MW 12:00 pm - 12:50 pm + F recitation.  Bruce Holle

  • HIS 295: EAST ASIA TO 1600
    TR 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm.  Emily Mokros

  • HIS 352: CHRISTIANITY'S GOD-GUARDED EMPIRE: CHRISTIANITY AFTER CONSTANTINE
    TR 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm. David Olster

  • HIS 352: JERUSALEM
    MWF 11:00 am - 11:50 am.  Eric Lee Welch

  • HIS 352/HJS 324: JEWISH THOUGHT AND CULTURE
    TR 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm.  Daniel Frese

  • HJS 327H: WOMEN IN JUDAISM: GENDER AND LITERACY
    TR 9:30 am - 10:45 am. Sheila Jelen

  • HJS 425: REPRESENTATIONS OF THE HOLOCAUST
    TR. 11:00 am - 12:15 pm. Sheila Jelen

  • PHI 343*: ASIAN PHILOSOPHY
    TR 11:00 am - 12:15 pm. Oliver Leaman

  • SOC 350: RELIGIOUS ECOLOGIES
    TR 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm.  Patrick Mooney

     

    The following courses offered in SPRING 2019 all carried credit toward the World Religions Minor

    • A-H 323: STUDIES IN MEDIEVAL ART: CHRISTIAN ICONOGRAPHY
      TR 09:30AM-10:45AM  FA 208  Alice Christ

    • AIS 330: ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION II
      TR 09:30AM-10:45AM  L 213  Ihsan Bagby

    • AIS 430: ISLAM IN AMERICA
      TR 02:00PM-03:15PM  CP 297  Ihsan Bagby

    • ANT 335: RELIGION IN EVERYDAY LIFE  Core Social Science
      TR 11:00AM-12:15PM  Room TBA  Juliana McDonald

    • CLA/HIS 391: CHRISTIANS IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE
      TR 9.30AM-10.45AM  JSB 114  David Hunter
      Same as HIS 391

    • GER 363: GERMANIC MYTHOLOGY (taught in English)
      MWF 11:00AM-11:50AM  FA 208  Brenna Byrd

    • HIS 323: THE HOLOCAUST
      TR 02:00PM-03:15PM  JSB 103  Ryan Voogt

    • HIS 352-001: Tops Euro His Befor 1789: Perceptions of Jesus the Christ: From the Gospel of Mark to the Gospel of Mel Gibson.
      TR 12:30 pm - 1:45 pm Room TBA Bruce Holle

    • HIS 352-002: Tops Euro HIS Befor 1789: Saints and Sinners: Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Religious Cultures
      TR 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
      CB 204 Melissa Worley Kapitan

    • HIS 353-002: TOPICS IN EUROPEAN HISTORY SINCE 1789: JEWISH CIVILIZATIONS SINCE 1492
      12:30PM-01:45PM  CB 338  Jeremy Popkin
      Meets with HJS 325

    • HIS 391: CHRISTIANS IN THE ROMAN EMPIRE
      W 04:00PM-06:30PM  JSB 114  David Hunter
      Same as CLA 391

    • HIS 512: CAROLINGIAN EMPIRE
      MW 06:00PM-07:15PM  Room TBA  Abigail Firey

    • HJS 110: THE OLD TESTAMENT/HEBREW BIBLE  Core Humanities
      TR 12:30PM-01:45PM  CB 245  Daniel Frese

    • HJS 325: JEWISH THOUGHT & CULTURE II
      TR 12:30PM-01:45PM  CB 338  Jeremy Popkin
      Meets with HIS 353-002

    • PHI 245: INTRODUCTION TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION
      TR 11:00AM-12:15PM  OT OB5  Colin Smith

    • PHI 343: ASIAN PHILOSOPHY  Core Global Dynamics
      TR 09:30AM-10:45AM  CB 235  Oliver Leaman    

    • RUS 370: RUSSIAN FOLKLORE (taught in English)  Core Global Dynamic or Social Science
      TR 02:00PM-03:15PM  CB 247  JeanmarieRouhier-Willoughby

    • WRD 420-001: Rhetorical Traditions: Arguing with God: Introduction to Jewish Rhetorics.
      TR 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
      Patterson Hall, Rm.218  Janice Fernheimer

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