Course Descriptions
Religion (REL)
101 Philosophy of Life 3 hours F,S (Refer to PHL 101)



210 Understanding the Old Testament 3 hours F
Students explore the basic teachings of the Hebrew Scriptures as represented in the teachings, prophets and poetry of the Old Testament. This course gives attention to the Old Testament’s meaning in its own historical setting, as well as its connections to the New Testament and Christianity.
General Education: Personal Growth and Maturity



212 Christian Faith and Practice 3 hours S
This course will explore the intellectual content of historic Christian faith as it has been expressed in the ecumenical creeds and other features of its intellectual tradition. Students will be immersed in the unique contributions of the three great communions of Christian tradition (Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Protestantism) and in the Wesleyan spiritual tradition that underlies DWU. The class will outline aspects of Christian spirituality such as prayer, meditation and lectio divina, with a view toward how these beliefs and practices can be re-energizing for contemporary spirituality.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
General Education: Personal Growth and Maturity



215 The Life and Teachings of Jesus 3 hours S
This course examines the Gospels in their historical setting and contemporary significance, and is aimed at understanding what we know about Jesus and the lifestyle he lived and taught.
General Education: Personal Growth and Maturity



216 The Life and Letters of Paul 3 hours F
This course examines Paul’s life and letters in the context of the growth and problems of the early churches.
General Education: Personal Growth and Maturity



240 Sexuality, Spirituality and Loving 3 hours S
A study of the ethics of sexuality and the values associated with our physical existence, this course examines the basic physiology of human reproduction and discusses emotional and ethical issues surrounding sexual relationships. The course also gives attention to diverse beliefs about spirituality and sexuality in Judaism, Christianity and their Scriptures.
General Education: Civic Values and Engagement



275 Field Experience 3 hours F,S,SU
This is an opportunity for guided experience in local or area churches to explore and become acquainted with various phases of church work. Students can take REL 275 or REL 450 as part of a regular semester’s program, as a full-time internship during a summer or as a full professional semester. Only three hours may count toward a major.



299 Selected Topics – Basic 1-3 hours TBA



302 Faith and Reason 3 hours F,S
This class will explore the tensions between faith and reason, the reasonableness of historic Christian faith and the tensions between religion and science. It will shed light on questions concerning belief in God, the scriptures as divine revelation, views on interpretation of the biblical creation stories, science and design inferences from science.



314 World Religions 3 hours S14
This course is a comparative survey of the major religious systems of the world, both Eastern and Western, with emphasis on those religions currently in practice.
General Education: Cultural and Global Awareness



315 American Religions 3 hours S13
This course is a study of religious groups in America, both historical and contemporary, including a survey of traditional denominations and their beliefs, as well as newer movements and cults.



323 Biblical Interpretation and Proclamation 3 hours S13
This course will introduce students to best principles and practices for biblical interpretation. The class will explore the history of biblical interpretation, biblical interpretation as it is practiced within the Bible itself, and various theories of text interpretation. The class will seek to train students in best practices for teaching and preaching the scriptures in a church context.
Prerequisites: REL 210, REL 215 or REL 216



330 Hellenistic Greek I 3 hours F12
This course is the first half of a study of the Koine form of the Greek language, which was used in the Hellenistic world and in the New Testament. The two-semester sequence will provide a basic reading knowledge of the New Testament, the Septuagint and other early Greek literature. This course is offered directed study and does not count toward a Christian leadership major or minor.



331 Hellenistic Greek II 3 hours S13
This course is the second half of a study of the Koine form of the Greek language. This course is offered directed study and does not count toward a Christian leadership major or minor.



332 Biblical Hebrew I 3 hours F13
This course will explore the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew in a two-semester sequence with a view toward competency in reading, understanding and interpreting the Hebrew Scriptures.
Prerequisites: REL 210



333 Biblical Hebrew II 3 hours S14
This course is the second half of a study in the exploration of the grammar, syntax and vocabulary of Biblical Hebrew with a view toward competency in reading, understanding and interpreting the Hebrew Scriptures.
Prerequisite: REL 332



360 Death, Dying and Life after Death 3 hours F12
Students will explore the biological process of dying, the various meanings that cultures attach to death and what different world religions teach about life after death. The course gives attention to near-death experiences, the process of grieving, and the biblical concepts of immortality of the soul, resurrection of the body and eternal life.
General Education: Personal Growth and Maturity



370 Pop Culture and Theology 3 hours S13,SU
This course discusses the understandings of God found in all types of media (advertising, celebrities, music, movies, television, fashion, sports, art, and video games). Advocating neither wholehearted acceptance nor rejection of pop culture, students will analyze critically the media around them. They will become aware of the “silent shaping” of media in their theology and define a theology of God through it.
General Education: Personal Growth and Maturity



380 Classics in Christian Thought 3 hours F12
This survey of the great thinkers in the history of Christian thought examines crucial issues and theological ideas. These will serve as an introduction to the theological task of learning how to talk about God. Designed to acquaint students with the Christian heritage, this course also provides a basis for critically assessing the many theological claims in our world today.



390 Contemporary Christian Thought 3 hours F13
This course is an exploration of the thought of contemporary theologians and movements. The objective is to understand the variety of positions and attempt to understand and better communicate religious ideas to people in our own time. Key religious beliefs and issues will be the focus, with opportunity for discussion and development of the student’s personal understanding.



410 Church Growth: Mission and Evangelism 3 hours S13
Students will learn various theologies of mission and evangelism and the nature and logic of Christian conversion. Students will explore the best practices for churches to seek and effectively draw new persons into Christian discipleship in both foreign and domestic contexts. Class limit: 20
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor



415 Theology of John Wesley 3 hours TBA
A survey of the history and theology of the United Methodist tradition, this course begins with John Wesley and the rise of early Methodism, and ends with contemporary thinking and issues in the United Methodist Church.



420 Reading Biblical Greek 3 hours TBA
This course will primarily involve translating biblical Greek texts, discussing syntax, textual variants, shadings of word meaning and interpretive possibilities. The course will also review intermediate level Greek grammar and strategies and best practices for Greek text interpretation.
Prerequisites: REL 215, REL 216 and REL 333



424 Reading Biblical Hebrew 3 hours TBA
This course will primarily involve translating biblical Hebrew texts, discussing syntax, textual variants, shadings of word meaning, and interpretive possibilities. The course will also review intermediate level Hebrew grammar and strategies of interpretation in Hebrew.
Prerequisites: REL 215, REL 216 and REL 333



450 Practicum 3 hours F,S,SU



460 Independent Study 1-3 hours F,S
Students complete individual work in religious topics.



461 Travel Seminar 1-3 hours TBA
The seminar provides credit for travel on mission trips or visits to important sacred places. The course includes background reading and evaluative reports.
General Education: Cultural and Global Awareness



499 Selected Topics – Advanced 1-3 hours TBA


101 Philosophy of Life 3 hours F,S
An introduction to the realms of philosophy and religion, this course consists of an examination of values for living and of the variety of systems of meaning that humans have constructed for themselves in answering life’s important questions.
General Education: Personal Growth and Maturity



220 Introduction to Ethical Issues 3 hours F12
This course examines ethical decision making in the context of contemporary issues that are a part of our personal and social life, such as lying, sexual morality, capital punishment, war and euthanasia.
General Education: Civic Values and Engagement



305 Biomedical Ethics 3 hours TBA
An examination of the ethical questions that arise in connection with selected biomedical issues, PHL 305 explores issues such as abortion, genetic engineering and euthanasia. This course is particularly useful for healthcare personnel, those interested in ministry or social work, and others with a general interest in these areas.
General Education: Civic Values and Engagement



352 Political Thought 3 hours TBA
(Refer to POL 352)



381 Business Ethics and Social Policy 3 hours S
(Refer to BUS 381)



460 Independent Study 3 hours F,S
Students complete individual work in philosophy.



499 Selected Topics – Advanced 1-3 hours TBA

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