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The Faculty
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Program Coordinator:  Michael Plekon

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Religion and culture courses are taught by additional faculty from a number of disciplines and departments, including History, Modern Languages and Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology and Anthropology

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Field Description

Religion is one of the most powerful and complex forces in human history. To study the religions of man from the earliest times to the present and how they have shaped and been shaped by the forces of history (among them, nationalism, war, the challenge of secularism, and technology), Baruch's Religion and Culture Program presents an interdisciplinary approach to the study of religious and cultural histories, doctrines, concepts, and practices.

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The Major

Arts And Sciences Ad Hoc Major In Religion And Culture

When a student's educational objectives cannot be fully attained solely by study within an existing department, program, or school, he or she is given the option of devising an ad hoc pattern of courses in an area of concentration of his or her own choosing. A student may embark upon an ad hoc major following preparation and acceptance of a proposal outlining the area of study, the desired outcomes, and the educational values of the program. The program must be approved by the Office of the Associate Dean,Weissman School of Arts and Sciences.

Students interested in including courses in religion and culture as part of an arts and sciences ad hoc major should contact Professor Michael Plekon, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 646-312-4472; e-mail michael.plekon@baruch.cuny.edu.

The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences ad hoc major requires 30–33 credits.

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The Minor

To fulfill the College-wide requirement for the Tier III minor with a concentration in religion and culture, students are required to take two courses numbered 3000 and higher and REL 4900, the capstone course.

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REL 4900

Issues in Religion and Culture


Electives

Choose two courses from the following:
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REL 3001

World Religious Traditions
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REL 3002

The Traditions of Judaism
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REL 3003

The Christian Tradition
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REL 3085

Special Topics in Religion and Culture
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REL 3094

Mysticism: A Comparative Approach
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REL 3210

Medieval Jewish Thought
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REL 3220

Modern Jewish Thought
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REL 3310

Christian Thought
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REL 3320

Contemporary Christianity
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REL 3525

The Hebrew Bible
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REL 3530

The Christian New Testament
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REL 3531

Religion in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
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REL 3540

The Tradition of Islam
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REL 5000

Tutorial or Advanced Independent Study in Religion and Culture
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REL 3155

Philosophies from India  (

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AAS 3155

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PHI 3155

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REL 3165

Classical Buddhism  (

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AAS 3165

), (
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HIS 3165

), (
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PHI 3165

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REL 3175

The Lives of Hinduism   (

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AAS 3175

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ANT 3175

), (
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SOC 3175

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REL 3821

South Asian Religion  (

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AAS 3821

), (
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ANT 3821

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Religious Worlds of New York  (

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ANT 4050

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SOC 4050

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Religion and Politics in the United States   (

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HIS 3008

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POL 3008

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The Historical Search for the Prophet Mohammad   (

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HIS 3084

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Jesus—A Historical and Critical Approach  (

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HIS 3100

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History of African Religions  (

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HIS 3815

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History of Chinese Religion  (

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HIS 3820

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Islamic Art
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History (Ancient) of the Jewish People as Reflected in Literature
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History (Medieval/Modern) of the Jewish People as Reflected in Literature
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Biblical Prose
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Biblical Poetry
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Talmud I
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Talmud II
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Hebrew Philosophical Literature
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The Modern Middle East and North Africa
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Contemporary Islamic World
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History of the Jewish People in America
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Music and Religion
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Christian, Islamic, and Jewish Philosophy in the Middle Ages
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Philosophy of Religion and Religious Ethics
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Psychology of Religion
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Sociology of Religion
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Cultures and Peoples of India  (

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Magic, Witchcraft and Religion  (

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ANT 3165

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Courses in Religion (REL)

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REL 1001

Introduction to World Religions

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 1512

Introduction to the Religions of Asia

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 1521

Contemporary Judaism

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 1525

Judaism and Christianity

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 1530

Bible II

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 1531

Religion in the Twentieth Century

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 1540

The Culture and the Religion of Islam

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 1560

Black Religion of America

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 2155

Philosophies from India

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 2165

Classical Buddhism

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 2210

Philosophy of Religion

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3001

World Religious Traditions

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3002

Traditions of Judaism

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3003

The Christian Tradition

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3008

Religion And Politics In The United States

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3084

The Historical Search for the Prophet Mohammad (Cross-listed with HIS)

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3085

Special Topics in Religion and Culture

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3094

Mysticism: A Comparative Approach

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3100

Jesus - An Historical and Critical Approach

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3155

Philosophies from India

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3165

Classical Buddhism

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3175

The Lives of Hinduism

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3210

Medieval Jewish thought

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3220

Modern Jewish Thought

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3230

Hasidism

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3320

Contemporary Christianity

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3525

The Hebrew Bible

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3530

The Christian New Testament

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3531

Religion in the 20th and 21st Centuries

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3540

The Tradition of Islam

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3815

History of African Religions

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3820

History of Chinese Religion

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3821

South Asian Religion

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 4050

Religious Worlds of New York

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 4900

Issues in Religion and Culture

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 5000

Ind Stud Rel I

1 hour; 1 credit

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REL 5001

Ind Stud Rel II

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 5002

Ind Stud Rel III

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 5003

Ind Stud Rel IV

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 5050

Senior Seminar

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 3085H

HNRS TOPICS REL&CUL

3 hours; 3 credits

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REL 5000H

Hon Ind Stud Rel I

3 hours; 3 credits


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