Religion

In keeping with Georgetown’s traditions, the curriculum of the Religion Department emphasizes the study of the Bible, but also includes courses in Christian history and theology, Christian ministry, and non-Western religious and philosophical traditions. Through the General Education courses, the department seeks to introduce students to the biblical texts, and to methods of study that illumine the texts. Majors and minors in the department have the opportunity to extend their exposure to Christian scholarship and to gain experience in ministry through optional supervised practicum.

Major

(B.A. degree) Thirty-three semester hours including REL 231, 233, 235, 237, 301 or 303, 329 or 411, 371 or 373, 450 and nine additional hours in the Religion Department plus allied courses PHI 355 and two courses chosen from HIS 338, MUS 422, and SOC 309. Total hours required: 41.

Minor

Twenty-one semester hours including REL 231, 233, 235, 237, 329 or 411 and six additional hours in the Religion Department, at least three of which must be 300 or above.

Note: Two courses of a Biblical language may be counted as one course toward the major or minor. A single course in a Biblical language will not apply on the major or minor. Biblical languages may be applied either toward the major/minor requirement or toward the general education requirement, but may not be applied toward both requirements.

Course Offerings

103-104. Beginning Greek I and II. (3 hours each) Grammar of the Greek New Testament. Odd Falls, Even Springs

111. Introduction to Christian Missions. (3 hours) An examination of the biblical basis for Christian Missions, the scope of Baptist missionary efforts, and modern missionary strategies. Area emphases will depend on the experience of the instructor. Even Springs

203. Greek New Testament. (3 hours) Intermediate level Greek grammar and reading of selected texts. Prerequisites: REL 103, 104 Even Falls

204. Greek New Testament II. (3 hours) Reading of selected texts from all major divisions of the Greek New Testament. Prerequisite: REL 203 Odd Springs

211. Introduction to Christian Ministry. (3 hours) Presentation of biblical, historical, and practical information related to Christian ministry as a career. Designed for those interested in ministry, the course should aid students in making more mature, informed career decisions. Fall

231. New Testament I. (3 hours) A survey of the content of the Gospels; attention to historical setting, basic literary problems, the history and teachings of Jesus, and the nature and interpretation of Gospel literature. Fall and Spring

233. New Testament II. (3 hours) A survey of the content of Acts, the New Testament Epistles, Hebrews, and Revelation. Attention to the historical setting and basic literary problems, the early church in Jerusalem, career and theology of Paul, the institutionalizing of the post-apostolic church and its problems. Fall and Spring

235. Old Testament Law and History. (3 hours) A study of the content, historical and social context, literary structure, and theological value of the Old Testament books Genesis to Esther. Fall and Spring

237. Old Testament Prophecy and Poetry. (3 hours) A study of the content, historical and social context, literary structure, and theological value of the Old Testament prophets, the poetic books, and the book of Daniel. Fall and Spring

301. Indian Religious Philosophies. (3 hours) (See PHI 301.) Odd Springs

303. Eastern Religious Philosophies. (See PHI 303.) Even Springs

311. Introduction to Christian Preaching. (3 hours) A study of the forms of address employed by ministers with particular attention given to the sermon. The student will engage in classroom speaking assignments based upon the study of the theories of preaching and various sermon forms. Prerequisites: COMM 115 or 200; REL 231, 233, 235, or 237.Odd Springs

319. Youth Ministries – Recreation in the Church. (3 hours) A study of youth and their needs as a basis for planning the local church youth program with special attention to the organization, administration and programming of the church camp or retreat. Prerequisite: one course from REL 231, 233, 235, or 237. Even Falls

325. The Johannine Literature. (3 hours) Gospel of John and Epistles of John; attention to literary characteristics and theology. Prerequisite: REL 231, or 233. Even Springs

327. The Revelation. (3 hours) A critical interpretation of the New Testament Book of Revelation based upon the nature of apocalyptic language and literature, historical setting, internal structure, and literary/grammatical/syntactical considerations. Prerequisite: REL 231 or 233. Odd Springs

329. Church History. (3 hours) A survey of the major events, movements, and personalities in the history of Christianity, including Catholicism, Orthodoxy, Protestantism, and the emergence of Baptists in England in the seventeenth century. About one-third of the course is devoted to developments in Baptist life in the United States, with special focus on the Southern Baptist Convention. Fall

341. Women in the Christian Tradition. (3 hours) An exploration of the involvement of women in the Christian tradition from the time of Jesus to the present. Prerequisite: one course from REL 231, 233, 235, 237, or 329. (Same as WST 341.) Fall

343. Life and Faith of the Baptists. (3 hours) A survey of the history and vitality of the Baptists. Topics include the variety of Baptist groups, church life and style, controversies, institutional expression, and the future of Baptists. Even Springs

360. Internship. (3 hours) Supervised experiences through a cooperative program with a religious worker or an institution as closely related as possible to the type of ministry the student is considering. Fall and Spring

371. Advanced Topics in New Testament Interpretation. (3 hours) A study of individual books or areas within the New Testament with emphasis on topics of current interest in New Testament studies. Prerequisite: REL 231 or 233. Even Falls

373. Advanced Topics in Old Testament Interpretation. (3 hours) A study of individual books or areas within the Old Testament with emphasis on topics of current interests of Old Testament studies. Prerequisite: REL 235 or 237. Odd Falls

375. Tutorial Topics. (3 hours) The study of a specific topic in Religion using the tutorial method adopted from the Oxford humanities classes. Fall and Spring

377. Special Topics in Religion. (3 hours) The study of special areas of religion deemed of value to religion majors and minors. Examples might include Religion in the South, Nineteenth Century Religious Movements, Millennialism. Prerequisite: one course in the department or permission of the instructor. Spring

411. Basic Christian Theology. (3 hours) An examination of the basis, structure and content of Christian theology with a major emphasis on the theological content of the Christian scriptures. Prerequisite: REL 231 or 233. Spring

440. Independent Study. (1, 2, or 3 hours)

450. Seminar. (3 hours) Group study of a specialized area of religion including preparation and defense of a seminar paper. Odd Falls



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