History, Religious Studies and Languages

(F, S) As part of the Humanities sequence and the sequel to HIST 110, this course examines the role of religion in the maintenance of Roman, Christian, and Islamic empires, with particular attention to religiously inspired art, architecture and literature. The course begins with an examination of the rise of the Roman Empire and proceeds to examine the Christian transformation of that empire from Constantine through the Middle Ages. The primary focus is "Christendom" in Western Europe with limited attention to developments in the Byzantine Empire. The rise and spread of Islam is also examined, with special attention given to the interaction between Christian and Muslim civilization.. The course ends with examination of forces that challenge the medieval political-religious establishment in Western Europe in the late Middle Ages and Renaissance. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 or 101 and HIST 110. Co-requisite: ENGL 102.
(F) Topics that might be covered include, but are not limisted to, such titles as Colonial America, the Early National Period, Industrial America in the Gilded Age, the Progressive Era and World War I, the Period between the World Wars, World War II, the United States since 1945, the Vietnam War, American Economic History, American Constitutional History, African American History, and the American South. (Even Years Only).
(F) A study of selected writings of the Hebrew Bible, Apocrypha, and New Testament with particular attention to the historica development of religious faith and practice in ancient Israel from earliest times to the rise of Christianity. The use and interpretation of Hebrew religious tradition in Islam is also examined. Students are introduced to various scholarly methods of biblical interpretation.