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Course Announcements for Dietrich School Students

New Courses
Courses Recently Approved to Meet General Ed Requirements
Changes in Majors
Changes in Minors

New Courses

effective spring 2017 (term 2174):
ANTH 1549 Warfare in Archaeology and Ethnography
ANTH 1552 A History of Anthropological Thought
ANTH 1556 Zooarchaeology
ANTH 1557 The Archaeology of Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia
ANTH 1617 Paleopathology
ANTH 1730 Ethno-National Violence
CLASS 0600 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
ENGCMP 0210 Seminar in Composition: Writing with Film (cross-listed to ENGFLM 0210)
ENGCMP 0641 Writing for Change
ENGCMP 1112 Professional Uses of Social Media
ENGCMP 1151 Professional Editing in Context
ENGFLM 0210 Seminar in Composition: Writing with Film (cross-listed to ENGCMP 0210)
ENGLIT 0305 Imagining Social Justice
ENGLIT 0506 How to Do Things with Literature 2
ENGLIT 0637 Horror Literature
ENGLIT 0725 Introduction to Translation Studies
ENGLIT 1002 Critical Game Studies
ENGLIT 1255 Theater and Activism (existing course, new title)
ENGLIT 1635 Children in Pittsburgh
ENGLIT 1715 Global Black Literature (existing course, new title)
ENGWRT 1435 Literary Publishing
HAA 0018 Death in the Ancient World
HIST 1749 Islam and Conflict in Global Contexts
PHYS 0091 Conceptual Physics
PHYS 0410 Physics of the Human Body 1
PHYS 0411 Physics of the Human Body 2
 

Courses Recently Approved to Meet General Education Requirements

effective spring 2017 (term 2174):
 
 
Composition

ENGCMP 0210 Seminar in Composition: Writing with Film (cross-listed to ENGFLM 0210)
ENGFLM 0210 Seminar in Composition: Writing with Film (cross-listed to ENGCMP 0210)

 
The Arts

COMMRC 0320 Mass Communication Process (effective 2171)
HAA 0018 Death in the Ancient World
HAA 0480 Modern Architecture

2nd course in Literature or the Arts or Creative Expression

HAA 1304 Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael: Painting in 16th Century Italy

 
Philosophy

ENGCMP 0425 Digital Humanity (cross-listed to HAA 0425)
HAA 0425 Digital Humanity (cross-listed to ENGCMP 0425)

Social Science

ANTH 1552 A History of Anthropological Thought
COMMRC 0300 Communication Process (effective 2171)

Historical Change

ANTH 0534 Prehistoric Foundations of European Civilization
ANTH 1557 The Archaeology of Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia
COMMRC 0320 Mass Communication Process (effective 2171)
HAA 0480 Modern Architecture
HIST 1691 Latino History
HIST 1692 LGBTQ in USA

Natural Sciences

ANTH 1556 Zooarchaeology
PHYS 0091 Conceptual Physics

Foreign Culture/International - Regional

ANTH 0534 Prehistoric Foundations of European Civilization
ANTH 1557 The Archaeology of Russia, Central Asia, and Mongolia
CLASS 0032 Athletics of the Ancient World (cross-listed to HIST 1746)
CLASS 1250 Law & Society in Greece & Rome (cross-listed to HIST 1789)
HAA 0480 Modern Architecture
HAA 1304 Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Raphael: Painting in 16th Century Italy
HIST 1746 Athletics of the Ancient World (cross-listed to CLASS 0032)
HIST 1789 Law & Society in Greece & Rome (cross-listed to CLASS 1250)
KOREAN 0007 Introduction to Korean Culture and Civilization

Foreign Culture/International - Comparative

HAA 0018 Death in the Ancient World
RELGST 1519 Religion, Nature, and the Environment

International/Foreign Culture - Global

HAA 0090 Introduction to Contemporary Art

Non-Western Culture

KOREAN 0007 Introduction to Korean Culture and Civilization

Writing-intensive Courses

ANTH 1549 Warfare in Archaeology and Ethnography
ENGCMP 0641 Writing for Change
ENGCMP 1112 Professional Uses of Social Media
ENGCMP 1151 Professional Editing in Context

 

Changes in Majors

effective spring 2017 (term 2174):
 
Religious Studies major

The revised Religious Studies major requires 30 credits for completion. Requirements follow.

Introductory Courses
RELGST 0105 Religions of the West
RELGST 0505 Religion in Asia
Students are encourage to take the introductory courses early in the major.


Survey Course - one of the following courses
RELGST 0025 Major Biblical Themes
RELGST 0405 Witchcraft to Walden Pond: Religion in Early America
RELGST 0415 Religion in Modern America
RELGST 0455 Intro to Islamic Civilization
RELGST 0715 Philosophy of Religion
RELGST 1120 Origins of Christianity
RELGST 1130 Varieties of Christianity
RELGST 1135 Orthodox Christianity
RELGST 1210 Jews and Judaism-Ancient
RELGST 1220 Jews and Judaism-Medieval
RELGST 1250 Jews and Judaism-Modern
RELGST 1500 Religion in India 1
RELGST 1550 East Asian Buddhism
RELGST 1560 Chinese Religious Traditions
RELGST 1570 Japanese Religious Traditions


Thematic Cluster - three courses within one thematic cluster of the student's choice


Religion, Medicine, and the Body
RELGST 1143 Death in the Name of God-Martyrs and Martyrdom
RELGST 1150 Body and Society in Late Antiquity
RELGST 1151 Death in the Mediterranean World
RELGST 1405 Religion and Sexuality
RELGST 1554 Death and Beyond in Buddhist Cultures
RELGST 1558 Buddhism and Psychology
RELGST 1725 Death and the Healthcare Profession


Spirituality and Rationality
RELGST 0090 Myth in the Ancient Near East
RELGST 0735 Wisdom
RELGST 1100 Israel in the Biblical Age
RELGST 1140 Dualism in the Ancient World
RELGST 1142 Construction of Evil
RELGST 1145 Greco-Roman Religions
RELGST 1222 Jewish Mysticism
RELGST 1540 Saints East and West
RELGST 1545 Mysticism East and East
RELGST 1552 East Asian Meditative Traditions
RELGST 1610 Myth, Symbol, Ritual
RELGST 1760 Religion and Rationality
RELGST 1762 Guide to the Perplexed


Religion, Culture, and Creative Expression
RELGST 0435 Religion and Film
RELGST 0525 Religion and Culture in East Asia
RELGST 1148 Religions of Ancient Egypt
RELGST 1160 Jerusalem-History and Imagination
RELGST 1225 Jewish Culture in Medieval Spain
RELGST 1228 Exodus and Passover
RELGST 1425 Popular Religion in America
RELGST 1452 Hymns and HipHop: Sounds of Islam
RELGST 1510 Religion in India 2: Storytelling as a Religious Form
RELGST 1557 Buddhist Lives
RELGST 1572 Popular Religion in a Changing Japan


Religion, Identity, and Global Problems
RELGST 1240 Jews and the City
RELGST 1241 Gender in Jewish History
RELGST 1252 History of the Holocaust
RELGST 1372 Catholicism in the New World
RELGST 1438 Religion and Politics
RELGST 1450 Islam and Politics
RELGST 1518 Religion and Ecology
RELGST 1520 Buddhism Along the Silk Road
RELGST 1642 History of Christian-Muslim Relations
RELGST 1644 Jewish-Christian Relations
RELGST 1620 Women in Religion
RELGST 1680 History and Memory in the Jewish Tradition
RELGST 1681 Zionism, Anti-Zionism, Post-Zionism


Electives
Students must take:
  • One 1000-level course of their choosing from any of the thematic clusters, including a fourth course within their chosen thematic cluster
  • Two other RELGST courses which may include:
    • RELGST 1900 Internship
    • RELGST 1901 Independent Study
    • RELGST 1902 Directed Study
    • RELGST 1904 Undergraduate Research Assistant
    • RELGST 1905 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant


Capstone
RELGST 1903 Directed Research Seminar (W course)


Distribution Requirement:
The courses students take to fulfill their major requirements must include at least
  • one course focusing on religion in Asia
  • one course focusing on ancient or classical religion in the middle-east and/or Europe
  • one course focusing on modern or contemporary religion in the Middle East, Europe, or the Americas


Notes:
  • The same course may not fulfill more than one distribution requirement.
  • Introductory courses cannot fulfill distribution requirements.
  • No more than 6 credits applied toward the major can be taken with the S/NC grading option.


Religion in Asia
RELGST 0525 Religion and Culture in East Asia
RELGST 1500 Religion in India 1
RELGST 1516 Temple, Icon, and Deity in India
RELGST 1520 Buddhism Along the Silk Road
RELGST 1530 Topics in Buddhist Civilization
RELGST 1540 Saints East and West
RELGST 1545 Mysticism East and East
RELGST 1500 Religion in India II-Storytelling as a Religious Form
RELGST 1550 East Asian Buddhism
RELGST 1552 East Asian Meditative Traditions
RELGST 1554 Death and Beyond in Buddhist Cultures
RELGST 1557 Buddhist Lives
RELGST 1558 Buddhism and Psychology
RELGST 1560 Chinese Religious Traditions
RELGST 1562 Confucianism-Basic Texts
RELGST 1570 Japanese Religious Traditions
RELGST 1572 Popular Religion in a Changing Japan


Ancient/Classical Religion in Europe and/or the Middle East
RELGST 0025 Major Biblical Themes
RELGST 0090 Myth in the Ancient Near East
RELGST 1100 Israel in the Biblical Age
RELGST 1120 Origins of Christianity
RELGST 1130 Varieties of Early Christianity
RELGST 1132 Paul
RELGST 1135 Orthodox Christianity
RELGST 1140 Dualism in the Ancient World
RELGST 1142 Construction of Evil
RELGST 1143 Death in the Name of God-Martyrs and Martyrdom
RELGST 1145 Greco-Roman Religions
RELGST 1148 Religions of Ancient Egypt
RELGST 1150 Body and Society in Late Antiquity
RELGST 1151 Death in the Mediterranean World
RELGST 1160 Jerusalem-History and Imagination
RELGST 1210 Jews and Judaism-Ancient
RELGST 1220 Jews and Judaism-Medieval
RELGST 1222 Jewish Mysticism
RELGST 1225 Jewish Culture in Medieval Spain
RELGST 1400 Religion and Culture in America
RELGST 1454 Islamic Thought
RELGST 1540 Saints East and West
RELGST 1545 Mysticism East and East
RELGST 1624 Women and Judaism
RELGST 1640 Jews in the Islamic World
RELGST 1642 Christian-Muslim Relations
RELGST 1644 Jewish-Christian Relations
RELGST 1645 Jesus and Judaism
RELGST 1675 Reading the Hebrew Bible
RELGST 1680 Readings in Jewish Historiography
RELGST 1762 Guide to the Perplexed


Modern/Contemporary Religion in Europe and/or the Middle East
RELGST 0405 Witches to Walden Pond: Religion in Early America
RELGST 0415 Religion in Modern America
RELGST 0435 Religion, Literature and Film
RELGST 0455 Intro to Islamic Civilization
RELGST 0715 Philosophy of Religion
RELGST 1240 Jews and the City
RELGST 1241 Gender and Jewish History
RELGST 1250 Jews and Judaism-Modern
RELGST 1252 History of the Holocaust
RELGST 1256 Modern Israel
RELGST 1372 Catholicism in the New World
RELGST 1400 Religion and Culture in America
RELGST 1405 Religion and Sexuality
RELGST 1410 Religion in American Thought
RELGST 1412 Migration in American Religion
RELGST 1415 Race and Religion in America
RELGST 1425 Popular Religion in America
RELGST 1427 Religion and Law
RELGST 1438 Religion and Politics
RELGST 1450 Islam and Politics
RELGST 1452 Hymns and HipHop-Sounds of Islam
RELGST 1518 Religion and Ecology
RELGST 1725 Death and the Healthcare Professions
RELGST 1760 Religion and Rationality
RELGST 1681 Zionism, Anti-Zionism, Post-Zionism
 

Changes in Minors & Certificates

effective spring 2017 (term 2174):
 
Revision to English Literature Minor
The revised English Literature minor requires 18 credits for completion. Requirements follow.
  • ENGLIT 0505 How to Do Things with Literature 1
  • ENGLIT 0506 How to Do Things with Literature 2
  • Four elective courses - must be ENGLIT courses at the 0500-, 0600-, or 1000-level. At least two elective courses must be at the 1000-level.
  • ENGLIT 1900 Project Seminar is recommended but not required.