Courses Offered

Isis, Goddess of the SkyPlease note that the following list consists of all Religious Studies courses offered. To find courses offered during the current semester, see: https://uwm.edu/religiousstudies/undergraduate-programs/current-courses/.

For other semesters, see https://www4.uwm.edu/schedule/.

RELIGST 101 Introduction to World Religions
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Basic concepts of world religions; broad overview of various religious traditions in ancient and modern configurations.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: HU
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2017.
RELIGST 106 Anishinaabe Ethnobotany: Plants in Anishinaabe Philosophy
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Anishinaabe philosophical and religious beliefs incorporating botanical knowledge.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: CD
Course Rules: AIS 106 & ReligSt 106 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another.
RELIGST 192 First-Year Seminar:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Specific humanities topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: HU
Course Rules: Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem Course (course numbers 192, 193, 194).
Last Taught: Fall 2010.
RELIGST 193 First-Year Seminar:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Specific social science topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered.
Prerequisites: none.
General Education Requirements: SS
Course Rules: Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem Course (course numbers 192, 193, 194).
RELIGST 199 Independent Study
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Independent work under supervision of faculty or academic staff member. For further information, consult dept chair.
Prerequisites: 2.5 GPA; writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS.
Course Rules: Retakable to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2019.
RELIGST 225 Society and Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Using historical evidence (written texts, material remains) to examine religion and social organization in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel/Canaan, Minoan Crete, Mycenaean and archaic Greece.
Prerequisites: none.
RELIGST 250 Selected Topics in Religious Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Focus on a particular religion or religious issue.
Prerequisites: Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
General Education Requirements: OWCB
Last Taught: Fall 2018, Spring 2012, Spring 2011, Fall 2010.
RELIGST 289 Internship in Religious Studies, Lower Division
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
Application of basic principles of Religious Studies in business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting.
Prerequisites: jr st; 2.50 gpa; cons supervising faculty member
Course Rules: One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hrs in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max.
RELIGST 296 UROP Apprenticeship
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Undergraduate research participation in a project developed with a supervising member of the faculty or staff.
Prerequisites: acceptance to UROP; prior or conc reg in UROP seminar.
Course Rules: One credit for 45 hours research. Retakable to 9 cr max in any combination of UROP apprenticeship courses. Not open to jrs & srs.
RELIGST 297 Study Abroad:
1-12 cr. Undergraduate.
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work levels, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work.
Prerequisites: acceptance for Study Abroad Program
Course Rules: Retakable w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2018.
RELIGST 299 Ad Hoc:
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept and assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l semester.
Prerequisites: none. Additional prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
Course Rules: Retakable w/chg in topic.
RELIGST 309 Early Christianity
3 cr. Undergraduate.
The early Christian period: what people believed and why; how Christianity was understood, practiced, and integrated into people's lives. Emergence from, contact with other religious cultures.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: No cr for students w/cr in Hist 370 w/same topic.
RELIGST 350 Advanced Topics in Religious Studies:
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Advanced study of a particular religion or religious issue.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015.
RELIGST 351 Anthropological Theories of Religion
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Anthropological theories of religion covering magic and witchcraft, moral order, sacred and profane, alienation, capitalism, neurosis, ritual, fetishism, fundamentalism, conversion, sacrifice, and healing.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: Anthro 351 & ReligSt 351 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another.
RELIGST 361 Russian and Slavic Folklore
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Folk beliefs of the past thousand years, including medieval folk epics, fairy tales, and legends; impact of ancient pagan beliefs on contemporary Slavic cultures. Counts as repeat of Russian 391 w/same topic. ReligSt 361 & Russian 361 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st.
Prerequisites: HU, OWCB
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2017, Spring 2016.
RELIGST 395 Seminar in the Study of Religion: Theories of Religion
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Critical inquiry into the questions of and about religion: what is religion, and how do we study it?
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Fall 2013.
RELIGST 451 Religious Practices and Values in Local and Global Communities
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Religious practices and values of six major world religions are examined in order to promote understanding and cooperation within a diverse community.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Last Taught: Spring 2017.
RELIGST 489 Internship in Religious Studies, Upper Division
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
Application of basic principles of Religious Studies in business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting.
Prerequisites: jr st; 2.50 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
Course Rules: One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hrs in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014.
RELIGST 497 Study Abroad:
1-12 cr. Undergraduate.
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work.
Prerequisites: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
Course Rules: Retakable w/chg in topic.
Last Taught: Spring 2018, Fall 2017, Summer 2014, Summer 2013.
RELIGST 499 Ad Hoc:
1-6 cr. Undergraduate.
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept and assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem.
Prerequisites: jr st, add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
Course Rules: Retakable w/chg in topic.
RELIGST 544 Religious Giving in Anthropological Perspective
3 cr. Undergraduate.
Seminar on religious directives for giving in historical and cross-cultural perspective, including Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, and Jewish ideas of charity, philanthropy, and social welfare.
Prerequisites: jr st.
Course Rules: Anthro 544 & ReligSt 544 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another.
RELIGST 699 Advanced Independent Study
1-3 cr. Undergraduate.
Advanced level independent work under the supervision of ReligSt faculty or academic staff member.
Prerequisites: jr st; 2.5 GPA; writ cons instr, dept chair, & asst dean for SAS
Course Rules: Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max.
Last Taught: Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018, Spring 2017.