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Core Curriculum

Politics & Religion

Politics & Religion

Facilitator: Thomas Turley, History

This Pathway considers the relation of politics and religion in global perspective from early times to the present. Courses will invite students to explore themes of universal significance related to topics such as social, governmental, and religious systems; economics; the arts; literature; gender; race; science; the environment; and globalism.

Associated Courses

Foundations Courses
(Please note that only the specific Foundation course topics qualify for the Pathway requirements,
and only one Foundations course may be applied to a Pathway)

ANTH         12A         Transforming the Middle East (effective 9/1/09)
ARAB         12A         The Arabic-Speaking World (effective 3/25/21)
ARTH         12A         Art, Power & Propaganda (effective 9/1/09)
ARTH         12A         Empire: Self & Others (effective 9/1/09)
HIST          12A         Civilization & the City (effective 9/1/09)
HIST          12A         Peoples of the Americas (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL          2A          Confronting the Unknown (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL          2A          Identity, Community & Culture (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL          2A          Empire: Self & Others (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL          12A        Wars, Individuals, and States (Riccomini)

ANTH          188        People, Culture, and Change in the Middle East (effective 9/1/09)

Art and Art History
*ARTH        167        Cityscapes Past and Present (effective 03/25/22)

CLAS          69          Early Christianity (cross-listed with SCTR 65; effective 9/1/09)
CLAS          114        Imperialism and Religion: Roman Britain (cross-listed as HIST 114)

ENGL          150        Contemporary Literature (effective 9/1/09)
ENGL          150EL     Contemporary Literature (effective 9/1/11)

Ethnic Studies
ETHN          12          Native Spiritual Traditions (effective 12/21/2015)

HIST           22          Western Civilization: Medieval and Early Modern (Liebscher only; effective 9/1/09)
HIST           97          The Modern Middle East (effective 03/25/22)  
HIST           107         Spain and Morocco: Jews, Christians, and Muslims, 700-1700 (effective 9/1/09)
HIST           114         Imperialism and Religion: Roman Britain (cross-listed as CLAS 114; effective 9/1/2009)
HIST           117         State and Church in the Middle Ages, 1000-1450 (effective 9/1/09)
HIST           120         The Crusades: Christian and Muslim Perspectives (effective 3/25/16)
HIST           126         Conflicts in Medieval Christianity (effective 1/1/16)
HIST           145         Islam in the Modern World (effective 9/1/09)
HIST           164S       Seminar: The Catholic Church in Latin America (formerly HIST 164; effective 9/1/2015)
HIST           166         Latin America: Empires (effective 9/1/14)

Modern Languages
ARAB          137         Arabic Culture and Identity (effective 4/1/2017)

Political Science
POLI           30            Introduction to Political Philosophy (effective 6/15/2014)
*POLI         139           Religion and Politics in the Developing World (effective 10/13/2009)
*POLI         142           Politics in Middle East (effective 9/1/2009)

Religious Studies
*RSOC        33            Maya Spirituality (effective 9/1/09)
*RSOC        91            Native Spiritual Traditions (effective 9/1/11)
*RSOC        136          Religion in Latin America (effective 9/1/09)
*RSOC        148R        RSS: Religion and the Presidency (effective 9/1/09)
*RSOC        188          Religion and Violence (effective 9/1/09)
*RSOC        190          Islam: Reformation and Modernity (effective 9/1/09)
*RSOC        191          Religions of Colonized Peoples (effective 9/1/09)
*SCTR         65            Early Christianity (cross-listed as CLAS 69; effective 9/1/09)
*SCTR         130          Sacred Politics: Christian Texts in the Public Sphere (effective 9/1/09)
*SCTR         157          The Bible and Empire (effective 9/1/09)
*SCTR         158R        RSS: Postcolonial Perspectives on the New Testament (effective 9/1/09)
*TESP          43           Catholic Social Thought (effective 9/1/09)
*TESP          64           Environmental Justice in Catholic Imagination (effective 9/1/09)
*TESP          108         Human Trafficking and Christian Ethics (effective 03/25/24)
*TESP          142         Conscience, Christianity and Politics (effective 1/1/18)
*TESP          158         Immigration and Ethics (effective 9/1/09)
*TESP          163         Christianity and Politics (effective 9/1/09)

The Middle East & World Affairs
SIS              319-900T The Middle East & World Affairs Seminar I (American University Washington Semester Program)

Women's and Gender Studies
*WGST         153         The Bible and Empire (cross-listed as SCTR 157; effective 6/23/2016)

* Indicates Course Has Prerequisites