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DU/Iliff Joint PhD Program in the Study of Religion

Students Courses

Joint PhD Program


Students may take any class offered at the University of Denver or Iliff School of Theology that is offered for doctoral credit and is relevant to their field of research:
  • 3000-level courses enroll upper-level undergraduates, and some include MA and PhD students. Look for the GR indicator.  
  • 4000- and 5000-level classes only enroll graduate students. 
  • 6000-level classes only enroll PhD students.

Possible course offerings may include, but are not restricted to, those listed below. 

For the most extensive, up to date course descriptions, please see the Course Catalog. Be sure to choose the current “quarter,” not “semester.” Iliff classes will be listed under the subject “Religion” and carry an RLGN designator. DU Department of Religious Studies classes will be listed under the subject “Religious Studies” and carry an RLGS designator. 

For the most extensive, up to date course descriptions, please see the Course Catalog.

Required Courses

RLGN 4000: Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion
    This course covers "representative" theories of religion in the modern period, and highlights important contemporary theoretical debates in the academic study of religion.
RLGN 5000: Pedagogy and the Teaching of Religion
    This course will look at pedagogical methods as they relate to the teaching of religion. Students will design syllabi and materials appropriate for the teaching of religion in at least two different contexts. In addition, the course will cover theoretical issues related to the teaching and learning process.
RLGN 6000: Dissertation Proposal Seminar
    This seminar will focus upon the range of research topics and methods in religious and theological studies by examining dissertations and dissertation proposals related to the Joint Ph.D. Program at Iliff and the University of Denver. Bibliographic and research methods and matters of style and format will receive particular emphasis. Students will present their own dissertation proposals for discussion.

Religious Studies

RLGS 3151: Dead Sea Scrolls
    Dead Sea scrolls in their historical, literary and religious context in English translation, together with the relevant scholarly research. Cross listed with JUST 3151.
RLGS 3300: Psychology of Religion
    Beliefs, feelings, actions representing human religious response or experience; function of religion in individual life.
RLGS 3315: Religion and Moral Psychology
    Philosophical foundations and research strategies of psychological studies of moral thought; Aristotelian, Kantian and utilitarian thought included as well as religious dimensions of morality.
RLGS 3381: Religion and Psychobiography
    Use of different psychological theories to understand life and religious experience of individuals known through historical records.
RLGS 3400: Philosophy of Religion
    Inquiries into nature of religion, religious experience, language, methods of thinking.
RLGS 3460: Nietzsche and the Death of God
    This course will involve an intensive reading and discussion of Friedrich Nietzsche's 'Thus Spake Zarathustra,' together with relevant associated materials, especially 'The Gay Science.' Cross listed with PHIL 3460.
RLGS 3641: Religion and Race in America
    Explores the relationship between racism and religious activism by focusing on the biographies of activists.
RLGS 3813: Ritual
    Classical and contemporary theories about the meaning, functions, and processes of ritual, and its relationship to "religion."
RLGS 3814: Modern Hinduism
    Doctrines, practices and history of South Asian Hinduism; conceptions of Gods and gods; image worship and temples; and the influences of caste and gender on the experience of Hinduism. Cross listed with RLGS 3814.
RLGS 3820: Buddhism
    Buddhist life and thought from its origins to the present in India, Tibet, China and Japan.
RLGS 4122: Augustine on Genesis
    Text and ideas of Genesis, emphasis on its relationship to ancient mythology and Israelite religion.
RLGS 4130: The Prophets of Israel
    Comparison of emergence of Israelite prophecy with similar phenomena in other religious societies, reference to the Ancient Near East and the history of Israel’s “prophetic Movement.” Scholarly literature on the subject and reading of central prophetic texts in original language.

Iliff School of Theology COurses

RLGN 5102: Religious Identity in Antiquity
    An exploration of the way individuals and communities understood their religious beliefs and behaviors during the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The focus is on varieties of Jews and Christians (including how they formed their identities in relation to each other), but consideration is also given to the Greco-Roman religious context.
RLGN 4109: Formation of the Bible
    A critical study of themes and selected movements within early Christianity and other religions of the Greco-Roman world. May be repeated for credit.
RLGN 4107: Women in Early Christianity
    An exploration of the role women played in early Christianity, with attention given to the social and literary constructions of women in Greco-Roman antiquity.
RLGN 4115-4131: Hebrew Bible Literature
      Interpretation of selected Hebrew Bible literature. Each course focuses on a book or selected topic. Different courses are offered each year.
      RLGN 4115: Genesis
        RLGN 4115: Exodus
        RLGN 4117: Leviticus
        RLGN 4118: Numbers
        RLGN 4119: Deuteronomy

      RLGN 4125: Job
      RLGN 4128: Jeremiah
      RLGN 4129: Jonah
      RLGN 4130: Prophetic Literature
      RLGN 4131: Wisdom Literature
RLGN 4141-4150: New Testament Literature
      Interpretation of selected New Testament literature. Each course focuses on a book or selected topic. Different courses are offered each year.
      RLGN 4141: Mark
      RLGN 4142: Luke
      RLGN 4143: John
      RLGN 4144: Acts of the Apostles
      RLGN 4145: Romans
      RLGN 4146: Corinthians
      RLGN 4147: Galatians
      RLGN 4148: Hebrews
      RLGN 4150: Revelation
RLGN 4108: Jewish and Christian Non-Canonical Literature
    This seminar examines Jewish and Hellenistic backgrounds; the social scientific study of early Christianity; and the New Testament in its literary environment.
RLGN 4104: Hebrew Bible Environments
    Study of history, society, culture, religions, and other aspects of the larger world within which the biblical materials were developed and used.  Courses taught every other year, on an alternating schedule.
RLGN 4101: PhD Colloquium in Biblical Interpretation
    Discussion of selected topics in the field of biblical studies, e.g., northwest Semitic inscriptions, Hebrew poetry, Judges, Acts of Andrew, literature of rabbinic Judaism, American biblical studies. Also listed as RLGS 4119.
RLGN 5101: Methods for Interpreting Biblical Texts
    This seminar addresses critical study of biblical texts, the history of interpretations and hermeneutics.
RLGN 4160: Teaching the Bible
    Designed to integrate faith development theory, biblical interpretation and confluent education. Education instructional models for the purpose of assisting students to develop professional self-understanding and functional skills as interpreters and teachers; experience in teaching adults in a local setting.
RLGN 4103: New Testament Seminar: Language & Text
    This seminar focuses on advanced Greek grammar, reading and vocabulary building, textual criticism, and reference tools. May also be listed as RLGS 5113.
RLGN 4112: Language Seminar
    Advanced work in biblical languages or a selected issue in a language study.
RLGN 4110: Hebrew Reading
    Interpretation of selected deutero-and extra-canonical books.
RLGN 4102: Hebrew Bible Seminar: Language & Text
    This seminar focuses on the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia; Hebrew grammar and syntax; and text critical methodology. May also be listed as RLGS 5110.
RLGN 4117: Hebrew Bible Literature: Leviticus
    Interpretation of selected Hebrew Bible literature. Each course focuses on a book or selected topic. Different courses are offered each year.
RLGN 4118: Hebrew Bible Literature: Numbers
    Interpretation of selected Hebrew Bible literature.  Each course focuses on a book or selected topic.  Different courses are offered each year.
RLGN 4119: Hebrew Bible Literature: Deuteronomy
    Interpretation of selected Hebrew Bible literature.  Each course focuses on a book or selected topic.  Different courses are offered each year.
RLGN 5201: PhD Colloquium in Religion and Psychological Studies
    A review of contemporary developments in psychology and theology offered during the winter quarter each year for doctoral students in the religion and psychological studies concentration. Also listed as RLGS 5301.
RLGN 4201: Seminar on Pastoral Psychology
    Topics will vary with needs and interests of students. May be repeated for grade.
RLGN 4202: Theological Theme Pastoral Care
    Examination of marriage and family from religious perspectives. Basic methods of marriage and family counseling for the parish minister.
RLGN 4303: Sacred Space and Place in Comparative Perspective
    This course examines sacred spaces from a comparative perspective. Through close reading and discussion of primary and secondary sources, students are challenged to think critically and theoretically about sacred spaces and places.
RLGN 4320: Sufism
    Interpretation of selected Hebrew Bible literature.  Each course focuses on a book or selected topic.  Different courses are offered each year.
RLGN 4203: Theodicy and Tragedy
    Study of tragic and theological literature for pastoral care in tragic circumstances.
RLGN 4204: Multi-Cultural Pastoral Care & Counseling
    Examines multicultural issues in pastoral care and counseling and explores the dynamics and complexities of culture, race and other socializing factors in pastoral care conversations.
RLGN 4205: Process Theology and Pastoral Care
    This course creates a conversation between process theology and spiritual care. Utilizing an aesthetic approach, we develop a constructive framework of care from themes found in process theology.
RLGN 4761: Social Ethical Issues
    Selected problems in social ethics.
RLGN 4401: Race, Gender, Class: Historical and Social Analysis of Racism in the Modern World
    An historical survey of the role of racism, sexism and classism in shaping the oppressive institutional structures of the existing world order and of how sociological analysis of these structures can help justice and peace activists direct effective action toward the elimination of race, gender and class oppression.
RLGN 5401: Colloquium: Post-Colonial Discourse and Other Myths: A Theological Critique of Dominance
    Selected topics in religion and social change, approached from the disciplines and perspectives of history, ethics, sociology, international studies and social transformation. Offered annually.
RLGN 4605: Feminist Theology
    Analysis of feminist theology with attention to methodological issues, the relation of contemporary feminist visions to historical material, the ideas of God/Goddess and the question of what it means to be female.
RLGN 4402: American Indian Cultures and Religious Traditions
    A survey of the world views of Native American people, as these pertain to both inter-tribal beliefs and Native American ceremonial life, with an attempt to show how Native American practice proceeds from their world view.
RLGN 4502: Historiography
    This course surveys the various theories and methods developed by historians since the emergence of the historical profession from the roots of historicism and philosophy of history in the mid-1800s; and examine the relationship of history to theology, cultural theory and literary studies.
RLGN 4403: Sects, Cults & New Religions
    This is a 4-credit course.
RLGN 4404: Race and Religion in the United States
    An exploration of the different ways in which race is understood religiously in the U.S. and how race impacts both white and racial minority religious institutions.
RLGN 4503: Women in Medieval Europe
    This class focuses on the role of medieval women, who struggle to find a voice in the political, religious, social, and literary arenas of medieval Europe from about 1100 to 1600..
RLGN 4405: Social Construction & Selfhood
    This course invites us into a collection of investigations into the intersections of social structures and individual identity or selfhood.
RLGN 4641: Formative Figures in Christian Ethics: The 20th Century White Male Canon
    This course on formative white male figures in Christian Ethics examines the ethical canon from a historical perspective.
RLGN 4406: Education and Social Change
    This course investigates the role of education in maintaining and transforming social structures, identity, and commitments. We examine how educational practices can contribute towards social change in both religious and public settings.
RLGN 4620: Fanon, Foucault and Friends
    This course reads the primary sources of post colonialists (mainly Fanon) and postmodernists (mainly Foucault) to explore creating ethical approaches to globalized manifestations of race, class and gender oppression.
RLGN 4206: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Pastoral Psychological and Theological Responses
    Students are paired with veterans and provide time-limited supervised spiritual care over the course of 8 weeks. Using a case study format students review and reflect upon the spiritual care they are providing using theological and psychological perspectives.
RLGN 4607: Liberating Sex
    The purpose of this course is to search the Christian Scriptures, in spite of its accusations of being patriarchal, to find biblically-based guidelines for developing an ethical sexual lifestyle that is aware of how racism, classism, and specifically sexism influences the current conversation on sexual ethics. The course focuses on developing healthy models that foster intimacy and vulnerability for a disjointed and at times oppressive community.
RLGN 4301: Colloquium in Comparative Study of Religion
    Critical analysis of the literature concerning (a) methods, (b) primary problems and (c) perspectives in the comparative study of religions. Examination of historical, anthropological, psychological and phenomenological approaches to the study of religions.
RLGN 4608: Hispanic Ethics and Theology
    The primary sources of Latino/a theological and ethical thought are read to discover its foundational tenets. This course explores this contextual approach to religion to discover how it could serve to liberate the Latino/a community from prevalent oppressive social structures.
RLGN 4520: Religion and Film
    Can film elicit the holy? Does the story of Jacob and Esau look different when told by a north-American filmmaker? How does a Buddhist sensibly shape the form of Japanese films? In this course films are the primary texts, supplanted by readings, lecture and discussion.
RLGN 4621: Kierkegaard and Existentialist Theology
    Kierkegaard and the origins of existentialism; twentieth-century forms of existentialism and recent developments; the decline of neo-orthodoxy and resurgence of phenomenology.
RLGN 4622: Schleiermacher and Liberal Theology
    Consideration of the theology of Friedrich Schleiermacher. Analysis of the philosophical and theological predecessors of Schleiermacher as well as the tradition of theological liberalism that followed him.
 RLGN 4640 / THEO 4301: Doing Christian Ethics from the Margins
    Many of us have been taught religion through the eyes of white, middle-class males. How then do we do ethics from the perspective of the disenfranchised? The aim of this course is to enable students to: construct ethical responses to case studies from the perspectives of those suffering from race, class and gender oppression; to investigate Biblical protest narratives as to the resistance and struggle against race, class and gender domination and oppression; and to examine various liberationist ethical interpretations as a source for overcoming dominant religious power structures.
RLGN 5402: Religion and Social Change Colloquium
    This is a topics course.
RLGN 4611: Theology and the Challenge of Postmodernism
    An examination of representative postmodern thinkers, how they have changed the context for theology, and how theology has responded to them.
RLGN 4612: African Theology and Post-Colonial Discourse
    This course attempts to examine the relationship between the emergence of African Theology and the historical conditions which characterize Africa's encounter with the European/American will to power.
RLGN 4151: Studies in Early Christianity
    A critical study of themes and selected movements within early Christianity and other religions of the Greco-Roman world.
RLGN 4613: Augustine and His Influence: 400 C.E. to 1000 C.E.
    Theological contribution to the great North African Bishop; his major writings, such as Confessions, City of God and the Trinity; and his anti-Pelagian, anti-Donatist, and anti-Manichaean writings.
RLGN 4505: 16th-Century Spanish Mystics & Reformers
    Early modem Spain witnessed the emergence of Catholic and Protestant individuals whose timeless works and popular appeal in subsequent centuries rested largely upon the practice of contemplation in action. This course examines the works of such mystics and reformers as Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Ignatius of Loyola, Juan de Valdes, Constantino Ponce de la Fuente and others. It also explores the influence of Islam and Judaism on these sixteenth century religious movements, as well as modem Spain's subsequent rejection of this pluralistic legacy as it sought to define its new national identity.
RLGN 4302: Buddhist Philosophy
    An introduction to the Buddhist philosophical tradition that covers both the different philosophical movements within Buddhism as schools of thoughts and major philosophical issues.
RLGN 4614: Liberation Theologies
    This is a 4-credit course.
RLGN 4407: Ritual Studies
    By reading some of the most important “classic” and recent theorists of ritual, and by learning to observe and understand ritual behavior, this class will examine the important role of ritual in defining religious groups, creating religious identity, forming religious beliefs, and structuring how we view the world. Prerequisites: Masters students need permission of the instructor.
RLGN 4604: Religion in the Public Square
    What is the proper role of religion in the public debates necessary to healthy democracy? Some argue that religion in the public square threatens the fundamental democratic right, the freedom of conscience; others that only religion can insulate the communal values that make democracy possible. This course examines the best and most prominent arguments in this contemporary debate.
RLGN 5103: Coptic I
    The course is dedicated to introducing students to Coptic, the last phase of the Ancient Egyptian language and the only one to be recorded in an alphabetic script showing vowels. This portion of the process is designed to introduce the most frequent vocabulary as well as the acquisition of key skills for the understanding of the Coptic language and for the interpretation and understanding of Coptic texts.
RLGN 5104: Coptic II
    The course is dedicated to introducing students to Coptic, the last phase of the Ancient Egyptian language and the only one to be recorded in an alphabetic script showing vowels. This portion of the process is designed to introduce the most frequent vocabulary as well as the acquisition of key skills for the understanding of the Coptic language and for the interpretation and understanding of Coptic texts.
RLGN 5105: Coptic Readings
    Selected readings from Coptic texts drawn from ancient canonical and noncanonical sources including discoveries at Nag Hammadi. It includes advanced vocabulary building and advanced grammatical and syntactical construction.
RLGN 4701: Topics in Religious Studies
    Topics may vary.

Art & Art History

ARTH 3815: American Art and Religion
    This class explores intersections of art and religion in the geographic area that eventually developed into the United States from the seventeenth through the twenty-first centuries. There is a focus on Christianity as the dominant religious influence in American art and architecture for much of this period, but diversity is a key emphasis of the course. This includes diversity within Christianity as well as the historically increasing diversity of world religions practiced in North America. We will examine relgious art and visual culture—that which seeks to express particular religious beliefs or is used in sacred rituals—as well as art that documents, critiques and comments upon particular religions. Class formats include image-based class discussions, field trips, lectures, and small-group discussions of readings.
ARTH 3817: Gothic Art
    This course examines the art of the Late Middle Ages in Europe, from roughly 1140 to 1400. Gothic architecture, sculpture, painting, stained glass and the sumptuous arts (metal, textiles) are examined within their broader social, political and religious contexts. Particular attention is paid to the Gothic Cathedral - that quintessential window into the medieval world--its beliefs, aspirations, social and political realities.
ARTH 3818: Art of Renaissance Europe
    This course will explore the dynamic flowering of the visual arts that attended the growth of cities and courts in fifteenth-century Italy (the Quattrocento). Particular attention will be paid to the rise of Florence as an artistic (and economic) center, though other major artistic schools will be examined. From the competition for the Baptistery doors in Florence (1401) to the decoration of the walls of the Sistine Chapel (1480s), this course will investigate the role of art in shaping and expressing religious, civic, political and economic concepts as well as the rise of the social and intellectual standing of the artist. From the guild motivated sculptures of Ghiberti and Donatello on Orsanmichele in Florence to Botticelli’s paintings for the Medici family villas, we will examine the changing nature of patronage and subject matter over the course of this dynamic century that served as a transition from the medieval to the modern era.
ARTH 3822: Northern Renaissance Art
    This course explores the dramatic developments in the arts (particularly panel painting, manuscript illumination and sculpture) in Northern Europe from around 1350 to 1550. From lavishly decorated Books of Hours and the development of stunningly naturalistic oil paintings on panel in the early 15th century through the development of printing and the rise of self-portraiture, genre and landscape depictions, this class traces the important role played by Dutch, Flemish, German and French artists in the transition from late medieval to early modern artistic forms and practices. The role of art in shaping and expressing religious, civic, political and economic concepts are explored, as well as the rise of the social and intellectual standing of the artist. Among the artists examined include Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, Albrecht Dürer, Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder.
ARTH 3862: Mesoamerican Art
    This course is an introduction to the art and archaeology of the native peoples of Mesoamerica in Pre-Columbian times, or from about 2000 BC to AD 1521. Cultures covered include the Olmec, Teotihuacan, Mixtec, Zapotec, Aztec and others. This class presents the cultural sequence of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and explores how the various civilizations of Mesoamerica shared aspects of world-view, cosmology and daily life. Students will be able to identify and discuss how these elements manifested in the art and architecture of Mesoamerican cultures. Furthermore, the course investigates issues of shamanism, kingship and power, warfare, and human sacrifice. This class may be used to fulfill the non-Western requirement for majors in the School of Art and Art History.
ARTH 3867: Native American Art
    This course is designed as an introduction to the art and architecture of the native peoples of North America from the earliest signs of humans in North America to the present. Cultures covered include those from the Southwest, the Northwest, the Southeast Ceremonial Complex, the Plains and contemporary Native American artists. By the conclusion of the class, students will understand the cultural sequence and geographic dispersion of native North America. Students will also understand how the various civilizations of North America shared aspects of world-view, cosmology and daily life, and be able to identify and discuss how these elements manifested in the art and architecture of native North American cultures. This class may be used to fulfill the non-Western requirement for majors in the School of Art and Art History.
ARTH 4314: Seminar in Medieval Art
    Selected topics in Medieval Art. Advanced research papers and presentations. Content changes. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 credits.
ARTH 4336: Grad Seminar: Spirituality in Modern and Contemporary American Art
    This seminar focuses on American art and architecture of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, defining “American” broadly to include objects located in North America that have had a significant impact--no matter the national origin of the artist, and art by artists and architects who self identify as Canadian, US American, or Mexican. We will be focused on the concept of spirituality, rather than organized or institutional religions, although spirituality within a particular religion’s art and architecture is also part of the scope. Weekly discussions of readings, some self-guided field trips, and research sharing propel the class. Each student will develop an annotated bibliography and a research paper on a specific topic of his or her choice, and make a professional 20-minute final oral presentation.


ANTH 3430: Visions, Utopias, and Messiahs in Cross-Cultural Perspective
    Ghost dance, peyote religion, cargo cults, the Alianza Federal de Mercedes, peasant revolutions, primitive rebels, charismatic leaders, messianic movements in cross-cultural perspectives; roles played by cultural systems, historical circumstances, social conditions in generating social movements.
ANTH 3660: Anthropological Theory, Method and Context
    History and development of particular schools of thought, paradigms, methods and methodologies that characterize contemporary anthropology. Intellectual, artistic developments, world-wide sociopolitical and economic processes that shaped much of anthropological thinking of the times. Research methods in reconstruction of human history and qualitative ethnolographical research.

Clinical Psychology

CPSY 5010: Cognitive Social Learning Models
    Philosophical bases of cognitive models of personality, psychopathology, psychotherapy, nature of cognition, relationship to emotion, behavior, physiology; uses of cognitive models to answer clinical questions.
CPSY 5020: Psychoanalytic Models
    Psychoanalytic theories, including Freud's topographic and structural theories, ego psychology, object relations theory and modern relational theories, including self-psychology and intersubjectivity.
CPSY 5030: Systems Models
    Basic concepts of general systems theory and their applications in psychology, focusing on family systems, groups and organizations.
CPSY 5080: Diagnosis and Classification
    Psychopathology in terms of DSM-IV system of diagnosis and classification; process of deriving a complete 5-axis diagnosis.
CPSY 5170: Life Cycle: Infancy and Mid Childhood
    Understanding normal development of children (0-12 years), integrating theory, research, and a phenomenological perspective.
CPSY 5250: Existential and Human Theory and Therapy
    Historical roots and basic assumption of existential and humanistic views. Students encouraged to integrate materials with their personal values and assumptions about human nature and their interaction with clients.
CPSY 5340: Social Psychology of Racism and Oppression
    Theoretical and experiential nature of racism and oppression, primarily in the United States, definition of such terms as stereotypes, prejudice, racism, white supremacy and privilege; exploration of various theories regarding these terms and how they manifest themselves historically and contemporarily.
CPSY 5360: Racial/Ethnic Identity Development
    This course will explicate the concept of ethnic identification, and the process by which this central aspect of a person’s overall identity develops. Accordingly, the two central questions that this course will address are: a. Who are they? and b. How did they get that way? These questions will be examined utilizing a Descriptive Psychology perspective.
CPSY 5370: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Issues
    Various aspects of gay, lesbian life explored cross - culturally; nature of homosexuality, including the controversy of heredity vs. choice. Issues of oppression and discrimination will also be explored. The role of psychology and the politics of homosexuality will be studied. Students will also be asked to explore their personal awareness regarding homosexuality in their everyday lives and in a therapeutic context.
CPSY 5380: Culturally Competent Psychotherapy
    As the final class in the year-long multicultural course sequence, this class will integrate the theoretical content of the preceding classes and focus on their psychotherapeutic implications. This course will address psychotherapy with the following groups - African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and the GLBT community.

Counseling Psychology

CNP 4641: Adolescent Development
    Physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and moral development in adolescents with emphasis on interaction of various aspects of development within an environmental context; focus on normal development with exploration of special problems of adolescents, e.g., substance abuse, teen-age pregnancy, eating disorders and delinquency; critical study, and discussion of literature on adolescence and interviews with adolescents.
CNP 4642: Adult Development
    Literature on normal development of adult thinking and problem-solving processes and the self-esteem. Physiological changes and relationship between cognitive development and developmental tasks of adults included.
CNP 4700: Counseling Theory
    Basic counseling theories and philosophical principles as a foundation for professional training including history, concepts, techniques, and trends.
CNP 4720: Group Counseling Theory
    Theory and research on dynamics of group process, group treatment and leadership strategies; implications for group counseling and psychotherapy. Prerequisite: master's or doctoral student in counseling or related field.
CNP 4740: Basic Counseling Techniques
    Basic counseling and interviewing skills; emphasis on building counseling relationships and facilitating client's self-exploration; skills of empathy, advanced empathy, self- disclosure, confrontation and immediacy.
CNP 4769: Cognitive Behavioral Strategies
    Historical perspective on cognitive and behavioral theories in psychology, assessment, treatment, and evaluation from a cognitive-behavioral approach. Prerequisite(s): advanced masters or doctoral student.
CNP 4770: Counseling Psychology Seminar: Research
    Review of current process and outcome research in counseling and psychotherapy; substantive issues, including client and therapist variables, as well as methodological issues and experimental designs. Prerequisite(s): doctoral student.
CNP 4772: Diversity Seminar: Psycho-Social Issues
    Series of courses to analyze social and psychological impacts of oppression related to minority status, socioeconomic status, gender and family configurations; taught using an awareness and knowledge approach; implications for counseling; series includes general seminar and series of 1 credit follow-up seminars on particular topics, e.g., American Indian mental health, African- American mental health and women's mental health. Prerequisites: CNP 4773 and students must take the 3-credit general seminar prior to the individual seminars.
CNP 4776: Family Counseling
    Introduction, including survey of major theories and research, in-class demonstrations of techniques. Prerequisite(s): advanced masters or doctoral student.
CNP 4784: Psychopathology
    Introduction to psychopathology and overview of several broad topics including schizophrenia, mood disorders, and personality disorders.
CNP 4790: Counseling Psychology Seminar: Ethics
    Professional ethics in practice and research in counseling psychology, including informed consent, confidentiality, clients' rights, psychologists' obligations, etc.; basic APA documents. Prerequisite: doctoral student.
CNP 4791: Counseling Psychology Seminar: Counseling Couples
    Introduction to couples counseling, including survey of major theories and research.
CNP 4797: Counseling Addictive Behaviors
    Introduction to assessment, treatment and outcome evaluation of chemical and non-chemical addictive behaviors. Requirements include abstinence from a “compulsive” behavior; journaling about one’s cognitive, emotional and behavioral reactions during the abstinence period; attending 12-step meetings; participating in a quasi-12-step in-class meeting; critiquing a film depicting dynamics of an alcoholic family.


ENGL 3822: Literary Criticism: 20th Century
    Critical methods and philosophies of 20th-century critics; their relationship to traditions.

International Studies

INTS 4010: Epistemology
    An introductory course covering philosophy and history of science, epistemology, causality, and the logic of inquiry as related to international studies. The relation between theory and practical politics is explored, and differences between empirical and normative theory are examined in the context of foundational principles of politics and social science.
INTS 4020: Preparing a Grant Proposal
    An intermediate course on methodological issues in scientific data analysis. Topics include the logic of hypothesis testing, modes of gathering data, sampling, experimental and non-experimental design, index construction, bivariate and multivariate techniques, and causal inference fallacies. Prerequisite: INTS 4050.
INTS 4050: Statistical Methods I
    An introductory course featuring statistical reasoning, probability, sampling, statistical inference, nominal and ordinal measures of association, and correlation. Open only to students with no prior background in statistics.
INTS 4350: Economic Development
    Deals with financial and economic problems faced by developing societies.
INTS 4420: Comparative African Politics
    Examines socio-economic and political dynamics in states of sub-Saharan Africa.
INTS 4450: Democracy and Militarism in Latin America
    This course explores the history of militarism, human rights activity and contemporary transitions to democracy in Latin America. Part I, "State, Society and the Role of the Military", provides different perspectives on the military and guerilla warfare in the historic development of Latin America. This is followed by a consideration of the institutionalization of military rule in small and large states, and contemporary military strategies in dealing with drug trafficking and youth gangs. Part II, "Democracy, Human Rights and the Evolution of the State", is an examination of the literature on democratic development in Latin America, and the impact of social movements, civil society, and the truth and reconciliation process of democratization.
INTS 4502: Comparative Revolutions
    An intermediate course focused around the major revolutions, that occurred in England, France, 19th century Europe, and in Russia and China during the 20th century. Emphasis is placed on historical facts, key theoretical debates generated during the various social upheavals, and diverse interpretations seeking to understand the nature and causes of revolutions and their impact on societies. Prerequisites: INTS 4702.
INTS 4821: Early Modern Political Theory
    This course seeks to provide an historical introduction to Western political thought in the early modern and Enlightenment eras. More particularly, we focus on the development of "modernity" in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the development of social contract theory in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In addition, there is somewhat more emphasis on international relations than is typical in political science courses of a similar nature. No previous background in political theory (or international relations) is assumed.
INTS 4920: Conflict Resolution
    An introductory course which identifies the collective factors leading to successful reconciliation or agreeable compromises in conflicts; analyzes the role and influence of cultural norms, gender conditioning and different bargaining strategies on the resolution process; applies the practical fundamental of negotiation on particular problem-solving techniques.
INTS 4940: Introduction to Human Rights
    An introductory course focused around historical and theoretically relevant texts in humans rights. First and second generation rights are emphasized. Early liberal, conservative, and socialist understandings of human rights are highlighted against their respective historical background.
INTS 4941: Human Rights and International Organizations
    An introductory course exploring the changing roles of international organizations in their efforts to protect and promote human rights. Examination of both the global and regional levels of human rights activities of international intergovernmental organizations are discussed. Recommended prerequisite: INTS 4940.


PHIL 3000-3101: Great Thinkers
        PHIL 3000 – Plato: A study of Plato's central theories and doctrines.
        PHIL 3010 – Aristotle: A study of Aristotle's central theories and doctrines.
        PHIL 3050 – Hume: A detailed study of Hume's "radical" empiricism and its impact on contemporary analytic philosophy.
        PHIL 3070 – Hegel: Hegel's "Phenomenology," later system and place in the history of modern philosophy.
        PHIL 3090 – Heidegger: Study of "Being and Time" and related essays by a major 20th-century philosopher.
        PHIL 3101 – Kierkegaard: Study of the works of Heidegger after 1930.
PHIL 3120: Metaphysics
    In the course of this study, we will cover a broad range of philosophical topics falling within metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and epistemology. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor's permission.
PHIL 3130: Knowledge Problems
    Problems in the foundations and justifications of claims to knowledge. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor's permission.
PHIL 3180: Socratic Ethics
    A study of Plato's early dialogues in order to discern the ethical views of the historical Socrates. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor's permission.
PHIL 3450: Phenomenology and Theology
    Cross listed with RLGS 3455. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor's permission.
PHIL 5300: Philosophy Colloquium
    Readings and discussions of key works on the Joint Doctoral program reading list in Philosophy. The course should help prepare all doctoral students planning to take the examination in Philosophy.
PHIL 5400: Cultural Theory Colloquium
    Readings and discussions of key works on the Joint Doctoral program reading list in Cultural Theory. The course should help prepare all doctoral students planning to take the examination in Philosophy.


PSYC 4020: Proseminar in Personality
    Personality structure and dynamics, theory and findings, and interrelationships between personality and socio-cultural determinants of behavior.
PSYC 4021: Proseminar in Social Psychology
    Major theoretical issues and empirical research in social psychology; topics include cultural, social structure, cognitive consistency, social neuroscience, social cognition, person perception, the self, social influence, attitudes, relationships, emotion, coping.
PSYC 4031: Developmental Proseminar: Cognition & Perception
    Problems/theories in developmental psychology including Piagetian theory, language, emotional, perceptual, personality development, learning, biological bases of behavior, genetic influences.
PSYC 4032 : Developmental Proseminar: Socio-Emotional
    Problems/theories in developmental psychology including Piagetian theory, language, emotional, perceptual, personality development, learning, biological bases of behavior, genetic influences.
PSYC 4043: Clinical Approaches: Community
    Community psychology; major theoretical and conceptual issues; assessment and intervention techniques.
PSYC 4060: History and Systems of Psychology
    General nature of scientific progress throughout history as relates to evolution of psychology as scientific/academic discipline; history explored by asking whether prevailing Zeitgeist, the appearance of the "Great Mind," or some combination of both factors was responsible for pivotal changes seen throughout psychology's history.
PSYC 4571: Multicultural Issues in Mental Health
    Personality structure and dynamics, theory and findings, and interrelationships between personality and socio-cultural determinants of behavior.