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Religion course catalog


EMILY S. KAHM Teaching Fellow
B.A. Rockhust; M.A. Boston College; Ph.D. Candidate, Iliff School of Theology

DANIEL E. LEE, Marian Taft Cannon Professor in the Humanities
B.A., Concordia (Moorhead); M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale

JASON MAHN, Associate Professor
B.A., Gustavus Adolphus; M.A., Luther Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Emory University

NATHAN MONTOVER, Part-time Assistant Professor
B.A., University of Iowa; M.S.T., Wartburg Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Lutheran School of Theology

NIRMALA S. SALGADO, Professor, Chair
B.A., M.A., London; Ph.D., Northwestern

ERIC C. STEWART, Associate Professor
B.A., Pacific Lutheran; M.A., Claremont; Ph.D., Notre Dame

SUSAN N. TOWNZEN, Teaching Fellow
B.A., University of Nevada, Reno; M.A., Ph.D., Claremont Graduate University

CYRUS ALI ZARGAR, Associate Professor
B.A., University of California-Los Angeles; M.A., Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley

Christian Traditions

All students enrolling as first-year students at Augustana are required to take a course in Christian Traditions before the end of their sophomore year. Transfer students fulfill this requirement as soon as possible after enrollment. Students must choose one of the following Christian Traditions courses (all with "Christian" in their names) in order to fulfill this requirement. These courses do not count toward the religion major/minor, and only students who have not yet fulfilled their Christian Traditions requirement are eligible to take one (and only one) of these courses. (N.B. Successful completion of the first year of Foundations or Logos fulfills the Christian Traditions requirement if one of the courses in the series is taught by a professor of religion.)

RELG-201 (PS) American Christianities (3)
RELG-202 (PS) Global Christianities (3)
RELG-203 (PH) Christian Ethics (3)
RELG-205 (PP) Christian Origins (3)
RELG-207 (PL) Jewish and Christian Scriptures (3)
RELG-209 (PH) Christian Theology (3)

Major in Religion

28 credits (not including the Christian Traditions Course) beginning with RELG-155 (3 credits), and including Relg-355 (3 credits), RELG-450 (1 credit) and RELG-455 (3 credits). In addition to the required courses, all majors must satisfy the following distribution requirement:

• Two courses (6 credits) from the Cross-Cultural Category, one from Group A (RELG-263, RELG-378, RELG-379, RELG-394a) and one from Group B (RELG-262, RELG-365, RELG-366, RELG_392b, RELG-394b)
• One course (3 credits) from the Ethics and Practice Category (RELG-309, RELG-313, RELG-323, RELG-325, RELG-326, RELG-327, RELG-363, RELG-364, RELG-371, RELG-383, RELG-392c)
• One course (3 credits) from the History and Theology Category (RELG-310, RELG-328, RELG-335, RELG-360, RELG-373, RELG-391, RELG-392a, RELG-393a)

NOTE: The content for RELG-410 will determine which category it will satisfy, subject to approval by the department chair.

At least two of these courses (6 credits) must come from RELG-391, RELG-392, RELG-393, RELG-394 or RELG-410.

Minor in Religion

18 credits beginning with RELG-155, and including at least one course (3 credits) from each of three of the categories described above, one of which must come from RELG-391, RELG-392, RELG-393, RELG-394 or RELG-410.

Minor in Ethics (Religion and Philosophy departments)

21 credits, including the following: (1) Core courses: either RELG-203 or RELG-203a; either PHIL-203 or PHIL-205; and PHIL-323; (2) Complementary courses: two of RELG-323, RELG-325, RELG-326, RELG-327 or RELG 371; and one of PHIL-322, PHIL-331 or PHIL-325, and (3) At least one additional course from those listed above.

Courses (RELG)

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Dr. Jason Mahn

Q & A with Dr. Jason Mahn on the relevance of the Reformation

Dr. Jason Mahn, associate professor of religion and director of Augustana’s new Presidential Center for Faith and Learning, speaks on the importance of the Lutheran Reformation to people today—and especially students.

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Relevant Reformation: Celebrating 500 years

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