HUMN121 Christianity

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Humanities

I. Course Number and Title
HUMN121 Christianity
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
HUMN120 (C or better) or By Permission of the Department of Social and Behavioral Science
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a survey of Christianity from its origins to the present stressing its history, teachings, and institutions. Major topics include the Life of Jesus, Early Church, Catholicism, Protestant Reformation, the Church in the Modern Age and the overall political and intellectual influence of Christianity on human history.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. demonstrate an understanding of Christian theology, history and institutional development;
      2. demonstrate an understanding of Christianity’s political and intellectual influence on human history; and
      3. identify the various strains of Christianity and their unique theological, philosophical, institutional and cultural aspects.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Jesus of Nazareth
      1. World of the First Century
        1. Political Divisions
        2. Situation in Galilee
      2. New Testament Witness to Jesus
        1. Life
          1. Youth
          2. Baptism and Temptation
          3. Galilean Ministry
          4. Opposition
          5. The Last Week
          6. Resurrection
          7. Ascension
        2. Teachings
          1. Kingdom of God
          2. Messiah--Son of Man
          3. Eschatology
          4. Ethics
    2. Early Church to c. A.D. 150
      1. Pentecost
      2. Jerusalem’s Leadership
      3. St. Paul, The Apostle of Christ
        1. Life
        2. Teachings
        3. Evangelization of the Roman Empire
      4. First Generation of Christians
        1. Communities
        2. Persecutions
        3. Doctrinal Development
        4. Form of Worship
        5. Church Organization
    3. Catholic Church c. A.D. 150-1500
      1. Triumph in the Roman Empire
      2. St. Augustine
      3. Doctrinal controversies
        1. Gnostics
        2. Marcionites
        3. Arians
        4. Christology
        5. Response of the Church
          1. Creeds
            1. Apostles
            2. Nicene
            3. Chalcedon
          2. New Testament Canon
      4. Growth of the Papacy
        1. Origin
        2. Formative Development
        3. Its Zenith
        4. 14th-15th c Decline
      5. Monasticism
        1. Beginnings in the Roman Empire
        2. Development of Orders
        3. Dominicans and Franciscans
        4. Mysticism
      6. Cathedrals
        1. Mass
        2. Organization
        3. Scholasticism
        4. St. Thomas Aquinas
      7. Schism of A.D. 1054
        1. Eastern Church
        2. Situation
    4. Reformation Era, c. A.D. 1500--1650
      1. Under Currents of Reform
      2. Protestantism
        1. Lutheranism
        2. Calvinism
          1. John Calvin
          2. Reformed Church on the Continent
          3. Scottish Reform
          4. Westminster Confession
        3. Anabaptists
        4. Eastern Europe
        5. Catholicism
          1. Council of Trent
          2. Inquisition
          3. Jesuit Order
    5. A.D. 1650-Present
        1. Catholicism
          1. Dogmas
          2. Missions
          3. Education
          4. Vatican II
          5. Liberal-Conservative Debate
        2. Third Way
          1. Anglicans
          2. Quakers
          3. Cults
      1. Modern Church
        1. Protestantism
          1. Some varieties
            1. Reformed
            2. Puritans
            3. Baptists
            4. Methodists
            5. Pentecostalists
            6. Unitarians
          2. Emphases
            1. Missions
            2. Sunday School Movement
            3. Education
            4. Liberal-Conservative Debate
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course

    2. Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - (Retyped 6/95);Revised 9/2012