Department of Religious Education

Robert Marcum, Department Chair
Philip Allred, Ronald D. Anderson, Stephen E. Clark, P. Scott Ferguson, Jerry L. Glenn, Todd Hammond, Gerald Hansen, Randy Hayes, Roy Huff, Bernie Jensen, W. James Keller, Brian Kinghorn, Doug Ladle, Robert Marrott Greg Palmer, Leonard Petersen, Gary Purse, Lon Pyper, Joseph B. Romney, Bruce Satterfield, Neal S. Southwick, John Thomas, Larry Thurgood, William Torngren, Greg Wightman, Greg Williams, Nathan Williams
Dixie Nordfelt, Secretary 356-1430

The study of religion is the core of academics at BYU-Idaho. It provides the basis for our very existence as one of the Lordís universities and every student is expected to make Religion classes an integral part of their studies.

Requirements for Religion as a general education credit are detailed in the chart following the course descriptions. Every student should read them carefully so as to be sure they have the credits necessary for graduation from BYU-Idaho. Please refer any further questions to the Dean of the Division of Religious and Family Living, Taylor 202C.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Rel 100 Introduction to Mormonism (2:2:0)
A survey course of the doctrines, practices and beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The class is only for non-members or those who have been members less than one year.

Rel 121 Book of Mormon (2:2:0)
Required for graduation. Consideration of the origin, content and teachings of the Book of Mormon from 1st Nephi to Alma 29.

Rel 122 Book of Mormon (2:2:0)
Required for graduation. Consideration of the origin, content and teachings of the Book of Mormon from Alma 30 through Moroni.

Rel 121 and 122 Book or Mormon for Prospective Missionaries (4:4:0)
Consideration of the origin, content and teachings of the Book of Mormon from 1st Nephi through Moroni from a missionary viewpoint. This course fills both the Rel 121 and 122 requirements and integrates the "Missionary Preparation" materials as well. When finished the student should have a greater understanding of the doctrines taught in the Book of Mormon as they apply to their personal lives, their missions, and their ability to share their testimony of the Book of Mormon with others. Students will register for 121 at the beginning of the term (1st module) and will automatically be registered for a 122 class held at the same time, taught by the same teacher , in the same classroom when the second module begins, unless they leave school at block. This class may not be taken, or retaken, by returned missionaries.

Rel 130 Missionary Preparation (2:2:0)
Consists of a study of the Book of Mormon from a missionary viewpoint with emphasis on Doctrines and Principles the missionary will need to know and teach.

Rel 192R Special Topics in Ancient Scripture (4:4:0)
For BYU-Idaho department of Religion Travel Study students. This class will teach both Old and New Testaments and will include site preparation for travel study to the Middle East. It is for tour participants only and would be taught in the term prior to leaving for the tour, by the director of the tour. By Permission only.

Rel 211 The New Testament (2:2:0)
A study of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as recorded in the four gospels.

Rel 212 The New Testament (2:2:0)
A study of the early church and epistles from Acts through Revelations.

Rel 215 Fundamentals of Scripture Study (2:2:0)
This course is designed to help students get more from their study of the scriptures by analyzing scriptural texts.

Rel 234 Preparing for Eternal Marriage (2:2:0)
Designed primarily for single students. This course will consider the Doctrine of Eternal Marriage, as well as dating and courtship that lead to such a marriage.

Rel 261 Introduction to LDS Family History (2:2:0)
Introduction to the Family History program of the Church; emphasizes identifying ancestors in the first few generations for whom temple ordinances have not been completed and the use of resources to simplify temple and family history activities.

Rel 264 LDS Family History (2:2:0)
Prerequisite: Rel 261
Using documents or original records of various countries to identify and submit their names for temple ordinances.

Rel 301 Old Testament (2:2:0)
A study of the Old Testament from Genesis through Exodus.

Rel 302 Old Testament (2:2:0)
A study of the Old Testament from Leviticus through 2nd Chronicles

Rel 303 Old Testament (2:2:0)
A study of the Old Testament from Ezra through Malachi.

Rel 324 Doctrine and Covenants (2:2:0)
Considers the history, content, and teachings of sections 1-75.

Rel 325 Doctrine and Covenants (2:2:0)
Considers the history, content, and teachings of sections 76-through the declarations.

Rel 327 Pearl of Great Price (2:2:0)
A brief survey of the background of the Pearl of Great Price with an emphasis on principles and doctrines taught there.

Rel 333 Teachings of the Living Prophets (2:2:0)
Calling and functions of the living prophets with emphasis on principles taught in recent conference reports.

Rel 341 Latter-day Saint History from 1805-1844 (2:2:0)
Church History and doctrine from Joseph through his Martyrdom.

Rel 342 Latter-day Saint History from 1844-1901 (2:2:0)
Church History and doctrine from the Martyrdom of Joseph Smith through the administration of Lorenzo Snow.

Rel 343 Latter-day Saint History from 1901 to the present (2:2:0)
Church History and doctrine from the administration of Joseph F. Smith to the present.

Rel 351 The Gospel and World Religions (2:2:0)
A study of religions of the world such as Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism and Judaism. Designed to introduce members of the Church to the beliefs of other world faiths and their development with an emphasis on their relationship to the doctrines of the restored church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Rel 352 The Gospel and Christian History (2:2:0)
A study of the history and doctrines of Christianity from the Roman period through the early development of the Catholic and Orthodox churches, the Middle Ages, the Reformation, and up to modern times. Emphasis is placed upon principles and doctrines regained through the restoration.

Rel 371 Introduction to Teaching (2:2:0)
(Will be offered when student teaching begins at various times in various programs. See your advisor for more information.)
Philosophy, objectives, subject matter areas, and related problems associated with teaching in the public schools as seen from the LDS perspective. For education majors only and to be done in conjunction with their student teaching.

Rel 372 Introduction to Teaching the Gospel (2:2:0)
Philosophy, objectives, subject matter areas, and related problems associated with teaching the Gospel in the religious setting. This is not a methodology course but is intended to help members understand the foundations of good teaching.

Rel 431 Doctrines of the Gospel (2:2:0)
Basic doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as taught in the scriptures and by Latter-day prophets.


Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)


Condition

BYU-Idaho Religion Requirement

Religion Graduation Requirement
  1. Two hours of religion credit per semester up to 14 credits are required of students of BYU-Idaho for a Bachelor's degree. Two hours of religion credit per semester up to eight credits are required of students for an Associate degree. There is no differentiation between students who take classes while on campus or on-line courses.
  2. All graduates must have completed four hours of credit in Book of Mormon (Rel 121-122). If these courses transfer from another Church University or Institute as a two credit class, requirement is waived.
Transfer of Credit In rare cases, Institute credit MAY be considered for application to religion credit by use of the Waiver Policy listed below. It can transfer as elective credit when the following conditions are met:
  1. Course number is 100 or above.
  2. Course is equivalent to a religion course taught at BYU-Idaho.
  3. Course is taken for two credits.
  4. Required paperwork is sent to BYU-Idaho Registrar from the LDS Institute of Religion of Church School.
  5. Letter grade is given.
Multiple Religion Classes No more than two hours of religion credit may be taken per term or semester. The only exception is Book of Mormon for Prospective Missionaries.
Second Religion Class It is the desire of the Church Board of Education that students be in a religion class each term. However, on rare occasion, a student may need to take two classes in a given term. Such cases must be cleared through the Chair of the Department of Religious Education.
Attendance Each instructor may establish their own criteria for giving credit, but generally, lack of attendance would affect a student's grade in a significant way and could result in no credit for the class, thus requiring the student to retake the class.
Waivers As a rule, there is a no waiver policy except when a student has been denied a graduation diploma from BUY-Idaho because the religion requirement was not completed, and reasons for non-completion were beyond the control of the student.
    For clarification and/or application for a waiver see the Dean of the Division of Religious and Family Living, 202C Taylor Building, Rexburg, Idaho 83460-1505.


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