Department of Religious Education
Department Chair: Larry Thurgood
Department Secretary: Gloria Bradshaw (208) 496-1430
Department Faculty: Philip AllredRon AndersonDavid ChristensenSteve ClarkScott FergusonTodd HammondJerry HansenRandy HayesRoy HuffJames KellerBrian KinghornDoug LadleBob MarcumRobert MarrottRichard OpenshawGreg PalmerLeonard PetersenGary PurseLon PyperBruce SatterfieldNeal SouthwickJohn ThomasLarry ThurgoodBill TorngrenGreg WightmanWynn WilkesGreg WilliamsNate Williams

 

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

Details showing the University requirements for Religion are shown in the Religion Requirement Chart in this section of the catalog. Every student should read the requirements carefully so as to be sure they have the credits necessary for graduation from BYU-Idaho.

Details of the Religious Education Studies Core are found in this section of the catalog.

Please refer any further questions to the Chair of the Department of Religious Education, Taylor 202-B.
 

A Seminary Pre-service program for prospective Seminary teachers is now offered. Interested students who are beginning their junior year at BYU-Idaho should take the Introduction to Teaching Seminary course, Religion 370.
 
 
Course Descriptions

REL 100 Introduction to Mormonism (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
A survey course of the doctrines, practices and beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This class is only for those who are not members of the Church or those who have been members less than one year.
 
REL 121 Book of Mormon (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Required for graduation. A study of the origin, content and teachings of the Book of Mormon from 1st Nephi through Alma 29.
 
REL 122 Book of Mormon (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Required for graduation. A study of the content and teachings of the Book of Mormon from Alma 30 through Moroni.
 
REL 130 Missionary Preparation (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
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 211 New Testament (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
A study of Matthew through Revelation, and Joseph Smith - Matthew.
 
REL 221 Book of Mormon For Prospective Missionaries (4:4:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
A study of the origin, content and teachings of the Book of Mormon from 1st Nephi through Moroni from a missionary viewpoint. This class may not be taken, or retaken by returned missionaries. This class also fills the requirement for Religion 121 and 122.
 
REL 234 Preparing for Eternal Marriage (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
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)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
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 Family History Research (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Prerequisite: Rel 261, or competancy with PAF, or consent of instructor.
Using documents or original records of various countries to identify and submit their names for temple ordinances.
 
REL 301 Old Testament (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
A study of the books of Moses, Abraham, and Genesis through Deuteronomy.
 
REL 302 Old Testament (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
A study of the Old Testament from Joshua through Malachi.
 
REL 324 Doctrine and Covenants (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
The entire Doctrine and Covenants, including the Official Declarations, will be covered in this course.
 
REL 333 Teachings of the Living Prophets (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
This course is concerned with the calling and function 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)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
A study of the history and doctrine of the Church from Joseph Smith through his martyrdom.
 
REL 342 Church History (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
A study of the history and development of the Church from 1844 to the present.
 
REL 351 The Gospel and World Religions (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
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)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
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 370 Introduction to Teaching Seminary (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
This course is an introduction to religious education as a profession. It focuses on basic teaching concepts and the CES hiring process. Students taking this course should be in their junior year.
 
REL 431 Doctrines of the Gospel (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
A study of the basic doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as taught in the scriptures and by Latter-day prophets.
 
REL 471 Methods of Teaching Seminary (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Prerequisite: Rel 370 and Instructors consent. For prospective Seminary teachers only.
This course helps trainees become more effective teachers. It prepares trainees to teach the scriptures and involves them in a brief seminary teaching experience.
 
REL 475 Seminary Teaching Seminar (2:1:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Prerequisite: Rel 471 and Instructors consent. For prospective Seminary teachers only.
This course deals with current teaching issues and needs. Trainees are also employeed part-time and may teach from one to three classes of seminary each day. Trainees are evaluated to determine whether they should be considered for a full-time seminary teaching position.