Department of Religious Education
Department Chair: Larry Thurgood
Department Secretary: Gloria Bradshaw (208) 496-1430
Department Faculty: Chris AllisonPhilip AllredRon AndersonDavid ChristensenSteve ClarkRob EatonScott FergusonTodd HammondJerry HansenRandy HayesRoy HuffJames KellerBrian KinghornR. Brent KinghornDoug LadleBob MarcumRobert MarrottRichard OpenshawGreg PalmerLeonard PetersenGary PurseLon PyperBruce SatterfieldNeal SouthwickDale SturmJohn ThomasLarry ThurgoodBill TorngrenGreg WightmanGreg WilliamsNate WilliamsLori Woodland

 

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 University Requirements section in the front of this catalog or go online to the Religion home page, click on Requirements on the tan bar. To view the courses and the requirements they fill, click on the View Graphic link at the side of the chart.

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. For more information, contact the Pre-Service Director Robert Wahlquist at 496-1594 or 221-6171, or his secretary Linda Williams at 496-1593.

 
 
Course Descriptions

REL 100 Introduction to Mormonism (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Prerequisite: For Non-LDS and new members.
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.
(Winter, Fall)
 
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.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
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.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
REL 130 Missionary Preparation (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
A course designed to help prepare students for missionary service, utilizing principles that reflect and supplement the emphasis taught in the "Preach My Gospel" missionary approach. This course is highly recommended for all pre-missionaries.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
REL 150 Provident Living (2:1:2)
A course designed to assist students in applying gospel principles in their personal lives. It is composed of classroom instruction in doctrinal and temporal matters, coupled with a lab where principles of provident living are put into practice.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
REL 190 Special Topics in Scripture (1-3:0:0)
Prerequisite: By permission of Instructor only.
For BYU-Idaho travel study students, taught in the term of the travel study with topics selected which will focus on history, scripture and culture of those lands visited. Emphasis is on areas that will enhance other courses taught.
(Upon Request)
 
REL 211 New Testament (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
A study of Matthew through Revelation, and Joseph Smith-Matthew.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
REL 215 Scripture Study Skills - The Power of the Word (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
A course designed to help students gain confidence in understanding the scriptures.
The focus is on gaining skills for successful personal scripture study.
(Winter, Summer, Fall)
 
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.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
REL 234 Preparing for Eternal Marriage (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Prerequisite: For unmarried students.
This class allows the student to examine the many different issues that lead to one's being successfully sealed in the temple of the Lord.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
REL 235 Building an Eternal Marriage (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Prerequisite: For married students.
A study of the doctrines, principles and practices which will establish a successful, gospel-centered eternal marriage.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
REL 260 History of Western Religion (4:4:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
A history of religion in the western world from the beginning to the modern period. This course starts with Genesis and examines--through art, literature, and myth--the religious traditions of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Canaan, and Rome, as well as, Norse mythology. It then traces the development of Judaism and Christianity up through modern times.
(Winter, Fall)
 
REL 261 Introduction to LDS Family History (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Introduction to the Family History program of the Church, which 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.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
REL 264 Family History Research (2:2:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
Prerequisite: Rel 261, or competency with PAF, or consent of instructor.
Using documents or original records of various countries to identify and submit names for temple ordinances.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
REL 301 Old Testament (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
A study of the books of Moses, Abraham, and Genesis through Deuteronomy.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
REL 302 Old Testament (3:3:0)
Fulfills GE Religion requirement.
A study of the Old Testament from Joshua through Malachi.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
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.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
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.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
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.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
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.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
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.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
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.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
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.
(Winter, Fall)
 
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.
(Winter, Fall, Summer)
 
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.
(Winter, Fall)
 
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.
(Winter, Fall)