Courses Taught and Programs of Study Supervised by Dr. Godlas

Courses Taught
Programs of Study Supervised
Arabic Undergraduate Major, BA degree
Religion Undergraduate Major, BA degree concentration in Islam and/or Arabic
Masters Degree in Religion, MA degree concentration in Islam and/or Arabic

Courses Taught

RELI 1006: Introduction to the World's Religions (Usually taught in the spring term) A comparative and thematic study of the religious experience of the human community as expressed in the religious traditions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism , Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and the primal religions (of the indigenous peoples of Africa, Australia, and the Americas).

RELI 4303/6303 The Sufi Way: Islamic mysticism, both as a set of metaphysical doctrines and as it is expressed in religious practices. Particular attention will be give to the doctrinal development of Sufism, its literature, major figures, and the process of consciousness transformation.

REL 4301/6301 Islamic Thought in the Caliphal Age: Islamic scholarship from the 8th through the 14th centruies. Principle topics will include: the Qur'an and Qur'anic exegesis (tafsir), the "sciences" of hadith, Islamic law, theology, philosophy, and Sufi mysticism.

RELI4307/CMLT4307 Comparative Islamic Literature provides students with both a survey of some of the major genres and exemplary texts of Arabic, Persian, and Turkish Islamic literature (in translation) as well as extended training in the use of a systematic analytical methodology for fleshing out the nuances of the worldviews expressed in the texts. Keeping in mind the importance of the position of the reader on the "hermeneutical circle", a major part of the class will involve discussions where each student will analyze and compare his or her own worldviews with those of the texts we will be covering. The class is part of the "writing intensive" program, in which students will work closely with a TA on their writing in a step by step process.

REL 4302/6302 Islam and the Modern World: Islamic modernism and revivalism as a response to Western cultural penetration since the 18th century. Subject covered will include Sufi reformism, Wahhabism, the Salafiyya movement, Islamic "fundamentalism," the Iranian Revolution, women's rights, terrorism, and Western perceptions of Islam.

ARB 4108 Islamic Arabic II: This course is the final course in our four year sequence in Arabic. The course focuses on reading Islamic texts, especially the Qur'an, and reviewing the principle rules of Arabic grammar.

REL 4300/6300 Islam and Its World: Islam as a religious and sociocultural phenomena. The course covers the fundamental principles of the Islamic faith, Qur'an, the Sunna of Muhammad, Islamic sectarianism, Islamic law, theology, mysticism, and art. The course will also survey Islam in its various forms throughout the world.

ARB 4100/6100 Reading and Research in Arabic and Islamic Literature: The study of Arabic and other Islamic texts with emphasis upon extensive reading and individual and/or group research projects. Selection of topics will vary according to the interest of the instructor and students. Qualified students may study Persian and/or Turkish texts.

FYOS 1001 Emotions, Emotional Intelligence, and the World's Religions A Freshman Odyssey Seminar surveying emotions in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, introducting the scientific understanding of emotional intelligence, and discussing resources in these religions for enhancing emotional intelligence.

Programs of Study Supervised

Dr. Godlas and Dr. Honerkamp are supervisors of the Arabic and Islamic Studies programs offered by the Department of Religion. Students interested in Islam are also advised to take courses in the History department from Prof. Sabra and Prof. Cleaveland and in the Department of International Affairs from Prof. Lowrance.

Arabic Undergraduate Major, BA degree

Detailed description of the Arabic major at UGA. (link fixed April, 2007) We offer both a major in Arabic and a minor.
Requirements for the Arabic Minor from the UGA bulletin.

Religion Undergraduate Major, BA degree, concentration in Islam and/or Arabic

Department of Religion at the University of Georgia. Undergraduate students may major in Religion (link fixed 11 August, 2006) and take Islamic studies courses as part of their major requirements for a B.A. degree.

UGA students who have already declared a major in religion should email Dr. Kirkland, the department undergrad. coordinator or their advisor if they have questions.

Anyone interested in applying for admission as an undergraduate to the University of Georgia should consult the UGA Undergraduate Admissions Web Site.

If you are a UGA student and are thinking about focusing on Islam or Arabic or preparing for a career in which you are hoping to use your knowledge of Islam or Arabic, email Dr. Godlas and Dr.  Honerkamp as early as possible when you are at UGA, preferably even before you begin your classes in your Freshman year, especially since classes in Arabic should be started in the fall term of one's freshman year.

Useful Links for UGA Undergraduates:

Religion Undergraduate program, a general overview.
Requirements for the Religion  Major, from the UGA Bulletin.
Requirements for the Religion Minor, from the UGA Bulletin.
Requirements for the Arabic Minor.
Advising and Graduation Requirements (link fixed 20 August, 2005), from the Franklin  College website.
University-Wide Degree Requirements, from the UGA Bulletin.
Advising and Graduation, Frequently Addressed Topics (link fixed 20 August, 2005), from the Franklin College website.
Other Useful Student Resources, from the Office of the Vice-President for Instruction.
Reading a DARS (Degree Audit Report System) sheet (pdf file, Adobe Acrobat is necessary for reading this).

Masters Degree in Religion, MA degree, concentration in Islam and/or Arabic

The University of Georgia offers an M.A. in Religion with a variety of concentrations, one of which is in Islam. The course of studies is designed to be completed in two years. All information about the M.A. in Religion, including application materials, can be obtained at the previous link. Among the requirements are comprehensive examinations and an M.A. thesis. For information about the M.A. in Religion in addition to that found at the previous link, e-mail the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Carolyn Medine. If you apply for admission to the M.A. program and are thinking of concentrating in Islamic Studies or Arabic, please email both Dr. Honerkamp and Dr. Godlas, informing us of your application. Note that a Ph.D. in Religion with concentration in Islam is currently being planned.

You can apply online to the graduate program (M.A.) in the Department of Religion at the link to the Office of Graduate Admissions. See also the General information website of the Graduate School and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page at the Grad. School. (Link fixed March 15, 2010.)

For information on the cut off dates for graduate program applicants see Deadlines for Applicants

In order to guarantee that applicants will be considered for graduate financial assistance (which is in the form of teaching assistantships and graduate assistantships), application materials must be in by January 1. If you miss the deadline, sometimes applications for departmental assistantships have been considered up to February 1 (if the committee has not yet met). These assistantships are limited in number and highly competitive, based largely on GRE scores, undergrad GPAs, an undergraduate major or significant coursework in Religion--especially in the particular area of concentration (such as Islam)-- and knowledge of Arabic and/or other languages with important Islamic literature, such as Persian, Turkish, Urdu, and Malay. Also useful in the graduate assistantship competition is some form of unique experience, such as training Iraqi refugees in small business management.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required of all applicants to the graduate program. Applicants are advised to take the GRE well in advance of the application deadlines. Since the GRE can now be taken on computer, there are numerous dates when one can take the exam. For information go to the GRE Online.

International students interested in applying to the graduate program should also carefully read Supplemental Information for International Applicants. (fixed March 15, 2010)

For information on undergraduate tuition and admission to the University of Georgia consult the UGA Admissions Information Page.

The only correspondence course offered by the Department of Religion is Religion 1001. Arabic and Islamic Studies courses are not offered by correspondence.

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