Elizabeth Ursic

Residential Faculty - Religious Studies

English

Business

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Cultural Science

Office: BP 43A - Room: BP09

480-461-7470

Profile

Dr. Elizabeth Ursic is a professor of Religious Studies at Mesa Community College in Phoenix, Arizona.  Elizabeth holds an MDiv from Yale Divinity School and a PhD in Religious Studies from Arizona State University.  Her research focus is religion, gender, and the arts.  Her book, Women, Ritual, Power: Placing Female Imagery of God in Christian Worship,  was published by SUNY Press in 2014. She is a board member of the Arizona Interfaith Movement.  In addition to teaching, she enjoys hiking, international travel and playing piano and cello. She has recorded a CD, Unspoken Touch.

Classes Taught

Fall 2022

HUM251 Ideas and Values in the Humanities: Renaissance to the Contemporary World 3 Credits
An historical analysis of the interrelationships of art, architecture, literature, music, and philosophy from the Renaissance to modern period, including Western and non-Western cultures.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101.
General Education Designations: Historical Awareness [H], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU], Literacy & Critical Inquiry [L] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28685
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28685 Students may contact instructor at elizabeth.ursic@mesacc.edu

REL100 World Religions 3 Credits
The development of various religions from the prehistoric to modern times. Political, economic, social and geographic relationships among world religions. Consideration of both Eastern and Western religions. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29289
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Students may contact instructor at elizabeth.ursic@mesacc.edu

REL203 American Indian Religions 3 Credits
An examination of the historical and cultural background of diverse life ways and worldviews belonging to the peoples indigenous to the North American continent over time, including a study of modern day American Indian beliefs and practices.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent.
General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU], Literacy & Critical Inquiry [L] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29288
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Class Started

Notes: Hybrid classes include face-to-face format on campus at the time listed in the class schedule. The other part will be held online either without a set time to attend or a Live Online session. Students enrolling in a hybrid class acknowledge they already possess the skills described in the Minimum Computer and Technology Requirements at https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 29288 Students may contact instructor at: elizabeth.ursic@mesacc.edu

Honors Program Only

REL290 Women and World Religions 3 Credits
Focus on the role of women in several organized religions and/or religious sects. Study of myth and symbols as they are used to establish, maintain, and enforce sex roles within specific cultural contexts around the world. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29298
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 29298 Students may contact instructor at: elizabeth.ursic@mesacc.edu

WST290 Women and World Religions 3 Credits
Focus on the role of women in several organized religions and/or religious sects. Study of myth and symbols as they are used to establish, maintain, and enforce sex roles within specific cultural contexts around the world. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28572
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
08/22/2022 - 12/16/2022

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28572 Students may contact instructor at: elizabeth.ursic@mesacc.edu

Fall Flex Start 2022

MGT251 Human Relations in Business 3 Credits
Analysis of motivation, leadership, communications, and other human factors. Cultural differences that may create conflict and affect morale individually and within organizations. Prerequisites: None. MGT101 or MGT175 or MGT229 suggested, but not required.
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30233
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
09/07/2022 - 12/16/2022

Class Started

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30233 Students may contact instructor at: elizabeth.ursic@mesacc.edu

Spring 2023

HUM251 Ideas and Values in the Humanities: Renaissance to the Contemporary World 3 Credits
An historical analysis of the interrelationships of art, architecture, literature, music, and philosophy from the Renaissance to modern period, including Western and non-Western cultures.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101.
General Education Designations: Historical Awareness [H], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU], Literacy & Critical Inquiry [L] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29959
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

Open

25 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 29959: Students may contact instructor at: elizabeth.ursic@mesacc.edu

REL100 World Religions 3 Credits
The development of various religions from the prehistoric to modern times. Political, economic, social and geographic relationships among world religions. Consideration of both Eastern and Western religions. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29771
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

Open

20 of 20
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 29771 Students may contact instructor at: elizabeth.ursic@mesacc.edu

Honors Program Only

29847
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

Open

20 of 20
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 29847 Students may contact instructor at: elizabeth.ursic@mesacc.edu

All textbook and course materials available at no or low cost (<$40) - may include OER (Open Educational Resources).

REL290 Women and World Religions 3 Credits
Focus on the role of women in several organized religions and/or religious sects. Study of myth and symbols as they are used to establish, maintain, and enforce sex roles within specific cultural contexts around the world. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
29145
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

Open

25 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 29145 Students may contact instructor at: elizabeth.ursic@mesacc.edu

WST290 Women and World Religions 3 Credits
Focus on the role of women in several organized religions and/or religious sects. Study of myth and symbols as they are used to establish, maintain, and enforce sex roles within specific cultural contexts around the world. Prerequisites: None.
General Education Designations: Global Awareness [G], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
28555
Online Course
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/17/2023 - 05/12/2023

Open

25 of 25
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 28555 Students may contact instructor at: elizabeth.ursic@mesacc.edu

Spring Flex Start 2023

REL203 American Indian Religions 3 Credits
An examination of the historical and cultural background of diverse life ways and worldviews belonging to the peoples indigenous to the North American continent over time, including a study of modern day American Indian beliefs and practices.
Prerequisites: A grade of C or better in ENG101, or ENG107, or equivalent.
General Education Designations: Cultural Diversity in the US [C], Humanities, Fine Arts & Design [HU], Literacy & Critical Inquiry [L] 
Section Location Delivery Dates Days Times Availability
30950
Online (On Your Time)
Lecture
01/30/2023 - 05/12/2023
Tu
1:30 PM - 2:45 PM

Open

20 of 20
Seats Available

Notes: This is an Online class that does not meet at specific class times. Students are required to have access to a computer or mobile device, and Internet access, unless otherwise specified. Before enrolling in their first online class at MCC, students need to view the online orientation and complete the readiness survey on https://www.mesacc.edu/online/get-started for additional information.

Class 30950 Students may contact instructor at elizabeth.ursic@mesacc.edu

Degrees & Awards

Education:

Ph.D., Religious Studies, Arizona State University, 2010

            Concentrations: Women and Religion, Religion in the Americas

M.Div., Yale Divinity School, Yale University, 2003

            Concentration: Religion and Art

M.A./M.B.A., International Relations, University of Pennsylvania, 1986

B.A./B.S., Communications/ Economics, University of Pennsylvania, 1981

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