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Majors

Religious Studies majors must complete the College Core, as below, as prerequisites for the major.

Printable Religious Studies Degree Worksheet


College Core
Course Number
Course Name
Credits
RST 101 Religion in the Contemporary World 3
and one course chosen from the following 200 level courses:
RST 204 Catholicism in the Contemporary World: Christian Scriptures 3
RST 205 Buddhist Wisdom for Christian Living 3
RST 206 Catholicism in the Contemporary World:Spirituality 3

RST 207

Catholicism in the Contemporary World: Theological Renewals 3
RST 208 Catholicism in the Contemporary World: Ethics and Morality 3
RST 209   Catholicism in the Contemporary World: Peace and Social Justice 3
RST 210   Religious Pluralism Series 3
RST 213 Religion and the Natural World 3

Departmental Courses required for the Major

Systematic Theology
One course (3 credits) chosen from:
Course Number
Course Name
Credits
RST 326 Theology of Christian Services 3
RST 336 The Catholic Church Today: Issues and Challenges 3
RST 401 Images of Jesus throughout History 3
RST 402 Christian Sacramental Theology 3
RST 404 Catholic Creation Theology 3
RST 409 Jesus and Judaism 3

Biblical Studies
One course (3 credits) chosen from:
Course Number
Course Name
Credits
RST 338 Gospels
3
RST 375 Wisdom Literature
3

Christian Ethics
One course (3 credits) chosen from:
Course Number
Course Name
Credits
RST 324 Christian Sexual Ethics
3
RST 370 Contemporary Peacemakers
3
RST 406 Biomedical Ethics in the Christian Tradition 3
RST 412 Environmental Ethics and Religion 3

History of Christian Spirituality
One course (3 credits) chosen from:
Course Number
Course Name
Credits
RST 301 Church History: Patterns and Paradigms of the Christian Tradition
3
RST 312 History of Christian Spirituality
3
RST 320 Spiritual Master Series 3
RST 332 Spiritual Legacy of Thomas Merton 3
RST 339 Spirituality for an Ecological Age 3
RST 340 Creation Masters Series 3
RST 411 Prayer: Theology and Practice 3

Religion and Culture
One course (3 credits) chosen from:
Course Number
Course Name
Credits
RST 310 Religious Traditions of China
3
RST 341 Story of the Universe: Foundational Cosmology and Earth History
3
RST 410 Religion and the Constitution 3

Special Topics
Course Number
Course Name
Credits
RST 422-429 Special Topics in Religious Studies
3
RST 448 Oxford University Theology
3

Elective Courses (6 Credits)
Two courses (6 credits) chosen from any of our 300-400 level offerings

Capstone Courses
Course Number
Course Name
Credits
RST 450 Senior Seminar
3

Total credits required for this major: 24