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Majors

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

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