Degrees and Requirements

Summary of Requirements

Major Requirements: 30 credits - Select either RELS4055 or RELS4056

  • PHIL2026
    ETHICS(SLRS1013) |

    PHIL2026
    ETHICS(SLRS1013) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of historical and contemporary responses to significant moral problems encountered in the Christian life. Topics include conscience, racism, peace and war, ecology, population control, economic justice and capital punishment. Cross-listed with SLRS1013|

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  • RELS1001
    OLD TESTAMENT(SLRS1006) |

    RELS1001
    OLD TESTAMENT(SLRS1006) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A general overview of the Old Testament in light of present historical, literary, theological, and archeological research.Cross listed with SLRS1006 |

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  • RELS1002
    NEW TESTAMENT(SLRS1011) |

    RELS1002
    NEW TESTAMENT(SLRS1011) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A general introduction to the New Testament and overview of the historical, religious and cultural milieu in which these Scriptures originated. Cross-listed with SLRS1011|

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  • RELS1003
    WORLD RELIGIONS(SLRS1003) |

    RELS1003
    WORLD RELIGIONS(SLRS1003) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course examines the historical development together with the religious beliefs and practices of the major religions of the world including Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism Sikhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism. The teachings of each religion regarding the Absolute, the world, the nature of humans, the problem facing humans, the solution of the problem for humans, Community and Ethics, Rituals and Symbols, and what happens after death will be studied. The course also includes an examination of the beginnings of religion in human history as well as the characteristics of tribal and national religions. Cross-listed with SLRS1003. Class starts the week of 09/10/2018|

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  • RELS1011
    CHURCH HISTORY |

    RELS1011
    CHURCH HISTORY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An examination of the unfolding and growth of Christian thought in the Western world and analysis of the notion of theological development.|

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  • RELS1015
    MORAL THEOLOGY |

    RELS1015
    MORAL THEOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of the principles of moral conduct based upon the writings of the New Testament and the teaching of the Catholic Church and of Contemporary Catholic moral theologians, topics include sin, human action, conscience and decision making.|

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  • RELS1016
    SACRAMENTAL THEOLOGY |

    RELS1016
    SACRAMENTAL THEOLOGY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An examination of the foundational elements of the Church's sacramental life from the perspectives of theology, history and anthropology beginning with a discussion of the lived experience of sacraments and developing various models which have guided sacramental praxis, with emphasis on the contemporary influences of symbol and ritual studies.|

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  • RELS2014
    CHRISTOLOGY(SLRS1005) |

    RELS2014
    CHRISTOLOGY(SLRS1005) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A systematic study of the beliefs of the church in the person of Jesus as reflected in Scripture and the early church councils and a survey of contemporary Christological teaching. Cross-listed with SLRS1005|

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  • RELS2034
    CHURCH:INSTITUTION & COMMUNITY |

    RELS2034
    CHURCH:INSTITUTION & COMMUNITY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    The Church is both an institution and a community of people united in their belief that Jesus is the Savior of the World. This course examines the Church from a scriptural, historical and theological perspective.|

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  • RELS4055
    SENIOR SEMINAR IN REGIOUS STUDY |

    RELS4055
    SENIOR SEMINAR IN REGIOUS STUDY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This seminar consists of research into two or three themes in religious studies, selected and mutually agreed upon by the director of the seminar and the students registered for it. The research is progressive in depth leading to a final conclusion, presentation or paper by the members of the seminar.|

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  • RELS4056

    RELS4056

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Major Electives: 15 credits

  • RELS1012
    CHRISTIAN RITUAL & WORSHIP |

    RELS1012
    CHRISTIAN RITUAL & WORSHIP |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the meaning or ritual and worship in Christianity, major steps in the developemtn of the Eucharist(especially in the Western traditions, the impact of the Reformation on the meaning and form of worship and a brief discussion of common symbols.|

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  • RELS1018
    SURVEY OF CATHOLIC DOCTRINE |

    RELS1018
    SURVEY OF CATHOLIC DOCTRINE |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course offers a general overview of the nature of Revelation, Faith, and the sources of Revelation, together with an overview of the more important doctrinal and moral teachings of the Catholic Church. |

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  • RELS2020
    WOMEN & RELIGION(SLRS1014) |

    RELS2020
    WOMEN & RELIGION(SLRS1014) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of woman's place in society, past and present, as it has been and is affected by religious teachings, laws and customs and examination of the attitudes toward women in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, in the writing of the early church fathers, the Protestant Reformers, and in the current religious structures of Catholics, Protestants, and Jews. Cross-listed with SLRS1014 |

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  • RELS2033
    MYSTERY OF GOD |

    RELS2033
    MYSTERY OF GOD |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Can the existence of God be demonstrated? An examination is made of basic arguments for God's existence: the ontological, the cosmological, the teleological, the moral and the argument from religious experience.

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  • RELS2050
    SPECIAL TOPICS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES |

    RELS2050
    SPECIAL TOPICS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A collection of courses covering a broad range of topics in religious studies, offered according to student need and interest. Life & Social Reality: This course, developed specifically for use on the La Roche Rome campus is designed to facilitate the exploration of the meaning of life and the nature of social reality, through critical-minded engagement on a variety of levels. It will include the experience of sharing in service learning opportunities, and in opportunities for spiritual experience through participation in reading and discussing common texts and reflecting upon media experiences with particular emphasis on economic justice and environmental sustainability. To be conducted as a seminar, students' input into the discussion will shape what happens in the course. We will especially reach for different and contradictory perspectives, challenging our sources through a process of "tearing apart" and/or defending and/or making creative use of them. All of the written and video/film sources used, as well as the experiences engaged in, and also the course itself, will be subjected to such a process of critique, out of which useful insights may emerge. Participants will work on the together - striving, at the same time, for independent perspectives (not some kind of conformist "group-think").|

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  • RELS3031
    RELIGION & SOCIETY |

    RELS3031
    RELIGION & SOCIETY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An analytical presentation of religion as a social institution emphasizing the function of religion in society and its relationship to the conflict and change that characterize modern American life.|

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  • RELS3037
    RELIGIOUS INFLUENCE ON U.S. (HIST3037) |

    RELS3037
    RELIGIOUS INFLUENCE ON U.S. (HIST3037) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An examination and interpretation of the religious forces that shaped American social structures, moves, law and popular opinion from the time of the first Spanish missionaries to the end of the 20th century with emphasis on religious liberty in American ideal and in religious pluralism. Cross-listed with HIST3037|

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  • RELS3040
    VARIETIES OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY (HIST3040) |

    RELS3040
    VARIETIES OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY (HIST3040) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course treats Christianity from its origins through the medieval period. Special attention is given to internal issues and external forces, which caused conflict, adjustment, development, and finally varieties within the Christian world. For instance, it explores how dissident movements, the conversion of Constantine, the Germanic invasions, and the rise of Islam, feudalism, and papal power affected Christianity. The course also attempts to analyze how tensions between the institutional church and popular religious movements influenced society. Cross-listed with HIST3040 |

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  • RELS3045
    SPECIAL TOPICS IN SCRIPTURE: |

    RELS3045
    SPECIAL TOPICS IN SCRIPTURE: |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    FA17: Pauline Literature - An analysis of the letters of Paul from a literary, contextual, and theological perspective. SP18: Psalms - Based on the principle, “Lex Orandi, lex credendi,” this course will analyze the psalms as the prayers of Israel in order to discern the unique religious vision of the Old Testament. The psalms will be analyzed from their literary, historical, and cultural perspectives.|

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  • RELS4051

    RELS4051

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  • RELS4052

    RELS4052

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