Degrees and Requirements

Religious Studies

3 academic years are estimated for religious studies minor completion with respect to fall/spring course rotation and prerequisites. 18 credits are required for completion.

Summary of Requirements

Required Courses: 9 credits

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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