Religious Studies, Bachelor of Arts - RLST

Major Requirements (27 Hours)

Required
RLST 101Introducing Religious Studies3
Select one of the following:3
Experiencing God
Spirituality and Comedy
Reading the hebrew Bible in Jewish & Christian Terms
Christian Holiness in History and Culture
Introduction to the New Testament
Faith in Action
Catholic Social Thought
The Christian Tradition
Catholic Faith and Life
Special Topics
Select one course from each of the following areas:
Biblical Studies:3
Historical Jesus: The Quest for Jesus of Nazareth
Paul and His Times
Reading and Interpreting Hebrew Bible Prophets
Historical Theology:3
The Mystics
Historical Theology
Contemporary Theology:3
Heaven and Hell
How to Become a Saint
Religion and Science
African-American Theologies
Systematic Theology Seminar
Interfaith & Interreligious Studies3
Leviticus and Numbers: Cultural Interpretations
Religion and Literature
Religion and Science
Interfaith Studies
Islam: Beliefs, Practices, and Current Events
Select three of the following elective courses:9
Historical Jesus: The Quest for Jesus of Nazareth
Paul and His Times
Leviticus and Numbers: Cultural Interpretations
Reading and Interpreting Hebrew Bible Prophets
Heaven and Hell
The Mystics
Religion and Literature
How to Become a Saint
Religion and Science
Religion and Politics
African-American Theologies
Interfaith Studies
Islam: Beliefs, Practices, and Current Events
Special Topics
Historical Theology
Theology for Ministry and Life I: Theory
Total Credits27

Advanced Writing Proficiency

A student completing the Advanced Writing Proficiency requirement in Religious Studies assembles a portfolio of three papers demonstrating her ability to read theological literature with sensitivity, rigor, and understanding, and to engage in theological writing with insight, clarity, and persuasion.

Senior Comprehensive

Students who major in Religious Studies may complete their comprehensive requirement in one of two ways. In the first option, a student completes an independent research project on a topic of her choice. The project displays the student’s depth of knowledge in Religious Studies. The topic and details of the project must be developed with and approved by her advisor and the department. The completed project, typically a 15-20 page thesis paper, is submitted in the fall of the student’s senior year. In the second option, a student completes a two-part comprehensive examination in her final year. The exam tests the student’s breadth of knowledge in Religious Studies and her facility in theological reflection. One part covers historical materials, texts, and issues (up to 1950); the second examines contemporary sources (1950 to present). Each test consists of three essays. Students prepare their bibliography in consultation with their academic advisor and then work with two members of the faculty to discuss the texts and prepare their responses. Students may use any books or articles relevant to the exam while taking it.