Religious Studies, Bachelor of Arts - RLST

Major Requirements (27 Hours)

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:15
Biblical Studies:
Historical Jesus: The Quest for Jesus of Nazareth
Leviticus and Numbers: Cultural Interpretations
Paul and His Times
Historical Theology:
Great Theologians
Historical Theology
Theory of Theology:
Aquinas’ Search for God: Faith Meets Philosophy
Ways of Doing Theology
Systematic Theology:
Free and Responsible: Grace and the Human Condition
Heaven and Hell
How to Become a Saint
African-American Theologies
Systematic Theology Seminar
Ethical Studies:
Religion and Politics
Theological Ethics Seminar
Select two of the following courses or from any of the major areas above:6
Spirituality and Comedy
Theologies of Love
Reading and Interpreting Hebrew Bible Prophets
The Mystics
Religion and Literature
Religion and Science
Becoming Women
Interfaith Studies
Islam: Beliefs, Practices, and Current Events
Special Topics
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.