Overview
Religion is among the most important aspects of human civilization

The Department of Religious Studies offers courses that explore the many dimensions of religious history, experience, culture, and doctrine.

We offer both a major and a minor field of study as well as minors in Christian Studies and Catholic Studies. In taking these courses students discover the central role played by religion in human civilization and learn to think, speak, and write thoughtfully and critically about that role.

Course Structure
Major

 

Forty-two semester hours in Religious Studies are required for the major. These must include:

  • RS 1050 or both RS 1010 and RS 1020,
  • At least one course each from groups B and F,
  • At least two courses (one of which must be at the 3000 level) from each of groups C, D, and E.

The remaining hours of credit may be chosen from among all Religious Studies offerings, including cross-listed courses.

Religious Studies Courses 

A. General Introductions

1010 Religions of the World: Western Traditions
1020 Religions of the World: Eastern Traditions
1050 World Religions

B. Thematic Introductions

1030 Myths of Love, Sex and Marriage
1040 Myths of Hate and Evil

C. Western Religious History

1710 Introduction to Catholic Christianity
2020 Christianity
2060 The Great Conversation II: 21st Century Perspectives
2110 The Bible
2430 Judaism
2440 Islam
2750 Crises in Religious Authority
2780 Spirituality of the Sacraments
2840 Introduction to Medieval Theology and Philosophy
2860 Spiritual Journey of Christian Mystics
3020 Cults, Sects, and New Religions
3310 History of Christianity to Reformation (see History 3210)
3320 History of Christianity from the Reformation to the Present (see History 3220)
3760 Thomas Aquinas and the Thomist Tradition
3870 The New Testament

D. Eastern Religions and Comparative Religion

2210 Buddhism East and West
2420 Hinduism
2510 Japanese Religion and Culture
2610 Chinese Religion and Philosophy
2790 Catholicism, Christian Unity, and World Religions
3040 Alternative Spirtualities
3220 Religious Ethics East and West
3230 Interreligious Dialogue
3520 Mysticism in Buddhism and Christianity

E. Religion and Modernity

2120 Why are we Here: Explorations on the Meaning of Life
2320 Christianity and the Moral Imagination
2350 Skepticism, Agnosticism, Atheism and Belief
2360 Religion and Politics
2620 Psychology of Religion
2760 Catholic Moral Thought
2770 Social Ethics: Free and Faithful
3510 Religion and Society (see Sociology/Anthropology 4210)
3620 Philosophy of Religion (see Philosophy 3620)
3740 Beauty and Belief
3750 Faith and Reason in Modern Catholic Thought
3860 (formerly 2340) Science and Religion

F. Advanced Seminar

4010 Theory and Method in the Study of Religion

Special Topics and Directed Studies

2880, 3880, and 4880 Special Topics
4510 and 4520 Directed Studies

Other

1210 Classical Mythology (see Classics 2210)
2720 Medieval Art (see Fine Arts 2120)

 

Minor

 

Twenty-one semester hours in Religious Studies are required for the minor. These must include:

  • RS 1050 or both RS 1010 and RS 1020,
  • At least one course from each of groups B, C, D, and E,
  • At least two courses in total must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

The remaining hours of credit may be chosen from among all Religious Studies offerings, including cross-listed courses.

 

Minor in Christian Studies

 

  • Three core courses: 2020, 2110, 2320
  • Two courses from group C (Western Religious History)
  • Two courses from group E (Religion and Modernity)
  • At least two courses in total should be at the 3000 level

 

 

Minor in Catholic Studies

 

  • One core course — 1710
  • Two courses from 2110, 3870, 3310, 3320
  • Two courses from 2750, 2790, 3740, 3750, 3760 
  • Two courses from 2760, 2770, 2780, 2860
  • At least two courses in total should be at the 3000 level.
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