Major in Religious and Theological Studies (B.A.)

To earn the bachelor’s degree in religious and theological studies, students take a minimum of 10 courses (30 credits).

Required courses:

  • RTS225: The Quest for the Ultimate: Dialogue With Global Religious Traditions
  • RTS262: What the Bible Really Tells Us: The Essential Course for Biblical Literacy
  • RTS305: The Spiritual Quest
  • RTS341: Explorations in Christian Theology
  • One scripture course
  • One ethics course
  • One non-Christian tradition course
  • Three upper-level religious and theological studies electives

Majors craft their individual program of study in consultation with the department chair or another adviser from the department. While a thesis is not a requirement, the option is available for those who are planning to pursue graduate study or who would otherwise benefit from the experience.

Possible Focus Areas

Majors may choose to build their program of study around a particular area by focusing their elective courses in specific ways. The department suggests the following possible focus areas.

World Religions

  • RTS345: Engaging the Catholic Experience
  • RTS381: Engaging the Jewish Experience
  • RTS382: Engaging the Muslim Experience
  • RTS383: Engaging the Hindu Experience
  • RTS384: Engaging the Buddhist Experience

Ethics

  • RTS321: Superheroes, Saints and Sinners: Spiritual Themes in Contemporary Fiction
  • RTS325: Who is My Neighbor? Mercy in the Christian Life
  • RTS327: Technohuman? Technology, Genetics, God and the Future of Humanity
  • RTS332: Care for Creation: Christianity, Ethics and the Environment
  • RTS334: Global Ethics
  • RTS335: Social Ethics
  • RTS336: Marriage and Family Life
  • RTS337: Biomedical Ethics
  • RTS338: Sexual Ethics
  • RTS339: Friendship, Love and Dating: The Call to Relationship

Scripture

  • RTS262: What the Bible Really Tells Us: The Essential Course for Biblical Literacy
  • RTS364: Understanding the Hebrew Scriptures
  • RTS365: The Psalms and the Prophets: A Quest for God and Justice
  • RTS372: Jesus and the Gospels: Who do You Say That I Am?
  • RTS374: The Life and Letters of St. Paul
  • RTS375: Good Girls, Bad Girls: Women of the Bible

Christian Theology

  • RTS340: Church in the 21st Century
  • RTS341: Explorations in Christian Theology
  • RTS345: Engaging the Catholic Experience
  • RTS347: Symbol, Icon and Beauty in Religious Traditions
  • RTS355: Christian-Jewish Relations: From Hostility to Hope
  • RTS356: Contemporary Christian Spirituality