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:

  • The Quest for the Ultimate
  • What the Bible Really Tells Us: The Essential Course for Biblical Literacy
  • The Spiritual Quest
  • Explorations in Christian Theology
  • One scripture course
  • One ethics course
  • One world religions 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

  • Engaging the Jewish Experience
  • Engaging the Muslim Experience
  • Engaging the Hindu Experience
  • Engaging the Buddhist Experience

Christian Ethics and Society

  • Who is My Neighbor? Mercy in the Christian Life
  • Care for Creation: Christianity, Ethics and the Environment
  • Social Ethics
  • Marriage and Family Life
  • Biomedical Ethics
  • Sexual Ethics
  • Superheroes, Saints and Sinners: Spiritual Themes in Contemporary Fiction
  • Technohuman? Technology, Genetics, God and the Future of Humanity
  • Utopia, Dystopia and Terror: Religious-Inspired Domestic Terror Groups in the USA

Scripture

  • Understanding the Hebrew Scriptures
  • Jesus and the Gospels: Who do You Say That I Am?
  • Good Girls, Bad Girls: Women of the Bible
  • Blinded by the Light: Introduction to the Pauline Epistles
  • The Psalms and the Prophets: A Quest for God and Justice
  • The Satan Seminar

Christian Theology

  • Church in the 21st Century
  • Contemporary Christian Spirituality
  • Engaging the Catholic Experience
  • Christian-Jewish Relations: From Hostility to Hope