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:

  • Christianity in Dialogue with World Religions
  • Take a Look at the Good Book: An Introduction to the Bible
  • The Spiritual Quest
  • 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

  • Engaging the Catholic Experience
  • 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 Tradition
  • Christian Ethics and the Environment
  • Christian Ethics and Social Issues
  • Christian Marriage and Family Life
  • Christian Ethics and Biomedical Issues
  • Christian Ethics and Human Sexuality


  • 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

Christian Theology

  • Symbol and Sacrament
  • The Church in the 21st Century
  • Contemporary Christian Spirituality
  • Emerging Theologies
  • Jesus Christ Through History
  • Engaging the Catholic Experience