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Minor in Religious and Theological Studies

To complete the minor in religious and theological studies, students take a minimum of six courses (18 credits).

Required courses:

  • The Quest for the Ultimate
  • The Spiritual Quest
  • Four religious and theological studies electives, chosen in consultation with the department chair

Possible Focus Areas

Minors 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


  • What the Bible Really Tells Us: The Essential Course for Biblical Literacy
  • 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
  • Explorations in Christian Theology
  • Christian-Jewish Relations: From Hostility to Hope