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:

  • RTS225: The Quest for the Ultimate: Dialogue With Global Religious Traditions
  • RTS305: 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

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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