Because religion is embedded in most of the world's history, literature, and social institutions, its study offers access to a range of past and present human concerns. Our Religious Studies Department is dedicated to open inquiry into religion and theology as one of the significant areas of human life and as one key to our understanding of the world. Religious Studies majors are invited to share in this study to develop critical and responsible standards of judgment and to gain an appreciation of the religious element in life.
Because of the College's Catholic origins and heritage, some courses focus on theology in the Roman Catholic tradition, while others focus on other religious traditions as well the particular facets of religious meaning and value.
The major requires 36 credits in Religious Studies. Departmental requirements include:
- REL 123 - Religious Elements in Life 3 cr.
- REL 122 - Introduction to the Bible 3 cr.
- REL 125 - Foundations of Christianity 3 cr.
- REL 242 - Morality and Sexuality 3 cr. OR REL 246 - Religious Dimensions of Peace and Justice 3 cr.
Each major's program will be designed in consultation with the department chairperson. Independent study is encouraged to develop the student's research skills and depth of knowledge in certain areas.
The minor consists of 18 credits. Ordinarily these will include REL 123 - Religious Elements in Life, REL 122 - Introduction to the Bible, REL 125 - Foundations of Christianity, and either REL 242 - Morality and Sexuality or REL 246 - Religious Dimensions of Peace and Justice. Six additional credits may be chosen from Religious Studies offerings.
For course descriptions, visit the catalog.