religious studies

Division of Philosophy, Religion & Theology
Janine Idziak, Ph.D., Chair 

 
The Religious Studies program emphasizes three areas of study: theological studies, biblical studies, and moral studies. L.REL-112 is an introduction to courses in theological studies; L.REL-113 an introduction to courses in biblical studies; and L.REL-114 an introduction to courses in moral studies. All students are welcome in courses L.REL-100 through 399. Students are encouraged to take courses in the 200s between their second and fifth semesters, and courses in the 300s between their sixth and eighth semesters. Those numbered L.REL-400 or higher are designed for majors.
 
Requirements for the major in Religious Studies (B.A.):
Majors must maintain and post as scheduled an online “blog” of their experiences (instructions available from program).

Req Course Cr's
1   L.REL-112: An Introduction to Theology and Religious Studies 3
Select one from Req 2
2   L.REL-251: Does the Land Belong to Israel-AC 3
2   L.REL-252: God’s Literature-AA 3
3   L.REL-270: Introduction to Christian Values-AV 3
Select one from Req 4 (Theological Studies)
4   L.REL-210: World Religions 3
4   L.REL-260: Martyrs, Mendicants and Masterpieces-AC 3
4   L.REL-261: Christ and Culture-AC 3
4   L.REL-316: Pilgrims in Their Own Land-AI 3
4   L.REL-318: Councils Creeds and Culture-AC 3
4   L.REL-320: Sacraments: Catholic Identity in Community-AI 3
4   L.REL-335: Belief, Unbelief & the Good Life-AV 3
Select one from Req 5 (Biblical Studies)
5   L.REL-113: Intro to the Bible 3
5   L.REL-239: Jesus and the Gospels 3
5   L.REL-251: Does Land Belong to Israel? (AC); if not taken above 3
5   L.REL-252: God's Literature (AA); if not taken above 3
5   L.REL-253: The Hebrew Prophets 3
5   L.REL-350: Bible and Literature 3
5   L.REL-354: Seminar on the Letters of St Paul 3
Select one from Req 6 (Moral Studies)
6   L.REL-221: The Church’s Social Teachings 3
6   L.REL-222: Christian Sexual Morality-AV 3
6   L.REL-345: Issues in Christian Ethics-AV 3
6   L.REL-348: Social Justice Practicum 3
7   Additional L.REL Elective 3
8   Additional L.REL Elective 3
9   Additional L.REL Elective 3
10   L.CTL-490: Leadership Seminar 2
11   L.REL-491: Thesis Writing 3
12   L.REL-493: Practicum in Parish Ministry 3
32 total required credits

*Majors must enroll in the section of L.LIB-305 offered to CTL students unless their second major requires otherwise.
 
Majors wishing to graduate with a “concentration” of coursework in the area of “ministry” must complete the major including the following eight courses:
 
1.    L.REL-112: Intro to Theology and Religious Studies
2.    L.REL-213: Foundation for Ministry
3.    L.REL-270: Introduction to Christian Values-AV
4.    L.REL-251: Does the Land Belong to Israel-AC OR L.REL 252: God’s Literature
5.    L.REL-271: Catholic Social Teaching
6.    L.REL-239: Jesus and the Gospels OR L.REL 350: Bible and Literature
7.    L.REL-320: Sacraments: Catholic Identity in Community-AI OR L.REL 318: Councils, Creeds, and Culture
8.    L.REL-493: Practicum for Parish Ministry

Requirements for the minor in Religious Studies:

Req Course Cr's
1   L.REL-112: An Introduction to Theology & Religious Studies 3
Select one from Req 2
2   L.REL-251: Does the Land Belong to Israel-AC 3
2   L.REL-252: God's Literature-AA 3
3   L.REL-270: Introduction to Christian Values-AV 3
4   Additional L.REL Elective 3
5   Additional L.REL Elective 3
6   Additional L.REL Elective 3
18 total required credits

BIBLICAL STUDIES
L.REL-113: Introduction to the Bible
L.REL-239: Jesus & the Gospels
L.REL-243: Wisdom of the Prophets
L.REL-248: Seminar on the Letters of St. Paul
L.REL-251: Does The Land Belong To Israel-AC
L.REL-252: God’s Literature-AA
L.REL-350: Bible & Literature
 
MORAL STUDIES
L.REL-231: Catholic Social Teaching
L.REL-270: Introduction to Christian Values-AV
L.REL-272: Christian Sexual Morality-AV
L.REL-345: Issues in Christian Ethics-AV
L.REL-348: Social Justice Practicum 
 
SPECIAL AND ADVANCED STUDIES
L.REL-491: Thesis Writing
L.REL-493: Practicum for Parish Ministry

THEOLOGICAL STUDIES
L.REL-112: Introduction to Theology & Religious Studies
L.REL-210: World Religions: An Introduction
L.REL-212: Roman Catholic Sacred Spaces
L.REL-213: Foundations for Ministry
L.REL-216: The Catholic Church in Latin America
L.REL-260: Martyrs, Mendicants, & Masterpieces-AC
L.REL-261: Christ & Culture-AC
L.REL-316: Pilgrims in Their Own Land-AI
L.REL-318: Councils, Creeds, & Culture-AC
L.REL-320: Sacraments: Catholic Identity in Community-AI
L.REL-325: Roman Catholic Liturgical Music in Theology & Practice-AA
L.REL-335: Belief, Unbelief & the Good Life-AV
L.REL-391: The Catholic Heritage
 

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