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Theology and Religious Studies Degree Requirements

Major Requirements for a BA in Theology and Religious Studies

 The Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Religious Studies requires 120 credits. 

General Education Requirements (57-58 credits)

In addition to meeting the course requirements for each respective major, all students must also fulfill the General Education requirements for the Undergraduate College. Students may apply six credits in their major toward these requirements.

Required Courses (36 credits)

This course is a study of Catholicism through an examination of several key questions: What is the journey of faith? Who is God? Who is Jesus Christ? What is the meaning of the human person, salvation, the Church, the moral life, and Christian spirituality? (3 credits)

This course is a study of Christian ethics—its nature and character, historical background, and contemporary questions—with a focus on issues of social justice. We will examine ways in which the dignity of individuals and communities is honored and empowered. Areas to receive particular attention include: the environment, racism, and gender. (3 credits)

A seminar on methodology in theological research, with practical instruction in creative theological writing, through the preparation of a major research paper in the area of the student’s choice. For Religious Studies majors only. (3 credits)

Theology and Religious Studies Electives (24 credits)

Religious Studies elective courses are chosen in consultation with the student’s academic mentor.

Remaining Electives

The remaining credit hours are electives and can consist of Theology and Religious Studies courses, but should not be limited to this particular discipline.

Required Supporting Course (3 credits)

  • One course in Philosophy

Requirements for a Minor in Theology and Religious Studies (18 credits)

  • RST 0200: Catholic Intellectual Tradition (3 credits)
  • Five Theology and Religious Studies electives, including one course in World Religions and one course in Scripture (15 credits)