Religious Studies

The interdisciplinary program in religious studies explores the roles, meanings, and phenomenology of religion. Some courses (for the most part those offered by the theology department) focus on the religious traditions themselves, their classical texts, historical figures and movements, conceptual and affectual concerns, ethical and social teachings, and cultural and political impacts. Other courses (for the most part those offered by other departments) identify the significance of religion and of religious ideas and symbolism within the wider world of history, society, literature, and the arts.

All students interested in majoring, second majoring, or minoring in religious studies should discuss their interests with the director. In consultation with the director, each student will develop a program of study. It is important to note that the courses listed in this bulletin are only representative of the choices available. Consultation with the director is necessary for students to have full access to other courses that fulfill major, second major and minor requirements.

Program Activities

The religious studies program offers biyearly roundtables for majors and minors, and cultural outings for all majors.

Courses outside the program

The following courses offered outside the department have the REST attribute and count toward the Religious Studies major and minor:

CourseTitleCredits
AFAM 3115MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. AND MALCOLM X4
AFAM 3120BLACK RELIGION AND BLACK POLITICS4
AFAM 3132BLACK PRISON EXPERIENCE4
AMCS 3340CATHOLICISM AND DEMOCRACY4
ANTH 2619MAGIC, SCIENCE, AND RELIGION4
ANTH 3110ANCIENT CULTURES OF THE BIBLE4
ARHI 2230ISLAMIC ART4
ARHI 2320THE FALL OF ANCIENT ROME: A MATERIAL CULTURE INVESTIGATION4
ARHI 2340EARLY MEDIEVAL ART4
ARHI 251018th CENTURY ART4
ARHI 3350AGE OF CATHEDRALS4
ARHI 4250AZTEC ART4
CEED 3856INTRODUCTION TO BIOETHICS4
COMC 2258MYTH AND SYMBOL OF AMERICAN CHARACTER4
ECON 4870ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING4
ENGL 3207MILTON4
ENGL 4005THE MEDIEVAL TRAVELER4
ENGL 41294 MODERN CATHOLIC WRITERS4
FITV 4570FILMS OF MORAL STRUGGLE4
FREN 3150MEDIEVAL SAINTS AND SINNERS4
HIST 3205MEDIEVAL MEDICINE4
HIST 3270THE CRUSADES4
HIST 3357THE PHOENIX RISES: THE RESTORED SOCIETY OF JESES, 1800-19834
HIST 3655WITCHCRAFT IN COLONIAL AMERICA4
HIST 3925THE HOLOCAUST4
HIST 3960RELIGION AND POLITICS LATIN AMERICA4
HIST 3986RELIGION AND POLITICS IN ISLAMIC HISTORY4
HPLC 1401HONORS: THEOLOGY3
JWST 3474THE ARAB ISRAELI CONFLICT: CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES4
LATN 3061CHRISTIAN LATIN4
MUSC 3110MUSIC BEFORE 16004
MVST 4005THE MEDIEVAL TRAVELER4
MVST 4009MEDIEVAL JERUSALEM4
PHIL 3301PROBLEM OF GOD4
PHIL 3307FAITH AND RATIONALITY4
PHIL 3330PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION4
PHIL 3350PROBLEMS IN METAPHYSICS4
PHIL 3501ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3557CONFESSIONS OF AUGUSTINE4
PHIL 3565FOUR MEDIEVAL THINKERS4
PHIL 3759BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 4418ISSUES OF LIFE AND DEATH4
PHIL 4473WAR AND PEACE: JUST WAR THEORY4
POSC 3418ISLAMIC POLITICAL THOUGHT4
POSC 3421POLITICAL THEORY IN POPULAR CULTURE4
POSC 3624THE QU'RAN AND HADITH IN THE GLOBAL POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE4
SOCI 2505RELIGION AND SOCIAL CHANGE4
THEO 1000FAITH AND CRITICAL REASON3
THEO 1050SYRIAC LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE I3
THEO 3200INTRODUCTION TO NEW TESTAMENT3
THEO 3310EARLY CHRISTIAN WRITINGS3
THEO 3316BYZANTINE CHRISTIANITY3
THEO 3320AUGUSTINE, AQUINAS, AND LUTHER3
THEO 3330MEDIEVAL THEOLOGY TEXTS3
THEO 3332CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS, JEWS IN THE MEDIEVAL PERIOD3
THEO 3361PROTESTANT TEXTS3
THEO 3375AMERICAN RELIGIOUS TEXTS3
THEO 3390CHURCH IN CONTROVERSY3
THEO 3610CHRIST IN WORLD CULTURES3
THEO 3620GREAT CHRISTIAN HYMNS3
THEO 3655The Journey of Faith: Autobiography as Sacred Text3
THEO 3713CLASSIC JEWISH TEXTS3
THEO 3715CLASSIC ISLAMIC TEXTS3
THEO 3720HINDU LITERATURE AND ETHICS3
THEO 3728BUDDHIST MEDITATION3
THEO 3822THE BIBLE IN WESTERN CULTURE4
THEO 3832CHRISTIAN THOUGHT AND PRACTICE I4
THEO 3852LGBTQ ARTS AND SPIRITUALITY4
THEO 3856INTRODUCTION TO BIOETHICS4
THEO 3882COMPARATIVE MYSTICISM3
THEO 4008RELIGION AND ECOLOGY4
THEO 4025FUTURE OF MARRIAGE 21ST CENTURY4
THEO 4027THE ETHICS OF LIFE4
THEO 4030MORAL ASPECTS OF MEDICINE4
THEO 4853SPIRITUALITY AND POLITICS4
THEO 4870ECONOMIC FOUNDATIONS OF CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING4
THEO 5075SYRIAC LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE I3
WGSS 4950CHRISTIANITY AND SEXUAL DIVERSITY4

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