Theology Religious Studies Major

The theology religious studies major introduces students to the study of religious textual traditions, the historical and cultural study of religions, foundations of Christian systematic theology and theological and social ethics, and training in theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and theology.

All Fordham undergraduates are required to take Faith and Critical Reason (THEO 1000) as well as one Sacred Texts and Traditions course (courses with the STXT attribute code). Although they are part of the Core Curriculum, they also provide a fundamental introduction to the coursework required of the major.

Course Title Credits
THEO 1000Faith and Critical Reason 13
Textual Traditions: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament or New Testament Course3 or 4
Textual Traditions other than Christianity Course3 or 4
History, Culture, and Society (3000 or 4000-level) Course3 or 4
THEO 4300-level: History, Culture, and Society Advanced Seminar4
THEO 4400Foundations of Contemporary Theology4
THEO 4500Religion in NYC: Theory & Practice4
Three general Theology electives 29 to 12
One course counting towards the major must focus on a historical period before 1500 (ancient/medieval). Textual Traditions courses do not fulfill this requirement.
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Additionally:

  • Theology courses taken in the Manresa Scholars Program (THEO 1006 Sin and Salvation in Medieval TheologyTHEO 1007 Sinners, Saints, and StoriesTHEO 1008 Mystics Monks and Mindfulness: Contemplation-In-Action Today, and THEO 1010 Restless Heart: Quest) may fulfill this requirement.
  • The following Theology courses taken in the Fordham College at Rose Hill or Fordham College at Lincoln Center Honors programs may fulfill this requirement: HPRH 1102 Foundational Texts: Theology/ClassicsHPRH 3001 Religion in the Modern World, and HPLC 1401 Honors: Theology.
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A Theology elective is any course with the THEO attribute or any THEO course 3000:4999, as well as THEO 1050 Syriac Language and Literature ITHEO 1051 Syriac Language and Literature II, or THEO 1060 Elementary Coptic I.

Textual Traditions: Hebrew Bible/Old Testament or New Testament Courses

Courses in this group have the STCJ attribute.

Course Title Credits
THEO 3100Introduction to Old Testament / Tanakh3
THEO 3102Book of Genesis3
THEO 3105The Torah3
THEO 3120The Prophets3
THEO 3200Introduction to New Testament3
THEO 3207The First Three Gospels3
THEO 3212Gospel of John3
THEO 3345The Book of Revelation3
THEO 3826Women in the Bible4

Textual Traditions other Than Christianity Courses

Courses in this group have the STSN attribute.

Course Title Credits
THEO 3711Sacred Texts of the Middle East3
THEO 3713Classic Jewish Texts3
THEO 3715Classic Islamic Texts3
THEO 3720Hindu Literature and Ethics3
THEO 3724Classic Buddhist Texts3
THEO 3725Buddhism in America: A Multimedia Investigation3
THEO 3728Buddhist Meditation3
THEO 3731Japanese Religions: Texts and Arts3
THEO 3733Chinese Religions3
THEO 3876Muslims in America4
THEO 3883Medicine and Healing in Islam4
THEO 3884Sufism: Islam's Mystical Tradition3
THEO 3885Women, Gender, and Islam3

History, Culture, and Society Courses

Courses in this group have the THHC attribute. Students must take at least one THEO subject course with the THHC attribute numbered 4300-4399.

Course Title Credits
AFAM 4148Race, Religion, and Politics: Catholic and Civil Rights4
AFAM 4192Race and Religion in the Transatlantic World4
AMCS 4950Christianity and Gender/Sexual Diversity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives4
CLAS 4051Ancient Greece: Classical Study Tour4
MEST 3620Islam in America4
THEO 3310Early Christian Writings3
THEO 3314St. Augustine of Hippo3
THEO 3316Byzantine Christianity3
THEO 3317Women of the Christian East3
THEO 3320Augustine, Aquinas, and Luther3
THEO 3330Medieval Theology Texts3
THEO 3332Christians, Muslims, Jews in the Medieval Period3
THEO 3340Christian Mystical Texts3
THEO 3350Apocalyptic Literature: Ancient & Modern3
THEO 3360Reformation Texts3
THEO 3361Protestant Texts3
THEO 3371The American Transcendentalists: Spirituality Without Religion3
THEO 3375American Religious Texts and Traditions3
THEO 3376Spirituals, the Blues, and African-American Christianity3
THEO 3380US Latinx Spiritualities3
THEO 3383Latin American Liberation Theologies3
THEO 3390Church in Controversy3
THEO 3542Catholic Social Teaching3
THEO 3546The Bible and Social Justice3
THEO 3610Christ in World Cultures3
THEO 3611Scripture and the Struggle for Racial Justice3
THEO 3620Great Christian Hymns3
THEO 3655The Journey of Faith: Autobiography as Sacred Text3
THEO 3670Theology and Contemporary Science4
THEO 3711Sacred Texts of the Middle East3
THEO 3713Classic Jewish Texts3
THEO 3715Classic Islamic Texts3
THEO 3720Hindu Literature and Ethics3
THEO 3724Classic Buddhist Texts3
THEO 3725Buddhism in America: A Multimedia Investigation3
THEO 3728Buddhist Meditation3
THEO 3731Japanese Religions: Texts and Arts3
THEO 3733Chinese Religions3
THEO 3785Spiritual Exercises and Culture3
THEO 3822The Bible in Cultural Conflict4
THEO 3827Bible and Human Sexuality4
THEO 3832Christian Thought and Practice I4
THEO 3833Christian Thought and Practice II4
THEO 3839Theologies of America4
THEO 3852LGBTQ Arts and Spirituality4
THEO 3854Ignatian Spirituality3
THEO 3874Religion in America4
THEO 3876Muslims in America4
THEO 3882Comparative Mysticism3
THEO 3883Medicine and Healing in Islam4
THEO 3884Sufism: Islam's Mystical Tradition3
THEO 3885Women, Gender, and Islam3
THEO 3960Religion and Race in America4
THEO 3961Religion, Sex, and Culture in America Since 17004
THEO 3970Catholics in America4
THEO 3993Wartime Religion in U.S. History4
THEO 4008Religion and Ecology4
THEO 4009Medieval Jerusalem4
THEO 4010Death and Dying4
THEO 4027The Ethics of Life4
THEO 4028Religion & Bioethics4
THEO 4036Human Nature After Darwin4
THEO 4037Nature in Historical and Ethical Perspective4
THEO 4040Home, Away, and In-Between4
THEO 4050On Time and Its Value4
THEO 4105Religion, Gender, and Sexuality4
THEO 4110Muslim, Jewish, and Christian Feminist Theologies: Discourses of Difference4
THEO 4301Jews & Christians in Antiquity4
THEO 4351Modern Christian Thought & Practice4
THEO 4355Histories and Cultures of American Evangelicalism4
THEO 4371Islam in Modern Egypt4
THEO 4420Early Christian Art in Context4
THEO 4430Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Christianity4
THEO 4520Animals, Angels, and Aliens: Beyond the Human in Christian Thought3
THEO 4545Bath Cultures and Bathing Rituals From Antiquity to Brooklyn4
THEO 4610Malcolm, Martin, Baldwin, and the Church4
THEO 4620Oscar Romero: Faith and Politics in El Salvador4
THEO 4950Christianity and Gender/Sexual Diversity: Interdisciplinary Perspectives4

Ancient/Medieval Historical Period Courses

Courses in this group have the THAM attribute.

Course Title Credits
CLAS 4051Ancient Greece: Classical Study Tour4
THEO 3250Jesus in History and Faith3
THEO 3310Early Christian Writings3
THEO 3314St. Augustine of Hippo3
THEO 3316Byzantine Christianity3
THEO 3317Women of the Christian East3
THEO 3320Augustine, Aquinas, and Luther3
THEO 3330Medieval Theology Texts3
THEO 3332Christians, Muslims, Jews in the Medieval Period3
THEO 3340Christian Mystical Texts3
THEO 3350Apocalyptic Literature: Ancient & Modern3
THEO 3546The Bible and Social Justice3
THEO 3827Bible and Human Sexuality4
THEO 3849Eschatology4
THEO 3882Comparative Mysticism3
THEO 4009Medieval Jerusalem4
THEO 4011The New Testament and Moral Choices4
THEO 4037Nature in Historical and Ethical Perspective4
THEO 4050On Time and Its Value4
THEO 4301Jews & Christians in Antiquity4
THEO 4420Early Christian Art in Context4
THEO 4430Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in Early Christianity4
THEO 4545Bath Cultures and Bathing Rituals From Antiquity to Brooklyn4

Courses in Other Areas

The following courses offered outside the department have the THEO attribute.

Course Title Credits
AFAM 3115Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X4
AFAM 3120Black Religion and Black Politics4
AFAM 4148Race, Religion, and Politics: Catholic and Civil Rights4
AFAM 4192Race and Religion in the Transatlantic World4
CEED 3856Introduction to Bioethics4
CLAS 4051Ancient Greece: Classical Study Tour4
COMC 4348Religion, Theology, and New Media4
ECON 4870Economic Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching4
ENGL 3002Queer Iconoclasts: Sexuality, Religion, Race4
GREK 1501Intermediate Greek I3
HPLC 2811Honors Sacred Texts3
MEST 3620Islam in America4
MLAL 3085The Russian Icon in Literature, Theology, Avant Garde Art, Film, Music, Museums and Politics4
MVST 4010Medieval Franciscans and the Dream of a Just Economy4
PHIL 3425Philosophy and the Jesuit Tradition4
PHIL 3664Contemporary Thomism4
SOCI 4052An Ethics of Modern Selfhood: The Pursuit of Authenticity4

Availability

The major in theology religious studies is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill, Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies at Lincoln Center and Rose Hill.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum and any additional electives that may be required to earn a minimum of 124 credits.