Field 1: Religious Studies & Theology

Designated courses that enable students to gain a clearer understanding of the role which religion plays in human life through a careful and systematic examination of religious ideas, institutions, values, or patterns of belief and practice.

Goals & Objectives


Goal:  Students will demonstrate knowledge in the disciplines fundamentally concerned with religious studies or theology.

Objectives: Students will:

  • Understand the role of religion in the experiences and actions of human life
  • Understand religious ideas and religious values in their relationship to religious institutions
  • Understand the diversity of patterns of religious belief in the human experience

Goal:  Students will demonstrate the skills that will enable them to become critical thinkers on questions of religious substance.

Objectives: Students will:

  • Demonstrate competence in the use and analysis of primary sources
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand and explain religious concepts
  • Demonstrate the ability to relate course subject matter to the human experience

Approved Courses

CLS 308 Pagans and Christians
CLS 309 Greek and Roman Religion
HIS 302 Sex, Sinners, and Spiders: Jonathan Edwards’ Life in the Colonial Atlantic World
HIS 306 American Religious Experience
HIS 316 Reformation Europe
HIS 360 Great African Americans
ISGR 300 Immersion East Side Ignatian Seminar
IGSR 302 Jesuit Development in Latin America
IGSR 306 Religion and Culture in the Philippines
IGSR 307 Immersion: Tanzania
IGSR 310 Religion, Culture, and the Life of the Dalit in South India
PSY 230 Psychology of Religion
RST 200 Intro to Hebrew Bible
RST 201 Intro to New Testament
RST 205 Reading the Bible: Literary and Theoretical Approaches
RST 218 Intro to Western Religious Traditions
RST 219 History of Eastern Orthodox Christianity
RST 220 Intro to Eastern Religions
RST 221 Native American Religions
RST 222 African Religions
RST 223 Religions of China
RST 224 Islam: Tradition & Revival
RST 225 Religion & Society
RST 226 Hinduism
RST 228 Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism
RST 229 Religious Perspectives on Animals
RST 230 Catholic Belief Today
RST 231 Intro to Catholic Studies
RST 235 Religion & Politics
RST 236 Theology & European Film
RST 237 Images of Jesus in Film and Art
RST 240 Dev of Jewish Religion Thought & Practice
RST 242 Introduction to a Spirituality of Business
RST 260 The History of Catholic Belief
RST 261 Development of Christian Doctrine
RST 301 The First Three Gospels
>RST 303 Ethics and the New Testament
RST 305 The Life and Teachings of Jesus
RST 310 Matthew: The Church’s Gospel
RST 311 Paul’s New Testament Epistles & His Church
RST 312 The Gospel, Letters & Rev of St. John
RST 314 New Testament in Literature & Art
RST 315 Ancient Israelite Prophecy
RST 321 New Testament Society
RST 322 Women Reading the Bible: Feminist Approaches to Scripture
RST 323 Biblical Archeology
RST 325 Early Christianity
RST 326 Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Christianity
RST 327 Modern Global Christianity
RST 328 The Jesuits: History, Spirituality & Culture
RST 329 Religions in N America to 1865
RST 330 Religions in N America 1865-present
RST 340 Moral Issues Today
RST 341 Catholic Social Ethics: Theological Perspectives
RST 342 Theological Ethics and Environmental Justice
RST 343 Religion & Challenge of Science
RST 344 Theology of Family Process
RST 345 Bio-Moral Problems
RST 350 The Christian Concept of God
RST 351 Freedom, Sin & Grace
RST 352 Church in the Modern World
RST 353 Seven Signs of Love
RST 354 Jesus Christ and Modern Culture
RST 355 The Problem of Suffering
RST 359 Revelation and Faith
RST 360 Magic, Science & Religion
RST 362 Fundamentalism
RST 363 Women, Gender and Religion
RST 364 Zen and the Meditative Life
RST 365 Christian Spirituality
RST 366 Theology of Death
RST 381 Types of Religious Experience