R ST 112 Modern Belief (3)
An introduction to religious belief in general and Christian belief in particular. Topics explored are religious experience and knowledge, the impact of contemporary society upon belief, personal and communal belief, the developmental nature of belief, doubt, approaches to God, basic Christian beliefs regarding God, Jesus, Church, the Bible, prayer and sacraments, and other religions.
R ST H112 Modern Belief (3) fall
An honors approach to R ST 112 Modern Belief. Description appears above.
R ST 201 Introduction to the Bible (3)
Involves readings of selected books of the Bible in the context of their religious, literary, and historical setting, utilizing the tools of modern biblical scholarship, with an eye to ascertaining their meaning for people of today.
R ST 203 Biblical Themes (3)
A study and discussion of select themes as they appear in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. Themes for consideration are revelation, religious history, creation, covenant, Passover, love, and sin.
R ST 204 Jesus and the Gospels (3) occasionally
A critical study of the Gospels, stressing their similarities and differences; authorship, structure and major concerns; and the portrait of the Jewish Jesus of Palestine revealed therein.
R ST 205 Seminar: Readings in the Theology of Radical Human Existence (3)
A reading and discussion course dealing with fundamental issues of human existence, including the reality of God, faith, suffering, compassion, death, abortion, capital punishment, poverty, aging, sanctity, love, prayer, sin, racism, war, conscience, the will of God, heaven and hell.
R ST 207 The Parables of Jesus (3) occasionally
An historical-critical study of Jesus’ parables, their setting in his ministry and in the theologies of the synoptic writers, with reference to their relevance for believers today.
R ST 213 Jesus in Contemporary Perspective (3)
A many faceted look at Jesus the Christ under the light of contemporary biblical and theological scholarship. Issues examined include, among others, his divinity, human consciousness, connection with the Essenes, death and resurrection, redemptive work, and place within the Trinity.
R ST 214 The Church Today (3)
An analysis of the meaning of Church—its biblical beginnings, its new self-understanding in terms of Vatican II, its post-conciliar development. Major issues which both help and hinder community life will be discussed.
R ST 215 Foundations of Christian Morality (3) fall
Intended to established the foundations for moral decision-making within a Christian context and emphasize such core concepts as the Commandments, ethical imperative, conscience, law, ethics of Jesus, and social justice.
R ST H215 Foundations of Christian Morality (3) fall
An honors approach to R ST 215 Foundations of Christian Moraility. Description appears above.
R ST 216 Social Morality: National Issues (3)
Involves a critical look at current social conditions in the U.S.A. and their justice implications. Issues such as poverty, the penal system, immigration, homelessness, and urban/rural problems will be addressed.
R ST 217 Introduction to Eastern Religions (3) spring
A study of Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, focusing on the lives of their founders (where applicable), major scriptures, beliefs, duties and ethical ideals, characteristic features, and concepts of salvation and means thereto.
R ST 218 Contemporary Judaism (3) occasionally
Includes an analysis of Judaism’s major theological and ethical concepts, and a survey of its basic religious practices and customs.
R ST 219 Contemporary Protestantism (3) occasionally
An introduction to the theology of some contemporary Protestant theologians; a discussion of Protestant worship, baptism, and ordination; an exploration of selected ethical issues.
R ST 220 Paths of Belief (3) Distance Learning Course
An historical investigation into the major beliefs of humankind. The course explores the beginnings of Indian religion, Buddhism, Hinduism, the Biblical sources of monotheism, Judaism, Islam, Jesus and Christian origins, Catholicism, Protestantism, and the modern criticism of religion.
R ST 221 Christian Marriage (3)
An exploration of marriage as covenant, sacrament, and commitment, including such topics as communication, responsible parenthood, and contemporary challenges to marriage.
R ST 225 Sacraments in Practice (3)
Focuses on the history and experience of the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, reconciliation, and anointing of the sick, with particular emphasis on post-Vatican II sacramental theology.
R ST 226 Christian Spirituality (3) occasionally
A study of the meaning of Christian spirituality as the essential way of life for a people called to union with God, self, others, and the earth. Attention will be given to key themes, such as discipleship, solitude, solidarity, and relationships of love and service.
R ST 233 Christian Social Morality: A Global Perspective (3)
Designed to help students analyze and propose moral considerations for the construction of a just and peaceful relationship among nations today. Concepts stressed include global village, justice, development, trade aid, economic order, and life styles.
R ST 234 Women and Religion (3)
An examination of the impact of various religions on woman – her self-image, her development, her “place” in secular and religious society. Special attention will be given to how the Judeo-Christian tradition affects the image of woman.
R ST 235 Death and Afterlife – Contemporary Perspectives (3) occasionally
An examination of the human quest for immortality as it has emerged in various cultures and in different historical periods. Special emphasis is placed on the Christian mysteries of death and afterlife, and their impact upon present belief and practice.
R ST 338 National/Local Service Program (3) occasionally
The program offers students the opportunity to observe and participate in service to the poor and needy on the national and local levels; preceded and followed by a period of reflection and research. Requires approval of chairperson.
R ST 339 International Service Program (3) spring
The program offers students the opportunity to observe and participate in the culture and Church of a Third World country; preceded and followed by a period of reflection and research. Requires approval of chairperson.
R ST 340 Seminar: Religion and Education (3) fall - alternate years
Intended to help students formulate, through readings, presentations, and discussions, a theory of and an approach to religious education best fitted to meet the needs of today’s Christian community. Prerequisites: R ST 112 and one 200-level course. Requires approval of chairperson.
R ST 342 Seminar: Church Ministry (3) fall -alternate years
Intended to help students develop an understanding of church ministry and explore select forms of ministry, including those of youth minister, director of religious education and teacher of religion. Prerequisites: R ST 112 and one 200-level course. Requires approval of chairperson.
R ST 443 Directed Field Experience (3)
Affords students an opportunity to observe, study, and work in a specific area of church ministry during the senior year. May involve local transportation and malpractice insurance for which the student is responsible. Prerequisite:R ST 340 or R ST 342.
R ST 444 Senior Research (3)
Involves researching a selected topic and producing a paper under the guidance of a faculty director. Finished work to be discussed with a panel of Religious Studies faculty.
R ST H478 Honors Thesis (3)
For students who are writing their honors theses in the area of religious studies. Requires approval of the chairperson and Honors Program director.
R ST 499 Independent Study (3)
Involves student initiated, faculty directed study and research in accordance with University and department guidelines. Requires approval of chairperson.
R ST H499 Independent Study (3)
For students who are active in the Honors Program. Involves student initiated, faculty directed study and research in accordance with University and department guidelines. Requires approval of the chairperson and Honors Program director.