Curricular Guide for Majors and Minors in Religious Studies

All majors regardless of concentration must take the following courses:

  • RST 112, Modern Belief
  • RST 201, Introduction to the Bible
  • RST 213, Jesus in Contemporary Perspective
  • RST 214, The Church Today
  • RST 215, Foundations of Christian Morality
  • RST 225, Sacraments in Practice

Concentration 1 (Church Ministry)

Those majors who select concentration 1, geared toward church ministry (e.g. preparing for work as a teacher of religion, director of religious education, or  youth minister) would be required to take in addition:

  • RST 340, Seminar: Religion and Education
  • RST 342, Seminar: Church Ministry
  • RST 443, Directed Field Experience

The major in concentration 1 would supplement these courses with three electives, giving him or her a total of 36 credits in Religious Studies.

Concentration 2 (Christian Tradition)

Those majors who select concentration 2, geared toward expertise in the Christian tradition in view perhaps of graduate study or research in that area, would be required to take in addition to the six courses required of all majors:

  • RST 205, Seminar: Readings in the Theology of Radical Human Existence
  • RST 340, Seminar: Religion and Education
  • RST 342, Seminar: Church Ministry
  • RST 444, Senior Research

The major in concentration 2 would supplement these courses with three electives, giving him or her a total of 36 credits in Religious Studies.

Complimentary Courses

Regardless of concentration, majors are encouraged to complement Introduction to the Bible with one or more additional sacred scripture courses such as:

  • RST 203, Biblical Themes or 
  • RST 204, Jesus and the Gospels.  
  • The required Jesus in Contemporary Perspective could be complemented with RST 207, The Parables of Jesus. 
  • Foundations of Christian Morality could be supplemented with:
    • RST 216, Social Morality: National Issues or 
    • RST 233, Christian Social Morality: A Global Perspective. 
  • Sacraments in Practice could be deepened with RST 221, Christian Marriage. 

All Religious Studies majors would do well to take a religion course outside the boundaries of Christianity such as

  • RST 218, Contemporary Judaism or 
  • RST 217, Introduction to Eastern Religions.

Majors in both concentrations are further encouraged to complement their studies with specific cognate courses from other departments that relate to their particular interests and needs.  Majors in concentration 1 are advised to take Developmental Psychology (PSY 251), Educational Psychology (EDUC 311) and Social Foundations of Education (EDUC 414).

Religious Studies Minor

For people minoring in Religious Studies, 18 credits are needed.  The only course required, however, is RST 112, Modern Belief.
It is suggested, nevertheless, that a minor take RST 340, Seminar: Religion and Education or RST 342, Seminar: Church Ministry. A minor in Religious Studies can be combined effectively with a major in many other fields such as philosophy, psychology, education, music, social work,
history, etc.

Plus Core Requirements:

  • PHIL course above 100 level
  • Mathematics course
  • Science course
  • Social Science course
  • English 180 course
  • English course – 300 level or above
  • Foreign Language – Two 3 credit courses
  • Fine Arts course
  • History – Two 3 credit courses]