2023-2024 University Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog

Religious Studies/Theology, B.A.

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  • Frances Leap, Ph.D.
  • Daniel J. Martino, Ph.D.
  • David Von Schlichten, Ph.D.

The curriculum is designed to prepare the student for graduate studies in theology and for career opportunities in pastoral ministry, religious education, spirituality, and various human service fields of employment. Students choose from two options: academic or pastoral ministry.

Majors following the academic option are encouraged to complement their program of study with courses in philosophy and modern languages. Students choosing the pastoral ministry option are encouraged to take additional coursework in psychology, sociology, social work, and education.

Learning Objectives: Religious Studies/Theology

  1. Articulate a broad understanding of the Christian tradition in its historical richness and theological diversity.
  2. Analyze the content and formulation of theological arguments in their historical context.
  3. Apply various constructive critiques to the tradition, including the liberationist critique.
  4. Research theological questions according to scholarly conventions.
  5. Place the Christian tradition in dialogue with critical issues in contemporary life.
  6. Engage in dialogue with other religious traditions.
  7. Reflect on one’s own spiritual journey.
  8. Evaluate human activity in its cultivation of the common good, solidarity, justice, and compassion.

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies must complete the Liberal Arts Curriculum requirements, the capstone assessment requirement, and the required courses for the major.

The capstone assessment includes submission of a showcase portfolio and a formal presentation which demonstrates the integration of the major and University objectives.

A minimum of 120 credits is required.

Religious Studies/Theology Curriculum

Bachelor of Arts

Total credits: 30

Total credits: 32

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