Theology and Religious Studies Minor

Learning Goals and Objectives 

A minor in Theology and Religious Studies can be fulfilled by taking any six courses taught within the department. Doing a Theology and Religious Studies minor is relatively easy, and could even be completed using only GEP courses. A third of the minor will be completed by required GEP courses: every student must take THE 154 and a Religious Difference course. Students could then complete the minor by taking their First Year Seminar, Ethics Intensive, Faith and Reason, and Writing Intensive courses within the department. However, students can complete the minor with any six courses, whether GEP courses, electives, or ILC courses for other majors.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Goal 1: Students will understand at least two religious traditions beyond an introductory level, including their histories, beliefs, practices and contemporary expressions.

Objective 1.1: Students will articulate the foundations, historical development, and ethical ramifications of the basic content of the Catholic faith using sources and methods appropriate to the discipline of Theology.

Objective 1.2: Students will articulate the foundations, historical development, and ethical ramifications of at least one religious tradition other than the Roman Catholic tradition, using sources and methods appropriate to the discipline of Religious Studies.

Goal 2. Students will understand the implications of religious belief for moral decision making and ethical action in the world.

Objective 2.1: Students will articulate key ethical implications that arise from the study of theology and religion.

Goal 3. Students will be able to examine theological and religious traditions from a critical distance.

Objective 3.1: Students will analyze devotional, theological, ritual, ethical and sacred texts according to their particular literary genres and historical contexts.

Goal 4. Students will appreciate the diversity of method, content, and history that exists within the contemporary academic disciplines of Theology and Religious Studies.

Objective 4.1: Students will understand the nature and language of academic theological inquiry. 

A minor in Theology and Religious Studies can be fulfilled by taking any six courses taught within the department. Doing a Theology and Religious Studies minor is relatively easy, and could even be completed using only GEP courses. A third of the minor will be completed by required GEP courses:  every student must take THE 154 and a Religious Difference course. Students could then complete the minor by taking their First Year Seminar, Ethics Intensive, Faith and Reason, and Writing Intensive courses within the department. However, students can complete the minor with any six courses, whether GEP courses, electives, or ILC courses for other majors.

Some students might like to focus their Theology and Religious Studies minor on topics they find of particular interest. This, too, is quite easy to do. The following are only some of the potential combination of courses. Feel free to design your own focus.

Focus in Asian Religions

THE 154Faith, Justice & the Cath Trad3
Select five of the following:15
Freshmen Seminar Course
Religions of Ancient India
Hinduism
Spirit Disc in Compar Perspect
Indian Buddhism
East Asian Buddhism
Buddhist Ethics
Death & Afterlife Chinese Rel
Food Practices & Chinese Relig
Yoga:Ancient&ModPathsToFreedom

Focus in Biblical Studies

THE 154Faith, Justice & the Cath Trad3
Select five of the following:15
Freshmen Seminar Course
Hebrew Bible
Israelite Religion
Intro to the New Testament
Religion&Law in the Anc World
Myth and History in the Bible
The Psalms
NT&Chr Atts to Jews/Judaism
Synoptic Gospels
Letters of Paul
Past/Present in ISR and PLS (STR)

Focus in Ethics

THE 154Faith, Justice & the Cath Trad3
Sekect five of the following:15
Christian Social Ethics
Faith, Justice & Jesuit Miss
Catholic Social Teaching
Christian Medical Ethics
Just Hlth Care in Dev Nations
Christianity and Media
Technology Ethics
Economic Ethics
War and Peace
Comparative Religious Ethics
Buddhist Ethics
Ethical Tradns of East Asia

Focus in Systematic Theology

THE 154Faith, Justice & the Cath Trad3
Select five of the following:15
First Year Seminar
Gendr & Christian Spirituality
Atheism and the Case for God
Jesus through the Centuries
Does God Exist?
Theology of Word and Sacrament
Theology of the Church
Evil as a Theological Problem
Salvation as Story & Belief
Death and Rebirth
Theology and Science
The Beauty of God
Ignatian Spirit in Jesuit Trad
Recent Trends in Roman Cathol
American Catholicism
Beauty&Consciousness@TheMovies
Superhumans/Chinese Religions
Liberation & Pol Theologies
Feminist Theologies
Religion, Violence & Terrorism
One True Religion?

Focus in Historical Theology

THE 154Faith, Justice & the Cath Trad3
Select five of the following:15
First Year Seminar
NT&Chr Atts to Jews/Judaism
Early Christn Thought
Knowl & Love of God - Mid Ages
Revolt, Reform, Reunion?
Gendr & Christian Spirituality
Jesus through the Centuries

Focus in History and Material Culture

THE 154Faith, Justice & the Cath Trad3
Select five of the following:15
African & Caribbean Religions
Religion & Race in Phila.
Global Christianities
Past/Present in ISR and PLS (STR)
Death & Afterlife Chinese Rel
Food Practices & Chinese Relig

Focus in Islamic, Jewish, and Christian Relations

THE 154Faith, Justice & the Cath Trad3
Select five of the following: 115
Judaism
Islam
Jew&Chr Responses to Holocaust
The Quran and Its Interpreters
Women in Muslim Tradition
Interreligious Dialogue
Jews/Chr: Theologies Compared
Jews&Chr: Entwined Histories
Jews&Chr: Bible Interpretation
Abrahamic Peoples I
The Abrahamic Peoples II

 Focus in Jewish-Christian Relations

THE 154Faith, Justice & the Cath Trad3
Select five of the following:15
Judaism
Topics in Ancient Judaism
Jew&Chr Responses to Holocaust
Interreligious Dialogue
Jews/Chr: Theologies Compared
Jews&Chr: Entwined Histories
Jews&Chr: Bible Interpretation

To declare the minor, students should complete the "approval for a minor" form, meet with the Theology and Religious Studies department chair for a signature, and submit the form to the Registrar's Office.

After completing a minor in Theology and Religious Studies, students will be equipped to:

  • Understand the nature and language of academic theological inquiry
  • Develop a critical appreciation for the historical development of and chief differences between at least two different religious traditions
  • Articulate key ethical implications that arise from the study of theology and religion

Related Programs

Theology and Religious Studies minors are eligible to participate in such related programs as Africana Studies, Ancient Studies, Faith-Justice Studies, Gender Studies, Interdisciplinary Health Care Ethics, Latin American Studies, and Medieval-Renaissance-Reformation Studies. Study Abroad programs are also available to them. Further information may be found in the pertinent sections of this Catalog.

Student Organizations

The Department sponsors a chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for theology and religious studies. Students also participate in the activities of Campus Ministry and the post-graduate volunteer service programs. Faculty members advise students and alumni on career opportunities, job placements, and on professional and graduate school programs.