We may study theology and religion to enrich ourselves but our study also helps us think critically about current events and the complexities of global diversity and the human situation.

Theology & Religious Studies Major Requirements

Required Theology & Religious Studies Courses

(10 courses)

  • RELS 209 Doctrine of God
  • RELS 280 Introducing Christian Traditions 
  • RELS 309 Biblical Exegesis and Research
  • RELS 433 Christian Ethics: Theology and Society 
  • RELS 460 Advanced Seminar

Two thematic courses, one from each area:

1. Biblical Studies (One elective in the following thematic area):

  • RELS 314 The Origins of Biblical Monotheism
  • RELS 322 Survey of the Hebrew Bible
  • RELS 327 Ancient Wisdom and the Modern Search for Meaning

2. Religious Diversity (One elective in the following thematic area):

  • RELS 339 World Scriptures
  • RELS 340 World Religions in Dialogue 
  • RELS 350 Christianity and Religious Diversity

Plus three electives determined in consultation with Religious Studies faculty.


Theology & Religious Studies Major – Youth Ministry Emphasis

(13 courses)

  • RELS 209 Doctrine of God
  • RELS 242 Liturgy and the Sacraments 
  • RELS 280 Introduction to Christian Traditions 
  • RELS 309 Biblical Exegesis and Research
  • RELS 433 Christian Ethics 
  • RELS 460 Advanced Seminar 
  • RELS 494 Internship

Two thematic courses, one from each area:

1. Biblical Studies (One elective in the following thematic area):

  • RELS 314 The Origins of Biblical Monotheism
  • RELS 322 Survey of the Hebrew Bible
  • RELS 327 Ancient Wisdom and the Modern Search for Meaning

2. Religious Diversity (One elective in the following thematic area):

  • RELS 339 World Scriptures
  • RELS 340 World Religions in Dialogue 
  • RELS 350 Christianity and Religious Diversity

Plus four electives determined in consultation with Religious Studies faculty.