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Religious Studies

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Religious Studies Minor (15 Credit Hours)

The religious studies minor requires a total of 5 courses for 15 credit hours. It is designed to provide foundational knowledge of religious beliefs from various religious perspectives and across academic disciplines.

Required Course:

Course Number Course Name Credits
RS 102

Belief & Unbelief in the Brave New World

This introductory course in the phenomenon of religious faith examines the classic examples of the case for and against living in faith,with the view of enabling students to evaluate their own attitudes toward religion. Faith traditions of Western and Eastern cultures provide additional data for this evaluation.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: None

3
RS XXX

One Elective from RS 101, PS 202, RS 309 or RS 410

Choose one elective from RS 101, RS 202, RS 309, or RS 410
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Select three of the following electives:

Course Number Course Name Credits
RS 209

Major Western Faiths

This course surveys the main elements of the history, thought and practice of the major religious traditions of the Western world:judaism,christianity and islam.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 211

Catholicism Today

This is a systematic study of the foundational beliefs of catholicism; where they came from,how they have changed and how they are interpreted today.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 411

Mysticism

This course defines mysticism, the history, theory, phenomena and practices of selected mystical school and the positive and negative aspects of the mystical experience.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 351

Religion in American History

This curse will explore the many important issues in American religious history over the past 400 years. Offered as needed.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 315

Spirituality in Human Experience

This course explores the history of spirituality in human experience. Traditional and non-traditional expressions will be investigated as will varied applications in life. Offered as needed.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 201

Religion & Social Responsibility

The nature and principles of religious ethics in the Judeo-Christian tradition are explored with an emphasis on historical and contemporary attitudes of religion towards social responsibility. Topics for discussion include: sexuality,identity,power,violence,war,racism and medical ethics.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 214

Challenges of Death

This course examines the ways in which death challenges human meaning and action. Topics such as the meaning of suffering and death,challenges of death to morality,psychological spiritual processes of dying and bereavement are considered.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 316

Catholic Social Teaching

This course provides a historical,theoretical and practical overview of the principles and themes of the Roman Catholic encyclical tradition. It explores views of christian social responsibility through classic texts and contemporary problems.

Prequisites: None

3
RS 312

Bioethics Seminar

Ethical dilemmas and problems posed by developments in the biosciences are analyzed. Problems discussed include choices for life or death,allocation of resources,human experimentation,reproductive technologies,professional client relationships,etc.

Prequisites: PHI-201 or PHI/RS-214

3
RS 369

Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

This course will focus on understanding the purpose, development and experience of spirituality, religious thought and practice and it's implication for individual and social behavior. Offered as needed.

Prequisites: None

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