Theology + Religious Studies
In today's globalizing, multicultural workplace, knowledge of and appreciation for other religions and cultures is essential. Our courses provide the kind of training in analysis, critical thinking and expository writing that both employers and graduate schools are looking for. Our emphasis on experiential learning, service and social justice helps prepare students to be caring and astute global citizens.
2014-2015 Academic Catalog to find course titles, numbers and descriptions. Requirements for the Major in Theology + Religious Studies
The Major in Theology + Religious Studies consists of ten courses distributed as follows:
Two introductory courses:
THRS1101 Exploring Religion
Or THRS1103 Exploring Catholic Theology
THRS1111 Introduction to the Bible
At least three courses from the following:
THRS2102 In the Beginning: Adam to Moses
THRS2108 Religion and the Environment: Ethical Explorations
THRS2111 Love and Justice
and THRS2114 The Prophets: Power, Politics and Principles THRS2116 Science and Religion
THRS2135 World Religions
THRS2201 War, Peace and Religions
THRS2203 Jesus and Christian Ethics
THRS2205 The Gospels: Portraits of Jesus
THRS2207 Why the Church?
THRS2208 Global Christianity
THRS2217 Women in the World Religions
THRS2219 Women in Christian Traditions
THRS2221 Radical Christianity
THRS2223 The First Christians
THRS2301 Health Care: Social Justice and Economics
THRS2305 South Africa: Religion, Gender and AIDS
At least one course from the following:
THRS2212 Buddhism: Beliefs and Practices
THRS2215 Chinese Religions
Three other 2000- or 3000-level courses, at least two of which must be 3000-level, or 4178, Directed Study.
THRS4182 Directed Research
Students may include an approved internship as one of their ten courses.
Requirements for the Departmental Minor in Theology + Religious Studies
The Minor in Theology + Religious Studies provides a convenient curriculum for students who would like to explore their religious questions beyond two courses, but who do not have room in their schedule for either a full-time major or a double major. The Minor consists of five courses chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor, at least one of which must be at the 3000-level, and no more than two at the 1000-level.
Learning Goals + Outcomes
Upon completion of the major in Theology + Religious Studies, students will be able to:
Compare and contrast popular misconceptions of religion with scholarly knowledge of religion.
Demonstrate an understanding of religions as historically rooted and constantly developing traditions.
Apply theological claims to moralreasoning and practice.
Competently analyze primary texts from at least one major religious tradition.
Analyze the interaction of religion with society, politics, the arts and culture.
Evaluate theological claims for internal consistency, coherence with human experience and social expression.
Synthesize acquired knowledge into an original work of critical scholarship.
Demonstrate the skills to write cogently, reason critically, present professionally and discuss competently.
Learn more about career paths-from public policy to youth ministry-open to students of theology and religious studies through the
Emmanuel College Career Center.