Theology and Religious Studies (TRS)
The spiritual dimension of the human person is a basic element of human identity; thus religious experience has been a central dimension of all human cultures. In today's globalized world, religious literacy is essential for all educated persons. For this reason, both theology and religious studies play an indispensable role in a liberal arts curriculum. In accordance with the Dominican tradition that is Molloy's heritage, theology and religious studies are foundational in the pursuit of truth in the context of the individual and collective search for meaning.
General Education Requirements
The Department of Theology and Religious Studies offers courses which fulfill two general education requirements, in theology and religious studies and in ethics:
- The General Education requirement for theology and religious studies can be fulfilled by any course offered by this department with the NEW subject code TRS. (This requirement is not fulfilled by any ethics courses, identified by the subject code ETH.)
- The general education requirement for ethics can be fulfilled by any ETH course offered by either this department or the Philosophy Department. (None of the ethics courses are listed under either Theology and Religious Studies or Philosophy; instead, they are listed as a separate group of courses in this catalog under Ethics.
- To assist students to reflect on and personally engage in the search for meaning as a central dimension of human identity
- To develop students' understanding and appreciation of the breadth of human religious experience in today's culturally diverse world
- To enable students to critically assess and evaluate religious concepts in their historical and contemporary expressions, as these inform understandings of the sacred dimension of reality
- To develop students' ability to articulate and demonstrate moral reasoning
Things you might do in a theology or religious studies course
- Explore the role of religion in society
- Study the beliefs of Christianity, the history of Judaism, the meditative practices of Buddhism, or the rituals of Hinduism
- Compare the arguments of religious believers with those of atheists
- Consider whether religions by nature promote good
- Read the mysterious poems of the Tao Te Ching, the surprising parables of Jesus, or the wise sayings of Kung Fu-Tse (better known to many as Confucius)
- Investigate whether religions exist because there really is something sacred, or only because people want there to be something sacred
Links you can use to learn more about what we do:
- Visit other pages in the box on the right for more information about our department
- Visit www.studyreligion.org to learn more about the study of theology and religion, the careers they support and the issues they investigate. This website for college students was created by the American Academy of Religion, the premier professional organization of scholars in our field.
- Visit the humanities division to learn more about all the fields: such as literature, philosophy, languages and the arts - which make up the humanities, a group of disciplines that includes theology and religious studies. While some people incorrectly think that there are no jobs or careers in the world in these fields, they study topics, questions and discoveries that are among the most valuable that a human being, or a society, can have.