Academic Standards and Requirements

Students who take a general education course in theology and religious studies will be able to describe and critically assess aspects of theology and/or religion, such as historical, scriptural, ritual or doctrinal. Students who take an ethics course in theology and religious studies will be able to explain and apply ethical method. Students who major in theology and religious studies will be able to:

  •   Explain selected passages of the Jewish and Christian scriptures in the context of historical, literary and theological criticism
  •   Explain the fundamental beliefs and rituals of Christianity and how they developed historically
  •   Explain and apply ethical method
  •   Demonstrate theological method in a major research paper.

General Education Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to take 3 credits in the theology and religious studies department. The only courses that will fulfill the theology general education requirement are non-ethics courses. The general education requirement for an ethics course may be satisfied by THE 278, THE 279 or THE 288 (THE 505 for dual-degree nursing students).

Students taking an interdisciplinary studies concentration in theology and religious studies must select courses in consultation with the department chairperson.


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