The Major and Minor in Theology and Religious Studies

Why Choose a Major or Minor in Theology and Religious Studies?

The study of theology and religion is a rewarding opportunity to explore the deepest questions that humans have, to investigate how our answers do shape, or should shape, what humans do with our lives.

Training for some careers begins after college, which can allow you to explore a major like theology and religious studies now. Many graduate programs value applicants who are well-rounded instead of narrowly focused in their educational preparation; a major or minor in theology or religious studies is a recognized and respected path to developing foundations for future professional goals. A list of specific benefits - personal, spiritual, social and global - can be found here.

Careers supported by Theology and Religious Studies

A major or minor in our department can prepare you for:

  • Graduate programs that train you to teach the study of religion or theology at various levels: high school, college, graduate schools, seminaries.
  • Graduate programs that would support a religious vocation (for example, to be a Catholic priest, Protestant minister, or Jewish rabbi).
  • Work that involves religion indirectly, such as a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to a non-profit religious or moral purpose, a polling organization, journalism, work in a law firm, a charity, or a service organization.
  • Administrative roles in religious organizations, such as a local church or synagogue, or a national religious institution.
  • Professions and/or advanced graduate study in related fields (see below).

Related Fields of Study

Virtually any field of study could be joined to our program: as a minor to our major, or as a major with our minor, or as a double major. All majors in the humanities division are especially compatible, including:


Other fields whose connections to theology and religious studies have attracted growing interest, in careers and/or in academic scholarship:

  • Nursing: for its role in healthcare ethics and the understanding of religion in health
  • Social Work: for its work with persons and groups needing help and hope
  • Environmental Studies: for its concern to understand and to preserve the beauty and necessity of nature and integrity of nature

  • History and Political Science: for its contemporary focus on the role of religion in global conflicts
  • Criminal Justice: for its dedication to the protection of society and the prevention of harm

Certain minors create distinctive and unique relationships with a major in our department:

We encourage you to explore all minors at Molloy.

Related Programs and Activities

The Theology and Religious Studies Department maintains a vital and active collaborative relationship with the following:

Requirements for a Major in Theology and Religious Studies

Theology and Religious Studies B.A.
New York State Registered Program Code: 07464
HEGIS Code: 1510.00 {Religious Studies [Excluding Theological Professions]}
Molloy Program of Study Code: TRSBA

General Education Requirements (38 credits*):
Courses which fulfill the following requirements are listed, online and in the catalogue, under General Education Courses - (38 credits needed)

Arts and Fine Arts (2 courses selected from 3 disciplines): ART History/MUS History/COM Speech - 6 credits
English and Modern Languages (1 course in each discipline, and a third in either): ENG 110; Modern Language; and Modern Language/Literature - 9.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 courses selected from 4 disciplines): HIS/POL/PSY/SOC - 9 credits
Math and Science (1 course in each): MAT and Science course - 6 credits
Philosophy, Theology and Ethics (1 course in each discipline): PHI - 3 credits (the requirement of a course in the other two fields is fulfilled by the requirements of the TRS major)
Physical Education: PED - 1 credit

Core Course (1 course): COR - 4 credits

*Note: The general education requirement is 44 credits, but has been adjusted to 38, because the following major requirements will also satisfy the general education requirement: TRS 100 and any ETH course taught by TRS faculty.

Major Requirements (36 credits):

TRS 100 The Bible: 3 credits
TRS 221 The New Testament: 3 credits
TRS 227 The God Question: 3 credits
TRS 230 Meaning of Jesus: 3 credits
TRS 273 Church in History and Culture: 3 credits
TRS 340 Symbol and Celebration: 3 credits
TRS 491 Seminar: 3 credits

Any ETH course taught by TRS faculty: 3 credits
Complete one of the following four courses (3 credits):

TRS 260 Religions of the West: 3 credits

THE 263 Judaism: 3 credits

THE 265 Islam: 3 credits

THE 281 Religions of the East: 3 credits

Complete 9 elective credits in Theology and Religious Studies: 9 credits

FST Requirement: FST 101 College Experience (if required) 0-1 credit.

Recommended electives in other departments (under consultation with advisor): PHI 100 and one of the following: PHI 281, PHI 315, PHI 355 or PHI 357; and one of these: ENG 263 or SOC 266 53-54.

Total: 128 credits

Requirements for a Minor in Theology and Religious Studies

Sponsoring department: Theology and Religious Studies

Molloy Program of Study Code: TRSMI

Required courses:

TRS 100 The Bible: 3 credits
Any ETH course taught by TRS faculty: 3 credits
Complete one of the two following courses:

TRS 221 New Testament: 3 credits

TRS 230 Meaning of Jesus: 3 credits
Complete 3 additional TRS elective courses: 9 credits
Total: 18

Please refer to the Undergraduate Course Catalog 2013-2015 (PDF) for more information regarding this degree.

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Connie Lasher
Theology and Religious Studies
310 Fern Street, South Hempstead, New York 11571