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Academic Catalog '14-'15 | Religious Studies and Theology

Religious Studies and Theology

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Description

The religious studies and theology program provides students with an opportunity to explore religion for informed global citizenship in a religiously pluralistic world and to explore perennial human questions concerning ultimate meaning and value.  Because of its formative role in Western culture, Christianity serves as the point of departure for the academic study of theology; the Catholic tradition provides a focus because of Trinity’s own origins in the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.  Inspired by the global mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame and the vision of Vatican II, the program is committed to ecumenical and interfaith dialogue.

This program is an essential part of the general education curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences, and its courses are designed to complement and support the major programs.  Additionally, the program offers a minor to students in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Program objectives for students include:

  • To analyze, evaluate and appreciate specific religious beliefs and worldviews.
  • To increase her ability to acquire an understanding of spiritual traditions and develop her own personal stance toward life.
  • To better understand and respect religious and cultural diversity as well as to encourage a firm commitment to social justice and a sense of responsibility for the global society.

Minor Requirements

Choose ONE of the following courses:

  • RST 101 Religion and Human Experience
  • RST 102 Religions of the World
  • THE 101 Introduction To Bible
  • THE 201 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • THE 210 Introduction to the New Testament

Choose TWO of the following courses:

  • RST 201 Religion: Ritual & Symbol
  • RST 202 Sociology of Religion
  • RST 204 Western Religions
  • RST 205 Eastern Religions
  • RST 230 Religion & Politics: Citizen and Believer
  • RST 240 Religion and Ethics
  • RST 250 Indigenous Religions
  • THE 220 Introduction to Christianity
  • THE 222 Christian Spirituality
  • THE 223 Christ, Church, and Social Justice

Choose THREE of the following courses:

  • RST 265 Western Religion and the Family
  • RST 301 Religion and Culture
  • RST 305 Religion and Economics
  • RST 307 Religion and Women
  • RST 353 Sociology of Health Care and Religion
  • THE 310 Interpreting Biblical Texts
  • THE 328 Paul and the Book of Revelation
  • THE 330 Gospel Tradition and Acts

Program Policies

Advanced Placement:
Credits earned through AP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the minor.

CLEP Policy:
Credits earned through CLEP examinations do not fulfill requirements of the minor.

Grades in Required Courses:
Students are required to earn a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses counted to fulfill requirements for the minor.

Pass/No Pass:
Courses in the minor may not be taken pass/no pass.

TELL Policy:
TELL credits will not count toward the minor in religious studies or theology.

Transfer Credits:
The religious studies and theology program does not accept transfer credits for the minor; all course work must be completed at Trinity.

Course Descriptions

Religious Studies

  • RST 101 Religion and Human Experience
  • RST 102 Religions of the World
  • RST 201 Religion: Ritual & Symbol
  • RST 202 Sociology of Religion
  • RST 204 Western Religions
  • RST 205 Eastern Religions
  • RST 230 Religion & Politics: Citizen and Believer
  • RST 240 Religion and Ethics
  • RST 250 Indigenous Religions
  • RST 301 Religion and Culture
  • RST 305 Religion and Economics
  • RST 265 Western Religion and the Family
  • RST 307 Religion and Women
  • RST 353 Sociology of Health Care and Religion

Theology

  • THE 101 Introduction To Bible
  • THE 201 Introduction to the Old Testament
  • THE 220 Introduction to Christianity
  • THE 222 Christian Spirituality
  • THE 223 Christ, Church, and Social Justice
  • THE 310 Interpreting Biblical Texts
  • THE 328 Paul and the Book of Revelation
  • THE 330 Gospel Tradition and Acts

Trinity reserves the right to change, without prior notice, any policy or procedure, tuition or fee, curricular requirements, or any other information found on this web site or in its printed materials.

Questions may be directed to the Office of Academic Affairs at academicaffairs@trinitydc.edu.

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