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Our minor in religious studies and theology provides students with the opportunity to explore perennial human questions concerning ultimate meaning and value. Because of its formative role in Western culture as well as Trinity’s own origins in the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, Christianity serves as the point of departure for the academic study of theology. However, we also offer students the opportunity to study world religions and the interaction between religion and society.
Through both theological and religious studies, we assist our students in reading texts more closely, examining cultures and histories with an analytical eye and exploring their own and others’ faith traditions in a respectful and constructive manner.
Featured CoursesRST 210 Religion and CultureExplores the dialectic that exists between religion and different aspects of contemporary culture (e.g., between religion and psychology, economics, politics, feminism, the environment and the media). The objective is to understand the way in which religious beliefs and traditions shape our cultural systems and in turn affect religious renewal.
FLC Area III RST 225 Religion and WomenExamines the nature of the feminist critique of religion, but especially as this relates to the Christian tradition. The course looks at the way classic symbols (e.g., God, Christ, redemption/salvation) have traditionally been construed and studies the creative new meanings being found in these symbols that originate in theological reflection on women's experience. Special attention is given to the most recent contributions of African American and Hispanic women theologians as well as women theologians from the developing world.
General Education Curriculum: Values and Beliefs Area
FLC Area III RST 245 Religion and EconomicsConsiders the relationship between religion and economics and how each shapes the other. The course also looks at the significance of money in contemporary society and examines Christian teaching about money and economic justice. Formerly RST 245 - Religion and Money.
FLC Area III RST 265 Western Religion and the FamilyGives an overview of the understanding of Christian churches on marriage and family. The course also considers traditional and contemporary understandings of human sexuality and examines contributions of feminist analysis of church positions on family and the roles of men and women in families.
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General Education Requirements: Values and Beliefs THE 222 Christian SpiritualityThis course surveys the contemplative and mystical aspects of Christianity as reflected in the lives and writings of historical and contemporary individuals (e.g. Teresa of Avila, Francis of Assisi, John & Charles Wesley, Dorothy Day, Thomas Merton, Martin Luther King, Jr., Richard Rohr) who have found in the Christian tradition a significant way to achieve wholeness and integration in life. Spirituality is viewed as a way of life in progress, and as a gift that comes with openness to receiving it.
Prerequisites: THE 101, THE 201, THE 210, RST 101 or RST 102 THE 223 Christ, Church, and Social JusticeFocuses on the principles developed in over 100 years of Catholic social thought (such as the dignity of the human person, solidarity, etc.) in order to apply them to local, national and international issues of social justice as articulated in the Christian churches.
Prerequisites: None THE 240 Theological EthicsIntroduces the basic principles and norms of the Catholic moral tradition and considers their application to contemporary personal issues, social problems and medical issues.
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Sr. Mary Johnson, SND, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies