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2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theology and Religious Studies, BA


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The Theology and Religious Studies Department contributes to students’ intellectual growth by helping them develop the skills and knowledge to engage critically and effectively with the multi-religious dimensions of human life. Students approach the study of Theology and Religious Studies in an integrated manner where they are introduced to multiple aspects of religion such as beliefs, faith, rituals, ethics, spirituality, and sacred texts.  In keeping with the Jesuit, Catholic commitment of Seattle University, the Theology and Religious Studies department emphasizes an in depth study of the Catholic tradition in dialogue with other religious and secular perspectives.  In addition, students study the internal diversity within Christianity and other religious traditions such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.  Theology and Religious Studies at Seattle University addresses the experiences and realities of oppressed peoples and the integral relationship between religion and social justice in local and global contexts. The curriculum of the department of Theology and Religious Studies invites students to reflect upon their own experiences and questions about ultimate reality and provides the skills and understandings that the academic discipline offers to address such experiences and questions. 

Theology and Religious Studies majors will select between two distinct specializations in the program, Christian Theology or Comparative Religion.

Requirements


In order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in theology and religious studies, students must complete a minimum 180 credits with a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.00, including the courses listed below. Courses taken to fulfill major requirements may not simultaneously be used to fulfill Core or college requirements.

II. College of Arts and Sciences Requirements


  • Modern Language 115, 125, 135, or equivalent (15)

NOTE:


All students with a major in the College of Arts and Sciences must demonstrate competency through the level of 135 in a language other than English. This competency is ordinarily achieved by successful completion of the three-course sequence: 115, 125, and 135. Because these courses are a college requirement, no course in the sequence may be taken on a pass/fail, correspondence, or audit basis. Placement into other than the beginning course of the sequence is achieved by acceptable performance on the Modern Language Competency Examination. See the Modern Languages Department  for details on the examinations. Courses used to satisfy the College of Arts and Sciences modern language requirement may not be used to fulfill Religious Studies major requirements.

III. Major Requirements


50 credits in theology and religious studies, in addition to Core curriculum requirements of UCOR 2100 Theological Explorations and UCOR 3100 Religion in a Global Context. Students must designate a specialization in either Christian Theology or Comparative Religion.

Choose an Area of Specialization:


A. Christian Theology
B. Comparative Religion
 

A. Christian Theology Specialization


Introductory and Intermediate Courses


  • Introduction to Comparative Religion

Hebrew Bible/Old Testament


Choose 5 credits, see department for options not listed below:

Ethics


Choose 10 credits from department approved THRS Ethics courses, courses chosen may not also satisfy UCOR Ethical Reasoning requirement.

Elective


  • Choose one additional THRS course as a required THRS elective (5)

Advanced Course


  • Senior Synthesis/Capstone in the major - Module IV of the Core (5)

     

B. Comparative Religion Specialization


Introductory and Intermediate Courses


  • Introduction to Comparative Religion
  • Introduction to Sacred Texts
     

Ethics


Choose 5 credits from department approved THRS Ethics courses. Course chosen may not also satisfy UCOR Ethical Reasoning requirement.

Elective


  • Choose one THRS course as a THRS required elective (5)

Advanced Course


  • Senior Synthesis/Capstone in the Major - Module IV of the Core (5)