Interreligious Dialogue and Academic Preparation:
Religious Studies and Theology Core Curricular Requrements
At Jesuit Colleges and Universities
As a part of the Assistancys work promoting interreligious dialogue, we have compiled information from on-line university catalogs on the core curricula of the Jesuit colleges and universities. This information explains the core theology and religious studies requirements, as well as indicates those core-fulfilling courses that include the study of traditions other than Christianity and consider issues related to religious diversity.
Please use this information as a guide for understanding how Jesuit higher educational institutions are attending to dialogue from within their university requirements.
Comments, suggestions, or revisions can be sent to Tracy Tiemeier at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Theology: 2 Course Sequence of one of the following:
HP 001-2 Western Cultural Tradition I & II (Honors Program)
HP 003-4 Western Cultural Tradition III & IV (Honors Program)
TH 001-2 Biblical Heritage I & II
TH 016-7 Introduction to Christian Theology I & II
TH 023-4 Exploring Catholicism: Tradition and Transformation
TH 088-9 Person and Social Responsibility I & II
TH 090-1 Perspectives on Western Culture I & II
TH 161-2 Religious Quest: Comparative Perspectives I & II
Introduction to Religious Studies, plus two other courses in religious studies
COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS
One course in Studies of Religion
RS 101 Intro to the Comparative Study of Religion
RS 120 Comparative Religions/World View
RS 147 Intro to Judaism
RS 161 Religions: China and Japan
RS 195 American Judaism
RS 201 Islamic Mysticism
RS 204 Hinduism
RS 206 Buddhism
RS 207 Islam
RS 214 The Modernization of Asian Religions: Seminar
RS 222 Millennialism in Cross-cultural Perspective
RS 235 Islam and Modernity
RS 260 Comparative Mysticism
RS 305 Mahayana Buddhism
RS 311 Zen Buddhism
RS 312 Theravada Buddhism
RS 315 Women in the Muslim World
RS 333 Comparative Theology
THL100 Christianity in Context
3 credits. Required.
3 credits. Select one from 200 Level Scripture Courses
THL3xx Christian Theology
3 credits. Select one from courses numbered between THL300-344.
Three of the five courses required in Area III (Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Applied Ethics) of the core curriculum, described under Course Offerings, may be taken in Religious Studies. Introduction to Religious Studies (RS 10) must be taken by all students; a second course of the student's choosing must be taken in Religious Studies. A third course may also be chosen in Religious Studies to complete the five course requirement of Area III.
First Required Courses
RS 10 Introduction to Religious Studies
RS 10 Introduction to Religious Studies - Religion and the Critical Mind
RS 10 Introduction to Religious Studies - Religion, Culture and Community
RS 10 Introduction to Religious Studies - Asian Religions
RS 10 Introduction to Religious Studies - The Search for the Just Society
RS 10 Introduction to Religious Studies - A Model of Religion and Religions
RS 10 Introduction to Religious Studies - Prophecy and Mysticism
RS 10 Introduction to Religious Studies - Religious Autobiography
RS 10 Introduction to Religious Studies - Jerusalem as a Metaphor for the Faith of the West
RS 10 Introduction to Religious Studies - Christianity and Buddhism
RS 10 Introduction to Religious Studies - Christianity and Islam
Possible Second and Third Courses
RS 100 Introduction to Judaism
RS 101 History of the Jewish Experience
RS 150 Jewish Interpretations of Scriptures
RS 203 Women in Judaism
RS 242 Jews and Judaism in America
RS 244 Faith After the Holocaust
RS 251 The Hebrew Scriptures in Jewish Context and Christian Interpretation
RS 254 Prophets: Founders of the Judeo-Christian Tradition
RS 257 From Judaism to Christianity: A Socio-Literary Study
RS 281 Religious Values and Public Policy
RS 287 Hinduism
RS 288 Buddhism
RS 290 Religions of China
RS 291 Religions of Japan
RS 292 North Pacific Tribal Religion
RS 295 Non-Traditional American Religious Groups
RS 340 Modern Jewish Theology
RS 388 Buddhist Meditative Traditions
All freshmen in Fordham College and the College of Business Administration must take RSRU 1000, Faith and Critical Reason, the first-year core theology course. All sophomores must take one core theology course numbered RSRU 2000-2999, the sophomore text course in theology, which studies the scriptures or the classical texts of various religious traditions. The theology department offers courses that fulfill American Pluralism, Global Studies, or Senior Values requirements, which are numbered between 3000 and 4999. Courses for majors and minors are also numbered between 3000 and 4999.
Possible Second Core Courses
RSRU 2810 Scriptures of the World (3 credits)
RSRU 2811 Sacred Texts of the Mideast (3 credits)
RSRG 3810 World Religions (4 credits)
RSLG 2222 Hindu Literature and Ethics (3 credits)
RSLU 2340 Islam (3 credits)
RSLG 2780 Classic Jewish Texts (3 credits)
RSLG 2811 Sacred Books of the Mideast (3 credits)
RSLG 2812 Sacred Books of the East (3 credits)
RSLG 2813 Sacred Texts of India (3 credits)
RSLU 2815 Mysticism East and West (3 credits)
RSLU 2251 Classic Buddhist Texts (3 credits)
RSLU 2870 Classic Texts in American Religion (3 credits)
Possible American Pluralism, Global Studies, or Senior Values Courses
RSLP 3420 Religion in the 60s/70s (4 credits)
RSLU 3436 Women and Religion (4 credits)
RSLU 3885 Judaism and Gender (4 credits)
RSLU 3402 Secret Societies (4 credits)
RSLU 3408 Religion and Politics (4 credits)
RSLU 3422 Gods of the city (4 credits)
RSLU 3433 Goddess Traditions (4 credits)
RSLU 3802 Religions of India (4 credits)
RSLU 3810 World Religions (4 credits)
RSLU 3811 World Mythologies (4 credits)
RSLU 3876 Judaism (4 credits)
Theology 2 courses
Problem of God (THEO-001) and one intermediate level theology elective fulfill the theology requirement. Introduction to Biblical Literature (THEO-011) may be substituted for Problem of God or may be used as an intermediate level elective.
Religious Studies (9 credits): Three courses in religious studies taken in sequence: one in scriptural studies (100 level), one in Christian doctrine (200 level), and one in applied theology (300 level).
JOHN CARROLL UNIVERSITY
The University core requirement in religious studies is satisfied by RL 101 and a second 3-credit RL course at a higher level.
RL 101 is a first course designed to introduce students to the discipline of religious studies and to address several issues and topics fundamental to the discipline. The options for the second course allow students to continue study, in greater depth, of one or more of the issues and topics introduced in the first course.
327. RELIGION IN BLACK AMERICA (3 cr.)
251. COMPARATIVE RELIGIONS (3 cr.)
351. BUDDHISM (3 cr.)
352. HINDUISM (3 cr.)
353. CHINESE RELIGIONS (3 cr.)
RL355 ISLAM (3cr.)
210. BASIC JEWISH RELIGIOUS THOUGHT (3 cr.)
311. CLASSICAL JEWISH THOUGHT (3 cr.)
312. CONTEMPORARY JEWISH PRACTICE (3 cr.)
313. MODERN TRENDS IN JUDAISM (3 cr.)
LE MOYNE COLLEGE
Each Le Moyne student is required to take two courses in religious studies as part of the core requirement of the college. In addition, seniors have the option to select either a philosophy or religious studies seminar.
First Course Required
REL 200 Religious Perspectives on the Human Situation
Second Possible Courses: REL 300-399 Religious Dimensions of Reality
Rel 313 Oral Tradition and Religion
Rel 321 (Ant 311) Local Religions of Native America, Africa, Oceana
Rel 323 (Ant 312) Native American Religions
Rel 359 Muslim Communities in Transition
Rel 360 (Ant 360) Anthropology Examines Traditional Religions: Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic
Rel 336 Comparative Religious Ethics and Social Concerns
Rel 362 The Development of Jewish Thought
Rel 363 Religions of Asia
Rel 364 Religion in America
Rel 365 Islam
Rel 372 Judaism in the Second Temple Period
Rel 374 (HST 373) African-American Religions
Rel 381 Christianity in Dialogue with World Religions
Rel 382 Buddhism and Catholicism in Dialogue
Rel 383 (Phil 335) Philosophies of Judaism
Third Course Option: REL 400-440 Seminars in Religious Studies
LOYOLA COLLEGE IN MARYLAND
All students take an introduction to theology aimed at learning to interpret the Bible, understand history of Christianity, and become people who can respond intelligently, in thought and life, to the way these texts and traditions challenge (and are challenged by) our contemporary cultures.
The second theology course focuses these aims on one of four general areas: Jewish and Christian scriptures, the History of Christianity, Christian Theology, Theology and Culture (including world religions). Core ethics courses are either case-oriented or theme-oriented explorations of theological ethics.
First Required Course
TH 201 Introduction to Theology
Possible Second Courses: TH 200-280
TH 214 Friends and Foes: Jews and Christians through the Ages
TH 261 Introduction to Judaism
TH 263 Culture and World Religions
TH 266 Christian Theology and World Religions
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY
Each LMU student takes at least one 100-level theological studies course in the first two years and one 300-level course in the second two.
Possible First Courses
THST 180--Religions of the World
Possible Second Courses
THST 381--Contemporary Judaism and its Historical Background
THST 382--Religions of India
THST 383--Religions of the Near East
THST 384--Religions of East Asia
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO
Theology: 3 courses (9 hours)
Students take any three courses, but no more than two from any one group listed below. Core Curriculum in theology is divided into four areas which represent the principal fields of study in contemporary theology: (1) doctrine; (2) Biblical literature; (3) religious traditions; and (4) Christian life and practice. A student must select three courses from at least two of the four areas to complete the core requirement of nine hours in theology. Detailed descriptions of individual sections of a course are available from the department at the time of registration each semester.
Possible Courses in Third Group: History and Traditions
172 - Basic Ideas and Practices of Judaism
174 - Religion in America
177 - Religions of the World
178 - Women and Religion
195 - Introduction to Islam
196 - Introduction to Hinduism
197 - Introduction to Buddhism
198 - Jews and Judaism in the Modern World
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS
Every student must select eight introductory common curriculum courses among English, mathematics, philosophy, religious studies, science, and history.
In advanced courses, students elect eight courses with two each in philosophy and religious studies, one in behavior/social sciences, one in humanities/arts, one in natural science, and one from any of the above areas.
Theology Core curriculum
The theology requirement for graduation is 9 hours. This must include THEO 001, one second-level course and one third-level course, in that sequence.
001. Introduction to Theology 3 sem. hrs.
126. Bible in the Jewish Community 3 sem. hrs.
180. Theology of Religious Pluralism 3 sem. hrs.
182. Survey of World Religions 3 sem. hrs.
184. Jewish Thought and Practice 3 sem. hrs.
185. Islam 3 sem. hrs.
186. Hinduism, Yoga and Buddhism 3 sem. hrs.
RS200--Introduction to Religious Studies (3 SH)
Religious Studies Elective (3 SH)
Theological Mode - Level 1 (6 hrs)
Must take both:
TH1000 or Honors TH1050
TH3000 or Honors TH3050
Philo / Theo Mode - Level 2 (3 hrs)
PL3420 PL4300 TH4180 (TH 4180 Religion in America)
PL3700 PL4640 TH4450 (TH 4450 World Religions)
PL3800 PL4980 TH3450 (Jewish Faith)
PL3810 TH3150 TH4980 (New Religious Movements)
ST. JOSEPH UNIVERSITY
All students select a first course from the courses numbered THE 1111 through 1141; this course is prerequisite to all other courses offered in the department.
All students select a second course from the courses numbered THE 1511 through THE 1591.
All students select a third course from the courses numbered THE 2111 through THE 2891.
Possible Third Course
THE 2631 Spiritual Disciplines in Comparative Perspective
ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY
Nine hours of theology are among the core requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences. These core courses are shaped and formed in the spirit of the mission statement of St. Louis University. The first course, Theological Foundations (3 hours) introduces the student to foundations of the Judeo-Christian heritage and to the discipline of theology.
THA-100 Theology Foundations: Discovery
In response to the mission of this Catholic, Jesuit University, the Theological Foundations course (THA-100) seeks to educate students from all the undergraduate programs in a critical discourse with human experience, biblical origins, historical foundations, and historical developments of the Christian tradition. The course provides opportunity for human enrichment through creative questioning, awareness of Christian cultures, access to other cultural and religious contexts through comparative study, and a balanced appreciation of Christianity as a vital element in our global heritage.
200 Level: Insight
Courses on the 200 level are more advanced and more specific studies of comparative theology, biblical studies, historical and systematic theology which have all received a fundamental treatment in the 100 level course. Thus, there are courses in oriental religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. There are focused courses on the Hebrew Scriptures and the Christian New Testament. There are historical courses on early, medieval, and American Christianity. And there are systematic courses on specific themes in systematic theology like God, Jesus, Church, Sacraments and the like.
300 Level: Integration
ST. PETERS COLLEGE
SANTA CLARA UNIVERSITY
Note: Introductory courses are 1-19; intermediate, 20-99; advanced, 100-199.
Possible Introductory Courses
7. South Asian Traditions
9. Ways of Understanding Religions
10. Asian Traditions
11. World Religions
13. Religion and Modernity
Possible Intermediate Courses
61. Religion of Oral Peoples
69. Jewish Traditions
70. Women in the Biblical Traditions
71. Women in Muslim Societies
73. New American Religions
75. American Judaism
76. Representing the Holocaust
77. History of Jewish/Christian Relations
82. Shia Islam
83. Faith and Politics in the Middle East
88. Chinese Religions
89. Japanese Religions
91. Native American Religions
Possible Advanced Courses
120. The Bhagavad Gita
150. Gnosticism and the Gnostic Imagination
153. Zen in Time and Thought
162. Asian Religions in the Bay Area.
168. Gender and Judaism
173. Modern Jews and Judaism
176. Religion in America
179. Magic, Science, and Religion
180. Religion in the Theories of Freud and Jung
182. Law and Justice in the Middle East
183. Comparative Fundamentalisms and Religious Resurgence
184. Race and Religion in the United States
185. Gender and Religion in Asia
186. Dreaming: Religious and Scientific Approaches
187. Ethical Issues in Asian Culture
189. Religion in Culture and Society
190. Islam and the Modern World
Theology and Religious Studies Phase II 5
Any approved five-credit course selected from TRST 200-299.
Theology and Religious Studies Phase III 5
Any approved five-credit course selected from TRST 300-399.
SPRING HILL COLLEGE
Theology: 9 semester hours
First course: THL 101 (or THL 190 for honors program students).
Followed by any two courses from the 200 or 300 level.
UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT-MERCY
A. Philosophy (3 hours)
B. Religious Studies (3 hours)
C. Philosophy or Religious Studies (3 hours - any PHL or RS course)
RS 100. Introduction to Religion
Possible Second Courses
RS 202. Eastern Religions
RS 203. Western Religions
RS 212. Introduction to Judaism: An Ecumenical Approach to Jewish Life and Thought
RS 217. Religion in U.S.A.
RS 218. Black Religion in America
RS 219. 20th Century American Jewish Life
RS 248. The Holocaust
RS 252. American Jewish History and Thought
RS 301. Anthropology of Religion
RS 302. Contemporary Religious Movements
RS 303. Hinduism
RS 305. Islam
RS 306. Buddhism
RS 359. Religion, Health and Healing
UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
Area D: Philosophy, Theology and Ethics (12 units)
Philosophy (4 units)
Theology (4 units)
Ethics (4 units)
0128 - 101. Introduction to Religious Studies: Sacred Quest (4)
UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON
WHEELING JESUIT UNIVERSITY
Core Fulfilling Theology/ Religious Studies Courses
Every student at Wheeling Jesuit University is required to take two Theology/Religious Studies courses plus either RST 305 Christian Morality Today or PHI 305 Ethics. The following courses fulfill the RST Core Curriculum requirements:
1. RST 106 (The Religious Quest) or RST 107 (Catholicism)
2. All other courses except RST 484.
3. RST 305 Christian Morality Today (juniors and seniors only).
Please note: RST 305 does not fulfill the second RST Core requirement.
Theology 6 credit hours
Theology: Six semester hours must be completed in courses that study the human experience of God and the doctrines and rituals related to religious experience. THEO 111, Theological Foundations, serves as an introductory course in the Ethics/Religion and Society Focus and as the prerequisite for the two required theology courses. Students take one course from each set of two areas:
1. Scripture/History or Christian Systematics;
2. Theological Ethics, or Religion and Culture.
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