Major in Religious Studies

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Religion pervades our economic, political, and social lives. Gonzaga's Religious Studies Majors explore the religious dimensions of human experience and cultures. They analyze how religious traditions mediate meaning and value through sacred texts, theological reflection, ethics, spirituality, and ritual. Students utilize these meanings and values to respond to critical human problems in a contemporary global context. In keeping with the  University's Jesuit-inspired mission, Religious Studies Majors will be attentive to caring for the whole person, promoting justice, and being women and men for and with others, especially the poor.

A major in Religious Studies requires 36 credits. Following two 100 level scripture courses (New Testament and Hebrew Bible), students take four more classes which will effectively build on the interpretative skills they have acquired on the 100 level. These will be (1) History of Christian Thought, (2) a course on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, (3) Christian Ethics, and (4) Interreligious Dialogue, a course that seeks to build interconnections between Christian theology and the theologies of other religious traditions. All majors will also take a Junior Seminar where they will learn metholdology and develop research skills prior to the advanced study. Lastly, students are also required to take a course in religions other than Christianity.

Each major must choose either a Christian Theology or Religious Pluralism Concentration. Majors who want to delve deeper into the history, beliefs and practices of Christianity should choose the Christian Theology concentration. They will choose three electives from the following four areas: Systematic Theology, Women and Theology, Practical Theology and Contemporary Issues, and an upper level Scripture class. Other majors, seeking a more comparative aproach in the study of religion, should choose the Religious Pluralism concentration. They will be required to choose three electives from the following four areas: World Religion, Women and Religion, Religions and Contemporary Issues, and the study of sacred texts. Each concentration will conclude with a Senior Seminar.

B.A. Major in Religious Studies 36 Credits
Integrated Core
One of the following Hebrew Bible courses*:
    RELI 105 Old and New Testament
    RELI 110 The Hebrew Bible
    RELI 111 Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible
    RELI 112 Ecojustice and the Hebrew Bible
3 credits
One of the following New Testament courses*:
    RELI 105 Old and New Testament
    RELI 120 The New Testament
    RELI 124 Gospels: The Life and Teachings of Jesus
3 credits
One of the following History of Christian Thought courses*:
    RELI 205 History and Teaching of Christianity
    RELI 215 Christian Diversity
3 credits
One of the following Christian Theology/Catholic Intellectual Tradition courses*:
    RELI 200 Religion and Human Experience
    RELI 210 Christian Doctrine
    RELI 211 Feminist Christian Doctrine
    RELI 215 Christian Diversity
    RELI 220 Catholicism
    RELI 221 African Catholicism
    RELI 230 Contemporary Church
    RELI 231 Women and Contemporary Church
    RELI 240 Special Topics
3 credits
RELI 330 Principles of Christian Morality 3 credits
RELI 350 Interreligious Dialogue 3 credits
RELI 399 Junior Seminar 3 credits
One of the following World's Religions courses*:
    RELI 351 Religions of Asia
    RELI 352 Judaism
    RELI 353 Buddhism
    RELI 354 Islamic Civilization
    RELI 355 Hinduism: Yoga and Self Search
    RELI 492B Holocaust

    RELI 492C Native American Religions
    (or other non-Christian Religions)
3 credits
Concentration courses
    Students complete one course in three of the four areas.
9 credits
RELI 499 Senior Seminar 3 credits
Christian Theology Concentration  9 credits
Students complete one course in three of the four areas.
Systematic Theology:
    RELI 210-240
    RELI 420-429
    RELI 440-443
    RELI 445-449
Women and Theology:
    RELI 211 Feminist Christian Doctrine
    RELI 371 Women and Christian Spirituality
    RELI 385 Feminist Theologies
    RELI 485 Feminism and Christianity
    RELI 486 Women and Spiritual Journey
Practical Theology:
    RELI 310-370
      (excluding RELI 330, RELI 351-355, and RELI 350)
    RELI 430-439
    RELI 444 Women in Ministry
    RELI 449-486
Scripture:
    RELI 310 Bible and Contemporary Christian Ethics
    RELI 401-419
Religious Pluralism Concentration  9 credits
Students complete one course in three of the four areas.
World's Religions:
    RELI 403 Greek Gods and Heroes
    RELI 351 Religions of Asia
    RELI 352 Judaism
    RELI 353 Buddhism
    RELI 354 Islamic Civilization
    RELI 492C Native American Religions
Women and Religion:
    RELI 408 Women and the Bible
    RELI 410 Hebrew Scriptures: Special Topics
    RELI 486 Women and Spiritual Journey
Religions and Contemporary Issues:
    INST 366 Arab-Israeli Conflict
    RELI 355 Hinduism: Yoga and Self Search
    RELI 492B Holocaust
    SOCI 384 Sociology of Religion
Sacred Texts:
    RELI 401-402
    RELI 404-406
    RELI 409-410
    RELI 496A-496B

To discuss a possible major or a minor please contact Dr. Rob Hauck, Chair at 509-313-6777 or email hauck@gonzaga.edu
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RELIGIOUS STUDIES DEPARTMENT
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258-0057
Phone: (509) 313-6782
www.gonzaga.edu/religious-studies
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