Religious Studies

Chairperson: Kevin B. McCruden
Professors:
M. Cook, S.J. (Emeritus), H. Doohan (Emerita), L. Doohan (Emeritus), J. Downey (Emeritus), P. Hartin (Emeritus), R. Large, K. McCruden, P. McCormick, J. Milos, C.S.J (Emerita), M. Rindge, L. Schearing, J. Sheveland, C. Siejk (Emerita), B. Tyrrell, S.J. (Emeritus)
Associate Professors:
E. Clark, S. DunnE. Goldstein, R. HauckS. Kuder, S.J.J. Mudd, A. Wendlinder
Assistant Professors:
G. ChienI. IdumwonyiM. McCabe, R. Siebeking, K. Vander Schel
Senior Lecturer: P. Baraza
Lecturers: R. CallahanS. Starbuck, Q. Tran, S.J.

The department offers one major and one minor:

Bachelor of Arts, Religious Studies major
Minor in Religious Studies

Religious Studies at Gonzaga University is guided by a recognition of the increasingly globalized and diverse character of the contemporary world.  Complementing such diversity, the course offerings in the Department of Religious Studies employ a rich array of academic methods to investigate the cultural, social, and religious realities that animate the subjects of Religion and Theology. In order to better understand the complex, globalized world in which they find themselves living, Religious Studies majors are given the tools to explore a diversity of religious traditions. In addition, through the appreciation of the variety of methods and approaches that define the academic study of religion, Religious Studies majors cultivate the kinds of robust, critical thinking skills that will better enable them to navigate the many complex issues and problems that define the contemporary world.  

Students majoring in Religious Studies are required to fulfill 36 credit hours in accordance with the following four methodological areas: one course in Sacred Texts and Traditions; one course in Theology and Spirituality; one course in Religion, Culture, and Society; one course in Ethics; and one course in Methodology (399).  In addition, majors are required to take at least four seminar level (400) courses, including Senior Thesis (499) and/or Internship (497). The remaining nine credits for the major are electives and may be fulfilled by taking courses in any of the four methodological areas listed above.

Students minoring in Religious Studies are required to fulfill 18 credit hours in accordance with the following: one course in Ethics; one course in Methodology (399); and two courses at or above the 400 seminar level.  Any remaining credits needed for the required total of 18 credit hours are electives and may be fulfilled by taking courses in any of the four methodological areas listed above.

Religious Studies/Law 3+3 Program

The Religious Studies Department also offers a 3+3 dual-degree program with the Gonzaga School of Law. This program consists of three years in the undergraduate major and entrance to the Law School in the fourth year, resulting in a B.A. with a major in Religious Studies and a J.D. from the Gonzaga University School of Law in six years rather than seven.

The 3+3 program requires successful completion of 96 credits from Gonzaga University by the end of their junior year (six semesters). Upon completion of these 96 credits, the student should have met all relevant undergraduate degree requirements, except for the final 32 elective credits required under the 128 credit undergraduate degree policy. The additional 32 elective credits will be fulfilled using completed law school courses. Students complete the application to the Gonzaga School of Law in their fifth semester.

B.A. Major in Religious Studies 36 Credits

Sacred Texts and Traditions courses: 3 credits
RELI 101 - 124
 
RELI 201 - 224 

RELI 301 - 324 

Theology and Spirituality courses: 3 credits
RELI 126 - 149 

RELI 226 - 249 

RELI 326 - 349 
Religion, Culture, and Society courses: 3 credits
RELI 151 - 174 

RELI 251 - 274 

RELI 351 - 374 

Ethics courses: 3 credits
RELI 176 - 184 

RELI 276 - 284 

RELI 376 - 384 

RELI 100 - 499  9 credits 
RELI 399 Methodology 3 credits
RELI 400-499   9 credits
One of the following two courses:  3 credits 
RELI 497 Internship 
 
RELI 499 Senior Thesis 
 

 


Minor in Religious Studies: 18 Credits

Ethics courses: 3 credits
RELI 176 - 184 

RELI 276 - 284 

RELI 376 - 384 

RELI 100 - 498  6 credits 
RELI 399 Methodology 3 credits
RELI 400-498   6 credits
Lower Division
RELI 101 The Hebrew Bible
3.00 credits
This course offers an introduction to the literature, religion, and social practices of the people of ancient Israel as it is reflected in the Hebrew Bible.
RELI 102 Old and New Testament
3.00 credits
A study of both Old and New Testament as the scriptures of Christianity.
RELI 103 New Testament
3.00 credits
An exploration of the world and environment of the New Testament writers as well as Christianity's roots in the Jewish tradition. A basic introduction to the writings of the New Testament. Offered every other semester.
RELI 104 Narrating Jesus
3.00 credits
This course introduces students to three different scholarly, interpretative methodologies for studying Jesus and the New Testament: historical criticism, narrative criticism, and application of the social sciences.
RELI 107 Gospels: Life/Tch of Jesus
3.00 credits
Who was Jesus? This course is an academic study of Jesus as he is presented in the three synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) in the New Testament. Specific attention is given to the unique perspectives of each gospel, and to the ethical implications of Jesus’s life and teachings. Offered every year.
RELI 120H Honors The New Testament
3.00 credits
For Honors students. See RELI 120 for course description.
Prerequisite:
HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 126 Christian Doctrine
3.00 credits
Who was Jesus? This course is an academic study of Jesus as he is presented in the three synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke) in the New Testament. Specific attention is given to the unique perspectives of each gospel, and to the ethical implications of Jesus’s life and teachings. Offered every year.
RELI 190 Directed Reading
1.00- 6.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
RELI 193 FYS:
3.00 credits
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces new Gonzaga students to the University, the Core Curriculum, and Gonzaga’s Jesuit mission and heritage. While the seminars will be taught by faculty with expertise in particular disciplines, topics will be addressed in a way that illustrates approaches and methods of different academic disciplines. The seminar format of the course highlights the participatory character of university life, emphasizing that learning is an active, collegial process.
RELI 201 Torah, Hebrew, & History
3.00 credits
This course examines critical historical and literary methods in the study of biblical interpretation with an added focus on the language of the Hebrew Bible. By integrating Hebrew language into our study of the Hebrew Bible, engagement with issues of translations and interpretation are more accessible. Offered every other year.
RELI 202 Spirituality of Apostle Paul
3.00 credits
This course on the spirituality of the apostle Paul explores Paul's personal experience of faith in what he perceives as the cosmos altering significance of the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth on the one hand, and the practical implications of the Christ event for living transformed lives in the setting of communal fellowship, on the other. Offered every semester.
RELI 203 Fem Interpr of Hebrew Bible
3.00 credits
This course introduces students to the Hebrew Bible with special attention given to texts dealing with women. Offered every semester.
Equivalent:
WGST 251 - OK if taken since Fall 2020
RELI 206 Hebrew Bible-Ancient Near East
3.00 credits
This course is a comparative approach to human-human, human-divine, and divine-divine relationships in the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East, focusing on the human relational context and commitments towards social justice among warring cultures. Building intercultural competence, this course carries fulfills a Global Studies emphasis. Offered every year.
RELI 207 Messiah & Covenant
3.00 credits
This course examines the controversial issues “messiah” and “covenant” in the biblical text as well as its appropriations and distortions within the Christian and Catholic traditions. Students will better understand competing perspectives in the Old and New Testaments, the multivalent nature of the biblical text historically, culturally, and theologically, and modern critical comparative methods for applying the text and thinking theologically. Offered every year.
RELI 210H Honors Christian Doctrine
3.00 credits
For Honors students only. See RELI 210 for course description.
Prerequisite:
HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 211 Feminist Christian Doctrine
3.00 credits
An introduction to the academic discipline of Christian theology and the way in which the Christian community makes believing possible and meaningful for contemporary people of faith. Particular attention is given to the impact of feminist scholarship on the doing of Christian theology.
Equivalent:
WGST 252 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
WGST 252C - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 215H Honors Christian Diversity
3.00 credits
For Honors students only. See RELI 215 for course description
Prerequisite:
HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 226 Challenges in Catholic Theol
3.00 credits
This course aims to explore the teachings and debates around several classical and perennial themes in Christian theology around which significant dialogue and debate exist today. Offered every year.
RELI 227 Theology in Global Contexts
3.00 credits
A course in Christian and Catholic traditions with a Global Studies designation (GS), which investigates opportunities and challenges posed by religious and cultural diversity in our world today. Topics include Theologies of Religion, Culture, World Christianity, and Catholic Social Teaching. Offered most summers.
RELI 228 Catholicism
3.00 credits
Exploration of the identity of the Roman Catholic tradition with emphasis on Catholicism's dialogue with the contemporary world. Offered every semester.
RELI 229 Christian Diversity
3.00 credits
An introduction to the history, beliefs, and practices of a wide variety of denominations within Christianity such as Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, Reform, Anabaptist, and others. Students will also explore the impact of culturally diverse expressions of Christianity. Offered every semester.
RELI 230 Contemporary Church
3.00 credits
A theological and historical examination of the contemporary church from the perspective of the Second Vatican Council.
RELI 231 Women in Catholicism
3.00 credits
The focus of this course is to examine the identity and mission of the church as an institution and a community of faith emerging from Vatican Council II. Feminist theology will provide the lens for examining the role of women in the church in both historical and contemporary situations.
Equivalent:
WGST 255 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 232 Global Christologies
3.00 credits
This course will examine how Christian theological interpretations of the significance of the person of Jesus of Nazareth are shaped by the context in which church communities live. After examining Christological method, the biblical witness to Jesus, and early Christological doctrines, the course will move continent by continent to examine different contextual Christologies and the ways they call the Christian community to social transformation toward the reign of God. Offered every other semester.
RELI 233 Christian Spirituality
3.00 credits
The sources, nature, and forms of Christian spirituality historically and within the contemporary context. Offered every semester.
RELI 234 Feminism and Christianity
3.00 credits
An introduction to the academic discipline of Christian theology, and the way in which the Christian community makes believing possible and meaningful for contemporary people of faith. Particular attention is given to the impact of feminist scholarship on the doing of Christian theology. Offered every other semester.
RELI 235 Christian Mysticism
3.00 credits
This course explores the history, theology and practice of Christian mysticism from the early Church to the present day. Students will be guided by the curriculum of the contemplative master, Thomas Merton, who situates the discipline of mysticism in the center of Christian life, and in relation to tradition, doctrine, worship, spiritual experience and ethical action. Offered every semester.
RELI 236 God and Evil
3.00 credits
This course explores the problem of God and the experience of evil from within the Christian theological tradition. Our exploration will include an examination of theological texts, poetry, film and the visual arts. Offered every other year.
RELI 240H Seminar: Special Topics
3.00 credits
For Honors students only. Topic to be determined by instructor.
Prerequisite:
HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 251 African Catholicism
3.00 credits
This course introduces students to pluralism and diversity within African Catholicism as part of world culture, bearing in mind that the Church is universal and yet local. Accordingly, it examines culturally diverse forms of African Catholicism in six broad geographical locations: North Africa, East Africa, West Africa, South Africa, Central Africa and the Island of the Republic of Madagascar. Offered every semester.
RELI 252 African American Religions
3.00 credits
This course introduces students to the variety of African American religions that developed in the Americas during and after the Atlantic slave trade up to today. Within various forms of Christianity, Islam, and even Hip Hop, we will examine the interplay between religion, race, colonialism, and self determination. Offered every other semester.
RELI 253 Islamic Civilization
3.00 credits
Introduction to the history of Islamic civilization centering on the relationship of religion to society and culture; the origins of Islam; Islamic belief and practice; Islam, politics, and society; fine arts and intellectual developments; and Islam in the modern world. Offered every semester.
Equivalent:
INST 368 - OK if taken since Fall 2020
RELI 254 American Christianities
3.00 credits
This course will provide a thematic and chronological framework for understanding the diversity of Christianities in American history and culture. During the course, we will investigate the powerful social, cultural, political, and intellectual role Christianity has played throughout our nation's past. Offered every other semester.
RELI 255 Relig of the African Diaspora
3.00 credits
This course introduces students to a variety of religions in the African diaspora. As such, the course focuses on theoretical understandings of diaspora, Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. Diaspora forces a unique approach to the study of religion, as communities in diaspora prompt questions about identity, multivocality, ritual, home, story, and space. Offered every year.
RELI 256 African Religious Traditions
3.00 credits
This course will serve as an introduction to various forms of religiosity in sub-Saharan Africa. Through the study of religion, this class prompts students to better understand various aspects of African cultures by dismantling stereotypes and assumptions that have long characterized the study of religions in Africa. Offered every semester.
RELI 257 Critics of Christianity
3.00 credits
What can we learn about Christianity from its critics? This course examines people (such as, Jesus, Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Nietzsche, Freud, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Stephen Colbert) and the Church’s treatment of groups (Jews, Latin Americans, women, LGBTQ persons) in order to understand the critiques of those within and outside the Church. Offered every year.
RELI 258 Christian-Muslim Relations
3.00 credits
This course offers a historical, topical, and socio-cultural survey of Christian-Muslim relations from the 7th century (CE) to today. Our exploration will revolve around on a series of diverse case studies on different dynamics of this encounter, to include key historical episodes, literary productions, theological discourses, and modern challenges and opportunities. Offered every year.
RELI 259 Religions of Asia
3.00 credits
This survey course introduces the following Asian religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Shinto. We will examine the teachings of these Asian traditions in the context of their diverse cultural and historical settings. We will also consider how these Asian religions have adapted to fit the contemporary world and how they have influenced popular culture. Offered every semester.
Equivalent:
INST 330 - OK if taken since Fall 2020
RELI 260 Religion and Human Experience
3.00 credits
An exploration of some of the basic experiences, concepts, and challenges involved in being religious. Offered every year.
RELI 261 Hist and Tchg of Christianity
3.00 credits
Designed to give students of Christian and non-Christian backgrounds an introductory knowledge of the growth and development of Christianity from its beginnings to the present day. Offered every year.
RELI 262 American Religious History
3.00 credits
This course will provide a thematic and chronological framework for understanding American religious history. During the course, we will investigate the powerful social, cultural, political, and intellectual role religion has played throughout our nation’s past. Offered every year.
RELI 263 Hinduism
3.00 credits
Introduction to the foundations and milestones of Hinduism and the importance of Hindu mythology in shaping Indian culture and rituals. Offered infrequently.
RELI 264 Buddhism
3.00 credits
This introduction to Buddhism will examine the historical and cultural contexts in which Buddhist beliefs and practices were developed in Asia and how they spread to the West. We will also study how, throughout history, Buddhism has adapted to a changing world. Offered every other semester.
Equivalent:
INST 333 - OK if taken since Fall 2020
RELI 265 Religions of India
3.00 credits
This course focuses on the religions of the Indian subcontinent with attention to origins and history, sacred texts, the relationship of humanity to reality, religious pluralism, and ideas on solidarity and non-violence. Offered infrequently.
RELI 266 Survey of World Religions
3.00 credits
This course thinks critically about the historical development, systems of belief, ritual practices, institutional structures, and cultural expressions of a number of the religions of the world. As wide survey course, this class is hardly all-encompassing when it comes to world religions, but will investigate a variety of religions as time permits and in light of current events. Offered infrequently.
RELI 267 Early Christianity
3.00 credits
This course will focus on the rise of Christianity in the religious pluralism of late antiquity, and the way in which the early Christians, as citizens of a non-Christian culture, defined themselves, the church and their place in society. It will examine the philosophical, social and religious context in the Roman empire, and central theological and institutional developments in the church from its origin to the fourth century. Offered every other year.
RELI 268 Judaism
3.00 credits
This course explores Judaism as a living religion and a diverse religio-cultural phenomenon. Topics include Judaism’s history and a survey of contemporary Jewish religious practices. Offered every other year.
RELI 276 Principles of Christian Ethics
3.00 credits
How are Christians to fashion moral choices, character, and communities? What are the sources, tools, and rules of Christian ethics? What kind of justice does our faith demand? Offered every semester.
RELI 277 Bible and Ethics
3.00 credits
Biblical texts address multiple moral and ethical issues, often framing such issues as questions of justice or injustice. This class explores four contemporary ethical issues by placing personal narratives/experiences into mutually critical dialogue with biblical texts. Offered every year.
Equivalent:
WGST 357 - OK if taken since Fall 2020
RELI 286 Special Topics: Texts Theology
3.00 credits
Selected topics in Religious Studies in the areas of either Sacred Texts and Traditions or Spirituality and Theology. Topic to be determined by instructor.
RELI 287 Special Topics: Culture Ethics
3.00 credits
Selected topics in Religious Studies in the areas of either Religion, Culture, and Society or Ethics. Topic to be determined by instructor.
RELI 290 Directed Study
1.00- 6.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
Upper Division
RELI 301 Stories of the Quran
3.00 credits
This course offers a literary, historical, and socio-cultural introduction to the Quran and its exegesis through the stories of the prophets. Overall we will explore how stories and storytelling can help us ask fundamental questions, not only about Islam but also about the human experience broadly. Offered every other year.
RELI 302 Bible and Film
3.00 credits
This course explores different ways in which religion (and theology) and film can be placed into mutually critical conversation. Specific attention is given to constructing mutually enriching dialogues between recent films (1999-present) and specific biblical texts. How can biblical texts provide new lenses for the viewing of films? In what ways can films enrich the understanding and interpretation of biblical texts? Offered every semester.
RELI 303 Biblical Hebrew I
3.00 credits
The first semester of 1st year Biblical Hebrew will focus on preparation to read the Bible in Hebrew, through acquiring necessary vocabulary and grammar. We will begin reading the Hebrew Bible, a process that will continue into the second semester of Biblical Hebrew. Offered every third year.
RELI 304 Biblical Hebrew II
3.00 credits
The second semester of 1st year Biblical Hebrew will continue the process of acquiring vocabulary and grammar. We will continue reading the Hebrew Bible, a process that began into the first semester of Biblical Hebrew. Offered every third year.
Prerequisite:
RELI 303 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 326 Liturgy
3.00 credits
A detailed survey of Christian and Catholic liturgy, including the roots and contemporary manifestations of celebration, ritual, and symbol. Offered every year.
RELI 327 Christian Leadership
3.00 credits
The scriptural and traditional foundations for religious leadership; contemporary leadership theories; the development and role of Christian leaders in the Church and world today. Offered every semester.
Equivalent:
SOSJ 361 - OK if taken since Fall 2020
RELI 328 Women in Jewish Traditions
3.00 credits
This course examines the role of women in the sacred texts of the Jewish tradition. Particular attention is given to the legal status of women, complex issues of identity, tradition, and family, and the geographic diversity of Judaism in history and today. Offered every semester.
RELI 329 Theological Anthropology
3.00 credits
This course explores classical, modern, and contemporary theological voices that address the shifting conceptions of human personhood, the nature of religious experience, and the tasks and ends of Christian living. Particular attention will be given to the themes of creation in the image of God, human freedom, original sin and divine grace, redemption and liberation, Christian community, and the changing perspectives on Christian anthropology in contemporary thought. Offered every other year.
RELI 333 Political Theology
3.00 credits
This course presents an inquiry into the political shifts in religious faith and practice in the wake of globalization and modern secularism. Students will explore critiques of classic accounts of divine transcendence and religious authority, the growing recognition of the plight of the poor and marginalized, and the increasingly political focus of contemporary theologians and religious thinkers in response to this rapidly shifting intellectual milieu. Offered every year.
RELI 334 Interreligious Dialogue
3.00 credits
Investigates the imperative of Christianity and other world religions to engage in respectful dialogue and mutual understanding, exposes pressing practical issues such as religious violence and divisive ideologies, and proposes a comparative theological perspective highlighting spiritual engagement, moral responsibility and reconciliation. Offered every semester.
Equivalent:
INST 304 - OK if taken since Fall 2020
SOSJ 365 - OK if taken since Fall 2020
RELI 335 Faith, Justice, and The Church
3.00 credits
What does our Christian faith have to say about our economic, political, social, and cultural structures and practices? An examination of the ways our Church calls us to practice a ‘faith that does justice.’
Equivalent:
SOSJ 310 - OK if taken since Fall 2020
RELI 338 Discernment & Faith Traditions
3.00 credits
This course is an exploration of the ways people make important decisions based on their belief and practice in a particular religious/cultural setting. The course is built on the foundation of a theological view of the sacred relationship between human beings and the divine/wisdom figures who support and challenge humans to be the best version of themselves by making sound, responsible, and moral choices. Offered every year.
RELI 339 Ignatian Spirituality
3.00 credits
This course is designed to introduce students of Christian and non-Christian backgrounds to Ignatian Spirituality. The major part of the course will study the dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius by exploring the Ignatian themes of spiritual discernment, contemplation in action, and finding God in all things. Offered every semester.
RELI 340 Feminist Theologies
3.00 credits
Examines the tasks of feminist theologians and surveys the challenges and unique contributions they make to the integrity and vitality of contemporary Christianity. Offered every other year.
Equivalent:
WGST 355 - OK if taken since Fall 2020
RELI 341 Christian Morality and Eating
3.00 credits
Why biblical and Christian morality demands just and sustainable agricultural systems that feed the hungry, compensate and protect workers, and treat animals humanely. Offered every year.
RELI 342 Trinity
3.00 credits
An introduction to the theology of the Trinity in its historical developments and contemporary interpretations, this course examines the content and method of Christian theology by focusing on the doctrine of the Trinity. Offered every year.
RELI 355 Islam in the Contemp World
3.00 credits
This course examines contemporary interpretations and expressions of the Islamic tradition, focusing on the time period following 19th century colonialism and through the present day. After a brief introduction to the origins of the Islamic tradition (and its main figures), we will examine how Muslims have responded to the political, social, and economic changes they encountered through European colonialism, and the realities they face in the postcolonial period. Offered every year.
RELI 356 Native American Religions
3.00 credits
This course examines traditional Native cultures and contributions along with the cultural stereotypes that distort their reality. Includes the role of Christian missions in forming contemporary Native realities and studies the revitalization movements among North American tribes.
Equivalent:
NTAS 322 - OK if taken since Spring 2016
RELI 357 Sufism: Islamic Mysticism
3.00 credits
This course offers a historical and topical introduction of the world of Sufism, the mystical tradition of Islam. Some of the subjects we will explore include the relationship of Sufism to “normative” Islam, social and ethical dimensions, ritual and performance (music, dance, poetry), and the challenges of modernity. Offered every other year.
RELI 358 Faith in a Secular Age
3.00 credits
This course offers an inquiry into the shifting place of religious faith and practice in the face of modern secularism and post-secularism. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to various responses of Christian and Catholic thinkers to the exciting challenges of the rapidly shifting discussion of the place of faith and religious practice in the contemporary world. Offered every other year.
RELI 359 Religion and Globalization
3.00 credits
This course explores the impact of global networks of capitalism, communication, and transportation on religious ideas, practices, and transformations in the contemporary world. Offered every year.
RELI 362 Vietnam War and Morality
3.00 credits
An analysis of Christian moral teachings on war with a specific focus on the Vietnam War. Topics include peace, justice, killing, revolution, and protest. Offered infrequently.
RELI 363 Buddhist Meditation & Practice
3.00 credits
This course is a combination of the history of Buddhism and secularized contemplation activities. The course offers a history of Buddhist meditation along with an investigation of how contemporary Buddhist followers adapt Buddhist principles and meditation techniques to tackle issues related to emotional well-being, hospice care, therapy, and social justice. Offered every semester.
RELI 364 Asian Religions in Film
3.00 credits
This course explores Asian religions in contemporary Asian, European, and North American cultures through film. By focusing on how Asian religious themes are treated in each film, we will learn to identify longstanding Asian religious themes in contemporary films. We will also investigate how Asian religions are employed in films to address contemporary issues. Offered every year.
RELI 365 Religion and Film
3.00 credits
This course explores different ways in which religion (and theology) and film can be placed into mutually critical conversation of central concern are the diverse responses by theologians (Jewish and Christian) and films to trauma such as the Holocaust. Offered every year.
RELI 366 Religion and Violence
3.00 credits
In today's world of alarming growth in sectarianism, radicalization, and terrorism across many continents, does religion simply give rise to human division or, is it- as some say - peaceful? This course not merely studies religious violence, it responds to it and encourages Gonzaga students to think with and beyond a variety of disciplines to develop their own skills of interpretation. Offered every year.
Equivalent:
INST 305 - OK if taken since Fall 2020
RELI 367 The Christian Reformation
3.00 credits
This course covers the religious and social developments in Christianity in European life in the transition from the medieval to the modern period. Theological, ecclesiastical, and social elements in the development of modern modes of religious life and thought from the 15th to the 19th centuries will be examined. Offered every other year.
RELI 376 Christian Sexual Ethics
3.00 credits
This course explores Christian perspectives on the ethical dimensions of human sexuality and issues of gender. Offered every semester.
RELI 377 Ethics, Human Rights & Glbztn
3.00 credits
This course focuses on religious and ethical responses to issues arising in relation to globalization, and specifically, the topic of human rights.
RELI 386 Special Topics: Texts Theology
3.00 credits
Selected topics in Religious Studies in the areas of either Sacred Texts and Traditions or Spirituality and Theology. Topic to be determined by instructor.
RELI 387 Special Topics: Culture Ethics
3.00 credits
Selected topics in Religious Studies in the areas of either Religion, Culture, and Society or Ethics. Topic to be determined by instructor.
RELI 390 Applied Theology:Special Topic
3.00- 4.00 credits
RELI 399 Methodology
3.00 credits
As preparation for the senior thesis or senior thesis, and for the advanced study of religion and theology, this course will review the various critical-methodological approaches used in the discipline. In addition to entering the academic conversation, students will learn techniques for accessing, evaluating, and presenting research. Offered in the Fall.
RELI 432 CIS:
3.00 credits
The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) engages the Year Four Question: “Imagining the possible: What is our role in the world?” by offering students a culminating seminar experience in which students integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the Core, and their disciplinary expertise. Each section of the course will focus on a problem or issue raised by the contemporary world that encourages integration, collaboration, and problem solving. The topic for each section of the course will be proposed and developed by each faculty member in a way that clearly connects to the Jesuit Mission, to multiple disciplinary perspectives, and to our students’ future role in the world.
RELI 486 Special Topics: Texts Theology
3.00 credits
Selected topics in Religious Studies in the areas of either Sacred Texts and Traditions or Spirituality and Theology. Topic to be determined by instructor.
Equivalent:
WGST 457 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 487 Special Topics: Culture Ethics
3.00 credits
Seminar-format, upper-division selected topics in Religious Studies in the areas of either Religion, Culture, and Society or Ethics. Topic to be determined by instructor.
RELI 490 Directed Readings
1.00- 6.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
RELI 493 Sociology of Religion
3.00 credits
Studies works of classical and contemporary sociologists on the social and cultural aspects of religion. Examines how religion is influenced by social conditions and often plays an important role in shaping society.
Equivalent:
SOCI 384 - OK if taken since Fall 1996
RELI 497 Internship
.00- 6.00 credits
In this course, students will work together with a faculty member to engage in sustained reflection on field-based experience in an internship.
RELI 499 Senior Thesis
3.00 credits
In this course, students will write an original thesis in Religious Studies or Theology that brings together research, new insights, and application of research methodologies in the field.
 

In addition to their major and minor areas of study, all undergraduate students follow a common program designed to complete their education in those areas that the University considers essential for a Catholic, Jesuit, liberal, and humanistic education. The University Core Curriculum consists of forty-five credits of course work, with additional designation requirements that can be met through core, major, or elective courses.

The University Core Curriculum is a four-year program, organized around one overarching question, which is progressively addressed through yearly themes and questions. Hence, core courses are best taken within the year for which they are designated. First year core courses encourage intellectual engagement and provide a broad foundation of fundamental skills. Second and third year courses examine central issues and questions in philosophy and religious studies. The fourth year course, the Core Integration Seminar, offers a culminating core experience. Taken at any time throughout the four years, broadening courses intersect with the core themes and extend students’ appreciation for the humanities, arts, and social and behavioral sciences. Finally, the designation requirements (writing enriched, global studies, and social justice) reflect important values and reinforce students’ knowledge and competencies.

Overarching Core Question: As students of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Humanistic University, how do we educate ourselves to become women and men for a more just and humane global community?
Year 1 Theme and Question: Understanding and Creating: How do we pursue knowledge and cultivate understanding?

  • The First-Year Seminar (DEPT 193, 3 credits): The First-Year Seminar (FYS), taken in the fall or spring of the first year, is designed to promote an intellectual shift in students as they transition to college academic life. Each small seminar is organized around an engaging topic, which students explore from multiple perspectives. The FYS is offered by many departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of FYS courses).  
  • Writing (ENGL 101, 3 credits) and Reasoning (PHIL 101, 3 credits): The Writing and Reasoning courses are designed to help students develop the foundational skills of critical reading, thinking, analysis, and writing. They may be taken as linked sections. Writing (ENGL 101) carries one of the three required writing-enriched designations (see below).
  • Communication & Speech (COMM 100, 3 credits): This course introduces students to interpersonal and small group communication and requires the application of critical thinking, reasoning, and research skills necessary to organize, write, and present several speeches.
  • Scientific Inquiry (BIOL 104/104L, CHEM 104/104L, or PHYS 104/104L, 3 credits): This course explores the scientific process in the natural world through evidence-based logic and includes significant laboratory experience. Students pursuing majors that require science courses will satisfy this requirement through their major.
  • Mathematics (above Math 100, 3 credits): Mathematics courses promote thinking according to the modes of the discipline—abstractly, symbolically, logically, and computationally. One course in mathematics, above Math 100, including any math course required for a major or minor, will fulfill this requirement. MATH 100 (College Algebra) and courses without the MATH prefix do not fulfill this requirement.

Year 2 Theme and Question: Being and Becoming: Who are we and what does it mean to be human?

  • Philosophy of Human Nature (PHIL 201, 3 credits): This course provides students with a philosophical study of key figures, theories, and intellectual traditions that contribute to understanding the human condition; the meaning and dignity of human life; and the human relationship to ultimate reality.
  • Christianity and Catholic Traditions (RELI, 3 credits). Religious Studies core courses approved for this requirement explore diverse topics including Christian scriptures, history, theology, and practices as well as major contributions from the Catholic intellectual and theological traditions (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses) .

Year 3 Theme and Question: Caring and Doing: What principles characterize a well lived life?

  • Ethics (PHIL 301 or RELI, 3 credits): The Ethics courses are designed to help students develop their moral imagination by exploring and explaining the reasons humans should care about the needs and interests of others. This requirement is satisfied by an approved ethics course in either Philosophy (PHIL 301) or Religious Studies (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • World/Comparative Religion (RELI, 3 credits): Religious Studies courses approved for this core requirement draw attention to the diversity that exists within and among traditions and encourage students to bring critical, analytical thinking to bear on the traditions and questions considered. These courses carries one of the required two global-studies designations (see below) (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Year 4 Theme and Question: Imagining the Possible: What is our role in the world?” 

  • Core Integration Seminar (DEPT 432, 3 credits). The Core Integration Seminar (CIS) offers students a culminating core experience in which they integrate the principles of Jesuit education, prior components of the core, and their disciplinary expertise. Some CIS courses may also count toward a student’s major or minor. The CIS is offered by several departments across the University (click here [PDF] for list of CIS courses).

The Broadening Courses

  • Fine Arts & Design (VART, MUSC, THEA, 3 credits): Arts courses explore multiple ways the human experience can be expressed through creativity, including across different cultures and societies. One approved course in fine arts, music, theatre, or dance will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • History (HIST, 3 credits): History courses are intended to develop students’ awareness of the historical context of both the individual and the collective human experience. One course in History (HIST 101, HIST 102, HIST 112, HIST 201, HIST 202) will fulfill this requirement.
  • Literature (3 credits): Literature courses foster reflection on how literature engages with a range of human experience. One approved course in Literature (offered by English, Classics, or Modern Languages) will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social & Behavioral Sciences (3 credits): Courses in the social and behavioral sciences engage students in studying human behavior, social systems, and social issues. One approved course offered by Criminal Justice, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, or Women and Gender Studies will fulfill this requirement (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

The Designations
Designations are embedded within already existing core, major, minor, and elective courses. Students are encouraged to meet designation requirements within elective courses as their schedule allows; however, with careful planning students should be able to complete most of the designation requirements within other core, major, or minor courses.

  • Writing Enriched (WE; 3 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the WE designation are designed to promote the humanistic and Jesuit pedagogical ideal of clear, effective communication. In addition to the required core course, Writing (ENGL 101), which carries one of the WE designations, students must take two other WE-designated courses (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Global-Studies (GS; 2 courses meeting this designation): Courses carrying the GS designation are designed to challenge students to perceive and understand human diversity by exploring diversity within a context of constantly changing global systems. In addition to the required core course, World/Comparative Religion (RELI 300-level), which carries one of the GS designations, students must take one other GS-designated course (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).
  • Social-Justice (SJ; 1 course meeting this designation): Courses carrying the SJ designation are designed to introduce students to one or more social justice concerns. Students must take one course that meets the SJ designation (click here [PDF] for a list of approved courses).

Major-specific adaptations to the University Core Curriculum

All Gonzaga students, regardless of their major, will complete the University Core Curriculum requirements. However some Gonzaga students will satisfy certain core requirements through major-specific programs or courses. Any major-specific adaptations to the core are described with the requirements for the majors to which they apply.