Religious Studies

Chairperson: Kevin B. McCruden
Professors:
M. Cook, S.J. (Emeritus), J. Dallen (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), A. Nigro, S.J. (Emeritus), M. Rindge, L. Schearing, J. Sheveland, C. Siejk (Emerita), C. Skok (Emeritus), B. Tyrrell, S.J. (Emeritus)
Associate Professors:
E. Clark, S. DunnE. Goldstein, R. HauckS. Kuder, S.J.J. Mudd, A. Wendlinder
Assistant Professors:
G. Chien, M. McCabe, R. Siebeking, K. Vander Schel
Senior Lecturer: P. Baraza
Lecturers: J. Nguyen, S.J., S. Starbuck, Q. Tran, S.J.

The department offers one major and one minor:

Bachelor of Arts, Religious Studies major
(required concentration in either Christian Theology or Religious Pluralism)
Minor in Religious Studies

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 Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Religious Studies requires 36 credits. Following two 100 level scripture courses (New Testament and Hebrew Bible), students will be required to take 4 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 methodology and develop research skills prior to their 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 select 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 approach in the study of religion, should choose the Religious Pluralism concentration. They will be required to select 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.

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.

The Religious Studies Department also offers a minor in Religious Studies. A total of eighteen credits is required for the minor in Religious Studies, of which nine (9) credits must be upper division.

Only electives offered by the Department of Religious Studies or approved by the Department Chair may be counted toward the major.

B.A. Major in Religious Studies 36 Credits

Integrated Foundation
One of the following Hebrew Bible courses*: 3 credits
RELI 105 Old and New Testament
RELI 110 The Hebrew Bible
RELI 111 Feminist Interpretations of the Hebrew Bible
RELI 112 Ecojustice and the Hebrew Bible
One of the following New Testament courses*: 3 credits
RELI 105 Old and New Testament
RELI 120 The New Testament
RELI 124 Gospels: The Life and Teachings of Jesus
One of the following History of Christian Thought courses*: 3 credits
RELI 205 History and Teaching of Christianity
RELI 215 Christian Diversity
One of the following Christian Theology/Catholic Intellectual Tradition courses*: 3 credits
RELI 200 Religion and Human Experience
RELI 210 Christian Doctrine
RELI 211 Feminist Christian Doctrine
RELI 212 Spirituality of Apostle Paul
RELI 215 Christian Diversity
RELI 220 Catholicism
RELI 221 African Catholicism
RELI 225 African American Religions
RELI 230 Contemporary Church
RELI 231 Women and Contemporary Church
RELI 240 Special Topics
RELI 250 American Christianities
RELI 270 Theology in Global Contexts
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*: 3 credits
RELI 351 Religions of Asia
RELI 352 Judaism
RELI 353 Buddhism
RELI 354 Islamic Civilization
RELI 355 Hinduism
RELI 356 Native American Religions
RELI 492B Holocaust
(or other non-Christian Religions)
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 3 credits
RELI 210-240
RELI 420-429
RELI 440-443
RELI 445-449
Women and Theology: 3 credits
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 3 credits
RELI 310-370
      (excluding RELI 330, RELI 350-355)
RELI 430-439
RELI 444 Women in Ministry
RELI 449-486
Scripture 3 credits
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 3 credits
RELI 403 Greek Gods and Heroes
RELI 351 Religions of Asia
RELI 352 Judaism
RELI 353 Buddhism
RELI 354 Islamic Civilization
RELI 356 Native American Religions
Women and Religion 3 credits
RELI 408 Women and the Bible
RELI 410 Hebrew Scriptures: Special Topics
RELI 486 Women and Spiritual Journey
Religions and Contemporary Issues 3 credits
POLS 373 Arab-Israeli Conflict
RELI 305 Religion and Violence
RELI 355 Hinduism
RELI 492B Holocaust
SOCI 384 Sociology of Religion
Sacred Texts 3 credits
RELI 401-402
RELI 404-406
RELI 409-410
RELI 496A-496B

Minor in Religious Studies: 18 Credits

Lower Division Courses
One of the following Scripture/Sacred Texts courses 3 credits
RELI 105 Old and New Testament
RELI 110 The Hebrew Bible
RELI 111 Feminist Interpretations of the Hebrew Bible
RELI 112 Ecojustice and the Hebrew Bible
RELI 120 The New Testament
RELI 124 Gospels: The Life and Teachings of Jesus
One of the following Christianity/Catholic Traditions courses> 3 credits
RELI 200 Religion and Human Experience
RELI 210 Christian Doctrine
RELI 211 Feminist Christian Doctrine
RELI 212 Spirituality of Apostle Paul
RELI 215 Christian Diversity
RELI 220 Catholicism
RELI 221 African Catholicism
RELI 225 African American Religions
RELI 230 Contemporary Church
RELI 231 Women and Contemporary Church
RELI 240 Special Topics
RELI 250 American Christianities
RELI 270 Theology in Global Contexts
Upper Division Courses
One of the following World/Comparative Religions courses 3 credits
RELI 351 Religions of Asia
RELI 352 Judaism
RELI 353 Buddhism
RELI 354 Islamic Civilization
RELI 355 Hinduism
RELI 403 Greek Gods and Heroes
RELI 356 Native American Religions
RELI Electives 9 credits
* for Religious Studies majors and minors ONLY: Advanced courses (400 level) in the areas of scripture, history/theology, and Christian morality MAY be substituted for this requirement. Approval from the Department Chair is Required.
Lower Division
RELI 1000 Continuing Education
.00- 12.00 credits
RELI 105 Old and New Testament
3.00 credits
A study of both Old and New Testament as the scriptures of Christianity.
RELI 105H Old and New Testament
3.00 credits
A study of both Old and New Testament as the scriptures of Christianity.
Prerequisite:
HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 110 The Hebrew Bible
3.00 credits
Examines the historical, literary and contemporary worlds of the Hebrew Bible.
RELI 110H HonorsThe Hebrew Bible
3.00 credits
For Honors students. See RELI 110 for course description.
Prerequisite:
HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 111 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.
Equivalent:
WGST 251 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 112 Ecojustice & the Hebrew Bible
3.00 credits
Examines the Hebrew Bible in terms of its literary, historical, and cultural dimensions with special attention to the role Earth and all creation plays in the biblical materials.
Equivalent:
ENVS 140 - OK if taken between Fall 2007 and Summer 2 2009
ENVS 160 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 120 The 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.
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 124 Gospels:Life/Teachingsof 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.
RELI 124H Gospels:Life/Tch of Jesus Hon
3.00 credits
For Honors Students. See RELI 124 for course description.
Prerequisite:
HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 190 Directed Study
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 193H FYS: Honors
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.
Prerequisite:
HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 200 Religion and Human Experience
3.00 credits
An exploration of some of the basic experiences, concepts, and challenges involved in being religious.
RELI 205 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.
RELI 205H 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.
Prerequisite:
HONS 190H Minimum Grade: D
RELI 210 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.
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 212 Sprituality 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. In this sense, Paul's spirituality offers a window into the ways in which first century Christians navigated the often complex process of translating their faith convictions into patterns of behavior.
RELI 215 Christian Diversity
3.00 credits
An introduction to the history, beliefs, and practices of selected denominations within Christianity such as Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, Reform, Anabaptist, and others. Students will also examine the impact of culturally diverse expressions of Christianity within a North American context, e.g. African American and Hispanic.
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 220 Catholicism
3.00 credits
Exploration of the identity of the Roman Catholic tradition with emphasis on Catholicism's dialogue with the contemporary world.
RELI 220H Honors Catholicism
3.00 credits
For Honors students only. See RELI 220 for course description.
Prerequisite:
HONS 190 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 221 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.
RELI 225 African American Religions
3.00 credits
This course introduces you 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.
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 and Contemporary Church
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 240 Seminar: Special Topics
3.00 credits
Topic to be determined by instructor.
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 250 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.
RELI 270 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.
RELI 290 Directed Study
1.00- 6.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
Upper Division
RELI 305 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.
RELI 310 Bible &ContempChristian Ethics
3.00 credits
Moral and ethical dilemmas confront every society. Biblical texts address multiple moral and ethical issues, often framing such issues as questions of justice or injustice. This course explores four contemporary ethical issues by placing personal narratives into mutually critical dialogue with biblical texts. We will analyze the interplay between the treatment of ethics in biblical texts and contemporary experiences of justice/injustice. This course focuses upon four contemporary issues: wealth/poverty; wary/violence/peace; nationalism/patriotism; and gender/sexuality.
Equivalent:
WGST 357 - OK if taken since Fall 2011
RELI 311 Bible and Film in Dialogue
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?
RELI 330 Princ of Christian Morality
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?
RELI 331 Christian Sexual Morality
3.00 credits
A Christian perspective on the ethical dimensions of human sexuality and issues of gender.
RELI 332 Christian Marriage
3.00 credits
Christian and Catholic teachings on marriage and family life in light of contemporary challenges.
RELI 333 Christian Medical Ethics
3.00 credits
How should Christians judge and respond to the technologies and dilemmas of modern medicine? What Christian principles should guide our medical and health care decisions and policies?
RELI 334 Healing & Wholeness
3.00 credits
A Christ-centered model and method for healing, transforming, transcending physical challenges, psychological wounds, addictive, tendencies and for ongoing transfiguration of the whole person.
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 between Fall 2015 and Fall 2019
RELI 335A Christianity & Human Rights
3.00 credits
This course focuses on human rights in order to address the general issue of how religion and politics might honestly mix. Can Christian thought contribute to grounding a critical cross-cultural conversation? Issues include the use and abuse of religious traditions, conflicts between human rights and religion, the notion of universal human rights, the Asian values debate, human rights in contemporary American society, human rights in the church, globalization, unity and diversity, relativism, Christian resources and the formulation of a political theology.
RELI 336 Christian Ethics of 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.
RELI 337 Vietnam:War-Christian 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.
RELI 343 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.
Equivalent:
SOSJ 361 - OK if taken between Fall 2015 and Fall 2019
RELI 350 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.
Equivalent:
INST 304 - OK if taken since Spring 2016
SOSJ 365 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
RELI 351 Religions of Asia
3.00 credits
The diverse non-Western religious beliefs and practices and various religious perspectives regarding world brotherhood and sisterhood. Includes an introduction to the religions of the world.
Equivalent:
INST 330 - OK if taken since Fall 1996
RELI 352 Judaism
3.00 credits
Judaism as a living religion and a diverse religio-cultural phenomenon; Judaism's history and a survey of contemporary Jewish religious practices.
RELI 353 Buddhism
3.00 credits
Surveys Buddhism as an Asian spirituality and world religion with a focus on skillful reading of primary source materials. We will examine the Buddha's life, teachings, diagnosis of the human condition and path toward a wakening, the expansion and development of those teachings in Buddhist communities and apply Buddhist thought to moral issues in contemporary experience ('Socially Engaged Buddhism').
Equivalent:
INST 333 - OK if taken since Fall 1999
RELI 354 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.
Equivalent:
HIST 348 - OK if taken between Fall 2007 and Fall 2019
INST 368 - OK if taken since Fall 2007
RELI 355 Hinduism
3.00 credits
Introduction to the foundations and milestones of Hinduism and the importance of Hindu mythology in shaping Indian culture and rituals.
RELI 356 Native American Religions
3.00 credits
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 360 Liturgy
3.00 credits
A general survey of liturgy; the roots and contemporary manifestations of celebration, ritual, and symbol.
RELI 361 Wrshp in West Christianity
3.00 credits
The historical evolution of worship in western Christianity to the twentieth century and how it has been understood theologically; contemporary Catholic and Protestant traditions of worship.
RELI 370 Christian Spirituality
3.00 credits
The sources, nature, and forms of Christian spirituality historically and within the contemporary context.
RELI 371 Women and Christ Spirituality
3.00 credits
An exploration of the themes, questions, and foundations of Christian spirituality with special focus on the experience of women.
Equivalent:
WGST 356 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 381 Ignatian Spirituality
3.00 credits
The personal spirituality and legacy of St. Ignatius Loyola.
RELI 385 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.
Equivalent:
WGST 355 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 390 Applied Theology:Special Topic
3.00- 4.00 credits
RELI 391 Directed Study
1.00- 6.00 credits
Topic to be decided by faculty.
RELI 399 Junior Seminar
3.00 credits
As preparation for the 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. Fall.
RELI 401 Pentateuch
3.00 credits
An historical-critical and theological study of the documents which constituted Israel's understanding of covenant with God.
RELI 402 Genesis
3.00 credits
The focus of this course is two-fold: 1) to engage in a detailed literary and historical critical analysis of these stories, and 2) to examine how these stories continue to be discussed and debated in the twenty-first century. Some topics for consideration will be: 1) science and Genesis (Evolution, Genetic Engineering), 2) race and Genesis, 3) gender and Genesis, 4) Jewish/Christian/Muslim relations and Genesis.
RELI 403 Greek Gods and Heroes
3.00 credits
A study of Greek mythology that uses texts (in translation), architecture and archaeology to explore the most important characters and stories of Greek mythology that have become part of the art, literature and imagination of western civilization. This course gives students insight into approaches toward the understanding of myth, especially classical myth that are helpful for their own studies and interests.
Equivalent:
CLAS 310 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 404 Psalms Literature
3.00 credits
An examination of Israel’s Psalms that explores their poetic and theological elements, their history of interpretation in Judaism and Christianity, and their use in contemporary worship.
RELI 405 Wisdom Literature
3.00 credits
A study of the literary, theological, and historical dimensions of the books of Proverbs, Job Ecclesiastes, Sirach, and the Wisdom of Solomon and their place in the development of Hebrew thought.
RELI 406 Prophets of Israel
3.00 credits
A survey of prophecy in ancient Israel that focuses on the nature of prophecy, the role and message of the prophets, and the parameters of contemporary prophetic ministry.
RELI 408 Women and the Bible
3.00 credits
Examines women's depiction in Old Testament narratives, ancient Israel's patriarchal culture, and the Old Testaments role in supporting modern women's full humanity. Engages feminist hermeneutics and scholarship.
Equivalent:
WGST 455 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 409 Dead Sea Scrolls
3.00 credits
Surveys the history of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the contents of the Scrolls, and the archeology of the Qumran community. Explores the relationship between the Scrolls and early Judaism, the development of the Old Testament, and the development of early Christianity. Asks what the scrolls can reveal about our own understanding of God, Jesus, and Christian Faith.
RELI 410 Hebrew Scriptures:Spec Topics
3.00 credits
RELI 411 Synoptic Gospel
3.00 credits
Matthew, Mark, and Luke in their interrelationship and their independent development.
RELI 412 Johannine Literature
3.00 credits
The Gospel of John and the Johannine letters.
RELI 413 Paul: Apostle & Letter Writer
3.00 credits
Paul’s life and theology as reflected in his letters.
RELI 414 Revelation & General Epistles
3.00 credits
How to interpret the Book of Revelation and the Epistles of James, Hebrews, Jude, and 1st and 2nd Peter.
RELI 417 Christians, Romans & Jews
3.00 credits
Origin, character, and development of Christianity in first-century Rome as revealed in the New Testament.
RELI 418 Apocalyptic Literature
3.00 credits
How to interpret the various books of apocalyptic literature in the Old and New Testaments.
RELI 419 New Testament: Special Topics
3.00 credits
RELI 420 Contemp Trends in Theology
3.00 credits
A selective engagement of current themes and authors who are setting the course for theology in the 21st century.
RELI 421 Trinity, Creation, Eschatology
3.00 credits
The manifestation of God's purposes for human existence and the Christian's relationship with the Triune God.
RELI 422 Christology
3.00 credits
The key movements in Christology today in the light of scriptural and conciliar teachings on Christ.
RELI 424 Suffering God
3.00 credits
Can we really honor the reality of God and the concrete fact of human suffering at the same time? What is the relationship between suffering and God? The course investigates this ambiguous but classic religious experience as articulated in political and liberation theologies.
RELI 425 Political Theology
3.00 credits
The critical relationship of religious and political values as foundational; memory, narrative, and solidarity as theological categories. Special emphasis on the work of Johann Baptist Metz with some attention to J. Moltmann and D. Soelle.
RELI 426 Glblztn, Rel & Human Rights
3.00 credits
An introduction to the notion of universal human rights with special attention to the role of religion in the debate. The contribution of recent Christian theology to this conversation. Issues include the clash of cultures, cultural relativity and universal truths, the possibility of a global ethic, the use and abuse of religious language, and theological contributions to international political dialogue.
RELI 429 Systematic Theology:Spec Topic
3.00 credits
RELI 430 Theological Ethics
3.00 credits
How does theological ethics inform a Christian understanding of our practical moral life? This course will examine the fundamental concepts of Christian theological ethics and study their application to specific ethical issues and problems.
RELI 431 Christian Sexual Morality
3.00 credits
Fundamental Christian moral principles and their application to the expression of human sexuality and issues of gender.
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 435 Church and Social Justice
3.00 credits
The issues of justice from a Church perspective as they affect society locally, nationally, and internationally.
RELI 437 The Ethics of Nonviolence
3.00 credits
An examination, through the writings of Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., of the sources, presuppositions, and goals of nonviolence as both a personal ethic and a movement for social change.
Equivalent:
SOSJ 440 - OK if taken since Fall 2015
RELI 438 Death and Dying
3.00 credits
Study of the ethical issues that death and dying raise for human existence. Topics include definitions of death, truth-telling, termination of treatment, God and death, and war and death.
RELI 439 Ethics: Special Topics
3.00 credits
RELI 440 Ecclesiology
3.00 credits
Study of the Church's ecumenical self-understanding of its nature and function in the contemporary world as reflected in official documents and theological writings.
RELI 443 The Early Church
3.00 credits
An examination of the central social, theological and institutional developments in the church from its origin to the fourth century. Emphasis is placed 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.
RELI 444 Women in Ministry
3.00 credits
Women's participation in the Church's mission as expressed in scripture, history, tradition, and the contemporary life of the Church. Special emphasis on the development of skills which will enable a positive contribution to the issues.
RELI 445 Church Hist to the Reformation
3.00 credits
The historical origins of Christianity and its development to the Reformation.
RELI 446 The Reformation
3.00 credits
The figures, ideas, and events that produced the religious challenge to medieval Christendom in the sixteenth century.
RELI 447 American Religious History
3.00 credits
The role of religion in the development of American culture from the colonial period to the present.
RELI 448 Church History: Special Topics
3.00 credits
RELI 449 Ecclesiology: Special Topics
3.00 credits
RELI 450 Theology of Ministry
3.00 credits
Theological foundations for ministry in the church including historical roots and contemporary experience. Attention will be given to both the theory and practice of ministry. Skills of theological reflection will provide the method if inquiry and direction for collaborative pastoral response.
RELI 451 Pastoral Counseling
3.00 credits
Foundations of theological models, methodology, and practice crucial to pastoral counseling. Special attention to counseling theory and related pastoral issues with emphasis on theological reflection and evaluative methods.
RELI 452 Spiritual Direction
3.00 credits
A holistic approach to the history, theological, and psychological foundations and methods of spiritual direction. Personality types and prayer forms are also studied within the context of the director-directee relationship.
RELI 453 Prog & Admin in Ministry
3.00 credits
Practical skills in church administration and collaborative ministerial leadership: skills for developing and administering ministry programs.
RELI 455 Sharing Faith
3.00 credits
This course proposes foundations for a participatory and empowering approach to religious education and pastoral ministry. The curriculum is focused around five generative themes: the who, what, why, where, and how of Christian religious education. Within these themes the course examines particular topics and correlates with other issues in ministry.
RELI 457 Supervised Ministry
1.00- 4.00 credits
Ministerial experience under supervision and assistance in theological reflection. Permission from department required.
RELI 458 Practicum
3.00 credits
Field based experience involving demonstrated competence in ministry.
Prerequisite:
RELI 450 Minimum Grade: D
RELI 459 Ministry: Special Topics
3.00 credits
RELI 460 Community Outreach
3.00 credits
A course on volunteer work with both classroom and volunteer fieldwork components.
RELI 461 Sacraments
3.00 credits
Theological study of the scriptural, doctrinal, and systematic presentation of sacramental life and worship.
RELI 463 Sacraments of Initiation
3.00 credits
Christians are made, not born; a study of how this has been and is done sacramentally through baptism, confirmation, and the Eucharist.
RELI 465 Eucharist
3.00 credits
Study of its Jewish origins, New Testament foundations and Catholic theology, including real presence, sacrifice, and ministry. The Eucharist as prayer and the Eucharist in ecumenical perspective.
RELI 469 Liturgy-Sacraments:Spec Topics
3.00 credits
RELI 471 New Testament Spirituality
3.00 credits
The nature of biblical spirituality and a consideration of the spiritual teachings of the gospel writers.
RELI 472 Christian Spiritual Traditions
3.00 credits
A study of themes, issues, and selected classic texts in the history of Christian spirituality.
RELI 473 Contemp Christian Spirituality
3.00 credits
A contemporary exploration of human relationships: self, community, world, and God through the lens of Christian spirituality.
RELI 474 Understanding Christian Mystic
3.00 credits
The lives of Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross; their works and relevance for today.
RELI 475 Spirituality & Social Justice
3.00 credits
Explores the interconnectedness of the Christian experience of God and the commitment to justice in society; the dialectic of the mystical and prophetic dimensions of Christian existence.
RELI 476 Prayer and Discernment
3.00 credits
Practical spiritual and personal development: contemplative prayer, discernment, spiritual direction, healing ministry.
RELI 479 Spirituality: Special Topics
3.00 credits
RELI 480 Spirituality and Ministry
3.00 credits
An exploration of spirituality as formative and foundational to contemporary ministry.
RELI 482 Spirituality &Adult Life Cycle
3.00 credits
The dynamics of Christian growth in connection with contemporary life-cycle research.
RELI 485 Feminism and Christianity
3.00 credits
An investigation and critique of the dialogue between feminist theory and Christian theology. Specific issues and persons are selected for consideration.
RELI 486 Women and Spiritual Journey
3.00 credits
An exploration of the impact of the women's movement on the understanding and experience of spirituality. Issues include God-imagery, scriptural approaches, expressions of prayer and ritual.
Equivalent:
WGST 457 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 490 Directed Readings
1.00- 6.00 credits
Permission from Department required.
RELI 491 God and Philosophy
3.00 credits
Philosophical views about God and our knowledge of God.
Equivalent:
PHIL 466 - OK if taken since Fall 1996
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 495 Religion Theology and Science
3.00 credits
A survey of various theological mediations of science, society, and religion. What challenges and opportunities does contemporary science offer to contemporary Christianity? How might one speak of Christian belief, scientific method, and religious experience in the modern world?
RELI 496A Classical Hebrew I
3.00 credits
RELI 496B Classical Hebrew II
3.00 credits
RELI 497 Internship
.00- 6.00 credits
Provides undergraduate majors and minors in Religious Studies with valuable professional experience in non-profit, faith based, ecclesial, or governmental organizations, while creating opportunity to explore potential career paths.
RELI 497A Elementary Biblical Greek I
4.00 credits
A beginner's course in New Testament Greek: grammar, composition, and easy prose selections. Fall, alternate years.
Equivalent:
GREK 151 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 497B Elementary Biblical Greek II
4.00 credits
Continuation of RELI 497A and more advanced grammar, composition and readings. Spring, alternate years.
Prerequisite:
RELI 497A Minimum Grade: D or GREK 151 Minimum Grade: D
Equivalent:
GREK 152 - OK if taken since Fall 2009
RELI 498 Practicum
3.00 credits
RELI 499 Senior Seminar
1.00- 3.00 credits
Taken in the Spring semester of the senior year this course will examine contemporary topics in Theological Ethics. Students will analyze the theological and ethical dimensions of the topic. The class is conducted in a seminar discussion format and will culminate in a major research paper. Required of all Religious Studies majors.
 

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.