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Religious & Theological Studies

Learn about the Major

Learning Goals for the Religious and Theological Studies Major

Students who successfully complete a major in Religious and Theological studies will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of central terms, ideas and issues; major theories; and historical, social, and cultural contexts that have influenced and are influenced by religion and religions
  • demonstrate writing and research skills including description, analysis and argumentation, ability to locate relevant information, and familiarity and usage of reference sources and styles
  • demonstrate understanding of material through integrating theory with evidence and using proper methodology
  • demonstrate understanding of the moral dimension of human life through ethical, critical and  personal reflection

Two Tracks for Majors

For students who wish to major in religious and theological studies, there are two tracks that you can choose - one with an emphasis in religious studies and the other with an emphasis in theological studies. Each program consists of ten courses. Satisfying the requirements for the major in Religious and Theological Studies includes completing a minimum of 38 credits in the major.

Majors and RTS minors may take one course from an approved list of courses outside the department to complete their RTS requirements.  

For the emphasis in religious studies:

For the emphasis in theological studies:

Major GPA

The GPA for the religious and theological studies major will be calculated by taking the average of courses designated RTS.


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Two tracks for Majors

  • Religious Studies
  • Theological Studies