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Core Curriculum in Liberal Studies Course Categories

All students at Merrimack College entering as of fall 2012 are required to fulfill the Liberal Studies Core Religious and Theological Studies requirement (RTS 1100). Many religious and theological studies courses fulfill core requirements such as Arts and Literature (AL), Ethics (E), Cultural Diversity (D), Experiential Learning (X), and Historical Studies (H). General Education Course Categories

Arts and Literature Ethics Cultural Diversity Experiential Learning Historical Studies
RTS 2200 Introduction to Hebrew Scripture RTS 2800 Social Ethics: Christian Perspectives RTS 2000 Hinduism RTS 2425 Pellegrinaggio in Italia: In Search of Augustinian Community RTS 2450 History of Christian Thought
RTS 2300 Introduction to the New Testament RTS 2900 Holocaust: Theology, Reality and Aftermath RTS 2010 Buddhism RTS 2650 Spirituality of Running RTS 3400 American Catholicism
RTS 3350 Reading Scripture after the Holocaust RTS 2950 Ethics in the Abrahamic Tradition RTS 2100 Judaism RTS 2800 Social Ethics: Christian Perspectives  
  RTS 3710 Theology through Women’s Eyes RTS 2150 Islam RTS 3030 Humans, Earth, & the Sacred: Religion & the Environment  
  RTS 3800 Ethical Witnesses: Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton RTS 2800 Social Ethics: Christian Perspectives RTS 3100 Contemplation & Compassion: A Course in Meditation Practice  
  RTS 3850 War & Peace: Religious Perspectives RTS 2900 Holocaust: Theology, Reality and Aftermath RTS 4850 Internship in Religious and Theological Studies  
    RTS 3000 Buddhism & Islam: Body & Belief    
    RTS 3030 Humans, Earth, & the Sacred: Religion & the Environment    
    RTS 3210 Gender and the Bible    
    RTS 3350 Reading Scripture after the Holocaust        
    RTS 3425 Augustine and Algeria: A Study-Travel Course    
    RTS 3710 Theology through Women’s Eyes    
    RTS 3750 Jews and Christians: Conflicts and Reconciliations    

                       

Departmental Course Categories

Introductory Course Biblical Studies Christian History Religion, Society & Ethics Systematic Theology World Religions
RTS 1100 Christianity in Context RTS 2200 Introduction to Hebrew Scripture RTS 2400 St. Augustine: His Life and Thought RTS 2650 Spirituality of Running RTS 2650 Spirituality of Running RTS 2000 Hinduism
  RTS 2300 Introduction to the New Testament RTS 2425 Pellegrinaggio in Italia: In Search of Augustinian Community RTS 2700 Science and Religion RTS 2700 Science and Religion RTS 2010 Buddhism
  RTS 3200 God in the Hebrew Bible RTS 2450 History of Christian Thought RTS 2800 Social Ethics: Christian Perspectives RTS 2810 Marriage and Family RTS 2100 Judaism
  RTS 3210 Gender and the Bible RTS 3400 American Catholicism RTS 2810 Marriage and Family RTS 3600 The Roman Catholic Church RTS 2150 Islam
  RTS 3350 Reading Scripture after the Holocaust RTS 3425 Augustine and Algeria: A Study-Travel Course RTS 2900 Holocaust: Theology, Reality, Aftermath RTS 3610 Sacramental Theology RTS 2950 Ethics in the Abrahamic Tradition
    RTS 3600 The Roman Catholic Church RTS 2950 Ethics in the Abrahamic Tradition RTS 3620 Theology of the Virgin Mary RTS 3000 Buddhism & Islam: Body & Belief
    RTS 3750 Jews and Christians: Conflicts and Reconciliations RTS3030 Humans, Earth, & the Sacred: Religion & the Environment RTS 3650 Death and Dying in History, Religion, and Society RTS 3030 Humans, Earth, & the Sacred: Religion & the Environment
    RTS 3760 Theology & History of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations RTS 3050 Religion and Popular Culture RTS 3710 Theology through Women’s Eyes RTS 3100 Contemplation & Compassion: A Course in Meditation Practice
    RTS 3800 Ethical Witnesses: Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton RTS 3100 Contemplation & Compassion: A Course in Meditation Practice RTS 3750 Jews and Christians: Conflicts and Reconciliations RTS 3850 War & Peace: Religious Perspectives
    RTS 4400 St. Augustine Seminar RTS 3350 Reading Scripture after the Holocaust RTS 3760 Theology & History of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations  
      RTS 3425 Augustine and Algeria: A Study-Travel Course RTS 3780 Evolution and Creation  
      RTS 3710 Theology through Women’s Eyes    
      RTS 3780 Evolution and Creation    
      RTS 3850 War & Peace: Religious Perspectives    
      RTS 3900 Women’s Voices in the Holocaust    

                       

Course Descriptions in Numerical Order

All students at Merrimack College entering as of fall 2012 are required to fulfill the Liberal Studies Core Religious and Theological Studies requirement (RTS1100). Many religious and theological studies courses fulfill core requirements such as Arts and Literature (AL), Ethics (E), Cultural Diversity (D), Experiential Learning (X), and Historical Studies (H).

                       

RTS1100 Christianity in Context

As an introduction to Christianity, this course will investigate a number of the “contexts” in which it began, in which it developed, and in which we find it today. Students will study Christianity in the historical contexts within the ancient world and of ancient Judaism, in the literary contexts of the Christian Bible and its interpretation, in the intellectual context of church history, and in contemporary global contexts. In keeping with the College’s Augustinian identity, mission, and vision, this course will also highlight the contributions of St. Augustine. Satisfies the first institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills RTS in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                       

RTS 2000 Hinduism

An introductory study of Hinduism that examines cultural, historical, moral, and symbolic aspects of Hinduism, including the origins of Hindu culture, iconography, ritual and the gods and goddesses of the Hindu pantheon. Uses primary and secondary sources as well as fiction and videos. Analyzes excerpts from Rig-Veda, the Upanishads and The Bhagavad Gita as well as a complete abridged version of the Ramayana. Fiction explores questions regarding Hindu culture before and during the Hindu diaspora, bringing in issues of contemporary Hinduism, inside and outside of India. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills D in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 2010 Buddhism

An introductory study of the religious tradition as it developed in India and spread throughout Asia. The course concentrates on Theravada, Zen, and Vajrayana (Tibetan) forms of Buddhism, using examination of text, ritual, and images to understand the diversity of the Buddhist world. Studies varieties of practice, monastic as well as popular, cultural influences on Buddhism, and contemporary political and social issues such as women in Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhists in exile. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills D in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 2100 Judaism

This course will examine how early themes in Judaism affected modern Judaism and how relations with other faith groups have influenced Judaism. In addition, there will be a discussion of some of the modern challenges facing Judaism and an exploration of certain aspects of the modern world that could affect the survival of the Jewish people. Finally, given the rapidly changing landscape of world religions and their influence on world politics, students will be asked to compare the teachings of Judaism with those of the two other Abrahamic faiths, Christianity and Islam. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills D in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 2150 Islam

An introductory study of Islam, a complex religious tradition founded by Mohammed and drawing adherents from all over the world. Studies the historical movement and the charismatic impact of the founder of Islam, ritual practices, theological issues expressed in the Holy Qur ’an and supplemented by Hadith literature, the personal and communal life of the people, and the mystical sects such as the Sufis. Modern Islamic movements and trends studied to bring traditional Islam into a modern perspective. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills D in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 2200 Introduction to Hebrew Scripture

This course introduces students to the Hebrew Scriptures as history, story, and literature. The importance of this literature for religious communities (Jews, Christians and Muslims) as well as its influence on the Western literary imagination (from Shakespeare to Tolstoy to Faulkner) is difficult to overemphasize. The approach to study in this class is informed by historical critical methods of scholarship; in addition other academic approaches will be welcomed, such as literary criticism, feminist criticism, liberation theology, socio-historical approaches, etc., especially when raised by students in the class. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills AL in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 2300 Introduction to the New Testament

This course is a critical, historical, and literary study of the collection of Christian writings known as the New Testament. Attention will be given not only to the literary forms of the New Testament documents, but also their composition and religious significance, as well as the inspiration this collection of documents has provided for writers and artists of many ages. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills AL in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 2400 St. Augustine: His Life and Thought

This is a study of the influence of St. Augustine of Hippo on Christianity and Western civilization. His life, times, and writings are studied with the goal of understanding his main theological ideas on grace, original sin, conversion, knowledge of God, the Trinity, faith in Christ, church, pedagogy, and politics. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 2425 Pellegrinaggio in Italia: In Search of Augustinian Community

This course is an in-depth study of St. Augustine of Hippo as well as an exploration of the origin of the Augustinians, the Religious Order which bears his name. After seven monthly preparatory seminars, students journey to Augustinian Italy to examine, first hand, sites of importance in Augustine’s life and in the origin and early history of the Augustinian friars. This experience provides active, engaged learning and dialogue among a community of friends, and offers a number of inter-disciplinary opportunities. The course will enhance the student’s search for the wisdom that can result from a deeper understanding of self, others and God, the search which captivated the life of Augustine. The monthly seminars are held from Sept. to March and the journey takes place during Spring Break. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills X in LS Core.

                        

RTS 2450 History of Christian Thought

An investigation of selected themes in the history of Christian thought and doctrine from the biblical period through the Middle Ages to the present time. Emphasis will be laid on how Christian thinkers, reacting to outside influences, developed doctrine from biblical and other sources. Discussion will include central doctrines such as the Trinity, Christ, sin and grace, etc. Attention given to the way the Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox traditions reacted to the changing cultural situation, such as the Enlightenment and the rise of modern science. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills H in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 2650 Spirituality of Running

This course investigates ways in which running, perhaps the oldest of sports, has been understood as a spiritual experience throughout history. Students will examine the nature of spirituality in a variety of religions and cultures and look at how this spiritual side of sports – especially running – is expressed in literature and film. Finally, students are encouraged to explore their own experience of running to see how this can assist them in becoming more authentic persons and how running can enhance their experience of the world around them, and of God. Prerequisites: the prospective student must be involved in a running sport or demonstrate that he/she is a serious runner, and obtain permission of instructor. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills X in LS Core.Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 2700 Science and Religion

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to some of the main ways in which people have interpreted the interaction of science and religion, to help them understand some of the basic contours of the history of science and scientific method, and to give them an intellectual context in which they can explore ways of integrating science with a religious world-view. This will include discussion of topics such as scientific cosmology and the Bible, miracles and natural laws, as well as the pressing problems relating to ethics and the most current advances in science and technology – specifically in the area of healthcare ethics. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 2800 Social Ethics: Christian Perspectives

An examination of the Christian sources and methodologies used for addressing social, political and economic issues (e.g. peace, war, violence, economic justice, environmental justice, criminal justice, political justice, racism, sexism, homophobia and social justice). In particular, emphasis will be placed on the ethics of the Hebrew and Christian scriptures; Catholic social thought and how other religious traditions approach various issues of social justice. Students will be encouraged to explore the intersection of ethical theory and real-life issues of social injustice. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills E, D and X in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 2810 Marriage and Family

This course explores Christian understandings of marriage and family. Topics covered may include: the history of marriage, love, marriage as covenant, marriage as sacrament, marriage and family as vocation. Students will also examine ethical issues arising from married and family life such as sexuality, reproductive choices, parenting, gender roles, divorce and remarriage, same-sex marriage, as well as family management and decision-making. The course will include biblical, traditional and contemporary perspectives. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 2900 Holocaust: Theology, Reality and Aftermath

The course will identify the components of the Holocaust as well as those of any genocide paying particular attention to the historical development of anti-Semitism, especially within the Christian and Western contexts. Special attention will be given (as per the directive of the Holy See in implementing “We Remember”) to the examination of Christian and Western actions and attitudes during the Holocaust to try to determine how cognitive, moral and faith development operated when propaganda attempted to manipulate them for evil. Lastly, it will examine how we remember the lives of those lost and the lessons of the event. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills E and D in LS Core. Three hours a week.                         

 

RTS 2950 Ethics in the Abrahamic Tradition

This course is an introduction to how the Abrahamic religious traditions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) approach ethics both in theory and in practice. The course explores 1) the sources and methods of ethical reflection in each tradition including sacred texts and their interpretation, history, concepts of law, religious authority, role of conscience, role of reason and ethical principles (love, common good, freedom, etc.) and 2) a host of contemporary dilemmas currently under debate in these traditions (e.g. abortion, capital punishment, war and peace, biomedical ethics, sexual ethics). Attention will be paid to the consistencies and inconsistence within and between the “people of the book.” Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills E in LS Core. Three hours a week.                         

 

RTS 2990 Special Topics in Religious Studies

This course will offer a focused study of selected topics of interest in Religious Studies. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3000 Buddhism & Islam: Body & Belief

This course is a comparative study of Buddhism and Islam, including origins, historical and geographical development, scriptures, and doctrine with a focus on religious restrictions and prescriptions relating of food, clothing, sex, gender roles and ritual practices, exploring similarities and differences and their implications. Similarities point to the universal nature of human needs and drives; differences stem from variations in religious worldviews (conception of body and soul, relationship between humans and the divine. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills D in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3030 Humans, Earth, & the Sacred: Religion & the Environment

This course surveys different religious traditions and their understandings of nature and human relations to other humans, animals, environment, and cosmos. In each case we will be looking at how those belief systems, or worldviews, result in particular attitudes that affect the environment and other humans by influencing human actions in relation to nature, and in turn how those actions (and thus the worldviews) affect humans, animals, plants, earth, and space, often in unintended ways, such as the way that those on the bottom of the socio-economic ladder suffer greater hardship and heath issues such as exposure to pollution or toxins, environmental illnesses, and poorer food sources. Attention will be paid to power structures inherent in religious ways of understanding the roles of humans in relation to nature. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills D and X in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3050 Religion and Popular Culture

This course examines religion in the United States—its definition, history, motivations and expressions—especially focusing on the relationship between religion and popular culture. In all cultures and throughout history people have practiced religion in other forms than those officially sanctioned; these are the focus of this course. Topics may include religious camps, religion and commerce, religion and leisure, religion and the media, miracle sightings, secularization, music, online religious practices (pilgrimage, e.g.), religious toys, religious apps, etc. We will explore religion as a living, changing phenomenon that people make their own to satisfy psychological and social needs, a phenomenon that makes use of available technologies and social changes. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3100 Contemplation & Compassion: A Course in Meditation Practice

This is a course in which participants practice meditating. It also entails some study and conversation about meditating its relationship to prayer, to religion, to ideas about God, to what may be disclosed about human beings by the act of meditating, the relationship of meditativeness (contemplativeness) to compassion and some comparative perspectives on the contemplative stream in some world religions. Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills X in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3200 God in the Hebrew Bible

The course examines representations of the divine in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament as developed in current scholarly debates. The investigation focuses on selected biblical passages within their literary, historical, and cultural contexts. The course also introduces students to the hermeneutical complexities of reading texts that are regarded “sacred” in Judaism and Christianity but often stand in sharp contrast to doctrinal teachings about the divine. Discussions about the appropriations of these texts in contemporary religious, political, and academic discourses feature prominently. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3210 Gender and the Bible

The course investigates the Bible as a “gendered” text of Christian and Jewish religious history and practice. It introduces students to the pertinent gender theories, primary texts, and scholarly discussions. The course also helps students to develop an understanding about the lasting influences of the Bible on past and present formations of gender as practiced in Western culture, politics, and religion. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills D in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3350 Reading Scripture after the Holocaust

This course will explore how the Christian Scriptures are read and how that reading impacts Christian attitudes toward Jews and Judaism. Setting the stage by acknowledging the role of the Holocaust in the reexamination of Jewish-Christian relations, the course first explores a fundamental text in both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, the Book of Exodus, and then delves into texts of the Christian Testament, mindful of the Jewish historical roots and the frequent Anti-Jewish polemic found within those texts. The task of the course is to examine how a mature Christianity can approach its own Scriptures and deal with issues of supercessionism, covenant, election, Christology and defamatory polemic and still remain faithful to its own convictions. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills AL and D in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3400 American Catholicism

The Catholic experience in the American environment from colonial times to the present. Analysis of the theological, cultural, social and political influences which have affected Catholicism. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills H in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3425 Augustine and Algeria: A Study-Travel Course

This course will provide a first-hand experience of the complexity of interreligious understanding, tolerance, co-existence and harmony. Study will include an exploration of the ways in which religious belief and theological debate have influenced history, culture, and politics of the modern nation of Algeria. The course will explore the introduction of Christianity into North Africa, the cultural and religious milieu that was the background for the theological works of St. Augustine, the invasion by the Vandals, the introduction of Islam in the 7th and 8th centuries, the tension between Christianity and Islam during its colonization by France, the role of Islam in its war of independence and the ongoing political and religious tension as Algeria has struggled to build a modern democratic nation. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills D in LS Core.

                        

RTS 3600 The Roman Catholic Church

A systematic and interpretative study of the Church which explores the biblical and historical foundations of it nature, mystery and mission. An examination of the ways in which the Roman Catholic Church is affected by the structure and dynamics of society. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3610 Sacramental Theology

This course explores sacraments through examination of anthropological, theological perspectives. The human phenomena of word, symbol, ritual, myth and the theological perspective of God’s call and humanity’s response form the basis of investigation, providing rationale of why growth in spiritual life is inherent to personal joy and freedom. The study of historical origins, which gradually evolved into the contemporary rituals, will enlighten the deeper mystery and meaning of Catholicism’s seven sacraments. In addition, the course explores the ecumenical discussion on “sacrament” and recent studies including Protestant understanding and practice. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3620 Theology of the Virgin Mary

This course explores contemporary thinking on the Blessed Virgin Mary and its implications for interfaith dialogue, liberation, meaning of woman, and spirituality for the Christian. References to Mary in scripture and liturgy are also examined, as well as interdenominational theological approaches including the ecumenical dialogue on Mary, common sources of the first centuries, the Jewish Mary, goddess and mother images in other world religions, human rights and feminism, and a critical analysis of the meaning of apparitions and Marian prayer. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3650 Death and Dying in History, Religion, and Society

This course examines the question “What happens when we die?” in conversation with the many individuals and cultures that have proposed answers to this and related questions. The course will investigate the ways religions and philosophies throughout history define and cope with the fact of death, as well as the scientific and religious study of near-death experiences, hauntings, and claims of communication with the dead. A final section examines treatments of death and the afterlife in popular culture such as literature, cinema, and TV. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3710 Theology through Women’s Eyes

Attentive both to women’s contributions to the Christian tradition and to views of women articulated in the Christian tradition, this course examines the significance of women’s experiences for theological and ethical reflection. It explores the implications of this for theological reflection on such topics as the human person, Christ, the Trinity, the Church and the liturgy as well as for ethical reflection on such topics as family, bioethics and social ethics. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills D and E in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3750 Christians and Jews: Conflicts and Reconciliations

Study and conversation about the relations between Jews and Christians and the theological speech that characterizes these relations through history and into our own times is an occasion for critical assessment of how differences in religion, culture, race and ethnicity lead to antipathy, even violence, in the name of God; and an occasion for appreciative understanding of the intimacy of links between Jews and Christians and of the possibilities for interfaith reverence, understanding and engagement together in works of justice and of peace. This is the work of this course of study. Fulfills D in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3760 Theology & History of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations

This course considers the intertwined theologies and histories of the three “Abrahamic” Faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, with a goal of fostering increased appreciation and understanding for all three traditions. It introduces the three Abrahamic Faiths and highlights some important theological issues that characterize and sometimes divide them, and also examines historical interactions between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3780 Evolution and Creation

This course examines scientific theories of evolution (cosmic and biological) in the light of religious claims about the bible, God, and creation, separating the scientific content of the theories from religious and philosophical biases that often distort the conclusions that can be drawn from them. To that end we will study the historical development of the theories of evolution and examine the scientific and religious reaction to those theories, not only in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but also recent reactions and developments, both scientific and religious. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3800 Ethical Witnesses: Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton

A study and conversation about two of the most influential and exemplary United States Catholics of the 20th century, persons whose influence continues into the 21st century. Day and Merton’s yearning and bumpy search, from youth onward, for authentic living, for something to give themselves over to which would be worthy of their sense of the eminence of their own being, is a model of intentional, decisive living, of striving for something throughout one’s life which is beyond self-absorption and the trivial. The study of the witness of their lives sheds light on, among other things, questions of war and peace, racial harmony, economic justice, the works of mercy, the counter-cultural model of monastic living and the subversive political effects of contemplative practice. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills E in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3850 War & Peace: Religious Perspectives

This course explores war and peace from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives. It engages religious, philosophical, psychological, sociological and historical analyses of the phenomena of war and peace. Students will encounter such concepts as: Holy War (in both Christian and Muslim traditions); Pacifism (in the Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu traditions); and the Just War tradition (as employed by Jews, Christians, Muslims, philosophers and political scientists). The course also explores a variety of particular challenges to war and peace, such as: guerilla war, terrorism, nuclear war, and the use of military force for humanitarian causes. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Fulfills E in LS Core. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 3900 Women’s Voices in the Holocaust

This course first examines the event of the Holocaust and its components, but then turns to the lives and stories of the women who lived in Europe during the Third Reich. Situating their experiences against women’s unique ways of knowing and behaving, the course employs sociological constructs to assist in understanding how women victims, bystanders and perpetrators endured this period of history. It also explores how religious faith was either abandoned or deepened through their experiences and how it aided in many women’s survival. Lastly, it investigates second generation voices of the “daughters of” those victims, bystanders and perpetrators as they try to understand their mother’s voices and lives. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 4400 St. Augustine Seminar

This seminar introduces students to a close reading in English of several of St. Augustine’s primary texts, including his Confessions. Major theological themes that emerge from these texts will also be studied in a seminar format that emphasizes reading, discussion and writing. The contemporary relevance of Augustinian spirituality and theology, as well as the influence of the Order of St. Augustine throughout Christian history will also be explored. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 4800 Directed Study

In lieu of a formal course, qualified upper-class students may substitute an intensive program of reading under the direction of a member of the department. Normally, a student must possess a cumulative quality point average of not less than 3.00 and have completed three courses in religion and theological studies offered in traditional format. Satisfies the second institutional requirement in religious and theological studies. Three hours a week.

                        

RTS 4850 Internship in Religious and Theological Studies

The Internship in Ministry and Religious Education (MRE) is a semester-long opportunity for students who have declared a major in Religious and Theological Studies to engage in service in a parish, congregation, synagogue, or religiously affiliated secondary school, as well as in hospice and hospital pastoral care agencies. The IMRE has been created especially for students who wish to pursue professional careers in ministry and religious education or who intend to pursue academic careers in religious and theological studies. Fulfills X in LS Core.

                        

RTS 4900 Seminar in Religious & Theological Studies

This course will be limited to ten junior and senior majors. The professor may make exceptions to this rule. This course is required for majors in religious and theological studies. The specific topic of the course is of the professor’s choosing. It is designed to serve as a capstone to the major and to expose students to the type of course one might encounter at the graduate level.

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