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Below are all of the courses you have to choose from in this academic major. Some are required while others are electives. Please view the course catalog to see what is required to earn a degree in this major.


Survey of Christian Hymnody (SMU 356)

An examination of Christian hymn-tunes and texts: their historical patterns, the environment from which they emerged, significant individuals who have contributed to hymnody, and theories of singing hymns in corporate worship. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 2 credits. Fee.

2 Credits.

Introduction to Counseling (SPY 270)

Introduces the skills necessary for effective interviewing and counseling. Various theoretical approaches to counseling. A variety of classroom exercises to promote the student’s ability to listen and respond effectively in helping relationships and in other interpersonal relationships. Fall and spring semesters, and ADP session 3 in odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

Introduction to Pastoral Ministry (SRT 180)

An exploration of the intimate link between theology, ministry, and spirituality. Theological reflection on the Catholic Christian faith tradition, the cultural world of the twenty-first century, and personal faith experience. Pastoral ministry certificate students only. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

The Hebrew Scriptures (SRT 200)

An introduction to the Old Testament, explores scholarly methods of analyzing and interpreting the scriptures; geopolitical and socioeconomic factors shaping the traditions of the people of Israel; and theological motifs of the Law, Prophets, and Wisdom writings. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

The Christian Scriptures (SRT 210)

An introduction to the New Testament, with an emphasis on the Gospels and the major Letters of Paul. The course includes political and cultural background, theological themes, and the relevance of these writings for life today. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Story of Christianity (SRT 215)

An introduction to Christian history from its roots in Judaism to the dawn of the Reformation. Major themes in theological development. Attention is given to the history of Christian women. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Protestant Traditions (SRT 235)

A theological survey of Protestant thought from Luther, Calvin, and Wesley to Barth, Bonhoeffer, and Tillich. Consideration of the varied expressions of Protestantism in contemporary American life. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Liturgy and Sacrament (SRT 250)

An exploration of the theological meaning and ritual celebration of each of the seven sacraments, the liturgical year, the role of the arts in worship, and the planning of meaningful liturgical celebrations for major life events. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Contemporary Christian Ethics (SRT 260)

A study of the foundations of Christian ethics and an examination of method in moral decision-making. Closer study of selected contemporary moral issues with an emphasis on social ethics. Writing Intensive course. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Moral Theology (SRT 265)

An examination of Roman Catholic moral theology focusing on methodology and applications to Church ministry. Foundational content will include coverage of the sources of moral theology (Sacred Scripture and human reason), the place of Christ in the moral life, natural law, the Magisterium, Christian virtue, human acts, sin, conscience, conversion, and principles for decision-making. Case studies on issues in biomedicine, sexuality, and social justice will highlight challenges of resolving moral dilemmas in pastoral settings. For pastoral ministry certificate students only. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. ADP session 5, even-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

3 Credits.

Contemporary Catholicism (SRT 270)

An introduction to the Catholic faith in light of the Second Vatican Council. Topics include essential beliefs and practices (God, Jesus, Church, Sacraments, Scripture, Prayer). Other topics of interest to students may also be included. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits. Fee.

Does God Exist? (SRT 275)

This course examines: a) the fundamental claims about who God is in the Judeo-Christian traditions, b) some theological developments of those claims, c) classical critiques of God in the West and various Christian responses, and d) the debates surrounding the new atheism. In all this, students shall work to clarify the nature of the question in the course title in order that they might develop an informed, intelligent approach to theological issues. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, odd- numbered years. 3 credits.

Jesus (SRT 280)

An understanding of Jesus and of the salvation He brings, grounded in the scriptural accounts of His teaching, actions, death, and resurrection. Theological reflection on the significance of Jesus in relation to contemporary global issues. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits.

Images of Jesus in Film (SRT 281)

An examination of themes in Christology using gospels and cinematic portrayals. Works by U.S. and international filmmakers are considered, both Jesus-films and Christ-figures. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

Christology (SRT 282)

A study of the Christian community’s belief that God acted definitively in Jesus Christ for the salvation of humankind. Important stages in this experience for understanding the person and work of Jesus include New Testament Christologies, doctrine from early councils, medieval syntheses, modern statements from ecclesiastical documents (Vatican II and post-conciliar teachings), and writings of contemporary theologians. These developments will be explored thematically through core concepts of Christology – incarnation, soteriology, eschatology, and resurrection. For pastoral ministry certificate students only. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. ADP session 1, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Topics in Theology (SRT 285)

Topics vary according to student interest and needs. These may be historical or thematic or address particular questions in theology. Spring semester, odd-numbered years. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Repeatable for credit. 3 credits.

Women and Religion (SRT 290)

An introduction to the critical, compensatory, and constructive work of contemporary Christian feminist theology. Women in scripture, tradition, and contemporary theological projects. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

Sages,Saints,Mystics:Women Spir. (SRT 295)

A study of the spiritualities of several important women in the Christian tradition (Julian of Norwich, Hildegard of Bingen, Teresa of Avila, Elizabeth Seton, and Dorothy Day) as the basis for exploring important issues in women’s spiritualities today. Satisfies the Theology requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

Religion in America (SRT 315)

Examination of the role of religion and religions in the development of America since the colonial era. Study of societal and institutional expression in civil/cultural religion and religious pluralism. Opportunity for site visits. Fall semester, odd-numbered years. Satisfies the U.S. Cultures requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. 3 credits.

Religions of Asia (SRT 320)

An introduction to the major religious traditions of South and East Asia, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism,Taoism, and Zen. Selected readings from their sacred writings and opportunity to experience the artistic forms and cultural riches of the religions of the East. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

Islam: Religion and Culture (SRT 335)

Consideration of the foundational events and historic development of Islam as a religion and culture. Attention is given to the contemporary Muslim world and dialogue with Western culture. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

The Developing World (SRT 340)

An examination of the challenges faced by the marginalized in Africa, Asia, and Latin America associated with colonialism and globalization. The historical context and abiding impact of these phenomena are investigated through seminal thinkers and major texts of postcolonial theory as expressed in cultural studies, continental philosophy, and liberation theology. Case studies and current events facilitate critical yet hopeful applications of theory to the political, economic, and cultural dynamics of the developing world. Satisfies the Global Perspectives requirement of the Liberal Arts Curriculum. Fall semester. 3 credits. Fee.

Ecclesiology (SRT 352)

A study of the church’s understanding of its nature and mission in light of Vatican II. Topics also include: various ‘models’ of church, the church’s teaching role, diversity of ministries, the challenge of being a global church, and ecumenical and interfaith relations. Open to theology majors, minors, and pastoral ministry certificate students, or with permission of the instructor. ADP session 2 odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Christianity in Dialogue Judaism (SRT 355)

A study of Christianity’s origins within Judaism, its gradual separation from and increasingly polemical stance toward its ‘mother religion’, and the return to a position of mutual respect and dialogue between the traditions since Vatican II. Offered as needed. Offered online. 3 credits.

Ministry and Spirituality (SRT 375)

Explores how foundations for pastoral ministry are rooted in one's identity as fully initiated in the Catholic Church. Classic writings and approaches to spiritual practice in the Christian tradition are examined as relevant sources for the faith of the lay ecclesial minister and ordained permanent deacon. Students are assisted in the ongoing integration of their ministry, personal relationships, and spiritual practices. Prerequisite: SRT180. ADP session 3, even-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Seminar in Theology (SRT 385)

In-depth exploration of a specific theological topic. Following the traditional seminar format, students are required to research, analyze texts, and take turns leading the exchange of ideas in the classroom, guided by the instructor. Topics vary according of faculty expertise and student interest. Pre-requisite: any 200 level religious studies course. Pemission required. Repeatable for credit. Spring even years.

3 Credits.

Theological Method and Research (SRT 400)

Directed reading and research in preparation for the senior paper, with special attention given to the issue of method in theology. Required of theology majors. Offered as needed. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

Special Topics in Ministry (SRT 405)

Course explores current issues pertinent to pastoral ministry. Topics vary, ranging from persistent issues in the human services field (addictions, the elderly, Alzheimer's disease) to emerging theological/ecclesiological issues (topics in moral theology, canon law, recent papal documents, interreligious dialogues). The course embraces shared reading and critical inquiry. Pass/Fail only. Prerequisite: SRT180. ADP sessions 3 and 4. Repeatable for credit. 1 credit.

2 Credits.

Field Exper in Pastoral Ministry (SRT 420)

Supervised, evaluated ministry experience in an area relevant to a student's interest. Required of theology majors who elect the emphasis in pastoral ministry. Repeatable for credit. Permission required. 4 credits.

4 Credits.

Internship (SRT 430)

An opportunity for extended ‘hands on’ experience in an area related to a student’s major area of study. Permission required. Repeatable for credit. Variable credit.

The Helping Relationship (SSW 271)

Introduces students to the social work skills of effective communication and engagement in working with individuals, families, groups, and organizations in a variety of helping situations. Fall semester, and ADP session 4, odd-numbered years. 3 credits.

3 Credits.

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