Academics

Outcome Objectives for the Religious Studies Program      

Upon completion of this program, it is expected that students will:

  1. Possess a general knowledge of the various methods--theological, philosophical, historical, sociological, psychological, and literary used for contemporary academic study of religion (RLST 130, 435, 496);

  2. Possess knowledge of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures and the various methods used to study their original meaning and their current significance (RLST 130, 310, 320, 350);

  3. Possess a good knowledge of the history of the Christian church, including the development of Christian doctrine and theology, the divisions and controversies within Christianity and the ongoing relationship between Christianity and its surrounding culture and society (RLST 330, 331);

  4. Possess knowledge of the history, current state, and practical applications of Christian reflection on human action, with a particular emphasis on social justice and the preferential option for the poor (RLST 110, 210, 380, 430);

  5. Possess knowledge of the Catholic tradition, including historical development, liturgical traditions, theological schools, social and ethical teachings and currently disputed questions (RLST 340, 345, 370, 400);

  6. Possess a general knowledge of the world religions and the theological discussions about their inter-relationships (RLST 130, 450); and

  7. Have the capability to engage in a critical and constructive dialogue with the tradition of theological and religious scholarship, analyze and evaluate others’ contributions to that tradition and begin to create original contributions (RLST 496, 497, 499).

The above mentioned course offerings develop the desired outcomes of these objectives, with stronger emphasis in the courses indicated. This ongoing assessment is provided in each individual course and each particular class contact, mainly through discussion and the writing of reflective essay papers. A questionnaire is being developed to be administered at the beginning, middle and end of the program. Finally, the RLST 499 Senior Seminar is used to assess the student's ability to integrate and demonstrate his or her knowledge.