Academics

Religious Studies Requirements      

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies introduces the student to the major areas of theological exploration and discourse, as well as the broader context of the academic study of religion. Graduates of this program will be familiar with the various methods used to study religion within the contemporary academy, as well as the more specifically theological areas of knowledge such as Bible, church history, systematic theology, ethics and inter-religious dialogue. They will be able to engage in a critical and constructive dialogue with the theological tradition, analyze and evaluate other's contribution to that tradition, and begin to create their own theological contributions. The program seeks to reflect the pluralism and variety of contemporary theology, and hence is not bound to any one theological method. Although offered in the context of a Catholic college, the degree is available to students of any or no religious tradition. Religious Studies majors are strongly encouraged to take English 103 before taking any Religious Studies courses. History 111-112 is recommended

B.A. in Religious Studies (124 hours)
The following are required for a baccalaureate degree:

  1. 56 hours: General Education

  2. 6 hours: Requisites for the Major

    RLST 110 Freshmen Experience: Social Justic or RLST 210 Transfer Experience: Social Justice
    RLST 130 Introduction to Religious Studies
    (Included in General Education requirements)

  3. 24 hours: Upper Level Courses in Major

    Systematic: 6 hours – See course listings (S)
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    Biblical: 6 hours – See course listings (B)
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    Moral Theology: 3 hours – See course listings (M)
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    History: 3 hours – See course listings (CH)
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    RLST _____ (upper level course only)
    RLST 499 Senior Seminar in Religious Studies

  4. 44 hours: Electives


The Associate of Arts Degree in Religious Studies is designed to meet the needs of the undergraduate student who wishes a general and flexible introduction to the discipline of Religious Studies, either as a preparation for further academic work or for local lay ministry. Graduates of this program will have a broadly based knowledge of the various subject areas within theology, a knowledge of the pluralism of methods within theology and within religious traditions, and the ability to begin to analyze and evaluate these traditions and beginning experience in communicating this knowledge and analysis to others.

A.A. in Religious Studies (61 hours)
The following courses are required for the Associates degree:

  1. 34 hours: General Education

  2. Requisites for the Major

    RLST 110 Freshmen Experience: Social Justice or RLST 210 Transfer Experience: Social Justice
    RLST 130 Introduction to Religious Studies
    (Included in General Education requirements

  3. 12 hours: Upper Level Courses in Major

    RLST 320 Introduction to New Testament
    RLST 330 History of Christianity Ior RLST 331 History of Christianity II
    or RLST 345 Religion in America
    RLST 370 Christology: The Person and Work of Jesus
    RLST 430 Contemporary Christian Morality

  4. 18 hours: Electives


Minor in Religious Studies (15 hours)
The Minor in Religious Studies allows a student pursuing another degree at the College to explore the discipline beyond the requirements of the General education program.

The following courses are required for a minor in Religious Studies:

  1. RLST 110 Freshmen Experience: Social Justice or RLST 210 Transfer Experience: Social Justic

  2. RLST 130 Introduction to Religious Studies

  3. RLST 330 History of Christianity I or RLST 331 History of Christianity II

  4. RLST 350 The Gospels

  5. RLST 370 Christology: The Person and Work of Jesus


Second Degree in Religious Studies (30 hours)
Any student with a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university can obtain a second degree in Religious Studies by completing the following courses:

  1. RLST 110 Freshmen Experience: Social Justice or RLST 210 Transfer Experience: Social Justice

  2. RLST 130 Introduction to Religious Studies

  3. 24 hours: Upper Level Courses in Major

    Systematic: 6 hours – See course listings (S)
    RLST _____
    RLST _____
    Biblical: 6 hours – See course listings (B)
    RLST _____
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    Moral Theology: 3 hours – See course listings (M)
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    History: 3 hours – See course listings (CH)
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Certificate in Religious Studies (18 hours)
The Certificate program in Religious Studies provides a solid foundation in the discipline either for those who already have a degree in some other field and wish to increase their knowledge of theology, or for those who plan to pursue further theological education or serve in local pastoral ministry. It is designed to be very flexible in meeting student needs and areas of interest.


The following courses are required to receive a certificate in Religious Studies:

  1. RLST 110 Freshmen Experience: Social Justice or RLST 210 Transfer Experience: Social Justice

  2. RLST 130 Introduction to Religious Studies

  3. RLST 320 Introduction to New Testament

  4. RLST 330 History of Christianity I or RLST 331 History of Christianity II
    or RLST 345 Religion in America

  5. RLST 370 Christology: The Person and Work of Jesus

  6. RLST 430 Contemporary Christian Morality

Additional Information
In collaboration with the Diocese of Gary and the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago, the College offers undergraduate credit. In Religious Studies for courses given in the Diocesan Ministry Formation Program.