University of Dayton
Academic Catalog 2013-14

Religious Studies

Major:

Minors:

The Department of Religious Studies sees itself as a community of scholars serving the University community and the local community by teaching, research, criticism, and action. The main concern of the department is an understanding and elucidation of the Judaeo-Christian religious experience as it is exemplified in the Roman Catholic tradition. This implies not only a deep investigation of the Roman Catholic position but also a dialogue with other Christian traditions and with other world religious.

Students majoring in religious studies ordinarily follow one of five tracks in the major:

  • Students preparing for ministry in a Christian church (e.g., pastoral associates, youth ministry, parish religious educators) follow the "Ministry" track.
  • Students preparing to teach religion in elementary or secondary schools follow the "Catholic Schools" track.
  • Students preparing for graduate study in Christian theology, systematics, church history, ethics, etc., follow the "Graduate School Preparation" track.
  • Students preparing for graduate study of religions other than Christianity and/or interested in world religions follow the "World Religions" track.
  • Students wishing to study religion as a way of broadening their horizons or who are interested in religious studies as an undergraduate major follow the "General" track.
  • All religious studies majors must show basic practical communicative proficiency in one foreign language.

A minor in religious studies consists of eighteen semester hours, which includes REL 103 (or REL 198 or ASI 110). At least three semester hours are to be at the 400-level.

A minor in Catechesis consists of nineteen semester hours, not including REL 103 (or REL 198 or ASI 110.)

Faculty

Daniel Speed Thompson, Chairperson
Professors Emeriti: Anderson, Buby, Burns, Friedland, Hater, L'Heureux, Martin, Thimmes
Professors: Barnes, Branick, Miguel Diaz, Doyle, Inglis (Philosophy), Kallenberg, Levering, Miller, Portier, Roberts, Trollinger (History), Zukowski
Associate Professors: Bennett, Bunta, Johnson, Johnston, Moore, Orji, Smith, Thompson, Yocum
Assistant Professors: DeAnda, Kozar, McGrath, Salih
Lecturers: Marian Diaz
 

 

Bachelor of Arts with a major in Religious Studies (rel) Minimum 124 Hours

Common Academic Program (CAP)
*credit hours will vary depending on courses selected
First-Year Humanities Commons 112
The West & the World
Introduction to Religioius & Theological Studies
Introduction to Philosophy
Writing Seminar I 2
Second-Year Writing Seminar 30-3
Writing Seminar II
Oral Communication 3
Principles of Oral Communication
Mathematics 3
Social Science3
Arts3
Natural Sciences7
Crossing Boundariesvariable credit
Faith Traditions
Practical Ethical Action
Inquiry
Integrative
Advanced Studyvariable credit
Philosophy and/or Religious Studies
Historical Studies
Diversity and Social Justice3
Major Capstone0-3

1

 Completed with ASI 110 and ASI 120.

2

Or ENG 100A and ENG 100B, or ENG 200H, by placement.

3

 Completed with ENG 200H or ASI 120.



Liberal Studies Curriculum
Creative and Performing Arts (May include CAP Arts)3
L2 Proficiency (Proficiency in a language other than English)0-11
Literature (May include CAP Components)3
Mathematics, excluding MTH 205 (Satisfies CAP Mathematics)3
Natural Sciences (Satisfies CAP Natural Science)11
Social Sciences (Includes CAP Social Science)12

Major Requirements 1, 2, 336
REL 103Introduction to Religious and Theological Studies3-7
or ASI 110 The Roots and Development of Western Culture in a Global Context
REL 490Capstone Seminar (Satisfies CAP Major Capstone)3
Select one track from:
Ministry30
The Gospels
Hst-Christianty I
Hst-Christianty II
Christian Ethics
Significance-Jesus
The Church
The Sacraments
Lay Ministry
Select one course in each: Old Testament, world religions, religion and culture
Catholic Schools30
Hst-Christianty I
Hst-Christianty II
US Religious Expr
US Cath Experience
African Amer Rel
Christian Ethics
Phil of Rel Educ
Rel Ed Thry&Prac
Select one course in each: Old Testament, New Testament, world religions, religion and culture; two courses in systematic theology
Graduate School Preparation30
Hst-Christianty I
Hst-Christianty II
Significance-Jesus
The Church
The Sacraments
Select one course in each: Old Testament, New Testament, ethics, world religions, religion and culture, systematic theology
World Religions30
Hst-Christianty I
Hst-Christianty II
Select three courses from:
Hinduism
Eastern Orthodoxy
Buddhism
Judaism
Islam
Select one course in each: Old Testament, New Testament, ethics, systematic theology, religion and culture
REL elective
General30
Select one course in each: Old Testament, New Testament, world religions, church history, systematic theology, ethics, religion and culture
REL elective

Breadth
ASI 150Introduction to the University Experience1
Total Hours to total at least124

1

Includes CAP Components.

2

Six semester hours in addition to REL 490 must be at the 400-level.

3

REL courses are not applicable to CAP Advanced Studies.

 

Minor in Religious Studies (rel)

Religious Studies
Select eighteen REL semester hours 118
Total Hours18

1

At least three semester hours at the 400 level.

 

Minor in Religious Studies-Catechesis (Cte)

The Minor in Religious Studies - Catechesis (CTE) offers students an excellent opportunity to prepare to teach religion (catechesis) in Catholic schools, or parish ministry today. The minor is grounded in the official principles of catechesis required by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The minor incorporates the basic courses required by most dioceses across the country for achieving diocesan certification in content, methodology and praxis experiences. It is open to all students who desire to engage in a religion teaching ministry either on a full-time professional or a volunteer basis following graduation.

Religious Studies - Catechesis 1
REL 328US Cath Experience 23
Forum for Young Catechetical Leaders4
Forum Cat Lead I
Forum Cat Lead II
Forum Cat Lead III
Forum Cat Lead IV
Select one Liturgy course from:3
Chr Tradition-Prayer
Phil of Rel Educ
The Sacraments
Chrstn Liturgy
Spiritualty&Rel Educ
Select one Scripture course from:3
The Pentateuch
The Prophets
The Gospels
Studies in Paul
Select one Morality or Ethics course from:3
Christian Ethics
Faith & Justice
Current Moral Issues
Select one Ecclesiology or Church History course from:3
Hst-Christianty I
Hst-Christianty II
The Church
Total Hours19

1

These hours are in addition to REL 103 (or REL 198 or ASI 110), which is usually taken in the student's first year.

2

 Or equivalent.


Courses

REL 103. Introduction to Religioius & Theological Studies. 3 Hours

Examination of the nature of religion, comparative aspect of religion, and the function of religion as a source of interpretation of life. The 'Catholic Option' takes the majority of its perspectives and examples about religious beliefs and practices from the Roman Catholic tradition. The 'Scripture Option' takes the majority of its perspectives and examples about religious beliefs and practices from scriptural traditions.

REL 198. Religioius Studies Scholars' Seminar. 3 Hours

Study and seminar discussion of major types of religions in history and some of their practices, values, beliefs, historical development, and theological reflection, including Catholic tradition; review of major theories on the nature, origin, and function of religion in human life. Open by permission only to first-year students in the Berry Scholars Program.

REL 210. Introduction to Scripture. 1 Hour

An introductory overview of Christian scripture that is foundational for Old and New Testament online courses.

REL 211. Introduction to the Old Testament. 1 Hour

Study of contemporary Old Testament studies to learn how to read a biblical text in terms of its literary qualities and cultural influences on interpretations.

REL 212. Introduction to the New Testament. 1 Hour

Introduction to the New Testament with a focus on the text's cultural contexts, literary composition, theological themes, and pastoral applications.

REL 260A. Catholic Social Teaching I. 1 Hour

The first of two courses that provide background on Catholic social teaching as articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Episcopal documents.

REL 260B. Catholc Social Teaching II. 1 Hour

The second of two courses that provide background on Catholic social teaching as articulated in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Episcopal documents. Prerequisite(s): REL 260A.

REL 281. Forum for Catechetical Leaders I. 1 Hour

Study of key themes of The National Directory for Catechesis regarding 'The Tasks of Catechesis and Faith Formation'. Themes include (a) Introduction to the Catechetical Ministry of the Church, (b) The Vocation of the Catechist, (c) Faith Formation, and (d) Fundamentals for Designing Catechetical Plans. Prerequisite(s): ASI 111 or REL 103.

REL 282. Forum for Catechetical Leaders II. 1 Hour

Study of key themes of The National Directory for Catechesis regarding 'The Art of Communicating Faith: Scripture and Tradition'. Themes include (a) Effective Catechesis, (b) Four Pillars of Our Catholic Faith, (c) Integrating Scripture in Catechetical Ministry, and (d) Integrating Liturgy and Liturgical Experiences in Catechetical Ministry. Prerequisite(s): ASI 111 or REL 103.

REL 283. Forum for Catechetical Leaders III. 1 Hour

Study of key themes of The National Directory for Catechesis regarding: 'Liturgy, Popular Devotions, Literature and the Religious Imagination. Themes include (a) Storytelling, (b) Popular Devotions and Faith Experiences, (c) Role of Mary in Catechesis, and (d) Diverse Religious Traditions and the Quest for God. Prerequisite(s): ASI 111 or REL 103.

REL 284. Forum for Catechetical Leaders IV. 1 Hour

Study of key themes of The National Directory for Catechesis regarding: 'Discipleship (Catholic Moral Life), Catholic Social Teachings and Catechetical Planning'. Themes include (a) Developing a Pastoral Catechetical Plan, (b) Call and Challenge of Discipleship, (c) Catholic Social Teachings, and (d) Communications Technology and Catechesis. Prerequisite(s): ASI 111 or REL 103.

REL 304. Hinduism. 3 Hours

Study of the world's oldest living religion. Examines the historical development of major Hindu teachings, texts, practices and paths from ancient times to present, including forms of Hinduism taking root in the West today. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, ASI 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or 198).

REL 305. Eastern Orthodoxy. 3 Hours

Exploration of the history and theology of the Eastern Orthodox Church, from the Apostles to Byzantium to Russia and the United States. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, ASI 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 306. Buddhism. 3 Hours

Exploration of the 2,500-year-old Buddhist tradition - the life of its founder, development of its teachings, rituals, and meditation techniques. Survey of the spread of Buddhism to the West in the twentieth century. Parallels and contrasts with the Christian tradition. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, ASI 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 307. Judaism. 3 Hours

Basic introduction to Judaism: its history, its faith, its worship. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 308. Islam. 3 Hours

Exploration of the Islamic religious traditions: the life of Islam's founder, the development of its teaching and ritual, its spread from North Africa into Europe, Asia, Oceania, its influence on culture and its contemporary resurgence. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 309. Afro-Latin Religions. 3 Hours

The study of Voudou, Santeria and other religions which arose when the religious traditions of West Africa were transplanted to the Americas and the Caribbean where practitioners encountered Christianity. These religions' historical and contemporary forms as well as issues of syncretism and church-state relations are considered. Prerequisite(s): ASI 110 or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 310. The Pentateuch. 3 Hours

Examination of the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, known as the Torah or Pentateuch, emphasizing the traditions that relate primeval beginnings, ancestral history, the exodus, wilderness wanderings, and the legal codes. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 311. The Prophets. 3 Hours

The prophetic texts of the Old Testament studied as reformulations of ancient religious traditions to meet new historical situations. The relevance of the prophets to contemporary life and throughout. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 312. The Psalms & the Wisdeom Literature. 3 Hours

Critical examination of the biblical books of Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, and Ben Sira and of related literature within the historical context in which they arose. The contemporary relevance of this literature. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 315. The Gospels. 3 Hours

With the Gospel of Mark as a point of departure, comparison of the Markan, Matthean, and Lukan narratives for an understanding of the various conceptions of Jesus found in these Gospels. The course includes historical-critical study of the Gospel to John, its text, literary techniques, structure and theology. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 316. New Testament Theologies. 3 Hours

Survey of New Testament writings with a focus on the religious ideas specific to each; special attention to authors' christology, eschatology, and soteriology; exploration of relevance of the New Testament message to Christian faith today. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 318. Studies in Paul. 3 Hours

Detailed examination of the letters of Paul, stressing the historical circumstances affecting their composition as well as the main religious ideas of Paul that govern their content. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 319. The Book of Revelation. 3 Hours

Detailed critical analysis of various biblical apocalyptic texts as found in Judaism and early Christianity. Focus on the Book of Revelation against the background of other biblical and intertestamental apocalyptic texts. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 323. History of Christianity I. 3 Hours

Study of important events movements, ideas, and people in the development of Christianity to the year 1100 including the formation of the Canon, early Church councils, Augustine, Gregory the Great, monasticism, the rise of Islam, Eucharistic and other controversies, and the Gregorian Reform. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 324. History of Christianity II. 3 Hours

Study of important events, movements, ideas, and people in the development of Christianity from 1100 to the present, including the separation of the Churches of the East and West, rise of the mendicant orders, Scholasticism, key themes and figures of the Reformation, Vatican I, Modernist crisis, ecumenism, and Vatican II. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 326. Protestant Christianity. 3 Hours

Survey of the development of Protestant thought from the Reformation. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 327. United States Religious Experience. 3 Hours

Study of a variety of religious traditions in their engagement with and influence within the U.S. social and cultural context including the effects of pluralism, religious liberty, secularization, and consumer capitalism. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 328. United States Catholic Experience. 3 Hours

The growth and development of Catholic christianity in the U.S.; its interaction with America, its culture, and its people. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 329. African-American Religion. 3 Hours

An exploration of the history and theology of African-American religious traditions and how African-American religion has influenced African-American social, political, economic, and cultural movements from the time of slavery to the present. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 330. Faith of Immigrants. 3 Hours

This course will examine the faith traditions of all those people who came to the united States, either voluntarily or involuntarily, and the changes that they made upon those who were there before them, the changes in their own faith, and the effect upon other faith traditions.

REL 344. Christian Marriage. 3 Hours

Analysis of the sanctifying dignity of Christian marriage as a sacrament and commitment to share in the divine creative plan. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 352. Understanding Sacred Music in Worship in the Local Church. 3 Hours

Focus on the important relationship between music and worship in the life of the church with an emphasis on major contemporary trends in sacred music and work. An historical overview of music and worship with biblical foundations for both are provided. Prerequisite(s): REL 103 (ASI 110/120).

REL 356. The Christian Tradition of Prayer. 3 Hours

Study of several types and forms of Christian prayer from various periods in Church history. The meaning of the act of faith expressed in prayer and its relationship to belief. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 358. Liberation Theology. 3 Hours

Historical-critical analysis and study of the theology of liberation and its specific expression among theologians of the Third World, particularly Latin America. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 360. Christian Ethics. 3 Hours

Introduction to the reflection upon Christian morality; discussion of various approaches in Christian ethics, the elements of ethical judgments, and some specific ethical issues. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 362. Christian Family Values & Television. 3 Hours

Comparative study of the criteria and rationale for family life in various Christian pronouncements with present values and practices in society as reflected in and promoted by current television programming. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 363. Faith & Justice. 3 Hours

This course explores the history, development, and basic principles of Catholic social teaching as well as other approaches to faith and justice. Issues of economic justice will receive special emphasis. In addition to church documents, the life and work of religious thinkers and activists will be examined. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 111, ASI 112 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 364. Current Moral Issues. 3 Hours

An examination of one or more issues (individual and/or social) in contemporary reflection on Christian moral life. May be repeated when topic changes. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 365. Christian Ethics & the Environment. 3 Hours

Christian ethic of relationality and responsibility. Explores various approaches and related values found in society; elements of ethical judgments; and specific ethical issues resulting from ecofeminist, technological, and ecological awareness. Prerequisite(s): (ASI110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 366. The Holocaust: Theological & Religious Responses. 3 Hours

Examination of the religious and theological literature of the Holocaust, focusing especially on Jewish and Christian responses. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 367. Christian Ethics & Health Care Issues. 3 Hours

Study of, and reflection upon, the principles of Christian ethics as these relate to the health care professions. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 368. Christian Ethics & the Business World. 3 Hours

Study of, and reflection upon, the principles of Christian ethics as these relate to the business world. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 369. Christian Ethics & Engineering. 3 Hours

Study in applied Christian ethics addressing the moral issues facing engineers. How to make a moral decision, engineering as a profession, codes of ethics, safety, environmental issues, confidentiality, employee rights, whistleblowing, consulting, conflicts, and career choices. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 372. Religion & Film. 3 Hours

Study of issues common to narrative films and religious thought; the power of various film techniques, dominant models in religious and film reflection, the similar roles imagination plays in film and religious thought. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 373. Religion & Literature. 3 Hours

Joint study of literature and religion, seeking the sacred in the secular, discussing the doctrines of humans and of God in major modern writings, especially those of current collegiate interest. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 374. Religion & the Arts. 3 Hours

Investigation of the religious interpretation of various art forms and the process by which the aesthetic experience assists in theological perception and construction. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 375. Religion & Science. 3 Hours

Surveys of the ways science has affected religion on specific doctrines, methods of knowing what is true, and general world views; study of religious response to these. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 376. Theology & the Social Sciences. 3 Hours

Exploration of developments in Christian theology that have paralleled the rise of the human sciences, in particular of concepts of God, humanity, Church, sacraments, sin, and salvation in the light of history, anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 377. The Inner Journey in Myth, Bible & Literature. 3 Hours

Study of stories of heroic figures in the Bible and in other literature as patterns of personal and spiritual development. Throughout, efforts to relate the material to the needs of contemporary persons. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 378. Neorealism Modern Religion. 3 Hours

This course introduces students to the post-World War II film movement of Italian neorealism and its influence in global cinema. It examines neorealism as a significant cinema of moral, religious and social thought that has influenced 20th and 21st-century global culture.

REL 383. Philosophy of Religious Education. 3 Hours

An attempt to construct a philosophy of religious education, various contemporary theoretical models, dimensions of teaching religion in a pluralistic society, the polarization generated. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 399. Readings in Religious Studies. 1-3 Hours

Directed readings in a specific area of interest under the supervision of a staff member. May be taken more than once. By permission only. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 425. Augustine. 3 Hours

The life and work of Augustine of Hippo (354-430), a major theologian of Western Christianity. His influence is strongly felt in both Protestant and Catholic traditions in areas of sexual ethics, church-state relations, Trinitarian and sacramental theology. Prerequisite(s): REL 103.

REL 429. Modern Catholicism. 3 Hours

An examination of Modern Catholicism based on a close study of the context, process, decisions, implementation, and challenges of Vatican II in the Roman Catholic Church. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 437. Significance of Jesus. 3 Hours

Emphasis on the identity of Jesus and on the significance that his ministry, death, and resurrection have for the salvation of humankind. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 440. The Church. 3 Hours

Biblical and theological study of the meaning of the Church which explores the relationship between Christ and the Church, the various models for understanding the Church, and the mission of the Church. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or 198).

REL 441. Theology of Mary. 3 Hours

Study of the place of the Mother of God in the great truths of faith in the light of chapter eight of the Constitution on the Church. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 442. God & Atheism. 3 Hours

Study of some recent contributions made by theology, philosophy, psychology, and the humanities to the current discussion of God's existence, nature, and relationship to humanity. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 443. The Sacraments. 3 Hours

Study of the meaning of sacramentality. The sacraments in the context of Christ as the sacrament of the human encounter with God and in the context of the Church as the sacrament of Christ. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 444. God in Christian Tradition. 3 Hours

Review of theologies of God in Christian tradition, from biblical through contemporary sources, especially as these theologies have affected overall Catholic thought and spirituality. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198); PHL 103.

REL 446. Christian Liturgy. 3 Hours

Study of the basic principles of liturgy, the development of some of the basic forms of liturgy, and applications of the principles within current rites. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 447. Selected Catholic Doctrines. 3-4 Hours

Detailed study of several important current theological questions primarily from a Catholic systematic and historical perspective. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 449. Aquinas. 3 Hours

Theology of Aquinas including: Trinity, human nature, providence, grace, virtue, Christ, and sacraments. Some attention given to historical context and contemporary interpretation, but the main focus will be reading and understanding the Summa. Prerequisite(s): REL 103.

REL 471. Women & Religion. 3 Hours

Examination of the impact of the women's movement on Judaism, Christianity, and other major world religions. Survey of traditional religious attitudes toward women. Relevance of feminist approaches to scripture, ethics, spirituality, and ministry in understanding contemporary global issues. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 472. Ecology & Religion. 3 Hours

Examination of the relationship between religion and ecology; bridges the contributions of traditional theological inquiry and modern scientific insights and offers an enlarged vision of ecological concerns. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 474. Women & the Global Church. 3 Hours

An exploration of the intersection between faith communities, traditional and non-traditional, and particular cultures in the lives of contemporary women. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 477. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

First of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approval of University Honors Program.

REL 478. Honors Thesis Project. 3 Hours

Second of two courses leading to the selection, design, investigation, and completion of an independent, original Honors Thesis project under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. Restricted to students in the University Honors Program with permission of the program director and department chairperson. Students pursuing an interdisciplinary thesis topic may register for three semester hours each in two separate disciplines in consultation with the department chairpersons. Prerequisite(s): Approved 477; approval of University Honors Program.

REL 484. Practicum. 3 Hours

Supervised in-service experience in an area of religious education chosen by the student. By permission only. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 485. Lay Ministry. 3 Hours

Critical examination of lay ministry and its theological basis, in light of Vatican II and recent trends in the world and Church. Special topics: family ministry, ministry in the marketplace, leadership, evangelization, catechesis, women, social justice. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 487. Religious Education- Theory & Practice. 3 Hours

Study of theory and practice of religious education for those who will be teaching religion in the school and parish. Various models and methods. Emphasis on process and religious education as developmental. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 488. Spirituality & Religious Education. 3 Hours

Exploration of impact of liturgy and spirituality on contemporary models of religious education; study of interrelationship between faith experience and religious content; basic principles for developing practical programs. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).

REL 490. Capstone Seminar. 3 Hours

Study of a particular topic in religion or theology that draws upon a variety of resources in the fields. This course provides an integrative academic experience. Topic varies from semester to semester. Required of all majors, open to minors. May be repeated. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198); junior or senior standing.

REL 492. Special Topics. 1-3 Hours

Concentrated study of issues and subjects pertinent to religion. May be repeated when topic changes. Prerequisite(s): (ASI 110, 120 or equivalent) or (REL 103 or REL 198).