RST-101 Dogmatic Theory I

    RST-102 Dogmatic Theory II

    RST-105 Religion and the Big Questions

    Examines a range of "Big Questions: in Religious Studies and Theology, such as those related to the human person, suffering, th enature of God or Ultimate Reality, etc. Students will engage these questions from the perspective of roman Catholicism, select Christian traditions, the worldview of SSND leaders, Mother Theresa Gerhardinger and Caroline Friess, and other world religions (one Dharmic and either Judaism or Islam). Provides a forum for students to
    "illustrate" their own relationship to religion, and/or theology, and/or spirituality. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies

    Introduces the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures of the Judeo-Christian tradition, exploring their historical and literary contexts, as well as interpretations of religious meaning. Presents modern methods of biblical study, including Roman Catholic, Protestant and Jewish scholarship. Fulfills general education requirement for 200-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-202 Religion Exper of Mankind

    RST-203 Christian Religion Exper

    RST-204 Christian Religion Exper

    RST-210 Intro Paul & Writings

    RST-271 Hrs:theologicl Invstgat

    RST-299 DA Religious Studies-Lower

    Degree Audit

    RST-300 American Catholicism

    Studies Roman Catholicism in the United States. Topics include the history of American Catholic self-understanding; the influence of the Catholic Church on politics, education and social issues; and an examination of American Catholic socio-religious issues. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-303 Christian Ethics

    Presents a historical overview of Christian ethics as presented by the Bible, Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin and contemporary figures. Examines selected topics in sexual ethics, bioethics and social ethics. prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and values.
    [3 credits]

    RST-304 Christian Social Ethics

    Provides students with an opportunity to understand and evaluate various Christian positions on a range of contemporary moral issues related to life in society. Examines selected topics in economic ethics, social ethics and
    political ethics. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and values. [3 credits]

    RST-305 Marriage & Family

    Explores marriage as a covenant, human institution and Christian sacrament. Issues include sexuality, human intimacy, responsible parenting and family life. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and gender studies. [3 credits]

    RST-306 Christian Bioethics

    Provides students with an opportunity to understand and evaluate various Christian positions on a range of Contemporary moral issues related to biology, technology and medicine. Examines selected topics in the ethics of
    reproduction, genetics and research, end-of-life care, and the allocation of scarce resources. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and values. [3 credits]

    RST-307 The Question of God

    Studies the three persons of God in the Christian tradition from the viewpoint of contemporary scholarship. Historical, biblical and contemporary images of the three persons of God are considered. Prerequisites: RST-105 or
    RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-308 Gender and Power in the Book of Genesis

    Examines the book of Genesis in depth both in its historical context and its interpretive history. Explores how gender is constructed in the book of Genesis and the impact of that construction on identity, social status, and interpersonal relationships. Considers the questions of what it means to be a man or a woman and whether these definitions are fixed or dynamic. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and gender studies. [3 credits]

    RST-309 Revelation and the Apocalyptic Imagination

    Examines the book of Revelation and its historical context and evaluates its interpretation over time. Explores the dynamics of apocalyptic theology from early Judaism to the present, and considers whether and how one can read Revelation responsibly. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-310 Church History

    A study of the growth of Christianity from its beginnings to the time of the Great Reform. It will focus especially on those persons and events whose influence shaped the churches of today and whose ideas are at the root of many contemporary faith questions.

    RST-311 World Religions

    Considers the concept of God and perennial religious questions as found in such religions as Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Judaism. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general  education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and cross-cultural studies. [3 credits]

    RST-312 Sin and Grace

    Presents a historical overview of traditional Christian understandings of original sin and grace as presented by the Bible, Augustine of Hippo, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther and the Council of Trent. Explores contemporary interpretations of original sin and grace by Roman Catholic, Protestant, feminist and liberation theologians. Prerequisite: RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-315 Old Testament

    Explores the origin of the books of the Hebrew scriptures, also known as the Old Testament, in light of the history and culture of the people who produced them. Students will be able to identify major themes and characters and will become familiar with the relevant scholarly methodology. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-316 Psalms

    Introduces the major types of psalms, their origins and their artistry, and the major biblical themes they encompass. Also discusses the continuing interpretive life of the psalms in Jewish and Christian worship, art, and literature. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-317 New Testament

    Examines the literature of the early Christian church with an emphasis on content and composition in light of the history and culture of the people who produced them. Students will be able to identify major themes and characters and will become familiar with relevant scholarly methodology. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-318 Biblical Archaeology

    Introduces essential knowledge of the documented history and material culture of the ancient Near East with particular focus on the land of ancient Israel. Also provides an introduction to the theories and methods of the discipline of archeology. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-320 Caregiving at the End of Life Honors: Caregiving at the End of Life

    Explores a variety of theories and methods for carefiving at the end of life, and is designed for both nursing and non-nursing students. The course will explore the medicalization of death, structural inequalities in access to medical care, palliative and hospice care for people facing terminal illness, and clinical dimensions of death and dying. Course will focus on contemplative practices that enable caregivers to care for themselves and provide effective support for patients and their loved ones. Course will introduce various religious and spiritual perspectives on dying, death, and the afterlife, and learn about rituals for grief and mourning. Fulfills general education requirement in 300-400 level RST. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-325 Jesus Christ

    Studies the person and work of Jesus Christ from the viewpoint of contemporary scholarship. The course explores the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and his central significance for Christian faith as found in the Christian scriptures, in the history of Christological doctrine, and in contemporary Christology. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills
    general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-327 John's Gospel and Epistles

    Studies the biblical literature traditionally attributed to the disciple John, and considers the continuing interpretive life of these texts both inside and outside the Christian tradition. Emphasis is on the historical developments of the ancient "community of the beloved disciple" and the historical roots of that community. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-330 Comparative Religious Studies

    A study of the ethics of major world religions such as Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. The possibility of a global ethics based on the world religions wil also be explored. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills General Education Requirement Cross-cultural Studies and Values and 300/400 level course. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-331 Comparative Religious Ethics

    Provides students with the opportunity to  understand and evaluate various religious positions on a range of contemporary moral issues. Examines Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist perspectives on selected topics in sexual ethics, bioethics and social ethics. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements
    for 300/400-level religious studies, values and cross-cultural studies. [3 credits]

    RST-340 Women in World Religions

    Provides the opportunity for students to evaluate the impact of world religions upon women in Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Students will engage primary and secondary source material to better understand the historical and theological contexts within which the world religions view women. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and gender studies. [3 credits]

    RST-341 Theology of the Body

    An exploration of the meaning of life lived in a human body. Topics include: creation in the image of God, freedom and person, gender and vocation, theobiology and sexuality. Primary attention is given to the impact of body theology on women's self-understanding. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and gender studies. [3 credits] 

    RST-345 Justice and Peace

    Analyzes contemporary issues of justice and peace, including classism, racism, sexism and violence. Topics such as world hunger, terrorism and heterosexism will be considered from personal, communal and global perspectives within the context of theological and moral teachings of various religious traditions. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies, values and cross-cultural studies. [3 credits]

    RST-347 Introduction to Spirituality

    Considers the question: Are all persons spiritual by nature? This course explores the meaning and practice of spirituality in contemporary society, considering various religious traditions as well as newly developing forms of spiritual practice. Topics include diverse meditation practices, gender-based spirituality and spirituality for the sake of justice. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-350 Liberation Theologies: Black, Latin And Feminist

    Examines Christian doctrine through the lens of liberation in black, Latin and feminist contexts. Considers historical, socio-political and theological perspectives. Gives particular attention to the situation of women. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and cross-cultural studies. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-355 Women in the Present and in the Judeo-Christian Tradition

    Probes the mythical, biblical, theological and ecclesial influences under which women have lived through the centuries, as well as the prospect of a transformed future based on contemporary movements in church and state. Service-learning course. Prerequisite: RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-360 Islam

    Examines the foundation, beliefs and practices of this major religion. Issues include the place of women in Islam, the world-wide spread of Islam and the challenges of modernism. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies and cross-cultural studies. [3 credits]

    RST-361 African American Religions

    Studies African-American Christianity in the United States, historically and experientially. The course explores African and slave roots, historical and political contexts, the centrality of Jesus and the Bible, and themes of liberation and protest. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and cross-cultural studies. [3 credits]

    RST-370 Christian Hope

    Presents an historical overview of the Christian understanding of hope. The course will explore themes central to the Christian theological tradition's understanding of death, resurrection, heaven, hell and the fulfillment of history from personal and communal perspectives. Focus will be given to biblical origins, historical developments, and contemporary interpretations. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-377 Honors: Heritage: Civilization and the Jews

    Examines the historical, religious and cultural development of the Jewish people from beginnings in the land of Israel, contacts with Christianity and Islam, flowering in Spain and expulsion from Spain to the arrival of Jews in the Americas, the Holocaust and the State of Israel. Prerequisites: Morrissy scholar or permission and RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/ 400 level religious studies. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-378 Holocaust

    RST-390 Contemporary Spirituality

    Considers the question: Are all persons spiritual by nature? This course explores the meaning and practice of spirituality in contemporary society, considering various religious traditions as well  as newly developing forms of spiritual practice. Topics include diverse meditation practices, gender-based spirituality for the sake of justice. Open to Accelerated College students only. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements for
    300/400-level religious studies and gender studies. [3 credits]

    RST-399 DA Religious Studies-Upper Le

    Degree Audit

    RST-401 Topics in Religion

    Investigates one specific topic, significant movement or writer, providing an opportunity to consider a matter of interest in depth. May be taken more than once on different topics. Recent courses included: Jewish Thought and Culture, DaVinci Code: Fact or Fiction, and Life and Legacy of Pope John Paul II. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement in cross-cultural studies (depending on topic) and 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-403 Problems in Discrimination and Prejudice

    Studies the nature of discrimination and prejudice with emphasis on their theological and moral implications for Christians today. Forms of discrimination such as those manifested in racism, sexism, anti-Semitism and ageism are treated. Service-learning course. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400 level religious studies, gender studies, cross-cultural studies and values. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-405 Protestantism, Catholicism and Judaism in the United States

    Investigates the origin and teachings of the main Protestant churches in the United States and their impact upon the development of American conscience and life. Discusses the effects of immigration, with particular emphasis on the arrival of Jews and Roman Catholics. Considers relationship of immigration, religion and politics, particularly since World War II. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400 level religious studies. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-406 Fundamentalism

    Following a historical review of the Evangelical roots of American Protestant Fundamentalism, the student will examine some of the crucial stances of this interdenominational religious movement: its unqualified acceptance and obedience to the Bible; its inroads into the political arena; its focus on the apocalyptic end of the world and how Fundamentalists maintain their faith despite outside pressures

    RST-409 Death and Dying

    Examines the phenomena and meanings attending death. What do religion and science tell us about the process of death? What are the various historical and contemporary beliefs about afterlife? The course focuses on dying persons, survivors, health care professionals and providers of death-related services. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-411 Honors: Catholic Women Theologians

    Critically engages recent influential works by major Catholic women theologians in the United States, such as Elizabeth Johnson, Margaret Farley, and Lisa Sowle Cahill. Specific topics to be considered include the theology of God, sexual ethics, bioethics, and social ethics. Prerequisite: RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements in 300-400 level RST, values and gender studies; Morrissy students only. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-415 Church

    Presents an historical overview of the development of traditional Christian understandings of the nature and function of the church as presented by the New Testament, Augustine of Hippo, Martin Luther, the First Vatican Council, and the second Vatican Council. The course will explore contemporary interpretations of the church by Roman Catholic, Protestant, feminist, liberation, and non-Western theologians. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-421 Christian Worship

    Provides opportunities for studying and experienc-ing the diversity within worship practices among Christians. The course examines the history of worship from pre-Christian times to the present with an emphasis on communal rituals such as baptism and communion. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-424 Creation, Ecology and Theology

    Reinterprets various Christian doctrines considered through the lens of ecology and the contemporary ecological crisis. Doctrines examined include creation, the human person, God, sin and redemption. Service-learning course. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-427 Study Tour

    Provides opportunities to visit and study regions of importance for religious studies. Tours are organized and directed by members of the department and offered periodically in summer and winter. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and cross-cultural studies. [3 credits]

    RST-430 Topics in Pauline Theology

    Explores the apostle Paul's life, mission, and letters, as well as his historical and social context. Examines the development of his theology on such topics as faith, law, salvation, spirituality, and life in community. Considers the diversity of the early Christian Church and how others eceived and interpreted Paul's message. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-431 Teaching Religion to Adolescents

    Explores the spiritual and religious development of faith in the life of adolescents. The course draws upon studies in spirituality, psychology and sociology to determine the optimal approach for assisting teens in their religious and moral choices. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-432 Faith Development of Children and Adolescents

    Explores the development of religious and spiritual understanding in the lives of children until they reach young adulthood. We will examine various ways that parents, teachers and others can engage in meaningful conversation or teaching with children about matters of faith. While the course focuses on Christian religious tradition, individuals may consider other faith traditions in the required research. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-433 Teaching Religion to Children

    Provides opportunities to practice teaching religious and moral content to children. The practical application is based on the study of spiritual and religious development of faith in the lives of children from pre-school to middle school ages. The course prepares parents, catechetical instructors and elementary school teachers to approach religious topics suitably and at age-appropriate levels. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education
    requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-438 Catechetical Theory

    A survey of the history and evolution of catechetical theory in the Church with emphasis on post-Vatican development and current positions and trends.

    RST-442 Ecumenical Spirit

    The course examines developments in the fractured faith community from tentative beginnings to the present with its hopes and challenges. In recent times, new movements in the Protestant, Orthodox and Roman Catholic communities have altered the climate of contemporary Christianity and paved the way for facing future challenges.

    RST-445 Islamic Perspectives on Peace And Conflict

    Focuses on the teachings of Islam on peace from the Qur'an and the Sunnah (words and deeds of Muhammad). Considers also the contradictory passages in the Qur'an and Sunnah about peace and conflict, the interpretation of Islam in various parts of the world today, and the practice of Islam by extremists and fundamentalists. Examines in depth the meaning of "jihad," often misinterpreted as "holy war." This course will explore some tenets of Islamic
    religion and thought in the context of Islamic history and Middle Eastern Culture. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and cross-cultural studies. [3 credits]

    RST-450 Judaism, Christianity and Islam

    Examines the three faiths that claim Abraham as their father from historical, contemporary, scriptural, and cultural perspectives. Looks at origins as well as theological similarities and differences, using the Bible and the Qur'an as well as other sources. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and cross-cultural studies. [3 credits]

    RST-452 Buddhism and Christianity

    Introduces the Christian and Buddhist traditions in comparison with each other, as valuable paths to God. Examines the wisdom sayings of Buddha and Jesus, as well as parallel concepts such as Christian self-kenosis and Buddhist emptiness. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirements for 300/400-level religious studies and cross-cultural studies.  [3 credits]

    RST-460 Capstone Experience

    Provides students with the opportunity to reflect on their religious studies program and synthesize what they have learned. The capstone experience has three related components: a portfolio preparation workshop and compilation of a portfolio, an interview with department faculty, and a presentation to department faculty, current religious studies students and alumnae. Required of all religious studies majors and liberal arts majors with a primary track in religious studies, and typically completed during the student's final semester. [1 credit]

    RST-463 Independent Study

    Provides an opportunity for individual study of an area or topic of special interest in religious studies. Usually involves research under the guidance of a faculty member of the department. Prerequisites: RST-105 or RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-465 Directed Readings: Selected Topics in Religion

    Provides an opportunity for individual study of an area or topic of special interest in religious studies. Usually involves regular discussions of written works with a faculty member of the department. Prerequisite: RST-201. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400-level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-471 Honors: Theological Investigations

    Engages students in the exploration of current scholarship about a person, event or topic of religious or theological significance. The topic for spring 2013 will be Catholic Women Theologians. Prerequisite: Morrissy scholar or permission. Fulfills general education requirement for 300/400 level religious studies. [3 credits]

    RST-501 Topics in Religious Studies

    RST-527 Study Tour

    RST-533 Jerusalem, Holy City of Three Religions

    Explores the power of religious symbolism and the history of the city from the time of Abraham to the present (some 3,700 years). The course also takes a quick glance at the geographical factors that have affected the city?s fate and concentrates on the reasons that Jews, Christians and Muslims call it the Holy City. Texts, ancient and modern, archeological, sociological and religious, will help us to understand the rootedness of Judaism, Christianity and Islam in "Jerusalem the Golden." Each student will choose a topic for an oral presentation and research paper. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-543 Religion and Society

    Presents contemporary approaches to religious social ethics in North America, for example, Christian realism, Christian pacifism, liberation theology, Catholic social thought, Jewish social ethics, and Islamic social ethics. Explores the diverse ways these approaches understand and evaluate issues related to war and peace and economic justice. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-550 Scripture and Interpretation

    Introduces the history of biblical interpretation and gives special emphasis to the intersection of Roman Catholic interpretation and modern critical scholarship. This course deepens familiarity with different kinds of biblical texts and the various ways of bringing out the meaning of those texts. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-551 Christian Theology

    This course surveys basic theological topics such as faith and revelation, Jesus and salvation, the triune God, church and sacraments, and sin and grace, with an emphasis on theological method. It attends to various contextual influences upon contemporary Catholic systematic theology, including historical consciousness, global suffering, and cultural and religious pluralism. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-552 American Catholic Identity

    This course explores Catholic identity within the framework of Roman Catholicism in the United States. It examines the historical formation of Catholic self-understanding in the context of American culture, from colonial times to the present, and considers present challenges to Catholic identity, including religious pluralism in the United States. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-553 Spirituality of Christian Life

    This course examines Christian life through study of the historical and theological developments of communal worship and the nature and practice of spirituality. Topics include prayer, sacraments, spiritual practice and faith-based outreach examined through the lens of Roman Catholic history and tradition. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-554 Justice and Peace Education

    This course explores contemporary social issues through the lens of Catholic social teaching. In addition to theological examination of issues related to justice and peace, the course will explore practical methods for introducing and deepening education for social justice in the classroom, the school, and the larger community. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-555 Christian Ethics

    This course provides an introduction to contemporary theological ethics through an examination of basic approaches, including divine command ethics, natural law ethics, liberation ethics, and virtue ethics. It explores selected applied issues in sex and gender ethics, bioethics, economic ethics, and political ethics from both Roman Catholic and Protestant perspectives. [ 3 credits ]

    RST-571 Rel Perspectives on Aging

    Students examine perspectives of major religions on adulthood and the aging process. Camparative study is made of religious approaches to questions and problems such as the meaning of life and human morality, personal loss in old age, intergenerational responsibilities, and other life-issues in middle and late adulthood. Students explore how different religions enable men and women to live full lives. 3 credits.