Our Religious Studies program is grounded in Roman Catholic theology and Marianist educational philosophy. And it stresses in-depth reflection on the nature of religious experience in the context of an interfaith and multicultural dialogue in our communities and globally.
Students seek to explore the meaning of faith in action, the role of spiritual growth, and the importance of seeking justice through sacred service. Among the themes explored in both online and day courses: The historical development of Catholic theology, Christianity’s relationship with other major world religions, ethics and morality, and the Catholic intellectual tradition.
As a Catholic institution and one of only three Marianist universities in the nation, we are honored to offer this robust and action-oriented major at Chaminade. Graduates are prepared to teach in religious-affiliated schools, enter seminary or continue on to graduate studies.
Upon completion of the undergraduate B.A. program in Religious Studies, students will be able to:
- Utilize the key concepts of Catholic theology in a critical reflection on integral human experience.
- Engage in respectful dialogue on religious meaning in our globalized, multicultural society.
- Employ Christian moral imagination in moral reasoning and decision making that affirms and/or challenges secular and cultural values.
- Generate a substantive project that is animated by the Marianist Charism.
Students working toward a Bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework, which includes general education requirements, electives, pre-major requirements (if applicable) and major requirements.
- RE 103 World Religions
- Philosophy (choose one): PH 100 level courses
- Choose one:
- RE 205 The Christian God and Human Experience
- RE 211 The Bible as Controversy
Major Requirements: Christian Studies
- RE 301 Jesus, God and Man
- RE 308 Christian Ethics
- RE 314 Hebrew Scriptures
- RE 315 New Testament
- Two upper division electives with a Christian studies emphasis
Spirituality (choose one):
- RE 324 Sexuality in Christian Life
- RE 326 Christian Prayer
- RE 425 Religion, Science and the Modern Prospect
Asian (choose one):
- RE 357 Christians and Buddhists in Dialogue
- RE 359 India: Crossroads of Religions
- RE 365 Introduction to Chinese Thought
- RE 450 Hawaiian Oral and Religious Traditions
- RE 455
- RE 460 Buddhism
- RE 461 Zen: Self, Being and Time
- RE 469
- RE 471 Taoism
- RE 472 Confucianism
Capstone (choose one):
- RE 390 Transformational Leadership
- RE 490 Senior Seminar
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