Departmental Major & Minor
Rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition and committed to the social justice, the department serves a diverse student population by providing the opportunity to explore a variety of religious traditions.
Boston is a city where different cultures and traditions can be found around every corner; where our skyline is dotted with the domes and steeples of churches, mosques, temples and meeting halls. Our students venture out into city and global streets, to put into practice what they learn in the classroom.
A major or minor in Theology and Religious Studies can serve as a stepping stone to many fields. In today's globalizing, multicultural workplace, knowledge of other religions and cultures is essential. Our courses provide the kind of training in analysis, critical thinking, and expository writing that both employers and graduate schools are looking for. Our emphasis on experiential learning, service, and social justice helps prepare students to be caring and astute global citizens.
Requirements for Major in Theology and Religious Studies
Ten courses distributed as follows:
Two introductory courses:
- THEO 1111 Introduction to the Bible
- THEO 1101 Introduction to Religious Studies OR THEO 1103 Introduction to Catholic Theology
At least three courses from the following courses:
- THEO 2108 Religion and the Environment
- THEO 2111 Love and Justice
- THEO 2114The Prophets: Power, Politics, and Principles
- THEO 2135 World Religions
- THEO 2201War, Peace, and Religions
- THEO 2203Ethics in the New Testament: Discipleship and Community
- THEO 2205 The Gospels
- THEO 2208 Global Christianity
- THEO 2217 Women in the World Religions
- THEO 2219Women in Christian Traditions
- THEO 2221 Radical Christianity
- THEO 2301 Health Care: Social Justice and Economics
At least one course from the following:
- THEO 2105 Judaism
- THEO 2202 Hinduism
- THEO 2211 Islam
- THEO 2212 Buddhism
- THEO 2215 Chinese Religions
Three other 2000- or 3000-level courses, at least two of which must be 3000-level, or 4178, Directed Study.
The following course is also required:
- THEO 4182 Directed Research and Seminar
A Distinction in the Field option involving significant research under faculty direction is available to majors with a 3.5 GPA in department courses.
Students may include an approved internship as one of their ten courses.Back to Top
All Emmanuel students take two Religious Studies courses - here’s why one student chose to go on for more and complete a minor. The Minor in Theology and Religious Studies provides a convenient curriculum for students who would like to explore their religious questions beyond two courses, but who do not have room in their schedule for either a full-time major or a double major.
Requirements for Theology & Religious Studies Minor
The Minor consists of 5 courses chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor, at least one of which must be at the 3000-level, and no more than two at the 1000-level.Back to Top