Theology and Religious Studies

Bachelor of Arts  Ɩ  Associate of Arts  Ɩ  Minor Program  Ɩ  Faculty

Grounded in the Roman Catholic theological tradition and the charism of the Society of the Divine Word, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Theology and Religious Studies offers religious Sisters, Brothers, and lay men and women an integrated program of intellectual development, personal faith formation, and practical training for ministry. This program facilitates the acquisition of the academic knowledge, critical skills, and spiritual dispositions essential for integrating traditional Church teaching with contemporary pastoral issues encountered in ministerial practice. In preparation for ministry in intercultural and international missionary situations, the curriculum takes distinctively SVD approaches to spirituality and mission with regard to the following: (1) academic study; (2) spiritual formation in community; (3) intercultural competency; (4) leadership training skills, and; (5) the dynamic integration of ministerial practice and theological reflection. Graduates will be prepared to serve the Church in diverse cultural and local contexts, to engage in primary and new evangelization, and to exercise collaborative leadership in a variety of parochial and ecclesial ministries.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a major in Theology and Religious Studies will:

  • Understand the basic doctrines, traditions, and scriptural interpretation of the Church.
  • Distinguish between official Church teaching and theological opinion, recognizing how these find expression in diverse cultural contexts.
  • Integrate academic learning, spiritual formation, and theological reflection as foundations for pastoral ministry.
  • Apply appropriate methods of lay ministry, education, and faith formation within particular contexts in local churches.
  • Internalize requisite attitudes and skills for dialogue with persons in ecumenical, interreligious, intercultural, and secular contexts.  

Assessment in Theology and Religious Studies

In addition to course-specific assessment activities, the program’s overall effectiveness will be assessed through an advanced Senior Synthesis Seminar that will require students to reflect on their own interpretation of theology, spirituality, ecclesiology, and Christology.

Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies Curriculum     

Pre-Requisite: TRS 090 Faith, Belief & Tradition    
  (passing grade required or test out) Non Credit  
Core Curriculum   9 Credit Hours  
TRS 121 Introduction to Catholic Theology 3  
TRS 211 Old Testament 3  
TRS 212 New Testament 3  
Lower Division   15 Credit Hours  
TRS 233 Sacramental & Liturgical Theology 3  
TRS 250 Prayer 3  
TRS 253 Christian Ethics 3  
TRS 273 Pastoral Care 3  
TRS 293 World Religions 3  
Upper Division   13 Credit Hours  
TRS 333 Christology 3  
TRS 353 Catholic Social Teaching 3  
TRS 370 Missiology 3  
TRS 441 Vatican II Theology 3  
TRS 490 Senior Synthesis Seminar 1  
Electives   8 Credit Hours  
Lower Division      
TRS 131 Ministerial & Theological Integration I 1  
TRS 175 Special Topics 2  
TRS 231 Ministerial and Theological Integration II 1  
TRS 232 Public Witness/Reflection Skills 3  
TRS 242 Faith and Film 2  
TRS 275 Catechist Special Topics 2  
TRS 277 Teaching Methods 3  
TRS 285 Liturgical Practicum 3  
TRS 295 Summer Internship 1-3  
TRS 299 Ministry and the Arts 1  
Upper Division      
TRS 312 Mariology 3  
TRS 331 Ministerial and Theological Integration III 1  
TRS 335 Church History 3  
TRS 336 Ecclesiology 3  
TRS 355 Moral Theology 3  
TRS 363 Spirituality 3  
TRS 375 Scripture Special Topics 2  
TRS 377 Inter-Religious Dialogue 3  
TRS 385 Pastoral Leadership Skills 3  
TRS 395 Pastoral Practicum 3  
TRS 399 Pastoral Counseling Practicum 3  
TRS 412 Scripture as Literature 2  
TRS 422 Women of the Bible 2  
TRS 432 Contemporary Theology: 2  
  Eco-Theology, Religion and Science, Politics & Religion,
Digital Evangelization
TRS 475 Leadership Special Topics 2  
TRS 495 Catechetical Methods Practicum 2  
Total for the Theology and Religious Studies Major 36  Credit Hours



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Minor in Theology and Religious Studies

TRS 233 Sacramental and Liturgical Theology       3      
TRS 293 World Religions            3
TRS 333 Christology 3
TRS 253 Christian Ethics  
OR TRS 353 Catholic Social Teaching 3
 TRS 370 Missiology 3
Plus TRS Elective to total 3 credits 3
Total  Credit Hours   18


Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Theology and Religious Studies

TRS 090 Faith, Belief & Traditions (may test out)  
Core Curriculum (44 Credit Hours)  
Required Theology and Religious Studies   12 Credit Hours
TRS 232 Sacramental & Liturgical Theology 3
TRS 250 Prayer 3
TRS 273 Pastoral Care 3
TRS 293 World Religions 3
Electives in Theology and Religious Studies   4 Credit Hours
Choose any course(s) from the TRS Electives to total 4 credits