With the consent of chairperson and in consulation with a faculty member in the department, a student may engage in independent study in any of the areas approved by the instructor. Goals and objectives, and courses of study are to be set up before the student finalizes reqistration. Refer to the academic policy section for independent study policy. An independent study contract is required. May be repeated for credit.

Individual and independent reading, research, and writing under the guidance of a faculty member. Refer to academic policy section for independent study policy. May be repeated for credit. Restricted to students with junior or senior standing.

This course considers the origins and developments of, as well as the current theological issues concerning Christian rites and symbols. Students will engage with the shape and practice of worship and rituals as they impact human experience. Religious rites have celebrated initiation, adulthood, guilt and reconciliation, ministry and committment, sickness and death. Prerequisite: 160, 305, or 342. IFP

This course delves into the processes of moral interpretation and moral decision making in the fast-changing contemporary world. Students will learn the foundations for a moral decision-making process and the various ways in which the moral decision-making process can be utilized. They will look critically at various church documents which speak to specific moral issues of the day, while recognizing the values inherent in competing approaches to the moral issue.

This two semester course requires the student to work closely with two religious studies professors writing a major research paper that integrates historical, practical, exegetical, and systematic theology in a paper presented in a public arena. Student will enroll for one credit in the first semester and two credits in the second semester. This course is designed for religious studies majors and minors. Prerequisite: 160, 305, or 342. May berepeated for credit.

Courses on topics of interest to religious studies students offered on the basis of need, interest, or timeliness. Restricted to students with junior standing or higher. May be repeated for credit. For specific section description, click to the Section Details in VitNet.

Non-classroom experiences in the field of ministry, non-profit, or other related areas. Placements are off-campus, and may be full- or part-time, and with or without pay. Includes internship experience arranged by advisor and/or internship coordinator. Prerequisites: six credits of RLST. Restricted to students with junior standing or higher. Graded CR/NC.

A study of the meaning of justice and peace: in the Biblical context, in social encyclicals and in our lives as Christians today. An examination of forms of violence and oppression in persons and in structures. Emphasis on possible positive responses: acting justly, making peace, liberating the oppressed. Prerequisite: 160, 305, or 342. SJE, IFP

A survey of the major theological contributions of the Franciscan intellectual tradition that include the writings of Francis, Clare, Bonaventure, Scotus, Ockham and others. Students will consider the theological implications for our world today. Prerequisite: 160, 305, or 342. IFP

This course will examine historical, contemporary and emergent roles of women in communities of religous thought and practice, and will analyze systemic issues regarding gender, class, race, and ethnicity. It will investigate the ways in which women understand themselves in relationship to the divine, to the call to wholeness, and to worship. Prerequisite: 160, 305, or 342. IFP