Religious Studies

Degree Sequence & Program of Study

A major in Religous Studies is recommended both for students interested in religious education and/or church ministry, and for those wishing to augment their academic background in the area to support the liberal arts dimension of their chosen professional career (e.g., law, medical, business).

Students who plan to pursue a degree in Religious Studies must formally apply and be admitted as a major as soon as possible upon completion of 30 semester hours, at least 15 of which must be from the University of the Incarnate Word. To be eligible for admission to the RELS major, a student must have at least a 2.25 cumulative GPA. Without special arrangement, RELS courses taken before 1980 or courses taken at a state institution will not fulfill the 36-hour requirement or a major. Lower division classes are at the 1000 and 2000 levels,, and upper-division classes are at the 3000 and 4000 levels.

 

Degree Sequence

We offer the following degree sequence (four-year degree plan) to assist students and advisors.

Following this sequence increases the likelihood of completing this degree in four years' time. Dropping courses, retaking classes, or registering for less than a full course load will delay graduation, so always consult your academic advisor before deviating from this suggested sequence. Students may enroll in a course only if they have met all prerequisites for that course. Check the UIW Bulletin for details.

 

Major in Religious Studies (36 credit hours)

1. 18 credit hours of Required Courses (see below)

2. 3 advanced credit hours in Biblical Studies (Choose one from below)

RELS 1305 Introduction to Theology and Ethics (3)

RELS 1315 Origins of Christianity (3)

RELS 1325 The Religious Quest (3)

RELS 1335 Spirituality and Prayer (3)

RELS 3345 World Religions (3)

RELS 4370 Senior Seminar (3)

RELS 3301 Bible: Genesis to Kings(3)

RELS 3310 Pauline Literature (3)

RELS 3315 Gospel and Acts (3)

RELS 33 Contemporary Issues (3)

3. 3 advanced credit hours in Theological Studies (Choose one from below)

4. 3 advanced credit hours in Religion and Culture (Choose one from below)

RELS 3303 Understanding Catholicism (3)

RELS 3320 Christian Symbols and Celebrations (3)

RELS 3335 God and Human Sexuality (3)

RELS 3340 Feminist Theology (3)

RELS 3350 Environmental Theology & Ethics (3)

RELS 3365 Christian Worship

RELS 3399 Contemporary Issues (3)

RELS 4320 Latino/a Theology and Culture (3)

RELS 4330 Death and Belief

RELS 4360 Theologies of Liberation (3)

RELS 4362 Lay Leadership and Prayer (3)

RELS 3305 Catholic Social Teachings (3)

RELS 3322 Christianity through Art (3)

RELS 3325 Arts for Christian Worship (3)

RELS 3329 Religion in America (3)

RELS 3330 Religion, Values, and Film (3)

RELS 3335 God and Human Sexuality (3)

RELS 3350 Environmental Theology & Ethics (3)

RELS 3355 U.S. Latino/a Spirituality (3)

RELS 1370 Christian Ethics (3)

RELS 3399 Contemporary Issues (3)

5. 9 Semester Hours of RELS electives from one  

of four options

Option A – General Religious Studies

Option B – Biblical Studies Concentration

9 semester hours of any advanced RELS electives

RELS 3301 Bible: Genesis to Kings(3)

RELS 3310 Pauline Literature (3)

RELS 3315 Gospel and Acts (3)

RELS 33 Contemporary Issues (3)

Option C – Catholic Studies Concentration

Option D – Theological Studies Concentration

RELS 3303 Understanding Catholicism (3)

RELS 3305 Catholic Social Teachings (3)

RELS 3320 Christian Symbols and Celebrations (3)

RELS 3355 U.S. Latino/a Spirituality

RELS 3365 Christian Worship (3)

RELS 1370 Christian Ethics (3)

RELS 3399 Contemporary Issues (3)

RELS 4320 Latino/a Theology and Culture (3)

RELS 4360 Theologies of Liberation (3)

RELS 3303 Understanding Catholicism (3)

RELS 3335 God and Human Sexuality (3)

RELS 3340 Feminist Theology (3)

RELS 3350 Environmental Theology & Ethics (3)

RELS 3365 Christian Worship

RELS 3399 Contemporary Issues (3)

RELS 4320 Latino/a Theology and Culture (3)

RELS 4330 Death and Belief

RELS 4360 Theologies of Liberation (3)

RELS 4362 Lay Leadership and Prayer (3)

6. RELS 4x49 Field Education (under the direction of UIW RELS faculty) is recommended for those seeking position in religious education or ministry. One to three credit hours.

7. 6 semester hours of Philosophy is recommended.

8. Second major or a concentration or minor of 12-18 semester hours (6 upper-division hours) is recommended.

 

   
   
   

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