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Students majoring in Theology and Religious Studies choose one of two specializations: Christian Theology or Comparative Religion. The Christian Theology specialization offers students an opportunity to explore the beliefs, texts, practices, and ethics of the Christian tradition from an in-depth, theological perspective. If students want to study religions such as Judaism, Islam, and Buddhism in addition to Christianity, they may choose to specialize in Comparative Religion in which they examine these traditions in themselves or in dialogue with each other.
In order to earn the bachelor of arts degree with a major in theology and religious studies, students must complete a minimum 180 credits with a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.00. The B.A. requires 50 credits in Theology and Religious Studies, which does not include related courses taken for credit toward the requirements of the University Core Curriculum.
Christian Theology Specialization Requirements
Theological Ethics: 10 credits Elective: 5 creditsSenior Synthesis/Capstone: 5 credits
Comparative Religion Specialization Requirements
Introduction to Comparative Religion: 5 creditsIntroduction to Sacred Texts: 5 creditsWorld Religion: 15 creditsSacred Texts: 5 creditsChristian Thought: 5 creditsEthics: 5 creditsElective: 5 creditsSenior Synthesis/Capstone: 5 credits
Both specializations prepare students for graduate school (in a variety of fields) and careers in teaching, ministry, or non-profit organizations.
The Department of Theology and Religious Studies respects and values the diverse backgrounds of students and faculty at Seattle University. Theology and Religious Studies majors and minors need not practice or identify with a particular religious tradition in order to grasp its central ideas and engage in the process of critical reflection that reinterprets a tradition and discerns its values.
The honors major in theology and religious studies offers an opportunity for motivated and capable students to engage in more extensive interaction with faculty and to complete challenging individual research projects that will further their personal and professional goals.
In order to earn a minor in theology and religious studies, students must complete 30 credits in Theology and Religious Studies.