Feb 24, 2024  

Theology and Religious Studies, Traditional Track, B.A.

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College of Arts and Sciences

The Theology and Religious Studies major offers two tracks - the Traditional track, which consists of 24 upper division credit hours, and the Teaching track. For details on the Teaching track please see Theology and Religious Studies - Teaching Track, B.A. )


Traditional Track

For completion of the Traditional track in Theology and Religious Studies, all courses with a designation of TH 3000 and above count toward the 24 upper-division hours. A senior exit activity/interview is required.

To find which courses will fulfill core requirements, search the Course Schedule by “Attribute Type” to locate courses in the current and upcoming semester that fulfill specific core requirements. The Course Schedule is located on the Rockhurst Registrar’s webpage at www.rockhurst/registrar.

Lower division course requirements:

Select 1 course from the following list of foundational courses:

Additional requirements:

Students must take an additional 21 credit hours with a designation of TH 3000 and above to complete the 24 required upper division hours. Majors are urged to take more than the minimum of 24 hours of upper division work.

Also required:

Also required for students pursuing a Theology and Religious Studies major:

Students must complete two semesters of college-level study of one language other than English. This requirement may be fulfilled by completing two semesters of college-level literature in one language other than English.

In either case the language courses must  be taken for college-level credit. [Neither College Level Examination Program (CLEP) nor Advanced Placement (AP) exams fulfill this requirement.] A grade of C or better is required in each upper division course of the major. (A grade of C- will not satisfy the requirement.)

An additional 12 credit hours of related upper division courses are also required, to be chosen with the guidance of the major advisor. These 12 hours of related course work must pertain directly to the major concentration. Selected courses in history, philosophy, or other disciplines approved by the major advisor, constitute related course work.

Optional Senior Capstone

Senior majors in Theology & Religious Studies are strongly encouraged to engage in a capstone research project in either the fall or spring semester of their final year. Research would result in an article-length study on a topic of the student’s choice in consultation with the capstone director (a faculty member appointed for that task by the department). Students pursuing this option should consult the Department Chair prior to course registration of the semester they wish to undertake their capstone research project.

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