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Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

At Ursuline, you’ll graduate with more than a degree; you’ll be prepared to change the world.

The Mission Statement of Ursuline College underscores the importance of the total development of persons. Study of the humanities and/or liberal arts fosters this growth, and religion has an integral part to play in such an education. The Religious Studies Department seeks to promote, deepen, and support the spiritual as well as the intellectual life of students. It encompasses the study of Scripture, the moral life, systematic and pastoral theology, religious history, world religions, and spirituality.

Religion deals with those areas of life that most closely touch upon a person’s relationship with God. The Religious Studies Department challenges the student to face the ultimate meaning of human existence and its relationship to the transcendent. At Ursuline the theological focus is centered in the Roman Catholic tradition. However, the Religious Studies Department provides courses outside of and encompassing more than that tradition. The department offers a major, with options for concentrations in three areas.

Define your focus

The Religious Studies program at Ursuline offers strong undergraduate preparation for careers in church ministry or the academic study of religion. It accommodates students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree as well as those returning to college to prepare for a career change or advancement. Coursework is also available leading to Cleveland diocesan certification in pastoral ministry.

The program is designed to meet the needs of students who follow the Roman Catholic tradition as well as those who are interested in the broader scope of religious studies. A two-track major, Catholic Studies and Religious Studies (34 credit hours) and a parallel two-track minor (21 credits hours) address these different perspectives. It is also possible to achieve a major in Jewish Studies through affiliation with the Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies.

Courses deliver intellectually stimulating experiences, support the development of the total person, and enrich on both personal and professional levels.

At Ursuline, you’ll graduate with more than a degree; you’ll be prepared to change the world.

The Mission Statement of Ursuline College underscores the importance of the total development of persons. Study of the humanities and/or liberal arts fosters this growth, and religion has an integral part to play in such an education. The Religious Studies Department seeks to promote, deepen, and support the spiritual as well as the intellectual life of students. It encompasses the study of Scripture, the moral life, systematic and pastoral theology, religious history, world religions, and spirituality.

Religion deals with those areas of life that most closely touch upon a person’s relationship with God. The Religious Studies Department challenges the student to face the ultimate meaning of human existence and its relationship to the transcendent. At Ursuline the theological focus is centered in the Roman Catholic tradition. However, the Religious Studies Department provides courses outside of and encompassing more than that tradition. The department offers a major, with options for concentrations in three areas.

Define your focus

The Religious Studies program at Ursuline offers strong undergraduate preparation for careers in church ministry or the academic study of religion. It accommodates students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree as well as those returning to college to prepare for a career change or advancement. Coursework is also available leading to Cleveland diocesan certification in pastoral ministry.

The program is designed to meet the needs of students who follow the Roman Catholic tradition as well as those who are interested in the broader scope of religious studies. A two-track major, Catholic Studies and Religious Studies (34 credit hours) and a parallel two-track minor (21 credits hours) address these different perspectives. It is also possible to achieve a major in Jewish Studies through affiliation with the Laura and Alvin Siegal College of Judaic Studies.

Courses deliver intellectually stimulating experiences, support the development of the total person, and enrich on both personal and professional levels.

Students prepare for careers in parish pastoral ministry, youth ministry, hospital ministry, religious education administration and teaching, campus ministry, church/religious architecture, religious art, music ministry, missionary work, religious bookstore sales and management, religious journalism, church camp ministry, academic scholarship and teaching, parish administration, social justice advocacy, prison ministry, retreat ministry, and ministry to the elderly.

Even more career choices emerge when the religious studies major is combined with another major or minor, such as business administration, education, nursing, health care management, art, music, psychology, English, philosophy, and public relations. For volunteers in church communities, courses in religious studies provide the background necessary for effective service.

You’ll take the following classes, in addition to your Ursuline Core Curriculum, to fulfill the requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies:

  • Religious Studies 205 – Intro to the Study of Religion
  • Religious Studies 312 – Hebrew Scriptures
  • Religious Studies 314 – Christian Scriptures
  • Religious Studies 322 – Christian Theology and Belief
  • Religious Studies 325 – Fundamental Principles of Morality
  • Religious Studies 342 – History of Christianity
  • Religious Studies 490 – Senior Project

You’ll also need five elective courses, and this is a perfect opportunity to specialize in the type of work you hope to do. You can pick electives in one of the following concentrations, or create your own:

  • Catholic Studies
  • Religion and Society
  • Pastoral Theology

Read course descriptions and learn about additional requirements and options in the Course Catalog.

Lisa Marie Belz, OSU, Ph.D. (Chair)

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