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Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

At Ursuline, you’re going to find well-respected theologians who are thought leaders in the field of religious studies.

Ursuline’s Religious Studies faculty have accomplished impressive things: they’ve addressed the United Nations, studied at Oxford with the National Endowment for the Humanities, they have been interviewed on TV news, write blogs about feminism and religion, and published many books and textbooks. In this major, you’ll be able to customize your program to your unique interests: maybe you’ll pursue the Cleveland Diocesan Certificate in Pastoral Ministry to teach in K-12 parochial schools, major in Judaic Studies through our partnership with the College of Judaic Studies, or develop a concentration of your own. You can also take advantage of the bridge program in Religious Studies, saving you time and money by accelerating the path to your master’s degree in Theological and Pastoral Studies.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’ll deepen your spiritual and intellectual life.
  • You’ll study scripture, the moral life, systematic and pastoral theology, religious history, world religions, and spirituality.
  • You’ll analyze the areas of life that most closely touch upon a person’s relationship with God.
  • You’ll be challenged to face the ultimate meaning of human existence and its relationship to the transcendent.

Learn more on the Religious Studies program homepage.

At Ursuline, you’re going to find well-respected theologians who are thought leaders in the field of religious studies.

Ursuline’s Religious Studies faculty have accomplished impressive things: they’ve addressed the United Nations, studied at Oxford with the National Endowment for the Humanities, they have been interviewed on TV news, write blogs about feminism and religion, and published many books and textbooks. In this major, you’ll be able to customize your program to your unique interests: maybe you’ll pursue the Cleveland Diocesan Certificate in Pastoral Ministry to teach in K-12 parochial schools, major in Judaic Studies through our partnership with the College of Judaic Studies, or develop a concentration of your own. You can also take advantage of the bridge program in Religious Studies, saving you time and money by accelerating the path to your master’s degree in Theological and Pastoral Studies.

Outcomes of the program

  • You’ll deepen your spiritual and intellectual life.
  • You’ll study scripture, the moral life, systematic and pastoral theology, religious history, world religions, and spirituality.
  • You’ll analyze the areas of life that most closely touch upon a person’s relationship with God.
  • You’ll be challenged to face the ultimate meaning of human existence and its relationship to the transcendent.

Learn more on the Religious Studies program homepage.

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.

The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies degree may also serve as a bridge to the Master of Arts in Theological and Pastoral Studies at Ursuline College. The bridge program allows qualified Religious Studies majors to take a select set of graduate ministry courses toward their Master of Arts requirements, which also satisfy a maximum of 9 credits of undergraduate Religious Studies requirements. Students must meet admission criteria to the bridge program.

The Religious Studies major may serve as partial fulfillment of the requirements for the certification of elementary and high school teachers of religion in the Diocese of Cleveland.

You’ll take the following classes, in addition to your Ursuline Core Curriculum, to fulfil 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

 

To minor in Religious Studies, take the following classes:

  • 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
  • One elective course in Religious Studies

 

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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