Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2018-2019, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on May 1, 2018. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Theology and Religious Studies Major

Preparation for the Major

Lower Division
Select two courses from the following:6
Exploring Religious Meaning
Introduction to World Religions
World Religions in San Diego
Introductory Studies in Catholic Theology
Introduction to Biblical Studies
Christianity and Its Practice
Christianity and Conquest
Chicanx Religious Identities
War and Peace in the Christian Tradition
Special Topics in Theology
Special Topics in Religious Studies
Christian Changemakers
Religion and Animals
Majors are encouraged to choose these two lower-divisions courses in consultation with their advisors and with careful attention to the various prerequisites specified for upper-division courses.
Total Units6

Major Requirements

Majors may concentrate in specific areas of study through careful distribution of their elective units, including but not limited to biblical studies, religious studies, systematic theology, and theological ethics. It is important to select an advisor specialized in one’s area of interest.

Upper Division
THRS 301Religion Café: Majors and Minors Seminar3
Select one course in Bible or in Christianity chosen from the following:3
Sexual Ethics in the Catholic Tradition
HIV/AIDS and Christian Ethics
Christian Social Ethics
Catholic Social Thought
Religous Peacebuilding and Reconciliation
Faith & Environmental Justice
Christian Worship
Christian Sacramental Practice
Christian Marriage
Early Christianities
Catholicism in the United States
Saints and Sinners in U.S. Protestantism
Latinoa Catholicism
Who Is Jesus?
Christian Understanding of the Human Person
Christian Understandings of Salvation
Black and Womanist Theologies
Feminist Theology and Ethics
Latino/a Theologies
Liberation Theology
Faith and Politics: Theological Perspectives
Racial Justice: Catholic Perspectives
The Five Books of Moses
The Prophetic Tradition of Israel
Sinners and Social Justice: The Gospel of Luke
Paul, the Man & his Message
Word and Wisdom: John's Portrait of Jesus
The World of the Bible
Select one course in a religious tradition other than Christianity chosen from:3
Jewish Faith and Practice - Advanced Writing
The Hindu Tradition
Jewish Faith and Practice
Buddhist Thought and Culture
Islamic Faith and Practice
The Daoist Tradition
Religions of China
Islam, Women and Literature
Native American Religious Traditions
Afro-Latin Religions
Select one course from the following: 13
Themes in Theological Studies 2
Themes in Religious Studies 2
Elective Credits18
Students must complete 18 other units (6 courses) of elective credit in THRS, only 3 units of which may be chosen from among the lower-division courses. Majors may concentrate in specific areas of study through careful distribution of their elective units, including but not limited to biblical studies, religious studies, systematic theology, and theological ethics. It is important to select an advisor specialized in one’s area of interest.
Total Units30

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Theology and Religious Studies Minor

Minor Requirements – 18 units

18 units in Theology and Religious Studies, of which at least 9 must be upper division courses.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2016-2017, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2016. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

THRS 110, THRS 112, THRS 113, THRS 114, THRS 116, THRS 119, THRS 120, THRS 121, THRS 123, THRS 202, THRS 203, THRS 231, THRS 232, THRS 301, THRS 311, THRS 312, THRS 313, THRS 314, THRS 315, THRS 316, THRS 317, THRS 318, THRS 320, THRS 321, THRS 323, THRS 326, THRS 331, THRS 332, THRS 333, THRS 334, THRS 335, THRS 336, THRS 338, THRS 341, THRS 342, THRS 343, THRS 349, THRS 353, THRS 356, THRS 357, THRS 358, THRS 359, THRS 360, THRS 361, THRS 362, THRS 365, THRS 366, THRS 367, THRS 368, THRS 369, THRS 370, THRS 371, THRS 375, THRS 376, THRS 381, THRS 382, THRS 383, THRS 385, THRS 386, THRS 388, THRS 390, THRS 394, THRS 450W, THRS 451W, THRS 499

THRS 110 | EXPLORING RELIGIOUS MEANING

Units: 3

Core Attributes: First year Integration, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

A thematic and topical introduction to the study of religion. Drawing material from at least four religious traditions, including Christianity, this course considers a range of possible themes and topics such as symbol, ritual, mysticism, myth, material culture, gender, ethics, ecology, death and the afterlife, and contemplative practice.

THRS 112 | INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS

Units: 3-4

Core Attributes: First year Integration, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

A survey of the major religious traditions of the world, focusing on an understanding of the religious world views and practices that shape cultures across the globe. Selected readings from these traditions, which will include Christianity, the religions of India and East Asia, Judaism, Islam, and the religions of indigenous oral cultures.

THRS 113 | WORLD RELIGIONS IN SAN DIEGO

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 1, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

A survey of major religious traditions of the world, including Catholic Christianity, focusing on their presence in San Diego and issues of power, privilege, and social justice.

THRS 114 | INTRODUCTION TO CATHOLIC THEOLOGY

Units: 3

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

This course is an introductory survey designed to prepare students for upper division courses in Christian theology. Topics may include the scriptures, history of the Church and/or theology, the nature of theological discourse, introduction to theological terms and definitions, and examination of select topics or issues in theology. Emphasis will be placed on the constitutive dimensions and characteristics of the Roman Catholic tradition.

THRS 116 | INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL STUDIES

Units: 3

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

A study of the Bible: its formation, historical character, primary themes, and interpretation.

THRS 119 | CHRISTIANITY AND ITS PRACTICE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: First year Integration, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

An introduction to Christian belief and practice through reflection on classic and contemporary expressions of the Christian life. Students may not receive credit for taking both THRS 119 and THRS 120.

THRS 120 | CHRISTIANITY AND CONQUEST

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 1, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

An introduction to the history, current status, and theological themes of Christianity, including Catholicism. Emphasis on the relationship between Western Christianity and European colonialism, including how Christian beliefs have been deployed both to rationalize and to resist imperialist and colonialist domination. Students may not receive credit for taking both THRS 119 and THRS 120.

THRS 121 | CHICANX RELIGIOUS IDENTITIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 1, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

An historical and contextual investigation of Chicanx identities in relation to religious and spiritual traditions, with special attention to Catholic Christianity. Students will engage in community based learning and reflect critically on constructions of power, privilege, and oppression.

THRS 123 | WAR AND PEACE IN THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Ethical Inquiry area, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

An examination of the three dominant paradigms for thinking about war and peace in the Christian tradition: holy war, pacifism, and just war. We will consider how these frameworks are employed today in both religious and secular contexts as we apply these frameworks to evaluation of particular conflicts/issues, which may include: the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, humanitarian interventions, the ‘war on terrorism,’ preemptive and preventive war, drones, weapons of mass destruction, and care for veterans. Throughout, students will build skills in ethical analysis and reflexivity. Students may not receive credit for both THRS 123 and THRS 323. There are no prerequisites for this class.

THRS 202 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEOLOGY

Units: 3-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area, Theo/Relig Study-Pre F17 CORE

An examination of selected issues or themes in religion, and/or theological ethics, from one or more Christian perspectives, to be chosen by the instructor. Topics will vary semester by semester. A list of current special topic offerings is available on the department website.

THRS 203 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Units: 2-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

An examination of selected issues or themes in religion to be chosen by the instructor. Topics will have a comparative focus, with special attention to Catholic Christianity as well as theory and method in religious studies. Topics will vary semester by semester. A list of current special topic offerings is available on the department website.

THRS 231 | CHRISTIAN CHANGEMAKERS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 1, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

An introduction to the nature and scope of Christian theology, with a special focus on Christians who have created positive social change. We study the works of a select group of writers, thinkers, and activists, all of whom have been significantly shaped by their encounter with Christianity, and have, in turn, created lasting testimonies of significant cultural value because of that encounter. Throughout the semester students engage in self-reflection about their life experiences and core values; in written assignments students explore what it means to create positive social change in our world. There are no prerequisites for this course.

THRS 232 | RELIGION AND ANIMALS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

An introduction to the subfield of animals and religion. Special attention will be given to Catholic and Jewish traditions, world views, and practices.

THRS 301 | RELIGION CAFÉ: MAJORS AND MINORS SEMINAR

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

Through the study of exemplary texts and presentations from invited Theology and Religious Studies faculty members, this seminar will introduce students to the various methodologies in the academic study of religion, as well as to the research interests of current faculty members in the department. This course will also address basic research methodologies, the use of the library and the internet, and the construction of a research paper. This seminar is required of all majors and is open to minors. The course should be taken as soon as possible following the declaration of the major or minor.

THRS 311 | JEWISH FAITH AND PRACTICE - ADVANCED WRITING

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Advanced writing competency, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

An examination of Jewish beliefs and practices, their historical and biblical foundations, and their theological and cultural expressions. Students will write a thesis-driven research paper. This course fulfills the Advanced Writing requirement of the core curriculum. Students may not receive credit for taking both THRS 311 and THRS 313.

THRS 312 | THE HINDU TRADITION

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A historical and systematic study of Indian religion from the Vedic revelation to modern theologians, with special emphasis on points of contact between Hindu and Christian thought.

THRS 313 | JEWISH FAITH AND PRACTICE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

An examination of Jewish beliefs and practices, their historical and biblical foundations, and their theological and cultural expressions. Students may not receive credit for taking both THRS 311 and THRS 313.

THRS 314 | BUDDHIST THOUGHT AND CULTURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Global Diversity level 2, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 113 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 123 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

An introduction to the academic study of Buddhism. The course systematically explores the historical development, philosophical premises, religious practices, social institutions, and cultural expressions of the world’s Buddhist traditions, with special emphasis on points of contact between Buddhist and Christian thought.

THRS 315 | ISLAMIC FAITH AND PRACTICE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

This course is designed to provide students with a basic introduction to Islam. The monotheistic belief system and the concept of Qur'anic law will be the focus of the early part of the course. Brief overview of its early history will be followed by discussions on questions of interpretation, reform, and renewal.

THRS 316 | THE DAOIST TRADITION

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

An introduction to the Daoist (Taoist) tradition as both an indigenous Chinese religion and global cultural and religious phenomenon. This course provides a systematic overview of Daoist history and explores important and representative Daoist concerns such as cosmology, dietetics, ethics, meditation, ritual, and scripture study.

THRS 317 | RELIGIONS OF CHINA

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

An introduction to Chinese religions with specific emphasis placed on the indigenous Chinese religions of Confucianism and Daoism (Taoism) as well as on Chinese forms of Buddhism. This course explores not only Confucianism, Daoism, and Buddhism as Chinese cultural traditions, but also the transformation of those traditions in contemporary China and in contemporary America.

THRS 318 | ISLAM, WOMEN AND LITERATURE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Relig Study-Pre F17 CORE

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

The course will set in perspective the diversity of cultural manifestations of Islam in its regard for women. It will require a selective exploration of literary works. The writings reflect debates regarding the ever-changing role of Muslim women within various religious, social, geographic, economic and political contexts, primarily in the last 50 years, a period of significant historical change in the Muslim world.

THRS 320 | NATIVE AMERICAN RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Relig Study-Pre F17 CORE

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A historical and systematic investigation into the spiritual contribution of Native Americans, their ethos, and their meaning for Christianity and the future of humanity.

THRS 321 | AFRO-LATIN RELIGIONS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

This course studies the three main religions of African origins in Latin America and the United States. Lukumí/Candomblé, Vodoun, Olivorism, and Umbanda are approached and interpreted from diverse perspectives: historical, cultural, theological, etc. Their formation and development are contextualized in the Latin American experience of slavery and subsequent racist cultural (and legal) realities. Their contemporary significance is discussed.

THRS 323 | WAR AND PEACE IN THE CHRISTIAN TRADITION

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: First year Integration, Ethical Inquiry area, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

An examination of the three dominant paradigms for thinking about war and peace in the Christian tradition: holy war, pacifism, and just war. We will consider how these frameworks are employed today in both religious and secular contexts as we apply these frameworks to the evaluation of particular conflicts/issues, which may include: the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, humanitarian interventions, the ‘war on terrorism,’ preemptive and preventive war, drones, weapons of mass destruction, and care for veterans. Throughout, students will build skills in ethical analysis and reflexivity. Students may not receive credit for both THRS 123 and THRS 323. There are no prerequisites for this course.

THRS 326 | RELIGION AND THE PERFORMING ARTS IN BALI

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Advanced Integration, Global Diversity level 1, Theo/Religious Inquiry area, International

This course will integrate the perspectives of religious studies, music, and ethnomusicology in exploring the faith and practices of Balinese Hindus and examining the complex integration of music, dance, drama, and other arts in their vibrant ritual life. Emphasis will be placed on indigenous, colonial, and neocolonial expressions of cultural, social, and economic power and privilege on the island. Offered as a study abroad course in Bali, Indonesia, in tandem with MUSC 341.

THRS 331 | SEXUAL ETHICS IN THE CATHOLIC TRADITION

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Ethical Inquiry area, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

An examination of human sexuality from the perspective of the Roman Catholic tradition. After an introduction to Catholic ethical method, the course examines traditional and contemporary understandings of sexuality, gender, sexual orientation, love, and justice. This provides a foundation for consideration of moral norms regarding such issues as marriage, non- marital sex, LGBTQ sexuality, masturbation, pornography, birth control, prostitution, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS.

THRS 332 | HIV/AIDS AND CHRISTIAN ETHICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Advanced writing competency, First year Integration, Domestic Diversity level 1, Ethical Inquiry area, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

An examination of the intersection of Christian theological ethics and the dilemma of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (hereafter, HIV/AIDS). We begin with an introduction to ethical method in the Christian tradition, an overview of the science of HIV/AIDS, and an overview of the sociological and statistical data pertaining to the global pandemic. From there we have the foundation to discuss a range of ethical issues on the topic of HIV/AIDS. Students will select a topic to explore in further detail in an individual research paper project. Our class format will include lecture, group work (including analysis of case studies), discussion with guest speakers, field trips, and facilitated discussion. In addition to required readings, required films and site visits to community organizations will challenge students to engage the personal stories of HIV-positive and AIDS-diagnosed persons.

THRS 333 | LGBTQ+ AND CHRISTIANITY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Advanced Integration, Domestic Diversity level 2, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 113 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 123 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A critical analysis of how Christians have understood marginalized sexual identities and gender identities, with particular attention to issues of power, privilege, and intersectionality.

THRS 334 | CHRISTIAN SOCIAL ETHICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Ethical Inquiry area, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of Christian social ethics. Students will read selections from Christian thinkers, examine various sources of and approaches to Christian ethical reflection, and critically assess a variety of contemporary moral issues.

THRS 335 | CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Community Service Learning, Domestic Diversity level 1, Ethical Inquiry area, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

This course will examine the living tradition of Catholic social thought. Major themes in Catholic social teaching will be explored, including the role of the Church in civil society, economic justice, sustainability, peacemaking, and a consistent ethic of solidarity, among others.

THRS 336 | RELIGOUS PEACEBUILDING AND RECONCILIATION

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

An exploration of the theory and practice of religious peacebuilding and a survey of constructive resources for conflict transformation, violence prevention, and reconciliation processes in divided societies.

THRS 338 | FAITH & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Advanced writing competency, Domestic Diversity level 1, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

This course explores how faith rooted approaches to ecological issues can play a pivotal role in addressing our current environmental crisis.

THRS 341 | CHRISTIAN WORSHIP

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Relig Study-Pre F17 CORE

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

An introduction to the study of Christian liturgy through an examination of the history of liturgical practice, of myth and symbol as dimensions of sacramentality, and of theological and cultural principles of celebration.

THRS 342 | CHRISTIAN SACRAMENTAL PRACTICE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Relig Study-Pre F17 CORE

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A study of the practice, history, and theology of Christian initiation, eucharist, penance, anointing of the sick, holy orders, and matrimony.

THRS 343 | CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

A theological study of Christian marriage with consideration of the historical development and current pastoral understanding of this sacrament.

THRS 349 | ART AND THE THEOLOGICAL IMAGINATION

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

What role do the arts and creative expression play in the task of theology, the disciplined and critical reflection on belief and the nature of God? The meanings discoverable through art and the creative process lead to deeper questions, enhancing critical thought. Art expresses our nature as spiritual beings inseparable from the material world; it explores morality, politics, emotion, the subconscious, and the unknown. The “theological imagination” is a way of perceiving and appreciating the sensible world, as Margaret Miles points out, “with ‘a certain slant of light,’ in which other human beings, the natural world, and objects appear in their full beauty, transformed.” The thesis of the course is that great art, whether explicitly containing religious symbolism or not, reveals the depth dimension of reality, what might be called “God.” This course will consider the meaning and function of theological aesthetics, and attempt to cultivate tools for the appreciation of visual culture: a sharper awareness of seeing, attention to detail, and the habit of mind that recognizes the beautiful as well as the ambiguous.

THRS 353 | EARLY CHRISTIANITIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 113 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 123 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

This course investigates the earliest Christianities from the first five centuries of the common era with an emphasis on the diversity and contestations of practices and beliefs that characterize the period. Students will focus on the demarcation of Christianity from Judaism, the forms of self-definition that emerge in the period of imperial persecution, and the shifts that take place when the movement gains the support of the Roman emperors in the fourth century. Emphasis will be placed on working with ancient texts and situating them in their broader historical and cultural contexts.

THRS 356 | CATHOLICISM IN THE UNITED STATES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 2, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A study of the history of the Catholic Church in the United States of America. Emphasis on racial and ethnic diversity in the Church, with attention to how social, political, and ecclesial power dynamics have shaped Catholics’ varied experiences. Required any lower division THRS course or permission of the instructor.

THRS 357 | SAINTS AND SINNERS IN U.S. PROTESTANTISM

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

The histories and theologies of Protestantism in the United States from the perspective of individuals and movements that have had significant intellectual and cultural influence, for example on issues of gender, politics, or science. This course is usually taught through role-playing simulation games.

THRS 358 | LATINOA CATHOLICISM

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A culturally contextualized study of the beliefs and practices of Latinoa Catholics in the U.S., with particular emphasis on popular Catholicism.

THRS 359 | JESUS OF HOLLYWOOD

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 113 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 123 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A critical analysis of the life and message of Jesus of Nazareth through the lens of Hollywood films, including theological, historical, and socio-cultural issues raised by this cinematic tradition.

THRS 360 | WHO IS JESUS?

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A critical investigation of the person and ministry of Jesus in light of Scripture, the Christian tradition, and contemporary concerns.

THRS 361 | CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING OF THE HUMAN PERSON

Units: 3

Core Attributes: Theo/Relig Study-Pre F17 CORE

Prerequisites: THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 202

A theological exploration of the meaning and dignity of human persons in terms of their relationships to God and to creation.

THRS 362 | CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDINGS OF SALVATION

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

An examination of Christian understandings of salvation from biblical, historical, and contemporary perspectives.

THRS 365 | BLACK AND WOMANIST THEOLOGIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 2, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

This course will explore Black and Womanist theologies in historical context, paying particular attention to the historical movements, foundational thinkers, and critical voices that have shaped and are reshaping Black and Womanist theologies.

THRS 366 | THE PROBLEM OF GOD

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: First year Integration, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

The questions “What is God?,” “Does God exist?” and “What does it mean to believe in God?” are investigated against the background of classical theism and modern thought.

THRS 367 | FEMINIST THEOLOGY AND ETHICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 1, Ethical Inquiry area, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

An exploration of contemporary feminist theologies and ethics from the Christian perspective to gain knowledge of feminist contributions and challenges to the whole of Christian traditions. Included is a survey of the historical emergence of feminist theologies, methods, major theological themes, and feminist Christian approaches to contemporary problems (from different contexts and multiple perspectives).

THRS 368 | LATINO/A THEOLOGIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Relig Study-Pre F17 CORE

Prerequisites: THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 358

An analysis of the contexts, major themes, authors, and texts of U.S. Latino/a and/or Latin American theologies. Liberation and cultural theologies will be emphasized.

THRS 369 | LIBERATION THEOLOGY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 2, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A study of the origin, characteristics, method, central themes, and current expressions of liberation theology. Special emphasis on the understanding of revelation, God, Jesus Christ, the Church, the human being, Christian ethics, social justice, and Christian spirituality.

THRS 370 | GENDER AND RELIGION IN THE UNITED STATES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

An examination of religion’s role in shaping womanhood and manhood, and the roles men and women have played in shaping religious communities in the U.S.

THRS 371 | CULTS AND SECTS IN THE UNITED STATES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 123 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

An examination of new religious movements commonly called cults and sects in the U.S.

THRS 375 | FAITH AND POLITICS: THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

A theological study of the public and political roles of religion, including evaluation of the impact of religious beliefs on political behavior.

THRS 376 | RACIAL JUSTICE: CATHOLIC PERSPECTIVES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Domestic Diversity level 2, Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A study of Catholic approaches to the struggle for racial justice in US society and the US Catholic Church.

THRS 381 | THE FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 113 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 123 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A study of the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy), the history of their composition, and their theological contributions to Judaism and Christianity.

THRS 382 | THE PROPHETIC TRADITION OF ISRAEL

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A study of Old Testament prophets in their historical, social, and political backgrounds. Attention is given to the contribution of the prophets to Jewish-Christian theologies and their significance for the contemporary world.

THRS 383 | SINNERS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE: THE GOSPEL OF LUKE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 113 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 123 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A study of the Gospel of Luke, with some attention also to Acts of the Apostles. Some of the major themes examined are wealth and poverty, gender, and discipleship.

THRS 385 | PAUL, THE MAN & HIS MESSAGE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A study of the Pauline writings and theological thought. Major themes are reviewed with respect to their applications to present-day Christian life.

THRS 386 | WORD AND WISDOM: JOHN'S PORTRAIT OF JESUS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 113 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 123 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A study of the Johannine writings, particularly the Gospel of John. Some of the major themes examined are Jesus's identity and presentation of God, and the role of women in the gospel.

THRS 388 | THE WORLD OF THE BIBLE

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

A survey of historical, political, social, cultural, and religious conditions of selected periods in biblical history.

THRS 390 | THE HOLOCAUST: RELIGIOUS QUESTIONS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area

A study of the Holocaust focused on the moral and religious dilemmas it raises for Jews and Christians.

THRS 394 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Units: 3-4 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Core Attributes: Theo/Religious Inquiry area, Theo/Relig Study-Pre F17 CORE

Prerequisites: THRS 110 or THRS 112 or THRS 114 or THRS 116 or THRS 119 or THRS 120 or THRS 202 or THRS 203 or THRS 231 or THRS 232

A study of selected major figures or problems or movements or periods in either Christianity and/or other religions. Specification will be made by the instructor.

THRS 450W | THEMES IN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Core Attributes: Writing-Pre F17 CORE

Prerequisites: THRS 301

A study of selected issues, problems, or themes of relevance across the various specialties and subfields in theological studies. The selected issue or theme will be explored both deeply and broadly. Specification will be made by the instructor. The course may be repeated for credit with different course content. This course meets the requirements for a USD W course. Students will produce and orally present substantial term papers. Prereq: THRS 301; declared major or minor in THRS.

THRS 451W | THEMES IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Units: 3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Core Attributes: Writing-Pre F17 CORE

Prerequisites: THRS 301

A study of selected issues, problems, or themes of relevance across the various specialties and subfields in religious studies. The selected issue or theme will be explored both deeply and broadly. Specification will be made by the instructor. The course may be repeated for credit with different course content. This course meets the requirements for a USD W course. Students will produce and orally present substantial term papers. Prereq: THRS 301; declared major or minor in THRS.

THRS 499 | DIRECTED INDIVIDUAL STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor and approval of the department chair and the dean.