Pursuing Religious Studies

The Religious Studies curriculum at Regis trains students in critical thinking, writing, and speaking about the religious dimensions of human knowledge and experience. Students search for truth and meaning by studying religious traditions, examining the dynamic relationships between faith and reason, and exploring how faith promotes justice. The curriculum offers opportunities to learn about Catholic and Jesuit traditions, participate in interfaith dialogue, visit local religious sites and communities, and gain practical experience with lay ministry.
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B.A. in Religious Studies

Degree Overview

Within the Religious Studies major, students may chose from three different areas of focus:

  • The Christian Theology emphasis focuses on the conversation between Christian faith and reason.
  • Practical experience applying theology to work in religious organizations is the core of the Lay Ministry focus.
  • Diverse religious traditions as well as the interaction between religion and culture are the focus of Religious Studies.
  • All three areas of study cultivate critical thinking and are particularly amenable to combinations with another major.

    Graduates from our program have gone on to pursue a wide range of careers in business, law, education, the arts, volunteer work with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and other organizations, parish work, and religious life.  They have pursued graduate work at some of the most prestigious graduate programs in the country.

    Program Requirements

    Regis College students must complete the Core Studies requirements in addition to their major requirements. Core Studies consists of:

    • Core Foundation: 6 credits, or two courses taken over the fall and spring of freshmen year
    • Distributive Core: 40-46 credits that represent a variety of offerings in disciplines that provide the underpinning of a solid liberal education
    • Integrative Core: 12 credits, or four upper division courses taken in the junior and senior year

    More information about Regis College Core Studies can be found here

    Listed below are the degree requirements for completion of the B.S. in Religious Studies. Please note that recent course requirement updates might not be listed and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

    Lower Division Requirements  (9 credit hours)
    RT 201/RT 201C Religion and the Human Quest (3 ch)
    RT 300 300-level Electives (3 ch)
    Upper Division Requirements  (24 credit hours)
    Twenty-four upper division semester hours of Religious Studies courses (RT), which must include the following:
    Rt 426 Classics of Christian Thought (3 ch)
    RT 499A and
    RT 499B
    Senior Project A (1 ch)
    Senior Project B (2 ch)
    Six 400-level RT courses [minimum of one course (3 SH) in non-Christian religion or an interdisciplinary approach to the study of religion] for a total of 18 credit hours.
    TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 33 credit hours

    Departmental Regulations

    RT 201--Religion and the Human Quest is the prerequisite for all other courses in Religious Studies. The second Core course requirement may be satisfied by any RT 300 level course.

    The Religious Studies Core requirement of six credit hours can be met with RT 201– Religion and the Human Quest and with another course designated by the subject RT, 300 level.

    RT 499A and RT 499B (Senior Project A/B) are required of all majors. To graduate with a Religious Studies major, a grade of C, (2.00, or better is required for all courses in the major.

    Any student seeking to utilize 12 or more credit hours of Religious Studies as part of any program at Regis is well advised to consult with the Religious Studies Department to facilitate the optimum selection of courses.

    Transfer students majoring in Religious Studies must take a minimum of 12 semester hours of upper division Religious Studies courses through Regis College. The Department evaluates previous work completed by each transfer student to determine whether additional coursework beyond the 12 semester hours is necessary.

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