​Course Requirements

Students must take a minimum of seven 300-level courses.

Open Electives

Open elective credit also is required to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.

 

REL 270

WOMEN IN THE BIBLE

An examination of the historical role of women in the Bible and the contemporary concerns of feminist theology, women's spirituality and ethical issues arising from the contemporary application of these biblical texts to women's experiences.

REL 272

MUSLIM WOMEN IN TEXTS

Explores major current approaches to the study of Muslim women, focusing on the Qur'anic conversation on women, on the commentaries provided by men, and on the emerging voices of Muslim women and non-Muslims. Cross-listed with IWS 272.

REL 278

WOMEN AND RELIGION

A study of the historical and contemporary roles and contributions of women within major religious traditions, especially Christianity and Judaism.

REL 259

RELIGION AND SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT

An investigation of the ways in which various religious traditions engage the social order. Traditions, persons and movements that form the focus of the course will vary from section to section. The course will integrate theory and practice in studying forms of religious engagement. All students will perform some service to a community or within a community organization or agency.
Prerequisites:
Sophomore standing is a prerequisite for this class.

REL 264

COLONIZATION, RELIGION AND RESISTANCE

This course will explore the religious traditions and cultural identities of some of the peoples native to the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania; problems they have with the "civilized" world and their potential solutions to them.

REL 300

THEORIES OF CULTURE AND RELIGION

An investigation of the cultural study of religion. Considers classical, modern and postmodern approaches from a variety of traditions and academic disciplines. Uses a variety of materials such as oral and written texts and visual artifacts, as well as the works of major theorists.

REL 301

THEORIES OF RELIGION AND SPIRITUALITY

An interdisciplinary investigation into the nature of religious experience drawing on the fields of anthropology, psychology, sociology, and theology.

REL 322

FEMINIST ETHICS

An investigation of theoretical issues regarding women's moral experiences and of feminist ethical arguments combatting various forms of oppression. Cross-listed with WGS 310/410 and MLS 477.

REL 370

FEMINIST THEOLOGIES

An exploration of women's experience as a primary resource and norm for theology, focusing on themes of inclusion, exclusion, representation and liberation in particular social, political and historical contexts.

REL 372

SEXUALITY, GENDER AND RELIGION: CROSS-CULTURAL PERSPECTIVES

A consideration of religion and feminism in differing cultural contexts using a comparative perspective. While the course will consider selected Western viewpoints, its emphasis will be on a sampling of different emerging feminisms of non-Western religious traditions.

REL 399

INDEPENDENT STUDY

Independent Study

REL 305

TOPICS IN RELIGION AND CULTURE

Examines particular issues in the relationship between religion and culture. Specific topics for current offering are noted in the current class schedule.

REL 320

TOPICS IN RELIGIOUS ETHICS

Examines methods and content of religious ethics. Specific topics for current offering are noted in the current schedule.

REL 340

INQUIRIES IN WORLD RELIGIONS

Various topics within the comparative study of religions. Specific topics for current offering are noted in the current schedule.

REL 380

TOPICS IN RELIGIOUS TEXTS

Examines methods and meanings in the study of religious texts. Specific topics for current offering are noted in the current class schedule.

REL 392

FOREIGN STUDY IN RELIGION

Under this number, students taking courses in religion or theology as part of a DePaul-sponsored program of study abroad may receive Religious Studies credit when approved in advance by the director of the Foreign Studies Program and the chair of the Religious Studies Department.

REL 393

INTERNSHIP IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Open only to students working on Religious Studies major or minor concentrations. For more information contact the department chair. .