Course Requirements

Students must take a minimum of seven 300-level courses. Five of the seven 300-level courses must be in the Elements and Issues and Religious Studies electives section of the curriculum.

Traditions and Cultures

Elements and Issues

Choose one of the following from Religious Texts: 

Choose one of the following from Religious Ethics:

Choose one of the following from Religion and Culture:

Choose one of the following from Religious Thought:

Major Field Electives

  • Four Religious Studies Electives

​Open Electives

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

CTH 182

THE LATINO RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES [CROSS-LISTED WITH REL 113]

An examination of the diverse nature of Latino religion, from its indigenous roots to its institutional forms, within the social and political context of American culture. Cross-listed with REL 113.

ABD 144

AFRICAN RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 144)

A survey of the varieties of African religious practice and thought. Cross-listed as REL 144.

IWS 217

ISLAM IN GLOBAL CONTEXTS (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 217)

A study of Islam's developments in various global contexts, including Arabian beginnings, the Middle East, Central, Eastern and Western Europe, China, the former Soviet States and South Africa, with a focus on the impacts that these cultures and Islam have had on each other. Cross-listed as REL 217.

IWS 263

RELIGION AND POLITICS IN THE MIDDLE EAST (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 263)

An exploration of Judaism, Christianity and Islam as they develop and interact in the Middle East, historically and in terms of contemporary religious and political issues. Includes a study of personal narratives of people from Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities. Cross-listed as REL 263.

IWS 265

REFORM MOVEMENTS WITHIN ISLAM (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 265)

This course will deal with the idea of "reform" within Islamic political movements in the modern period. The course will analyze various Islamic reform movements such as the Wahahabis, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Modernists, the Traditionalists, seeking a pattern in these movements. Cross-listed as REL 265.

IWS 295

SECTARIAN MOVEMENTS WITHIN ISLAM (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 295)

This course will look at the various sects within Islam such as Shi'ism, Kharjism, etc. The course will also look at theological sects such as the Mu'taziliets. The course will be concerned with the history, the beliefs, and the present circumstances (if they still exist today) of these sects. Cross listed as REL 295.

REL 162

POPULAR AND INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS OF MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA

An exploration of old and new religious traditions of Mexico and Central America and its diaspora. Our studies will focus on myths and stories as ancient as pre-Conquest times and as recent as today's movies; and we will examine them in written, oral, visual, ritualized, theatrical, musical and even electronic forms.

REL 180

INTRODUCTION TO CATHOLICISM

An examination of the breadth of the Catholic experience from a 1st-century Jewish religious movement to a 21st-century global religion.

CTH 205

CATHOLICISM IN WORLD HISTORY I: JESUS TO 1500 (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 213)

A study of the development of the Catholic Church from the time of Jesus to the Renaissance. Religious movements, piety and art as well as theology and ecclesiastical history will be examined.

HST 262

CATHOLICISM IN WORLD HISTORY II: 1500 - PRESENT (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 214/CTH 206)

A study of the development of Catholicism since 1500 exploring the Catholic Reformation, Catholicism's encounter with the Enlightenment, the missionary movement and the Catholic Church in the United States. Cross-listed as REL 214 and CTH 206.

REL 268

MODERN JUDAISM

An examination of central features of the modern Jewish experience including the transition from traditional to modern religious life and practice, American Judaism, the Holocaust, and the establishment of the State of Israel.

REL 275

COMMUNITY AND AUTHORITY IN MEDIEVAL JUDAISM

An introduction to the history, religion and culture of the Jewish people under Christendom and Islam from the fourth through the end of the fifteenth centuries.

CTH 229

CATHOLICISM AS A SPIRITUAL PATH (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 284)

An experience-centered study of the relationship between contemplation and action, prayer and service, liturgy and social justice, personal religious experience and the wider experience of Catholics. Both historical as well as contemporary spiritualities will be explored. Cross-listed as REL 284.

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.

A&S 491

ADMINISTRATIVE THEORY AND BEHAVIOR

This course concerns theoretical concepts and empirical research relating to administrative behavior in organizations with special reference to educational organizations. Concepts are examined within the typical decisional framework of supervisors, chief school business officers, principles, and superintendents, and similar positions in the helping professions. Assignments are individualized.
Prerequisites:
Status as an Advanced Masters Education student is a prerequisite for this class.

REL 341

TAOISM: CHINA'S INDIGENOUS HIGH RELIGION

A study of Taoist thought, imagination and expression, through sacred literature, the organization of clergy, and the nature and function of its institutions in interaction with the authority of the Chinese state, with Buddhism, and with the broader scheme of popular Chinese culture and religion.

REL 342

ZEN MIND

A study of the thought and practice of Zen Buddhism, focusing on the role of Zen in shaping ideas, ethics and the arts in Japan and America.

REL 360

SACRIFICE AND TIME IN ANCIENT MEXICO AND CENTRAL AMERICA

An exploration of the history of Mesoamerica before Columbus and the conquistadores, from the perspectives of the indigenous peoples, their conquerors, and contemporary scholars, with special emphasis upon the religious and cultural dimensions of Mesoamerican civilization.

CTH 212

ANCIENT ISRAEL: HISTORY, LITERATURE AND RELIGION (CROSS--LISTED AS REL 232)

The development of Judaism from Moses to the Rabbinic era with special attention to social and historical questions. Cross-listed with REL 232.

CTH 213

THE NEW TESTAMENT (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 233)

A critical investigation of the New Testament. Topics include the earliest Christian writings (letters of Paul), the production of "gospels" about Jesus, and the development of early churches in the context of ancient history and society. Cross-listed with REL 233.

CTH 215

VARIETIES OF EARLY CHRISTIANITY (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 234)

An examination of multicultural diversity in early Christianity through a study of materials excluded from the New Testament canon; Christian apologists defending the church against pagan intellectuals and Roman imperial magistrates; comparisons of early Christian fiction and ancient Greek novels; and an examination of Gnostic writings. Cross-listed as REL 234.

CTH 216

PAUL AND HIS INFLUENCE IN EARLY CHRISTIANITY (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 235)

A critical study of Paul's literary remains as primary sources for reconstructing the development of the Christian movement, focusing on Paul's communities, ethics and theology. Early interpretations and assessments of Paul will also be considered. Cross-listed as REL 235.

CTH 214

THE HISTORICAL JESUS (FORMERLY CTH 311, CROSS-LISTED AS REL 238)

An investigation of the early Christian Gospels and other sources for reconstructing the life of Jesus of Nazareth. The relation of historical reconstruction and religious interpretation, and the significance of conflicting interpretations of Jesus, will also be considered. Cross-listed as REL 238.

IWS 271

THE QUR'AN AND ITS INTERPRETERS (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 271)

A study of the origin, transmission, and interpretation of the Qur'an. Cross listed as REL 271.

IWS 272

MUSLIM WOMEN IN TEXTS (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 272)

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 as REL 272.

CTH 183

THEMES IN CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 183)

An initial, systematic examination of major themes in modern Catholic social thought. Cross-listed as REL 183.

MGT 228

BUSINESS, ETHICS, AND SOCIETY (CROSS-LISTED WITH REL 228)

This course will examine the nature and purpose of economic life and contemporary commerce as understood from the perspective of religious and secular communities, as well as the ethical implications that flow from the various worldviews. Sections of the course critically examine the thought of different religious traditions on specific business-related issues, placing a variety of religious discourses into direct conversation with secular voices regarding ethical business conduct. Cross-listed as REL 228. PREREQUISITE(S): WRD 103 OR HON 101.
Prerequisites:
WRD 103 or HON 100 or HON 101 is a prerequisite for this class.

PHL 229

BIOMEDICAL ETHICS (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 229)

Moral and ethical issues arising in contemporary biomedical advances and in health care from the perspective of Religious Studies and Philosophy.

CTH 247

ROMAN CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT IN CONTEXT (CROSS-LISTED WITH REL 283)-

A study of Roman Catholicism's understanding of its relation to the social world, including such matters as the relation between Church and state, and the moral authority of the Church, and of its teaching on such issues as social ethics, politics and economics.

CTH 241

ROMAN CATHOLIC MORAL TRADITIONS (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 287)

This course examines various moral topics within a Roman Catholic framework. Papal pronouncements, Magisterial statements, Episcopal texts, the works of influential theologians, and critical voices both within and beyond the Church will be critically examined. Special attention will be paid to the method of moral argumentation. Cross-listed as REL 287.

CTH 341

LIBERATION THEOLOGY: THEORY AND PRACTICE (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 351)

Focuses upon the ideas and practices of a radical movement for the transformation of Christianity and for social justice that originated in the "Basic Christian Communities" of Latin America and spread from there to North America and the Third World. Cross-listed as REL 351.

IWS 266

ISLAM IN THE UNITED STATES (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 266)

An examination of the story of Islam in the United States in three historical periods: antebellum America, the first half of the 20th century, and the latter half of the 20th century. Explores Muslim slave life; the possibilities of retentions of Islam in slave culture; the religious, social/economic, and political life of Muslims at the beginning of the 20th century; the emergence of Islamic thought in the U.S. through an overview of the works of Ismail as-Faruqi, Seyyed Hossein Nasr and Fazlur Rahman. Cross listed as REL 266.

CTH 270

JESUS ACROSS CULTURES (CROSS-LISTED AS REL 273)

A study of the multiple and diverse (primarily theological, but also literary, artistic and philosophical) historical and contemporary images of Jesus, as a way of understanding the diversity of the Christian tradition and its impacts on society, and of understanding the issue of plurality or diversity itself in religious traditions. Cross-listed with REL 273

REL 213

CHRISTIAN THOUGHT IN CLASSICAL AND MEDIEVAL TIMES

A study of the development of Christian theologies in Western civilization from post-New Testament times to the Renaissance, with emphasis on St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas.

REL 214

TRANSFORMATION IN CHRISTIANITY: THE REFORMATION TO THE PRESENT

A study of the development of Christianity since 1500 C.E., exploring the Protestant and Catholic Reformations, the growth of Christianity in the United States, and its encounter with a variety of Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment themes and figures, especially concerning science, justice, relativity and religious pluralism.

REL 284

CATHOLICISM AS A SPIRITUAL PATH (CROSS-LISTED WITH CTH 229)

An experience-centered study of the relationship between contemplation and action, prayer and service, liturgy and social justice, personal religious experience and the wider experience of Catholics. Both historical and contemporary spiritualities will be explored. (Cross-listed as Catholic Studies 229)

REL 199

RELIGIOUS STUDIES - OFF CAMPUS

Religious Studies credits earned off-campus. Topics vary.

REL 299

RELIGIOUS STUDIES, OFF-CAMPUS

Religious Studies credits earned off-campus. Topics vary.

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. PREREQUISITE(S): Junior or senior standing and permission of the department chair.

REL 397

SENIOR THESIS

Religious Studies majors who wish to undertake a special project of independent study are encouraged to apply. Student works towards completion of a special project under the direction of a project coordinator and faculty committee of three. PREREQUISITE(S): Grade point average of 3.0 overall, 3.1 in Religious Studies courses, and permission of the department chair.