Religious Studies (major)

What you will study

As a religious studies student, you study religious tradition and issues in contemporary theology. You also engage in the processes of examining your own value and belief systems, of articulating your understanding of the nature of religious experience in relation to other dimensions of human experience, and of analyzing artistic and literary religious works and making judgments regarding their moral and ethical meaning and significance.

You examine world religious traditions for their historical significance as well as for their implications for the religious beliefs, practices, and institutions of contemporary life. You develop the ability to make clear and to affirm the content of your own faith. You use the data of theology and of relevant scientific and humanistic disciplines to address religious issues.

By a continuous process of identifying and refining religious questions for investigation, and of using carefully designed approaches to solving problems and making decisions in collaboration with others, you achieve the abilities essential for theological inquiry.

Your coursework is enhanced by an internship component and independent research best suited to your professional and personal objectives.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

Religious Studies Major Beginning
Take one of these two options
Option 1 (4 courses)8
Take two courses from:
Control of Life & Death
Spirituality in Action
Images of Jesus: Past & Present
Take two courses from:
Religious Experience/Myth & Symbol
Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke
Moral Theology
Option 2 (3 courses)8
Take one course from each subgroup:
Control of Life & Death
or RL-213
Spirituality in Action
or RL-214
Images of Jesus: Past & Present
Religious Experience/Myth & Symbol
or RL-311
Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke
or RL-313
Moral Theology
Judaism, Christianity, Islam
or RL-251
Asian Religions
or RL-252
Medical Ethics
Religious Studies Major Intermediate
INTERN-383Internship Seminar2
RL-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
Religious Studies Major Advanced
Take one HUM-350 series course:4
Chinese Civilization & Cultures
South Asia Civilization
Latin American Civilizations
Japan: Studies in Civilizations& Culture
The Two Koreas
Middle Eastern Civilization
Take one upper level course (320 or above) from EN, HS, HUM, PL, RL, SLC
HUM-410Senior Humanities Seminar4
RL-350Biblical World View4
RL-375Religion in America4
RL-410Sr Relious Studies Seminar: Spirituality4
RL-413Religion External Assessment0
RL-475Rel Studies Design: Christian Ministry4