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Religious Studies and Theology

RLST 1310 - HEBREW SCRIPTURE (SC) (3 Credits)

Modern approaches to the Bible; literary formation and historical development of various books; structure, general content and revelatory character of the Old Testament.

RLST 1333 - CATHOLICISM (TH) (3 Credits)

Nature and purpose of theology; fundamental concepts of Catholicism with ecumenical aspects; doctrine, morality, practices and religious experience in light of Vatican II theology.

RLST 1350 - INTRODUCTORY CHRISTIAN ETHICS (CE) (3 Credits)

A study of the principles and insights of the Christian tradition regarding human values and the religious orientation of humankind; questions of the nature of person, freedom, responsibility and conscience.

RLST 1380 - INTRODUCTION TO WORLD RELIGIONS (HC) (3 Credits)

Human quest for the Sacred; essential meanings, purpose and significance of the world's religious traditions. African and Native American religions; Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Shinto, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The relevance and future of religion and religious diversity.

RLST 2190-2690 SELECTED ISSUES IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES (1-6 Credits)

Introduction to specialized topic or topics. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

RLST 2300 - INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY OF THEOLOGY RELIGION (TH) (3 Credits)

Introduction to the sources and variety of disciplines related to faith seeking understanding and the academic study of religion. Required of all RLST majors (to be taken within the first year of declaring major).

RLST 2320 - THE FOUR GOSPELS (SC) (3 Credits)

A study of the gospels of New Testament emphasizing their historical background, authorship, sources, literary formation and theological content.

RLST 2337 - THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN MARRIAGE (TH) (3 Credits)

Study of Christian marriage as covenant, sacrament and vocation; marriage seen from various viewpoints: biblical, doctrinal, psychological and sociological.

RLST 2340 - CHRISTIAN SPIRITUALITY (HC) (3 Credits)

Study of Christian spirituality from its biblical origins to its subsequent development; theological and psychological implications; various models of Christian spirituality in their historical and cultural contexts.

RLST 2342 - HUMAN SEXUALITY AND CHRISTIAN VALUES (CE) (3 Credits)

Study of the meaning and significance of human sexuality informed by the Christian tradition, including but not limited to Scripture, Christian spirituality, moral theology, contemporary debates and the social sciences.

RLST 3322 - ST. PAUL: HIS LIFE AND MESSAGE (SC) (3 Credits)

Study of the major epistles of Paul; important themes and their relationship to Christian life; the Acts of the Apostles as background to Pauline writings. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 3330 - GOD: BELIEF AND UNBELIEF (3 Credits)

Survey of historical and philosophical reasons for the acceptance and rejection of God; includes discussion of God, belief, atheism and the problem of evil. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 3332 - THEOLOGY OF JESUS CHRIST (TH) (3 Credits)

Historical and theological analysis of the identity and significance of Christ, from the New Testament through the Christological councils to current theological thoughts. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 3334 - THEOLOGY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (3 Credits)

People of God, Body of Christ and sacrament of Christ, nature and mission of the Church in light of the documents of Vatican II; relationship to the modern world. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 3345 - LIBERATION PERSPECTIVES (HC) (3 Credits)

Historical and theological analysis of liberation perspectives and their global applications; biblical roots development and current issues. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 3347 - RITUALS AND SACRAMENTS (TH) (3 Credits)

Explores the anthropological and theological foundations of rituals and the sacraments;the historical background of the Christian sacraments starting in the New Testament; and the Catholic Church's seven sacraments. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 3352 - SOCIAL JUSTICE AND CHRISTIANITY (3 Credits)

The nature of justice and peace and their relationship to the Christian life; Biblical understanding of justice and peace; analysis of Catholic Church's position on justice and peace since Vatican II. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 3355 - HEALTHCARE ETHICS (CE) (3 Credits)

A study of important issues raised by recent developments in medicine and medical technology; healthcare delivery in the United States; the relationship between individual and social responsibility in health care; analysis of respect for life" as a guiding religious principle in healthcare issues. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 3360 - LATINO/A THEOLOGY (TH) (3 Credits)

Development of Latino/a theology by representative theologians. Contextual aspects of the Mexican American and Latino/a community in South Texas and the Unites States. Analysis of latinidad; study and practice of teologia de conjunto (theology of the community). Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of the instructor. Offered: Fall.

RLST 3362 - MEXICAN AMERICANS: THEIR SPIRITUAL FOUNDATIONS (HC) (3 Credits)

The religious foundations of the Mexican American people; Mesoamerican religion; Spanish Catholicism; founding the Church; the question of syncretism; colonialism and religious liberators; Protestant America and the modern era. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 3363 - HISTORY OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH (HC) (3 Credits)

Outstanding persons and movements in early Church, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Modern Era; focus on developmental nature of the Church's story. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 3364 - AMERICAN RELIGIOUS HISTORY AND EXPERIENCE (HC) (3 credits)

Survey from the Native Americans to the Puritans to the present in the shaping of American spirituality; theological and ecumenical dimensions. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 3380 - ECUMENICAL PERSPECTIVES (HC) (3 Credits)

Experience-oriented course consisting primarily of exposure to Christian and non-Christian faith systems and their practice; orientation precedes actual visits to religious services or talks by ministers and leaders of various churches; background study of ecumenical movement in Europe and United States during the 19th and 20th centuries. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 3382 - WOMEN AND RELIGION (HC) (3 Credits)

Historical and theological analysis of the relationship between women and world religions; images and roles; current issues; women and church. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 3383 - LEADERSHIP WOMEN AND SPIRITUALITY (3 Credits)

Interdisciplinary course examines the influence of spirituality on women leaders through an analysis of theories, case studies and interviews with local women leaders, and interaction through technology with students at their campuses. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 3385 - ECOLOGY FEMINISM AND RELIGION (CE) (3 Credits)

Study of the religious attitudes towards nature; examination of religious roots of the environmental issues; contemporary analysis of gender constructs in relationship to nature and culture; environmental racism; ecofeminism. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 3388 - PEACEMAKER AND CONFLICT RESOLUTION (CE) (3 Credits)

Introduction to the principles of a Christian vocation of peacemaking. Interdisciplinary and a praxis-based examination of theological understandings of non-violence as a commitment to peacemaking. Offered on a pass/fail basis. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 4190-4390 SELECTED TOPICS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES (1-3 Credits)

In-depth study of specialized topic chosen by instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

RLST 4301 - THE ART OF THEOLOGY (TH) (3 Credits)

Study and analysis of diverse theologians and their theological approaches; classic, existential, transcendental, liberationist, feminist and hermeneutical. Functions as a capstone class for all RLST majors. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.

RLST 4302 - PROPHETS AND VISIONARIES (SC) (3 Credits)

An investigation of various genres of biblical literature: prophetic, wisdom, apocalyptic and revelatory. Prerequisite: Advanced standing or consent of instructor.