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Requirements for the A.A. in Religious Studies Degree

Theology – 18 credits

These courses include any six courses in the area of religious studies or theology that a student feels would be of greatest assistance to his or her life goals. They are geared to helping students gain a better understanding of the Living Tradition and the Living Word, and to further develop their own personal spirituality. 

Philosophy – 12 credits

These courses examine the basic areas of philosophy as they relate to Christian Theology. Logic, Epistemology and Metaphysics provide students with an understanding of the foundation of philosophical thinking. Courses such as Philosophy of God or Ethics lead students to a deeper intellectual insight into the Christian belief structure. The courses are geared to help the student combine faith with knowledge so as to look at life through the paradigm of Christian Theology. 

English in the Humanities – 6 credits

These courses lead to an understanding of the development of the human person through the different ages of civilization. They include branches of learning such as literature, English, rhetoric and fine arts. Additional Philosophy courses beyond the requirement may also be used for Humanities credit.

History in the Social Sciences – 6 credits

These courses study the social aspect of human life including Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, History and Education. They are intended to help the student bring the Gospel message to others in a culturally and socially relevant way, as they better understand the perspectives from which others view Christian faith.

Mathematics and the Hard Sciences – 6 credits

Courses in Mathematics and the Hard Sciences are required for a well-rounded college education. They include Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Elementary Mathematics. Some courses desired by our students may not be offered at our school, and students are encouraged to take those courses elsewhere and transfer them into their degree program.

Electives – 12 credits

Elective courses may be drawn from any area of choice, allowing the student to further explore a particular interest. Students are encouraged to invest part of their elective credits in the taking of a foreign language. Spanish classes make it possible for students to acquire a working knowledge of the language for pastoral settings. Biblical Greek provides the opportunity to better understand the original texts of the Scripture. Latin provides the background for understanding the language of the Church.

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