Religious Studies

Religious Studies & Theology: Requirements

Major Sequence

Students majoring in religious studies are required to take 36 hours of credit for a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree that must include the following courses:
RS210 A Survey of the Old Testament
RS211 A Survey of the New Testament
RS220 Introduction to the Christian Tradition
RS221 Jesus, Lord and Christ
RS230 Basic Christian Ethics
RS401 Seminar in Religious Thought

The other six courses are chosen from any of the department course offerings. Religious Studies majors may use up to three courses within the major to fulfill cluster course requirements in humanities.

Transfer Students

Students who graduate from Georgian Court with a B.A. in religious studies must complete RS401 Seminar in Religious Thought and a minimum of 21 credits, including RS401, in the Department of Religious Studies at Georgian Court. Students who transfer into the Religious Studies Department may have 15 credits accepted from another institution, provided the courses are above the 100 level.

Minor Sequence in Religious Studies

Students minoring in religious studies are required to take 18 semester hours of credit in the following way: One course in each of the following areas:

Scripture:
RS210 A Survey of the Old Testament
RS211 A Survey of the New Testament
RS212 The Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke
RS310 The Prophets and Their Message
RS311 The Gospel of John
RS312 The Letters of Paul

Theology:
RS220 Introduction to the Christian Tradition
RS221 Jesus, Lord and Christ
RS320 The Christian Community Within the Roman Catholic Tradition
RS321 Symbols and Rites
RS323 The Sacraments

Morality:
RS230 Basic Christian Ethics
RS231 Bible and Social Justice
RS331 Critical Life Issues
RS332 Peace, War and the Religious Traditions

The other three courses must be chosen from any of the courses offered by the department.

Humanities Majors

Humanities majors with a concentration in religious studies are required to take 18 credits in any of the courses above the 100 level.

Professional Development for Pastoral Leaders Certificate Programs 

Religious Education Certificate Program

Candidates in the undergraduate Religious Education Track are required to complete 18 credits in Religious Education and 6 credits in Catechical Studies for a total of 24 credits (for information on the required courses, contact the department). Upon completion of these 24 credits the candidate will earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Religious Education from Georgian Court University.

Pastoral Ministry Certificate Program

Candidates in the Undergraduate Pastoral Ministry Track are required to complete 18 credits in Religious Studies and 6 credits in Pastoral Studies for a total of 24 credits (for information on the required courses, contact the department). Upon completion the of these 24 credits the candidate will earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from Georgian Court University.

Parish Business Management Certificate Program

Candidates in the Undergraduate Parish Business Management Track are required to complete 12 credits in Religious Studies and 12 credits in Business Studies for a total of 24 credits (for information on the required courses, contact the department). Upon completion of these 24 credits the candidate will earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Parish Business Management from Georgian Court University.

Georgian Court University and the Institute for Lay Ecclesial Ministry (ILEM) of the Diocese of Trenton

Georgian Court University is an academic partner with the Institute for Lay Ecclesial Ministry (ILEM) and provides the academic component of the formation of lay leaders in the program. The Diocesan Institute requires 24 to 30 credit hours of either undergraduate or graduate level courses in religious studies/theology. The core curriculum requirements for lay ecclesial ministers have been established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and are reflected in the academic curriculum offered at Georgian Court University for the participants of the Institute. Upon successful completion of the program comprised of theological education, human formation, spiritual formation and pastoral skills development, candidates will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Diocese of Trenton and may be commissioned for service in the diocese by the Bishop of Trenton. Special scholarship funding for tuition will be given to participants. Further information may be obtained by contacting the Administrator of ILEM at 609.406.7400, ext. 5695 or online at jkremp@dioceseoftrenton.org.

 


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