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Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Madonna University
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150-1176
(734) 432-5339 or (800) 852-4951, ext. 5339
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Religious Studies Major: Assoc Arts | Religious Studies Major - Support: Assoc Arts | Religious Studies Major: Bach Arts | Religious Studies Minor | Religious Studies Minor - Support | Religious Studies Major - Support: Bach Arts
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Religious Studies Major: Assoc Arts    
   Major Courses (24 cr. to be chosen)    
      RST 1500   Catholicism 3 cr.  Study of the doctrines, practices, and persons formed by and reflective of the Catholic tradition in history and in the Vatican II ecumenical experience, and particularly as epitomized in St. Francis of Assisi and in Franciscan values. 
      RST 2150   History of the Church 3 cr.  An examination of the history of the Church from its earliest beginnings in Palestine through the Second Vatican Council. All major and significant episodes of the history of the Church are covered, with more in-depth study of the Crusades and the Protestant Reformation. Students are also provided some familiarity with Christian thinkers who have made significant contributions to Church doctrine and theology. 
      RST 2560/2570/2580/2590 (3 cr. to be chosen)    
         RST 2560   Old Testament: Torah and Historical Writings 3 cr.  An in-depth study of the Hebrew Scriptures, from the Pentateuch to the historical writings, with special focus on major historical events that form the foundation of Judaism, and Old Testament theological themes of creation, election, exodus, covenant, exile, monotheism, and fidelity. 
         RST 2570   Old Testament: Prophets and Wisdom Literature 3 cr.  A study of the Books of the Prophets and the Wisdom and Deuterocanonical Literature, with an emphasis on their historical background, role in the development of Judaism, and theological significance. Particular focus on Old Testament themes of election, covenant, exile, monotheism, faithfulness, and justice. 
         RST 2580   New Testament: The Four Gospels 3 cr.  A study of the historical development and foundations of the four Gospels, with special focus on themes and theological perspectives unique to each and on the distinctive approaches of the four evangelists to the life, message, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
         RST 2590   New Testament: Acts, Epistles, and Revelation 3 cr.  A study of the development of the Christian Church in the first century A.D., of the epistles that reflect its unique concerns, and of the historical background, symbolism, and theology of the Book of Revelation. 
      RST 2990   Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  An examination of the major principles of Catholic social doctrine and Franciscan values through a study of papal and episcopal documents and the witness of St. Francis of Assisi. Focus on the ways in which Catholic social justice teachings are applied and shape law, culture, politics, and social policy. 
      RST 3150   Christian Spirituality 3 cr.  Study of the Christian experience of the relationship between God and God’s people as reflected in the history of the Christian religion. Examination of the major schools and figures that have contributed to Christian approaches to union with God through the practice of the Christian life, prayer, mysticism, and contemplation. 
      RST 3490   Worship and Sacraments 3 cr.  Overview of the historical, theological, spiritual, and cultural aspects of the Christian worship of God with a focus on the meaning of Christian prayer, symbols, and ritual. Includes an examination of the biblical roots and development of the seven sacraments of the Church. 
      RST 4080/4090/4110 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)    
         RST 4080   Moral Issues in Business (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  Review traditional philosophical theories of ethics; examine principles of Christian morality, particularly those dealing with ethics from a Catholic perspective; investigate areas in the American marketplace that raise ethical concerns (e.g., injustices in the American economic system). 
         RST 4090   Environmental Ethics (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  A study of moral/ethical dilemmas of equitable and responsible stewardship over creation. Judeo-Christian/Franciscan, non-western perspectives of contemporary issues of war and peace, abundance and want, stewardship and domination, excess and poverty, etc., are explored. 
         RST 4110   Medical Ethics (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  An academic study of contemporary moral issues relative to modern health care, life science, and future issues in the light of Judeo-Christian convictions. Prerequisite: junior or senior status. 
Religious Studies Major - Support: Assoc Arts    
   Support Course (3 cr. to be chosen)    
      PHL 1010   Introduction to Philosophy 3 cr.  A study of the meaning of philosophy, basic philosophical concepts, terminology, methods, problems, systems, and schools. Core requirement for Pastoral Ministry majors and minors. Requirement for Religious Studies majors and minors. 
Religious Studies Major: Bach Arts    
   Major Courses (31 cr. to be chosen)    
      RST 1500   Catholicism 3 cr.  Study of the doctrines, practices, and persons formed by and reflective of the Catholic tradition in history and in the Vatican II ecumenical experience, and particularly as epitomized in St. Francis of Assisi and in Franciscan values. 
      RST 2150   History of the Church 3 cr.  An examination of the history of the Church from its earliest beginnings in Palestine through the Second Vatican Council. All major and significant episodes of the history of the Church are covered, with more in-depth study of the Crusades and the Protestant Reformation. Students are also provided some familiarity with Christian thinkers who have made significant contributions to Church doctrine and theology. 
      RST 2560/2570 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)    
         RST 2560   Old Testament: Torah and Historical Writings 3 cr.  An in-depth study of the Hebrew Scriptures, from the Pentateuch to the historical writings, with special focus on major historical events that form the foundation of Judaism, and Old Testament theological themes of creation, election, exodus, covenant, exile, monotheism, and fidelity. 
         RST 2570   Old Testament: Prophets and Wisdom Literature 3 cr.  A study of the Books of the Prophets and the Wisdom and Deuterocanonical Literature, with an emphasis on their historical background, role in the development of Judaism, and theological significance. Particular focus on Old Testament themes of election, covenant, exile, monotheism, faithfulness, and justice. 
      RST 2580/2590 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)    
         RST 2580   New Testament: The Four Gospels 3 cr.  A study of the historical development and foundations of the four Gospels, with special focus on themes and theological perspectives unique to each and on the distinctive approaches of the four evangelists to the life, message, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
         RST 2590   New Testament: Acts, Epistles, and Revelation 3 cr.  A study of the development of the Christian Church in the first century A.D., of the epistles that reflect its unique concerns, and of the historical background, symbolism, and theology of the Book of Revelation. 
      RST 2990   Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  An examination of the major principles of Catholic social doctrine and Franciscan values through a study of papal and episcopal documents and the witness of St. Francis of Assisi. Focus on the ways in which Catholic social justice teachings are applied and shape law, culture, politics, and social policy. 
      RST 3150   Christian Spirituality 3 cr.  Study of the Christian experience of the relationship between God and God’s people as reflected in the history of the Christian religion. Examination of the major schools and figures that have contributed to Christian approaches to union with God through the practice of the Christian life, prayer, mysticism, and contemplation. 
      RST 3490   Worship and Sacraments 3 cr.  Overview of the historical, theological, spiritual, and cultural aspects of the Christian worship of God with a focus on the meaning of Christian prayer, symbols, and ritual. Includes an examination of the biblical roots and development of the seven sacraments of the Church. 
      RST 4080/4090/4110 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)    
         RST 4080   Moral Issues in Business (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  Review traditional philosophical theories of ethics; examine principles of Christian morality, particularly those dealing with ethics from a Catholic perspective; investigate areas in the American marketplace that raise ethical concerns (e.g., injustices in the American economic system). 
         RST 4090   Environmental Ethics (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  A study of moral/ethical dilemmas of equitable and responsible stewardship over creation. Judeo-Christian/Franciscan, non-western perspectives of contemporary issues of war and peace, abundance and want, stewardship and domination, excess and poverty, etc., are explored. 
         RST 4110   Medical Ethics (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  An academic study of contemporary moral issues relative to modern health care, life science, and future issues in the light of Judeo-Christian convictions. Prerequisite: junior or senior status. 
      RST 4160   Ecclesiology 3 cr.  Examination of the theology of Church: its nature, founding, authority, scriptural foundations and background, its communal structure, sacramental nature, salvific purpose, relation to the Incarnation, Mary, and the Eucharist, and the role of the laity. 
      RST 4240   Christology 3 cr.  An exploration of the person of Christ and his salvific mission, tracing the development of christological thought over the centuries, through the biblical materials, the work of theologians, conciliar decisions, modern and contemporary discussions, and ecumenical dialogue. 
      RST 4960   Senior Thesis 1 cr.  A 20-25-page thesis on a topic of theology, written during senior year and required for graduation in the Religious Studies major. Prerequisite: prior approval of topic by the department chair. 
Religious Studies Minor    
   Minor Courses (21 cr. to be chosen)    
      RST 1500   Catholicism 3 cr.  Study of the doctrines, practices, and persons formed by and reflective of the Catholic tradition in history and in the Vatican II ecumenical experience, and particularly as epitomized in St. Francis of Assisi and in Franciscan values. 
      RST 2150   History of the Church 3 cr.  An examination of the history of the Church from its earliest beginnings in Palestine through the Second Vatican Council. All major and significant episodes of the history of the Church are covered, with more in-depth study of the Crusades and the Protestant Reformation. Students are also provided some familiarity with Christian thinkers who have made significant contributions to Church doctrine and theology. 
      RST 2560/2570 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)    
         RST 2560   Old Testament: Torah and Historical Writings 3 cr.  An in-depth study of the Hebrew Scriptures, from the Pentateuch to the historical writings, with special focus on major historical events that form the foundation of Judaism, and Old Testament theological themes of creation, election, exodus, covenant, exile, monotheism, and fidelity. 
         RST 2570   Old Testament: Prophets and Wisdom Literature 3 cr.  A study of the Books of the Prophets and the Wisdom and Deuterocanonical Literature, with an emphasis on their historical background, role in the development of Judaism, and theological significance. Particular focus on Old Testament themes of election, covenant, exile, monotheism, faithfulness, and justice. 
      RST 2580/2590 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)    
         RST 2580   New Testament: The Four Gospels 3 cr.  A study of the historical development and foundations of the four Gospels, with special focus on themes and theological perspectives unique to each and on the distinctive approaches of the four evangelists to the life, message, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 
         RST 2590   New Testament: Acts, Epistles, and Revelation 3 cr.  A study of the development of the Christian Church in the first century A.D., of the epistles that reflect its unique concerns, and of the historical background, symbolism, and theology of the Book of Revelation. 
      RST 3150   Christian Spirituality 3 cr.  Study of the Christian experience of the relationship between God and God’s people as reflected in the history of the Christian religion. Examination of the major schools and figures that have contributed to Christian approaches to union with God through the practice of the Christian life, prayer, mysticism, and contemplation. 
      RST 3490   Worship and Sacraments 3 cr.  Overview of the historical, theological, spiritual, and cultural aspects of the Christian worship of God with a focus on the meaning of Christian prayer, symbols, and ritual. Includes an examination of the biblical roots and development of the seven sacraments of the Church. 
      RST 4080/4090/4110 Option (3 cr. to be chosen)    
         RST 4080   Moral Issues in Business (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  Review traditional philosophical theories of ethics; examine principles of Christian morality, particularly those dealing with ethics from a Catholic perspective; investigate areas in the American marketplace that raise ethical concerns (e.g., injustices in the American economic system). 
         RST 4090   Environmental Ethics (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  A study of moral/ethical dilemmas of equitable and responsible stewardship over creation. Judeo-Christian/Franciscan, non-western perspectives of contemporary issues of war and peace, abundance and want, stewardship and domination, excess and poverty, etc., are explored. 
         RST 4110   Medical Ethics (PHL/RST*) 3 cr.  An academic study of contemporary moral issues relative to modern health care, life science, and future issues in the light of Judeo-Christian convictions. Prerequisite: junior or senior status. 
Religious Studies Minor - Support    
   Support Course (3 cr. to be chosen)    
      PHL 1010   Introduction to Philosophy 3 cr.  A study of the meaning of philosophy, basic philosophical concepts, terminology, methods, problems, systems, and schools. Core requirement for Pastoral Ministry majors and minors. Requirement for Religious Studies majors and minors. 
Religious Studies Major - Support: Bach Arts    
   Support Courses (9 cr. to be chosen)    
      PHL 1010   Introduction to Philosophy 3 cr.  A study of the meaning of philosophy, basic philosophical concepts, terminology, methods, problems, systems, and schools. Core requirement for Pastoral Ministry majors and minors. Requirement for Religious Studies majors and minors. 
      PHL 1050   Philosophy of Person 3 cr.  An analysis of human experience and nature found through examination of the questions about the nature of reality, knowledge, values, freedom, and destiny. (Recommended for students interested in the human sciences and psychology.) 
      PHL 4150   Philosophy of Religion (PHL*/RST) 3 cr.  Study of the relationship between philosophy and religion by highlighting philosophy’s role in the inquiry into the validity, value, and meaning of man’s concern with the existence and nature of the Ultimate Reality: God. (Recommended for students interested in the liberal arts.) 
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