Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
- September 9 2014: Vatican Night Openings
- July 10 2014: Painting The Word – Exhibition of Icons and Icon-like Paintings by Davor Džalto
- April 14 2014: Talk: Political Statement, Challenge for Faith, Artistic Expression
- April 2 2014: President Obama Visits Pope Francis
- February 19 2014: Theology in the Public Sphere
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Religion is, and has always been, one of the most important components of our societies and our cultures. Religious traditions are diverse and impressively complex. The Religious Studies program combines an historical approach to the varied religious traditions that figure in the history of humanity, with particular emphasis on the civilizations and cultures that border upon the Mediterranean. Religious Studies is therefore conceived as a multidisciplinary enterprise, whose subject matter is best understood through the employment of a variety of approaches: artistic, cultural, historical, philosophical, sociological, political, and anthropological. Students may therefore combine courses into a variety of diverse strands and focus upon Christianity, World Religions, Religion and Philosophy/Ethics/Politics or any combination thereof.
Taking advantage of AUR’s location in the heart of Rome, a great deal of the teaching is conducted on-site. The emphasis given by the program to the cultural interchange of the world religions prepares students to recognize similar mechanisms in the modern world and the need for intercultural understanding and mutual respect.
- To provide a high quality education that will give students the necessary skills for employment in an increasingly competitive workplace.
- To develop an appreciation of the diversity of religious outlook within a cultural and historical context.
- To foster cross-cultural and intercultural understanding and mutual respect.
Upon completion of the BA in Religious Studies students will have the following core competencies:
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- The ability to articulate a wide range of concepts and ideas relating to the study of Religion through well-structured written compositions and oral presentations.
- Skills of research, analysis, synthesis and evaluation to elucidate the purposes of Religion, religious theory, and the messages of religious content.
- A sophisticated understanding of the power of religion to persuade and inform, and to foster a sense of social responsibility, ethics and civic engagement.
The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies requires the successful completion of 120 credits made up of a 41-credit General Education requirement, a 37-credit major and 42 credits of free electives. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of no less than a 2.00 on a 4.00 scale with no grades of D and no more than one grade of C- in core courses required for the major (19 credits).
Requirements for the Degree
A. Proficiency in English, Mathematics and Italian Language
B. The General Education Requirements
- Foundational Skills: First Year Seminar; Writing Skills; Quantitative and Scientific Reasoning; Italian language; IT skills; Information Literacy; Oral Presentation Skills
- The Individual in a Multicultural Society; Three courses from a list in the Catalog
- United States Government and Society; One course from a list in the Catalog
- Roma Caput Mundi; One course from a list in the Catalog
C. Core Courses
- CLRE 202 Christianity and the Roman Empire (100 – 425 CE)
- REL 200 Religion in a Pluralistic Society
- REL 498 Capstone Experience 1 – Seminar (2 credits)
- REL 499 Capstone Experience 2 – Thesis (2 credits)
Two of the following:
- HSRE 313 Rome and the Renaissance Papacy
- REL 301 Reformation and Reform in the Sixteenth-Century Europe
- PORE 323 Politics, Philosophy and Religion
Plus one of the following:
- REL 405 All Roads lead to Rome
- REL 406 Sanctity of Life
Religious Studies Electives
Students may take any courses from a list in the Catalog for a total of 18 credits.
Students may take any Religious Studies course. Students can also take courses in Art History (AH 100 Saints and Sinners in Rome, AH 209 Papal Art, Papal Power, AHAR 307 Late Antique and Byzantine Art), Archeology (ARC 215 Great Kingdoms of the Near East), Classics (CLS 201 Mythology),
International Relations (IA 122 Sacred and Profane Diplomacy in Rome), History (HST 204 Jewish Italy, HST 309 Papacy from the Renaissance to the Present day), and Political Science (POL 203 An Introduction to Ethics, POL 304 Ethics and Global Policy, POL 308 Political Theory and Paul).
Free electives can be used towards satisfying a minor, to supplement a major or to explore other academic areas.