Religious Studies

Bachelor of Arts

Program Overview

The Religious Studies program offers the student an opportunity for in-depth reflection into the nature of religious experience, the communities which arise in response to it, and their actions. Grounded in Roman Catholic theology and Marianist educational philosophy, this reflection is ecumenical and conducted in the context of a multicultural, interfaith dialogue, exploring the meaning of the faith and working for justice among many peoples and cultures. The program fosters an understanding of human responses to the sacred that invite personal and communal commitment to faith in action and spiritual growth.

B.A. Curriculum

Learning Outcome

Students successfully completing the Religious Studies program will demonstrate an understanding of:

  1. Catholic theology, its diversity, historical development and position within the broader Christian and human traditions;
  2. Christianity and its relationship with other major world religions;
  3. Ethics, morality and methods of moral decision making in the Christian tradition;
  4. The Catholic Intellectual Tradition, particularly the Marianist tradition of education for service, social justice and peace;
  5. The role of the gospel in both affirming and challenging secular cultural values; and
  6. The uniqueness of Hawai‘i and the Pacific Rim as a meeting place for various religious traditions
Degree Requirements

Pre-major and pre-minor requirements 

  • RE 103 World Religions
  • One of the following:
    • RE 205 The Christian God and Human Experience
    • RE 211 The Bible as Controversy
  • One 100-level Philosophy course.

All must be passed with a grade of “C” or better

Major Program of Study: Christian Studies

The Christian Studies major requires 36 semester credits to include:

  1. One ethics course (three credits) selected from the following:
    • RE 308 Christian Ethics
    • RE 336 Ethics of Leadership
    • RE 338 Religion, Philosophy and Social Ethics
    • RE 347 Justice, Development and Human Rights
    • RE 473 Holocaust
  2. One Asian or Hawaiian religion course (three credits) selected from:
    • RE 357 Christians and Buddhists in Dialogue
    • RE 359 India: Crossroads of Religions
    • RE 365 Introduction to Chinese Thought
    • RE 450 Hawaiian Oral and Religious Traditions
    • RE 460 Buddhism
    • RE 461 Zen: Self, Being and Time
    • RE 471 Taoism
    • RE 472 Confucianism
  3. A total of five 300-level religion courses (15 credits) covering the following areas of study:
    • Scripture (six credits):
      • RE 314 Hebrew Scriptures
      • RE 315 Christian Scriptures
    • Church History (three credits):
      • RE 306 Early Christianity: Prophets, Martyrs, Virgins and Teachers
      • RE 307 Christianity in the Modern Age
      • RE/HI 322 Medieval Life and Thought
      • RE 346 Influential Women in Christianity
    • Christology (three credits):
      • RE 301 Jesus, God and Man
    • Spirituality (three credits) chosen from:
      • RE 324 Sexuality in Christian Life
      • RE 326 Christian Prayer
      • RE/PH 425 Religion, Science and the Modern Prospect
  4. RE 487 Community Service Internship
  5. RE 490 Senior Seminar
  6. Three upper division elective religion or philosophy (RE or PH) courses (nine credits).

Minor Programs of Study

Students may minor in Religious Studies in the programs listed below. All minors require completion of the pre-minor requirements, 18 credits of upper division courses, including successful completion of RE 490.

  • Christian Studies Minor (18 credits): In addition to completion of the pre-minor requirements and the general education 300-level requirement in religion, the student must complete a total of six upper division religion courses (18 credits) covering the following areas of study:
    • Scripture (six credits):
      • RE 314 Hebrew Scriptures
      • RE 315 Christian Scriptures
    • Spirituality (three credits):
      • RE 324 Sexuality in Christian Life
      • RE 326 Christian Prayer
      • RE/PH 425 Religion, Science and the Modern Prospect
    • Christology (three credits):
      • RE 301 Jesus, God and Man
    • Elective: choose one three-credit upper division course selected from the religion (RE) courses in the Christian Studies area in consultation with program advisor;
    • Senior Capstone course: RE 490 Senior Seminar
  • Asian and Pacific Religions Minor (18 credits): In addition to completion of the pre-minor requirements, the student must complete
    • Two courses (six credits) selected from:
      • RE 357 Christians and Buddhists in Dialogue
      • RE 359 India: Crossroads of Religions
      • RE 365 Introduction to Chinese Thought
      • RE 450 Hawaiian Oral and Religious Traditions
      • RE 460 Buddhism
    • Two courses (six credits):
      • RE 461 Zen: Self, Being and Time
      • RE 471 Taoism
      • RE 472 Confucianism
    • The student must also select one course (three credits) from the following list of related courses:
      • AN 350 Cultures of Oceania
      • AN 357 East Asian Societies
      • HI 442 Modern China
      • HI 443 Pre-Modern Japan
      • HI 444 Modern Japan
      • HI 450 Pre-Modern Hawai’i
      • HI 451 Modern Hawai’i
      • HI 452 Pre-Modern Pacific Islands
      • HI 453 Modern Pacific Islands
      • PSY 476 Buddhist Psychology
      • PSY 477 Daoist Psychology –
      • PSY 478 The Psychology of Taijiquan
      • PSY 479 Psychology of Zen
    • Senior Capstone course:
      • RE 490 Senior Seminar

B.A. Curriculum (PACE)

Learning Outcomes

The Religious Studies program offers students an in-depth reflection into the nature of religious experience and the workings of religious communities. Graduates of the program often go on to teach in religious-affiliated schools, enter seminary, or continue on to graduate studies.

Degree Requirements

Students working toward a Bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of coursework, which includes general education requirements, electives, pre-major requirements (if applicable) and major requirements.

General Education Requirements 

Pre-Major Requirements 
RE 103 World Religions

Choose one of the following:
RE 205 The Christian God and Human Experience
RE 211 The Bible as Controversy

Choose one of the following:
PH 100 Introduction to Philosophy
PH 200 History of Philosophy
Pre-Major Requirements

Major Requirements: Ethics 
Choose one of the following:
RE 308 Christian Ethics
RE 336 Ethics of Leadership
RE 338 Religion, Philosophy and Social Ethics
RE 347 Justice, Development and Human Rights
RE 473 Holocaust

Asian/Hawaiian religion
Choose one of the following:
RE 357 Christians and Buddhists in Dialogue
RE 359 India: Crossroads of Religions
RE 365 Introduction to Chinese Thought
RE 450 Hawaiian Oral and Religious Traditions
RE 455 Hula Ki’i: Religion and Art through Imagery of Dance
RE 460 Buddhism
RE 461 Zen: Self, Being and Time
RE 469 Islam in Asia
RE 471 Taoism
RE 472 Confucianism

Scripture 
RE 314 Hebrew Scriptures
RE 315 Christian Scriptures
Church History
Choose one of the following:
RE 306 Early Christianity: Prophets, Martyrs, Virgins and Teachers
RE 307 Christianity in the Modern Age
RE/HI 322 Medieval Life and Thought
RE 346 Influential Women in Christianity

Christology 
RE 301 Jesus, God and Man

Spirituality 
Choose from one of the following:
RE 324 Sexuality in Christian Life
RE 326 Christian Prayer
RE/PH 425 Religion, Science and the Modern Prospect

RE 487 Community Service Internship

RE 490 Senior Seminar 

Three Upper Division Electives–Religion or Philosophy 

For additional degree requirements, please consult with your advisor.