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.

The Religious Studies Program is at the center of the mission and identity of Chaminade University as a Catholic and Marianist institution. The discipline by its very nature is involved in the application of faith and reason as faculty and students confront the phenomena of religious experience, particularly its reality within the Catholic and Christian traditions. The discipline invites the student to a continuing reflection on the historical content of its prophetic call to peace and justice, to love for the least among us and action on behalf of justice as constitutive of the proclamation of the gospel today.

Learning Outcomes

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

 

Pre-major and pre-minor requirements (9 credits):
  • RE 103 and either RE 205 or RE 211
  • 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 27 300-level semester credits to include:

  1. One ethics course (three credits) selected from either RE 308, RE 336, RE 338, RE 347, or RE 473;
  2. One Asian or Hawaiian religion course (three credits) selected from RE 357, RE 359, RE 365, RE 450, RE 455, RE 460, RE 461, RE 469, RE 471, RE 472;
  3. A total of five 300-level religion courses (15 credits) covering the following areas of study:
    • Scripture (six credits): RE 314 and RE 315; 155 Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015
    • Church History (three credits): chosen from RE 306, RE 307, or RE/HI 322, RE 346;
    • Christology (three credits): RE 301
    • Spirituality (three credits): chosen from RE 324, RE 326, or RE/PH 425;
  4. RE 487 (three credits);
  5. RE 490 (three credits); and 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 and RE 315; 
    • Spirituality (three credits): chosen from RE 324, RE 326, or RE/PH 425; 
    • Christology (three credits) RE 301; 
    • Elective: choose one three credit upper division course in selected from the religion (RE) courses in the Christian Studies area in consultation with program advisor; 
    • Senior Capstone course: RE 490 (three credits). 
  • 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, RE 359, RE 365, RE 450, or RE 460; 
    • Two courses (six credits) selected from RE 455, RE 461, RE 469, RE 471, RE 472, or RE 480 Special Topic in Asian or Hawaiian Religions. 
    • The student must also select one course (three credits) from the following list of related courses: AN 350, 357; HI 442, 443, 444, 450, 451, 452, 453; and PSY 476, 477, 478, 479. 
    • Senior Capstone course: RE 490.

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