Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Theology
Building on the foundation of the Catholic tradition, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Theology from Our Lady of the Lake University provides students with a comprehensive academic study of religion and theology.
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES BACHELOR OF ARTS IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES AND THEOLOGY DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS Students in the RLST program often participate in Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a religious ceremony wherein the dead are recalled, honored and celebrated. The celebration, which has taken place for more than 20 years at OLLU, provides unique insights into an oral religious belief system that is still very much alive today. Among these insights: death is feared but accepted with frivolity and celebration; the dead are recognized as present among the living, and so their continuing needs are met through songs, prayers, food, and drink; and finally, celebration is appropriate not only to honor the dead but also to embolden the living in the face of death. The Department of Religious Studies and Theology continues the Día de los Muertos tradition to celebrate a common culture and belief, and to explore the relationship of the ritual to a larger belief system. Building on the foundation of the Catholic tradition, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies and Theology (RLST) from Our Lady of the Lake University will provide students with a comprehensive academic study of religion and theology informed by a Roman Catholic heritage and the core values of the Congregation of Divine Providence – OLLU’s founding order. The RLST Department works to develop a capacity to think critically and creatively while striving to deepen a student’s appreciation for the heart of the theological project. Courses are taught from the foundations of the Catholic tradition: scripture, doctrine, sacrament, morality, social justice and spirituality. OLLU shares the campus with its founding order, which provides for a naturally religious community where students gain greater insight into the religion and values of the Catholic Church, women’s spirituality, and Latino’s religious expression and spirituality. Additionally, students can volunteer in the community through the Providence Leadership Program. The program allows students to explore ministry as a life path through mentoring and other service-learning experiences. OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS 411 S.W. 24th Street • San Antonio, Texas 78207-4689 210-431-3961 or 1-800-436-6558 email@example.com Apply online at www.ollusa.edu/apply THE UNIVERSITY Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), founded in 1895 by the Congregation of Divine Providence, is a coeducational liberal arts institution with an enrollment of approximately 3,000 students. A multicampus, regional university, OLLU has campuses in San Antonio, The Woodlands (Houston) and the Rio Grande Valley. The University offers more than 30 undergraduate majors and minors, more than 14 master’s degree programs and two doctoral degree programs. Academic degree programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Leadership, the School of Professional Studies and the Worden School of Social Service. OLLU incorporates a technology-rich curriculum in all areas of study, and provides access to a wide variety of high-tech resources. Our Lady of the Lake University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 300334097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Our Lady of the Lake University that fall under one of these areas: (1) to learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or (3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. FOR PROGRAM INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: Oswald John Nira, PhD Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Theology 210-434-6711, ext. 2254 firstname.lastname@example.org Jane M. Grovijahn, PhD Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Theology 210-434-6711, ext. 2275 email@example.com James Zeitz, PhD Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Theology 210-434-6711, ext. 2226 firstname.lastname@example.org SAMPLE COURSEWORK As part of the Religious Studies and Theology curriculum the following courses are offered: • Hebrew Scripture • The Four Gospels • Theology of Christian Marriage • Human Sexuality and Christian Values • St Paul: His Life and Message • God: Belief and Unbelief • Theology of Jesus Christ • Rituals and Sacraments • Social Justice and Christianity • History of the Catholic Church • Leadership, Women and Spirituality • Prophets and Visionaries As a capstone experience, students will study a topic in depth, complete a thesis and present it to department faculty. A complete list of requirements and course descriptions is available in the OLLU Undergraduate Catalog. Dec. 2013