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Dr. Daniel O'Hare
Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies
Email: dohare@wju.edu
Phone: 1-304-243-2310


Major Requirements


In order to earn a major in theology/religious studies, students must:

A. Complete the following courses:

  • RST 106 The Religious Quest or
  • RST 107 Catholicism (3 crs)
  • RST 200 Introduction to the Old Testament (3 crs)
  • RST 203 World Religions or
  • RST 303 Studies in Living Religious Traditions (3 crs)
  • RST 204 Jesus the Christ (3 crs)
  • RST 305 Christian Morality Today (core course) (3 crs)
  • RST 484 Senior Thesis (3 crs) (Optional, see below #2)

B. Take one course from three of the following groups:

Group A:

  • RST 206 The Church in the Modern World (3 crs)
  • RST 207 Christian Marriage (3 crs)
  • RST 304 The Quest for God (3 crs)
  • RST 306 Christian Ritual and Worship (3 crs)
  • RST 307 Studies in Church History (3 crs)
Group B:
  • RST 201 The New Testament: An Introduction (3 crs)
  • RST 202 The Gospels (3 crs)
  • RST 300 Studies in the Old Testament (3 crs)
  • RST 301 Studies in the New Testament (3 crs)
  • RST 302 Paul's Letters (3 crs)
Group C:
  • RST 208 A Theology of War and Peace (3 crs)
  • RST 209 Issues in Sexual Morality (3 crs)
  • RST 308 Issues in Bioethics (3 crs)
  • RST 309 Religion and Economic Justice (3 crs)
Group D:
  • RST 401 Contemporary Theological Trends and Issues (3 crs)
  • RST 402 Action and Contemplation in Christian Life (3 crs)
  • RST 403 Great Theologians: Past and Present (3 crs)
  • RST 404 Religion and Science (3 crs)
Group C:
  • RST 208 A Theology of War and Peace (3 crs)
  • RST 209 Issues in Sexual Morality (3 crs)
  • RST 308 Issues in Bioethics (3 crs)
  • RST 309 Religion and Economic Justice (3 crs)
Group D:
  • RST 401 Contemporary Theological Trends and Issues (3 crs)
  • RST 402 Action and Contemplation in Christian Life (3 crs)
  • RST 403 Great Theologians: Past and Present (3 crs)
  • RST 404 Religion and Science (3 crs)

C. Complete FIVE other theology electives.

Special Notes on Requirements for the Major:

  1. All majors will complete 42 credits in theology, 9 of which simultaneously fulfill the core requirements.
  2. If approved by the department, senior theology majors can write a thesis under the guidance of a faculty member from Theology/Religious Studies and defend the thesis orally.
  3. French or German is recommended for majors.




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