Theology and religious studies majors typically are students who seek a very strong general background in religious studies either as their primary or secondary field of expertise. For instance, a major in theology and religious studies may serve as partial fulfillment of the requirement for the certification of elementary and high school teachers of religion in the Diocese of Cleveland.

Our alumni have gone on to careers in education, health and welfare ministries, social services, and business, among others.

To learn more about a Theology and Religious Studies major or minor, including classes you will take, visit John Carroll’s Undergraduate Bulletin.

Major Requirements

36 credit hours

One introductory course (TRS 101).
Two courses in Scripture (TRS 200, 209), and one upper-division (TRS 300-309, 400-409).
One course in the history of Christianity (TRS 220-229, 320-329).
Two courses in systematic theology, one lower-division (TRS 230-239), and one upper-division (TRS 330-339, 430-439).
Two courses in world religions selected from the following:

  • Judaism (TRS 210-219, 310-319)
  • Islam (TRS 240-249, 340-349)
  • Asian Religions (TRS 250-259, 350-359)

Two courses in religious ethics, one lower-division (TRS 260-269), and one upper-division (TRS 360-369, 460-469).
One upper-division elective (3 cr.). Senior Seminar (TRS 493).

At least two courses must be on the 400 level; one of these is TRS 493.

A Comprehensive Exam is required.

Courses in the Integrative Core Curriculum may be used to meet 200- and 300-level course requirements for the TRS major.

Although not required, majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad.