Major Requirements

If I choose to pursue a major in Theology & Religious Studies (TRS) at Saint Mary's College, what courses will I take? 

The major in TRS consists of a minimum of 10 courses:

Lower Division Courses

  • TRS 97: The Bible & Its Interpretation OR
  • TRS 189: The Bible & Its Interpretation - Great Themes

Upper Division Courses  

  • TRS 129: Fundamental Questions in Contemporary Theology
  • TRS 169: Theory & Method in the Study of Religion
  • One course, selected with guidance of the Chair, from each of the following four areas:
    • Christian History: TRS 101, 102, 103, or 190
    • Gospel Exegesis: TRS 114 or 115
    • Ethics: TRS 141, 142, 143, or 194
    • World Religions & Method: TRS 153, 154, 155, 156, or 195
  • Intensive Inquiry capstone (Writing in the Disciplines course): TRS 190-196 (WID)
  • Intensive Inquiry elective, unless already taken in one of the four area requirements; otherwise, a pure elective
  • A minimum of one additional elective course

"Intensive Inquiry" courses (classes numbered 190-196 in the SMC course catalog) are regularly offered in the various areas of study that make up the course offerings of the department. These courses give students the opportunity to engage in the kind of in-depth thinking and research that will best prepare them for graduate work in the field. 

TRS Major Learning Outcomes

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