TRS 097 is a prerequisite for any upper division theology and religious studies course; however, only a passing grade in TRS 097 is required, not a minimum grade of C-.
100 Topics in Christian History
An investigation of a topic in Christian history not covered by the regular offerings of the department. Topics are announced prior to registration each semester. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: TRS 097.
101 Origins of Christianity
The Christian religion begins its story with only a few dozen followers of a crucified man in the first century–backwater, uneducated, and unlikely to survive very long in a Mediterranean world dominated by much more powerful religious systems. Yet, within less than three centuries, Christianity would overwhelm the Roman Empire and beyond, building an elaborate theological and ecclesiastical system that would continue into the present day. This course examines the rise of this Christian movement, focusing on such topics as Gnosticism, martyrdom, and the development of Christian ideas about Jesus. Prerequisite: TRS 097.
102 Medieval Christianity
The European Middle Ages was a world dominated by monks, popes, and mystics. Life was an uninterrupted struggle between heaven and hell, life and death, priests and kings. This course is an introduction to the major figures, events, and movements of the period, from the fall of Rome to the dawn of modernity. Students will have the opportunity to explore the great pillars of medieval religion–monasticism, papalism, theology, and mysticism–as well as delve into the darker side of the Crusades and the burning of heretics. Prerequisite: TRS 097.
Every age of Christian history has been marked by the call for religious reform–renewing both the personal lives of each believer and the institutional structures that endure through the centuries. However, such a universal passion for reform took on special importance in the 15th and 16th centuries, a period that has come to be known as The Reformation. This course explores the variety of reforming voices, Protestant and Catholic, that shaped the future of Christianity, giving special attention to the major theological and political issues that dominated the era. Prerequisite: TRS 097.
190 Intensive Inquiry: Christian History
An in-depth investigation of a topic in Christian history, designed for TRS majors and minors. Topics are announced prior to registration each semester. May be repeated for credit when content changes. Prerequisite: Two TRS courses, or permission of instructor.