Department of Religious Studies

Courses in religious studies provide students with a supportive atmosphere and a frame of reference to pursue the human search for ultimate meaning and purpose in life.

In these courses, you will explore the deeper dimensions of the God-person relationship, and become critically aware of the various value systems in our present-day pluralistic society. Rivier’s core curriculum, Journeys of Transformation, includes two courses in religious studies. Students must select one introductory course. Generally, freshmen and transfer students with fewer than 30 credits are placed in REL 115 – The Dignity of Creation: God and the Created Order.

Transfer students take REL 225 – Faith, Religion, Theology to fulfill this first requirement. Any of a range of courses may be taken to fulfill the upper division requirement. This second course is often taken during the student’s junior or senior year, and focuses on the intersection of faith, spirituality, and justice.

Journeys of Transformation

Guided by a journey of self-awareness and discovery, the undergraduate Core Curriculum lays the foundation for success as you embark on your academic journey at Rivier.

Department of Religious Studies