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, to explore the deeper dimensions of the God-person relationship, and to 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. Other 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.