The Catholic University of America

Course Descriptions

Metro: Religious Studies (MRE)

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MRE 100: The Old Testament

3.00 Credits

Intensive study of sections of the Old Testament, with particular attention to the text's impact on the rise of Judeo-Christian thought. Prerequisites: MID 305 and MID 306.

MRE 101: Introduction to Study of Religion

3.00 Credits

The course is designed as an introduction to the social scientific study of religion. Major theories of religion will be examined, such as cultural, anthropological, sociological, and functional, as well as key concrete components of religion including prayer, scripture, ritual, and liturgy.

MRE 110: The New Testament

3.00 Credits

Selected readings from the New Testament, with emphasis on the growth of Christianity.

MRE 150: Fathers of the Church

3.00 Credits

A topical discussion of the patristic writings of different Fathers of the Church. Prerequisites: MID 305 and MID 306.

MRE 175: The Catholic Tradition

3.00 Credits

A study of the fundamentals of Catholic belief, the roots of Catholicism, the Creed, the Church. Prerequisites: MID 305 and MID 306.

MRE 240: Liturgy Prayer and Sacrament

3.00 Credits

This course is an introduction to the development and practice of Christian liturgy for understanding the evolution of Christian liturgical practices. It will examine major moments in the historical development of Christian liturgy, beginning with the New Testament era with its Jewish foundations and continuing to current-day practices. Attention will be given to the constitutive elements of the liturgy (Scripture, language, music).

MRE 249: Christianity and Culture

3.00 Credits

An introduction to Christian theology that focuses on the context and lived practices of Christians throughout the ages. Major figures and doctrines will be covered in relation to the cultural frameworks in which they arose. Beginning with Jesus and those of the first century who witnessed to him, the course will conclude with an examination of the Second Vatican Council and the questions that arise for authentic faith in contemporary culture.

MRE 275: The Medieval ChristianTradition

3.00 Credits

An intensive course in the liturgy, thinking, and development of the Medieval Church, and its legacy today.

MRE 300: Contemporary Catholic Thought

3.00 Credits

A study of recent Catholic thinking and its effects on contemporary thought and action. Prerequisite: MRE 175.

MRE 325: Religions of the World

3.00 Credits

A history and comparative study of beliefs and the cultural impact of the great religions of the world, and their relationship to society and culture. Prerequisites: MID 305 and MID 306.

MRE 351: Contemporary Christian Spirituality

3.00 Credits

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MRE 369: The Protestant Experience

3.00 Credits

This course is a critical investigation of the ethos of Protestantism, with particular attention to its emergence in the 16th century and its subsequent development in North America. Key figures,themes, and denominational developments within Protestantism will be examined.

MRE 412: Hispanic Catholicism

3.00 Credits

A historical overview of the Hispanic presence in the United States with special focus on multicultural diversity in relation to religiosidad popular, basic christian communities, pastoral de conjunto and the mestizo future of Hispanic Catholicism.

MRE 419: Makers of Hispanic Catholic History

3.00 Credits

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MRE 424: Theology, Science & Technology

3.00 Credits

Comparison and contrast of religious beliefs and practices, scientific methodologies and developments, and their technological impacts on world cultures. Current and historical issues.

MRE 446: Sexual Ethics & New Testament

3.00 Credits

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MRE 447: Theology of Marriage and the Family

3.00 Credits

This course will examine 1) key Biblical texts related to marriage and family, and 2) some key Catholic teaching documents and thinkers on the subject. We will consider official teachings and some thought supportive, some critical of that teaching. The course is intended to help students understand what a Catholic theological approach to marriage and family is, and how it is applied to different situations.

MRE 448: Emerging Voices in the U.S. Christian Community

3.00 Credits

For almost forty years, a diversity of religious and theological thought has emerged from a variety of contexts within Christian communities in the United States. This course introduces students to Catholic and Protestant theologians and scholars of religion from African American, Asian American and Hispanic/Latino/a contexts.

MRE 450: Religion & Social Mores

3.00 Credits

An investigation of the historical development of religious values and moral concepts in the western religious traditions of Judaism, Catholicism, and Protestantism.

MRE 455: The History of the Catholic Church

3.00 Credits

A survey of the development of the Catholic Church from Peter's time to the present.

MRE 481: World Religions

3.00 Credits

A survey of eight major world religions: Primal Religion, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

MRE 490: Topics in Religion

3.00 Credits

Intensive study of a selected religious topic. Prerequisites: At least one 400-level course and junior standing.