Course Schedules and Descriptions
The concentration in Contextual Theology is a 36-unit program. 21 of the 36 units are “Foundational Courses,” 12 of the 36 units are “Electives,” and 3 of the 36 units are Capstone requirements. If students attend full-time, they may complete the Masters of Religious Studies in two years, at a pace of 2 three-unit courses per semester. If part-time, they may complete in three years, at a pace of 1 three-unit course per semester.
Foundational Courses (21 units)
RST 202A: Introduction to Theology
RST 203: Hebrew Scriptures
RST 205: Christian Scriptures
RST 209: Historical Theology
RST 214: Foundations in Theological Ethics
RST 220: Theories and Methods in Religion and Theology
RST 221: Religion, Theology, and the City of Los Angeles
Electives (12 units)
RST 200: Scripture and Social Justice
RST 215: Theology and Technologies
RST 216: Models of Restorative Justice
RST 222: Topics in Liberation Theologies
- Topics may include: U.S. Latinx Theologies, Latin American Liberation Theologies, Queer Theologies, Feminist Theologies
RST 227: Interreligious Dialogue
RST 249: Topics in Theological Ethics
- Topics may include: Theological Bioethics, Catholic Social Teaching, Eco-Justice, War, Genocide, and Moral Injury
RST 280: Pastoral Care: Foundations and Issues
RST 290: Master’s Thesis Proposal (1 unit) over one semester
RST 291: Master’s Thesis (2 units) over 1 semester (If student must take additional semesters they may register for continuation courses of RST 291 A, B, or C).
* Course numbers to be assigned by the Office of the Registrar after proposal approval. Some course numbers are listed because they are remnants of our current GRST program.
Call (213) 477-2800 for more information on the all-new Master of Arts in Religious Studies degree programs. Please visit our Graduate Admissions website to learn more about admission.