Religious and Theological Studies

Develop a compelling Christian faith in conversation with the different cultures of New York City and beyond.

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RTS at King’s

The Religious and Theological Studies major offers students the unique opportunity to explore the depths of Christian faith in one of the world’s most inspiring and cosmopolitan cities. The program offers courses in traditional areas of theological learning, such as systematic theology and biblical exegesis, as well as more integrative classes that prepare students to navigate the complex relationship between faith and culture. Students learn how to carefully analyze texts and to winsomely communicate the significance of Jesus Christ for our world. This distinctive blend of biblical studies, philosophy, theology, and intercultural studies prepares students to be effective Christian thinkers and communicators in a variety of fields, including non-profit work, law, ministry, education, media, and many others. The program includes a required year-long internship which provides experience and connections that can – and often do – lead to future employment in the city.

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Internships

Two semesters of required internships are a distinguishing feature of the Religious and Theological Studies program. The Office of Career Development and RTS Faculty help students to secure meaningful and relevant placements through their connections across the city. King’s RTS majors have interned at a range of nonprofits and ministries, such as The Bowery Mission, Brooklyn Arab American Friendship Center, The Center for Jewish History, Central Presbyterian Church, charity: water, The Grace and Mercy Foundation, Immigrant Hope, Lower Manhattan Community Church, National Christian Foundation, Resources and Aid Mobilization Foundation, Restore NYC, Teach Beyond (Vietnam) and WEA United Nations.

Through an agreement with the Galilea Fellowship, students may be able to complete their internship in Israel as a part of TKC’s study abroad program.

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New for Fall 2022: Faith and Culture Concentration

Our new concentration in Faith and Culture prepares students to be a faithful and effective witness in the public square.

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Minors

Minors complement the Religious and Theological Studies curriculum and create opportunities to prepare for graduate school or pursue careers in the marketplace, the nonprofit sector, or international affairs and diplomacy.

Business Management

The business management minor equips students from any major with a range of essential management skills, including managerial decision-making, project management, organizational design, and marketing.

Culture and the Arts

Students in the Culture and the Arts minor study the cultural productions of world cultures and societies: architecture, sculpture, painting, literature, music, drama, religion, and philosophy. RTS students with this minor are encouraged to fulfill their internship requirements in an arts or culture-making organization guided by a religiously influenced worldview.

Economics

The Economics minor builds upon the economic training all students receive as part of the Core, preparing students for a career in business, data management, government, non-profit, and public policy. RTS students with this minor are encouraged to fulfill their internship requirements at an economics or public policy research institution or think tank.

Finance

The finance minor equips students to understand financial modeling, investments, and how financial markets function.

History

The History minor provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the key questions and methods in understanding what events, peoples, and ideas brought humans to the contemporary world. RTS students with this minor are encouraged to fulfill their internship requirements at a historical society or a museum that draws on religious themes and content.

International Affairs

The International Affairs minor provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the key questions, ideas, and institutions that animate contemporary relations among peoples and states. RTS students with this minor are encouraged to pursue internships that explore the role of religion in the international sphere.

International Business

Ideal for those interested in business as missions, the International Business minor provides students with a broad-based understanding of key issues in international commerce, politics, and economic development, and offers students the chance to explore opportunities in the global marketplace. RTS students with this minor are encouraged to fulfill their internship requirements in a global business that draws from a religiously-influenced code of ethics or operating philosophy.

Journalism

In the journalism minor, students learn about reporting and writing as well as opinion, magazine, and advanced feature writing journalism. Students can submit to the campus newspaper and hear presentations from top journalists funded by the The John McCandlish Phillips Journalism Institute.

Literature

Students who minor in Literature will encounter a broad range of imaginative works, including the epics of ancient Greece and Rome, the history of poetry in the English language, the plays of Shakespeare, and a sampling of classics from Europe and America.

Media Studies

The media studies minor trains students to examine our society’s conversation with itself and understand how it relates to our public and private choices in areas such as entertainment, newsgathering and life in our ever-changing democracy.

Museum Studies

In the Museum Studies minor and concentration, students will learn museum management and museology, as well as how museums communicate historical narratives outside of a traditional academic setting. This minor will prepare students to work in nonprofit arts management, educational programming, archival library work, or any number of related fields.

Politics

The Politics minor incorporates courses in political philosophy, American political history, constitutional law, comparative government, and international relations to prepare students for graduate study in politics or for a career in public service or international affairs.

Pre-Law

The pre-law minor prepares students to read and evaluate complex legal materials through courses in constitutional law, literature, legal issues, and financial accounting.

Technology, Innovation, and Design

The minor in Technology, Innovation and Design provides students the opportunity to explore various facets of technology and its influence in contemporary culture while also pursuing some basic, highly-sought-after design and technology skills.

Faculty Profile

Faculty Profile

RTS professors have specialities in theology and biblical studies, New Testament and Hebrew Scripture, Islam and comparative religions.

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