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Religious and Theological Studies

Gain a theological lens through which to view issues in media, the arts, politics, business, and society.

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RTS at King’s

The Religious and Theological Studies major challenges students to think critically about a wide range of texts and topics through a theological lens. The program’s distinctive mixture of philosophy, biblical studies, cultural apologetics, religion, theology, and humanities shapes students into skilled generalists, prepared for a wide range of graduate programs or professions including law, film, nonprofit leadership, education, media and communications, business, public policy, ministry, and many others. Students gain first-hand, practical experience in the culture of New York City through a required year-long internship that helps them practice what they’ve learned in the classroom in one of the most religiously diverse places in the world.

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Courses

RTS curriculum includes courses in biblical studies, theology, Christian social thought, hermeneutics, comparative religions, cultural apologetics, philosophy, and biblical interpretation.

Students can also pursue one of three concentrations to develop additional expertise within their program of study.

Courses & Concentrations
Areas of Study

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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Careers

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Clergy

Business And Non-profit Consultant

Counselor/therapist

Donor Relations Manager

Diplomat

Editorial Assistant

Events Coordinator

Foreign Service Worker

Human Resources Coordinator

Journalist

Lawyer

Librarian

Lobbyist

Museum Director

Ministry Director

Public Policy Analyst

Social Worker

Research Fellow

Teacher

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Internships

Two semesters of required internships are a distinguishing feature of the Religious and Theological Studies program. 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, Galilea Fellowship (Israel), 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.

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