The King's College
Religious and Theological Studies

RTS Courses


Ancient Philosophy

This course explores the development of Western Philosophy from its origins in ancient Greece through the Hellenistic period. Students will be introduced to the methods of philosophy, key philosophical texts, and central philosophical debates. Emphasis will be placed on Plato and Aristotle.

Pre-requisite: PHL110 LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: PHL210

 


Medieval Philosophy

This course explores the development of Western Philosophy from the Hellenistic period to the emergence of the new physics in the early modern period. Students will be encouraged to better understand the methods of philosophy, key philosophical texts, and central philosophical debates. Some emphasis will be placed on Christian thinkers in the period, including Augustine, Anselm, and Aquinas.

Pre-requisite: PHL210 LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: PHL212

 


Modern Philosophy

This course explores the major philosophical changes that produced the modern mind, beginning with the fall of the medieval world-view and then concentrating on Descartes, Pascal, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Sartre, and Nietzsche, interacting with their texts from a Socratic and Christian point of view.

Pre-requisite: PHL212 LEC

Equivalent: PHL314 LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: PHL214

 


Comparative Religions

This is a survey of the major religions and religious movements that students are likely to encounter in the New York context. Studies include the major spiritual alternatives to Christianity—Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam, naturalism, and modern atheism. After examining orthodox versions of non-Christian faiths, as well as variations common in the contemporary American context—Nation of Islam and New Age practices, students conclude the class by studying various new religious movements—Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witness, Christian Science, Scientology, etc.

Pre-requisite: REL211 LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: REL351

 


Biblical Exegesis

In this course students will learn how to interpret biblical texts. The course concentrates on a detailed study of Old or New Testament texts, as selected by the instructor. Students will write an in depth study of a chosen body of work. Accompanying this textual analysis, students will research the history of interpretation of the texts in question, paying special attention to interpretive methods and theological use both in and outside the church.

Pre-requisite: REL354 LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: REL451

 


Systematic Theology

An introduction to the methods of theological formulation and the central doctrines of historic Christianity: revelation, God, creation, anthropology, Christology, redemption, Spirit, church, and last things.

Pre-requisite: REL112 LEC and REL211 LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: REL361

 


Epistemology and Scripture

This course will examine the biblical text for philosophical content concerning knowledge, truth, and the process by which the bible depicts epistemological confidence (i.e., How can we know that we’re not wrong about something?). It will also explore epistemology since the Enlightenment with an aim at understanding contemporary views of epistemology (e.g., Reformed Epistemology, Naturalized Epistemology, Virtue Epistemology, etc.).

Pre-requisite: REL112 LEC

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: REL245

 


Internship

Field education is an integral and vital part of the Religious and Theological Studies major at The King’s College. Field education occurs in the last year of the RTS program.

The field practicum sequence serves as the link between knowledge gained in the classroom and the lived experience of religious life in the public square. The overall purposes of the internship/practicum are: (a) to enhance the student’s ability to apply Religious and Theological studies knowledge to a broad range of systems; (b) to provide opportunities for students to learn to apply the classroom experience to diverse populations; and (c) to provide a setting in which the mission and goals of the curriculum of The King’s College can be actualized.

Students have the opportunity to apply and refine knowledge and skills under the guidance of experienced practitioners who serve as Supervisors. These field practicum experiences are brought back to the classroom where they are further examined within the context of the knowledge and practices of religious life.

Periodic field education information sessions serve as means for students to learn about the requirements of the field practicum experience. They provide the student with an additional opportunity to share with student colleagues and instructors their questions and practicum experiences, allowing enhanced understanding of how the values of religious life are integrated into the overall curriculum. (Program also requires 24 hours of open electives and 9 hours of religion electives; one religion elective course must be Islam, comparative religions, or any approved non-Christian religion course.)

COURSE CREDIT: 3

COURSE CODE: REL998 / REL999LEC