Course Catalog: Religious Studies Department

INTRODUCTION

The graduation requirements at St. Ignatius College Preparatory include seven semesters of Religious Studies. The curriculum is designed to help students understand their relationship with God and their human brothers and sisters in light of the Scriptures and the teachings of the Catholic Church in the modern world.

COURSES 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 101: TOWARD AN IGNATIAN VISION (8101)

Grade Level – 9
Length – One Year

Type of Course – Core lower division course required for graduation
Prerequisite – None
Criteria for Enrollment – All freshmen must enroll

Course Description — The students will be introduced to an overview of the uniquely Ignatian approach to Catholicism by understanding humanity’s search for God. Students come to an appreciation and respect for world religions, how God is revealed through Judeo-Christian history, and the practices of the Catholic Church. Students will become familiar with different models of the Church and sacraments as symbols and rituals of the Church. Special emphasis will be given to the students’ call to discipleship and their role in living out “church” in their lives.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 200: UNDERSTANDING SCRIPTURE (8200)

Grade Level – 10
Length – One Year

Type of Course – Core lower division course required for graduation
Prerequisite – Religious Studies 100
Criteria for Enrollment – All sophomores must enroll

Course Description — Students will examine prominent themes developed in Jewish and Christian Scriptures such as family, liberation, suffering, redemption, and discipleship. They will do this through a careful examination of primary source texts and with consultation of contemporary midrash, Scriptural commentaries, and theological writings. With each theme, students will consider how Scripture guides discernment and challenges them to respond compassionately to some of the most pressing concerns of our time.

FOUNDATIONS OF ETHICS, MORALITY & JUSTICE: RS 300 (8300)

Grade Level – 11
Length – One Year 

Type of Course –
Core upper division course required for graduation
Prerequisite – Religious Studies 100, 200
Criteria for Enrollment – All juniors must enroll

UC/CSU Subject G Approval

Course Description — The foundation to this course is the call to uphold and promote the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. This two-semester course engages students in the broad philosophical and theological discussions of good and evil, right and wrong, freedom and duty, in and beyond the practical moral decisions of everyday life. The first semester establishes an understanding of human dignity, informed conscience, and emphasizes a spectrum of principles and virtues. The second semester introduces the tradition of social justice, Catholic social teaching, and the common good. Students will tackle some of the most compelling dilemmas and dreams of the human experience. 

SENIOR ELECTIVES

Senior students should choose two of the following semester classes to fulfill their graduation requirement.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 400: THE PATH TO FAITH (8400)

Grade Level – 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective meeting graduation requirement of seven semesters of Religious Studies
Prerequisite – Religious Studies 100, 200, 300
Criteria for Enrollment – None

Course Description — The Path to Faith is a one-semester course that synthesizes all the student has learned over the past three years. It will incorporate a study and practice of Ignatian spirituality and vision in the context of challenging students to “own their faith journey.” Students will be encouraged to make practical applications and consider the implications of coursework in their daily lives and future choices.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 444: LITURGY AND WORSHIP (8444)

Grade Level – 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective meeting graduation requirement of seven semesters of Religious Studies
Prerequisite – Religious Studies 100, 200, 300
Criteria for Enrollment – None

Course Description — Liturgy and Prayer is an exploration of the Church’s liturgy and liturgical ministries, specifically in the Mass. The course includes classroom work on the history, theology and spirituality of prayers, music, and sacramental rituals. Activities and projects lead to reflection on both personal and universal meanings of prayer and worship. Students will also develop practical and creative skills through preparation of and ministry within school liturgies. The knowledge and experience students will gain in this class will form them to be adults active in their faith.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 447: ENCOUNTERING THE WORLD’S RELIGIONS (8447)

Grade Level – 12
Length – One Semester 

Type of Course – Elective meeting graduation requirement of seven semesters of Religious Studies
Prerequisite – Religious Studies 100, 200, 300
Criteria for Enrollment – None

UC/CSU Subject G Approval

Course Description — The goal of this course is to introduce students to the major religious traditions of the world and uncover what they have to teach about ourselves and the challenge of living in the 21st century.  We will focus on the core teachings of these traditions and supplement our readings with various mediums, including religious art and film.   An introduction to the study of religion and an overview of the characteristics of primal religions will form the foundation of our studies. An in-depth analysis of the major “world religions,” including Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism, will follow. The common end of our diverse wisdom traditions is to transform our humanity into divine, awakened consciousness, enabling us to see the “divine in all things,” as St. Ignatius would say.  Our ultimate goal, then, will be to overcome fear and ignorance in order to become religiously literate and compassionate citizens, aware of a deep unity that underlies all of reality. 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 460: HUMAN SEXUALITY (8460)

Grade Level – 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective meeting graduation requirement of seven semesters of Religious Studies
Prerequisite – Religious Studies 100, 200, 300
Criteria for Enrollment – None

Course Description — This course is an exploration of the study of human sexuality as an all-embracing, all pervasive gift of God to each and every human being. Viewed from the physical (biological and psychological) and spiritual (moral) points of view, this class will treat sexuality as it is dealt with in modern science, contemporary society, the Word of God, and the teachings of the Church. Emphasis will be placed on helping students develop a healthy appreciation of their own sexuality and stress the importance of integrating values that promote self respect and integrity in both the way they reason and ultimately in the way they choose to live.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 470: THE IGNATIAN WAY (8470)

Grade Level – 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective meeting graduation requirement of seven semesters of Religious Studies
Prerequisite – Religious Studies 100, 200, 300
Criteria for Enrollment – None

Course Description — In this course, students will elect to undergo the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. In a retreat-like format, students will engage in meditation, contemplation and other forms of prayer in order to come to a better understanding of themselves as young adults in the 21st century and to recognize and respond to Ignatius’ invitation to “find God in all things.” Students should come with a desire to develop or deepen their personal relationship with God/Jesus under the guidance of St. Ignatius. With prayer as the daily foundation, students will use readings, film, discussion, and daily journaling to encounter God through the person of Jesus Christ. Students should be willing to share their faith journey and prayer experiences both in journaling and in small group sharing. With the Exercises, a student chooses to undertake an intensely personal and oftentimes arduous journey, one that is shared with others in a structured and supportive environment.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 471: TELLING STORIES: FAITH, FILM, AND FICTION (8471)

Grade Level – 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective meeting graduation requirement of seven semesters of Religious Studies
Prerequisite – Religious Studies 100, 200, 300
Criteria for Enrollment – None

Course Description — In this semester course, students explore and examine the “Catholic Imagination,” investigating the presence of God in everyday life. Catholics believe that we inhabit a sacramental world, where God can be seen, heard, observed, and felt in the ordinary. By examining the works of writers, artists, and filmmakers, we will deepen our awareness of God’s sacramental presence in creation. We will work together to understand how sacraments are "outward signs of an inward grace.”

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 472: SCIENCE AND RELIGION (8472)

Grade Level – 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective meeting graduation requirement of seven semesters of Religious Studies
Prerequisite – Religious Studies 100, 200, 300

Criteria for Enrollment – None

Course Description — Are science and religion enemies, strangers, or partners? We investigate this fundamental question in a semester-long course that introduces the philosophical, theological, and ethical relationship between science and religion. Both science and religion are quests for understanding that fundamentally shape our world, but these disciplines ask different questions and follow different methods. While they may appear to conflict, closer examination reveals room for a deeper engagement through fruitful dialogue and constructive integration. Students will grapple with several of the "big questions" which animate the relationship between science and religion, like "Does the universe have a purpose?" "Is faith compatible with evolution?" "Does science make belief in God obsolete?" and "What does it mean to be human?"

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 475: SPORTS AND SPIRITUALITY (8475)

Grade Level – 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective meeting graduation requirement of seven semesters of Religious Studies
Prerequisite – Religious Studies 100, 200, 300
Criteria for Enrollment – None

Course Description — In this semester course, students will explore and examine Catholic spirituality through the analogy of sports. Students will pursue the understanding and application of the Ignatian motto of “finding God in all things” with emphasis on sports (as and athlete and a fan). Students will investigate the demands of developing and maintaining a healthy, life-giving spirituality and examine the role of community, a religious tradition and exemplary models of faith in formation of that. Ultimately, students will come to know how Catholic spirituality is an invitation to a sacramental world and how that has already shaped their own faith journey.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES 476: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND SOCIAL JUSTICE SPIRITUALITY (8476)

Grade Level – 12
Length – One Semester

Type of Course – Elective meeting graduation requirement of seven semesters of Religious Studies
Prerequisite – Religious Studies 100, 200, 300
Criteria for Enrollment – None

Course Description — Jesuit education encourages students to live as women and men with and for others. Service and community engagement support this goal. This semester course explores how community service promotes solidarity and spiritual development within the context of Christian faith and commitment to social justice. Specifically, students will study responsible civic partnership, discerning God’s presence in service experiences, living a faith that does justice, promoting social justice through service relationships, and contributing to the common good through civic engagement. The course uses a service-learning method of instruction. Students will receive release time from a portion of classroom instruction for service in the community. SI will organize partnerships with community organizations to support specific learning objectives. The course requires students to participate in one of these partnerships as part of a cohort. Students will learn from their service experience through a process of intentional reflection and interpretation. In addition to their service experience, students complete traditional coursework designed to complement and enrich the experience. The course assesses students on their professionalism, their ability to make skillful observations of their experience, the intentionality of their reflections, their ability to use course concepts to interpret their service experience, research about the strengths and needs of a community they serve, and communication of their learning.

 

SACRED SYMBOLS (6130): SACRED SYMBOLS ~ STUDIO ART (B/C)

Grade Level  12
Type of Course  Elective meeting graduation requirement of seven semesters of Religious Studies
Prerequisite – Religious Studies 100, 200, 300 
Criteria for Enrollment – None 

Course Description – Sacred Symbols ~ Studio Art (B/C) (6130) will also fulfill one semester senior elective Religious Studies requirement for graduation.

See Course Description in the Fine Arts section

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