Classes are Available Online or on Campus in Washington DC

The School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America leads students on rigorous and engaging intellectual journeys in theology and religious studies. We serve all University students on that quest, and we offer more extensive programs for students particularly interested in these studies. We do so in a hospitable, vibrant community that serves a crucial role at the heart of the University's Catholic mission.

Explore the depths of Catholic intellectual tradition. We have provided world-class education under the finest theological minds for over 130 years—from seminarians and religious sisters, to biomedical ethicists, liturgists, and laity. Come discover the answers to life’s ultimate questions. Our students benefit from taking courses with faculty who are conducting leading research in the fields of theology and religious studies. Students engage in discussions with their professors that reflect critical thinking. Our faculty instill a love of learning, a desire for excellence, and an ability to explore the answers to thought-provoking questions.

  • TRS 270: The Lives of the Saints - 3 credits

    Examines lives of saints from across Christian history through historical, hagiograpical, and theological study.
  • TRS 317: Paul in Ancient and Modern Contexts - 3 credits, Online

    The course offers an introduction to Paul's thought by way of a study of a selection of his letters. The course focuses especially on (1) Paul's understanding of history, and his own place in it; (2) Jewish and Gentile identities and their significance, as perceived by Paul; (3) Paul's ethical vision, and its shape and substance in modern contexts
  • TRS 338A: Religion and Ethics on Film - 3 credits, Online

    A exploration of the folowing questions surrounding the nexus of war, film, and morality. How do films convey ethical messages regarding their subjects? How do they convey religious meanings? How is moral judgment relevant to warfare? How has the development of modern warfare been bound up with visual media? What possibilities for moral commentary on war are afforded by different film genres such as documentaries, dramas, and comedies? Is it appropriate to make ethical assessments of artistic products such as films? Are there limits to the power of film to express the moral reality of combat or suffering? What commentary does the public reception of individual films provide on the ethical climate of a society?