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Religious Studies Courses

Rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ as well as the teachings and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the Religious Studies Department seeks to foster in students a respect and reverence for self, others, God, and God's creations. The curriculum is designed to inspire spirituality, critical thinking, prayer, compassion, and participation in the community for the rest of their lives. 
 
 

Introduction to Catholic Christianity

Grade Level: 9

Credit: 0.5, Semester

Prerequisite: None

This one semester course focuses on familiarizing students from diverse religious backgrounds with the language, traditions, and practices of Catholic Christianity. The intent of the course is to invite faith formation and prepare students for success in Religious Studies courses by developing knowledge of key terms, critical thinking skills, and strategies of articulate expression through writing, art, and dialogue.  We will investigate: Lasallian identity; Apostles Creed; the Incarnation, the people of God in action, and Sacramental theology and practice.



Introduction to Sacred Scripture (Old Testament)

Grade Level: 9

Credit: 0.5, Semester

Prerequisite: Introduction to Catholic Christianity

The purpose of this course is to give students a general knowledge and appreciation of the Sacred Scriptures. Through their study of the Bible, they will come to encounter the live Word of God, Jesus Christ. In the course, they will learn about the Bible, authored by God through Inspiration, and its value to people throughout the world. 



Christology (The Study of Christ)

Grade Level: 10

Credit: 0.5, Semester

Prerequisite: Introduction to Catholic Christianity and Introduction to Sacred Scripture

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the mystery of Jesus Christ, the living Word of God, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. Students analyze the historical context of Jesus' birth, study God's Revelation through Jesus Christ, and connect Hebrew and Christian Scriptures. The course focuses on how creation and Salvation History lead to a deeper understanding of Jesus' birth and public ministry; analyzes Jesus’ explanation of the “Kingdom of God”; and makes connections to the Christian understanding of the Trinity. In learning about who Jesus is, students will also learn who he calls them to be.



Paschal Mystery (The Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ)

Grade Level: 10

Credit: 0.5, Semester

Prerequisite: Christology

This course continues the study of Christ’s life, focusing on the mystery of his passion, death, and resurrection. Study includes essential topics such as the Eucharist; the birth of the Church at Pentecost and the continuing work of the Holy Spirit; the symbolism between Hebrew Scriptures and the Paschal Mystery. The course emphasizes the impact of God’s gift of grace, redemption, and salvation in the context of Jesus, his followers, and what that means today. 



Catholic Moral Thinking

Grade Level: 11

Credit: 0.5, Semester

Prerequisite: Christology and Paschal Mystery

Examines the foundations of Catholic morality. The moral life is known as "life in Christ" which is characterized by our loving one another as Jesus loved us. The course explores the development of character, the formation of conscience, and the study of virtuous living. Because life involves making difficult choices, the course challenges students to examine real-life situations through the lens of Catholic morality. Learning to evaluate complex moral dilemmas and acting according to one's conscience is essential for living in a right relationship with other people, one's self, and God. This course challenges students to address two essential questions: Who am I? Who am I becoming? 



Catholic Social Teachings

Grade Level: 11

Credit: 0.5, Semester

Prerequisite: Catholic Moral Thinking

The course examines the foundations of Catholic social teaching in Scripture and Tradition. The course aims to examine social issues in light of Catholic Social Teachings, with an exploration into subjects such as protecting human life at its beginning and its end, poverty and hunger, war and peacemaking, economic justice and environmental justice. Students complete their junior service requirement with an emphasis on poverty and draw upon that experience to further their understanding of in class topics. 



World Religions

Grade Level: 12

Credit: 0.5, Semester

Prerequisite: Catholic Moral Thinking and Catholic Social Teachings

This semester course is designed to study contemporary, cultural and historical diversity in World Religions. The goals of this course include: learning about cultural and historical worldviews, knowing the seven characteristics of world religions, appreciating diversity within and between world religions, working to develop a personal view and understanding of how to live in a diverse world.  Dual credit option of 4 CCC credits for R210.



Lasallian Ministry

Grade Level: 12

Credit: 0.5, Semester

Credit Status: Elective 

Prerequisite: Application required for placement in this course

This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn basic skills in leadership within a Lasallian context. Students will develop these skills through activities, classroom lecture, assigned reading, directed service to the school, and other project work in the community. An application during the forecasting process is required for placement into this course. This course is elective and will meet the 2nd half of the religious studies requirement for 12th graders. 



Christian Lifestyles

Grade Level: 12

Credit: 0.5, Semester

Credit Status: Elective 

Prerequisite: None

This course considers the developmental tasks of young adulthood and the four lifestyle paths. (single life, married life, religious life, and ordained ministry) Students will examine lifestyle issues and choices in light of the Gospel and the Christian tradition. This course is elective and will meet the 2nd half of the religious studies requirement for 12th graders.



Honors Faith and Media (Blended Online Course)

Grade Level: 12

Credit: 0.5, Semester

Credit Status: Elective 

Prerequisite: None

The class will explore the presence of faith and the portrayal of Christianity (an in particular Catholicism) in a variety of media (novels, short stories, film, and music).  Students will analyze various media to discern the presence of various theological themes and/or to evaluate the religious portrayal within such media. The primary assessments will be student podcasts. This is a Blended Online class. Open to Seniors only. Must have strong organizational and self-management skills. Enrollment is limited.