Rooted in the mission of Catholic education, Religious Studies courses at Bellarmine are directed toward formation of the human person in light of one’s ultimate destiny, authentic moral values, and the common good of society. A fundamental goal of the curriculum is for students to develop a faith which seeks understanding. Students increase their knowledge of the faith and tradition of the Catholic Church by examining theological issues in a sequence of courses which are centered on sacred scripture, the life and teaching of Jesus, ethics and justice, and Christian spirituality. Finally, inspired by the gift of the Ignatian spiritual charism which animates Jesuit education, it is the desire and intention of the faculty that students assume personal responsibility for understanding and critically appropriating their own faith tradition in a way that leads to committed action for the sake of the good of others and the greater glory of God.
Bellarmine requires students to complete six semesters of Religious Studies courses in order to graduate.