Religious Studies

Graduation Requirements: 40 Credits

  • 9th Grade: Frosh Wellness: Mind, Body, Spirit (10 credits, 5 Rel, 5 Kin)
  • 10th Grade: Church History (10 credits)
  • 11th Grade: Symbols and Ethics (10 credits)
  • 12th Grade: Choice of semester-long electives: Gospels in Action (5 credits), Spiritual Journey (5 credits), or World Religions (5 credits)

Frosh Wellness: Mind, Body, Spirit

Frosh Wellness: Mind, Body, Spirit

Course # R103
Status: N/A
Credits: 5 Kin & 5 Rel
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 9th Grade
Prerequisites: None

This course develops students' sense of who they are as young women of faith and their connection to the Carondelet Sisterhood. Units of study will focus on physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being as well as on general wellness topics infused with morality, ethics, and social justice through a Catholic lens. This course will develop skills and useful perspectives to help students face challenges they experience in the real world.

(update 4/10/2018)

Church History Then and Now

Church History Then and Now

Course # R201
Status: UC & CSU Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 10th Grade
Prerequisites: None

This course explores the development of the Catholic Church from the time of its birth as a sect of Judaism to the present day. The course presents the historical events and persons who have played a vital role in our two thousand-year history as a community of faith. Throughout the year time is taken also to explore the development of the students’ lives and to heighten their awareness of the contribution they can make now and will be able to make to the Church in the future. Each class attends a one-day retreat that focuses on what it means to be a woman of heart faith, and courage.

Religious Studies 3 / Symbols and Ethics

Religious Studies 3 / Symbols and Ethics

Course # R301
Status: UC & CSU Approved
Credits: 10
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 11th Grade
Prerequisites: None

This course invites students to explore their relationships with God, themselves, and others in light of the seven sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church and the Church’s teaching in the areas of Morality and Social Justice. Students will consider the symbolic, ritual, and historical elements of the Sacraments, and will also be challenged to see themselves, others, and their environment as sacraments. This will be followed by a consideration of the personal and social dynamics that go into morality and ethical decision-making in light of Church teaching. The issue of justice, particularly social justice, will be studied, and a process for Christian moral decision-making will be learned and applied to contemporary issues of morality and justice.

Spiritual Journey

Spiritual Journey

Course # R402
Status: N/A
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: None

This course invites students to reflect on how they encounter the divine in their lives by reading, analyzing, and discussing the spiritual journeys of others. The accumulated wisdom and spiritual teachings of the men and women of many religious traditions who have gone before us can serve as guides for our own personal spiritual journey. Journal-type reflection questions will assist each student to concretely identify his/her options for a lived spirituality.

World Religions

World Religions

Course # R401
Status: UC,CSU & NCAA Approved
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet/De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: None

World Religions is an introduction to the comparative study of the great religious traditions of the world. Religion is a way humankind has responded over the centuries to the mystery of God and living a life with meaning and purpose. This course will examine the major religions of the world including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Islam, and others. Topics related to the earliest forms of religious expression and religion’s role in the modern world will be explored.

Gospels in Action - Blended (NEW)

Gospels in Action - Blended (NEW COURSE)

Course #R501B
Status: N/A
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Approval of VP of Academic Affairs

Note: It is helpful, but not required, for a student enrolled in Gospels in Action to have an unrestricted driver’s license and regular access to a car.

Gospels in Action - blended empowers motivated seniors to explore how Gospel values can inform and lead action to bring about a more just world. This class will meet two days a week in the classroom to inquire and analyze social justice issues in today’s world through the lens of Catholic Social teaching. These topics will address but are not limited to the social justice issues that affect student service sites and the populations served by these sites. Course readings will focus on current research, church documents, and academic articles. Students will write reflective essays and research the connections between Catholic Social Teachings, the Gospel message of Jesus, and the lived experience of service and the people met through this service learning. Class time will also be used to reflect on the service being performed. The other two days students will be in the community serving at local sites. Sites can be ones that a student is currently volunteering for, or be assigned. Students will complete service hours within the semester.

Gospels in Action - Social Advocacy

Gospels in Action - Social Advocacy

Course # R501sa
Status: N/A
Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: Approval of Dean of Students
Note: Some sites may also require a current TB test and immunization record.

Gospels in Action - Social Advocacy empowers motivated seniors to explore how Gospel values can inform and lead action to bring about a more just world. Students enrolled in this class will focus on a social justice issue, investigate the cultural, economic, political, and social structures and forces at play, and develop real world solutions. This class will guide students in how to transform a passion for justice, love and care for the “dear neighbor" to developing initiatives working towards a solution. In the process of developing solutions, students possible learning activities may include: research, interview or perhaps shadow subject matter experts, participate in service immersions, and visit pertinent sites. The final assessment will include a presentation of the research and student solution (which may take the form of a written grant, public policy, non-profit proposal, etc.).

It is helpful, but not required, for a student enrolled in Gospels in Action to have regular access to a car. If a student plans on driving, she needs an unrestricted driver’s license and a copy of the auto insurance declaration policy.

Intro to Philosophy

Intro to Philosophy

Course # R410
Status: UC & CSU Approved

Credits: 5
Campus: Carondelet /De La Salle
Level: 12th Grade
Prerequisites: None

In this course, students will become familiar with major thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Aquinas, Locke, and Kant and such philosophical positions as Rationalism, Empiricism, and Determinism through a systematic study of four areas of philosophical investigation. These four areas include: consideration of our human nature, epistemology, philosophy of God, and the mind-body connection. Its focus will be on increasing the ability of students to read for comprehension and understanding, think critically, and communicate effectively through both the spoken and written word. Students will analyze the wisdom found from philosophical thought, both classic and contemporary, with the intention of considering their effect on their everyday lives and lived faith.