Requirements

Religion Major

The major consists of nine courses.

Required Courses
REL 1101Introduction to the Study of Religion1
REL 3390Theories about Religion1
Select one intermediate course (2000–2969) from each of the following four areas:4
Asian religions (2219–2225, 2228, 2277, 2280, 2284, 2285, 2287–2289, 2745)
Bible and comparative studies (2203, 2205, 2206, 2215–2217, 2229, 2230, 2242, 2244, 2278)
Christianity and gender (2235, 2250–2252, 2255, 2257, 2258)
Islam and post-biblical Judaism (2202, 2207–2211, 2232, 2237, 2239)
Select one additional advanced course (3000–3999).1
Select two elective courses from any level of the curriculum, one of which may be a first-year seminar.2

Religion Minor

A minor consists of five courses.

Required courses
REL 1101Introduction to the Study of Religion1
REL 3390Theories about Religion1
Select three courses at the intermediate level (2000–2969) in three of the following four areas:3
Asian religions (2219–2225, 2228, 2277, 2280, 2284, 2285, 2287–2289, 2745)
Bible and comparative studies (2203, 2205, 2206, 2215–2217, 2229, 2230, 2242, 2244, 2278)
Christianity and gender (2235, 2250–2252, 2255, 2257, 2258)
Islam and post-biblical Judaism (2202, 2207–2211, 2232, 2237, 2239)

Additional Information and Department Policies

  • No more than one first-year seminar may be counted toward the major.
  • Typically, up to three courses taken at another college or university may count toward the major with departmental approval. One credit taken at another college or university may count toward the minor with departmental approval.
  • Up to two independent study credits (intermediate, advanced, or honors) can be used to satisfy the elective course requirement for the major.
  • In order to enroll in REL 3390 Theories about Religion, a major normally is expected to have taken four of the nine required courses.
  • Courses that count toward the major or minor must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail).
  • Each religion course required for the major or minor must be passed with a grade of C- or higher.

Honors in Religion

Students contemplating honors candidacy should possess a record of distinction in departmental courses, including those that support the project, a clearly articulated and well-focused research proposal, and a high measure of motivation and scholarly maturity. At the start of the fall semester of their senior year, honors candidates enroll in REL 4050 with a faculty member who has agreed to supervise the project. If the proposal, due toward the end of the fall semester, is accepted, the student goes on to enroll in REL 4051 for the spring semester in order to complete the project.


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