Courses

Major in Religious Studies

A major requires a minimum of 30 credits to a maximum of 48 at the senior level, including: 

  • RELIG 200- Classical Theories of Religion
  • RELIG 475- Contemporary Theories of Religion
  • Two courses in the same religious tradition (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, or Buddhism). The first course may also satisfy (3). The second course may include RELIG 102, RELIG 205, RELIG 211, or RELIG 212 if not counted toward (3); otherwise, the second course must be at the 300- or 400-level and may be RELIG or an approved cross-listed course
  • 300-level RELIG (3 credits)
  • 3 credits in RELIG at the 300- or 400-level in RELIG addition to RELIG 475

Three of

  • RELIG 202- Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible OR
  • RELIG 205- Introduction to Judaism 
  • RELIG 211- Introduction to Early Christian Writings OR
  • RELIG 212- Christian Traditions
  • RELIG 220- Introducing Islam, from Prophetic Origins to World Tradition 
  • RELIG 230- Introduction to Hinduism
  • RELIG 240- Introduction to Buddhism 

As Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws on the methods of other disciplines, majors are encouraged but not required to take one of

  • ANTHR 401- Ethnographic Methods
  • HIST 290- Introduction to Historiography
  • PSYCO 212- Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology 
  • SOC 315- Introduction to Social Methodology
  • WGS 302- Feminist Research and Methodologies

Please consult the Academic Calendar for a full list of cross-listed courses that may be counted toward the Religious Studies major or minor. NOTE: Not all courses are offered every year.  Other cross-listed courses may be approved on a year-to-year basis.  Consult with the Undergraduate Advisor for possible additions to this list. 

Minor in Religious Studies

A minor in Religious Studies requires a minimum of 12 credits to a maximum of 42 at the senior level in RELIG and approved cross-listed courses including RELIG 200 and at least 6 credits in RELIG at the 300- or 400-level.  


Honors in Religious Studies

Students planning to apply for admission to the Honors program should consult BA Honors for admission requirements. Prior to making this application they must consult with the Director of Religious Studies on the availability of an honors thesis supervisor in their area of thesis research interest. 

Honors requires a minimum of 48 credits and a maximum of 72 credits (senior level) RELIG and approved cross-listed courses, including: 

  • RELIG 200-Classical Theories in Religion
  • RELIG 475- Contemporary Theories of Religion
  • 6 credits in RELIG at the 300- or 400- level (in addition to RELIG 475 and RELIG 499)
  • RELIG 499- Honors Essay in Religious Studies

Three of

  • RELIG 202- Introduction to Old Testament/Hebrew Bible OR
  • RELIG 205- Introduction to Judaism
  • RELIG 211- Introduction to Early Christian Writings OR
  • RELIG 212- Christian Traditions
  • RELIG 220- Introducing Islam, from Prophetic Origins to World Traditions
  • RELIG 230- Introduction to Hinduism
  • RELIG 240- Introduction to Buddhism 

Two courses in the same religious tradition
Two courses in the same religious tradition (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, or Buddhism).  The first course may also satisfy (3). The second course may include RELIG 202, RELIG 205, RELIG 211, or RELIG 212 if not counted toward (3); otherwise, the second course must be at the 300- or 400-level and may be RELIG or an approved Cross-Listed course.  

One of:

See the list of cross-listed courses below under major requirements

  • ANTHR 401- Ethnographic Methods
  • HIST 290- Introduction to Historiography
  • SOC 315- Introduction to Social Methodology
  • PSYCO 212- Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology
  • WGS 302- Feminist Research and Methodologies 


Additional Requirements
Students are required to take 6 credits senior-level language other than English which should be related to the student's selected area of concentration and must be approved by the Honors Advisor.  Where a student's area of concentration does not require the ability to read an LOE, the advisor may recommend to the Faculty that 6 credits in a different discipline(s) be substituted.


Promotion Requirements
Promotion from year to year requires a GPA of at least 3.3 with an average of at least 3.3 in all RELIG and approved cross-listed courses. 


Graduation Requirements
Graduation with Honors in Religious Studies requires a program average of at least 3.3 and an average of at least 3.3 in all RELIG and approved cross-listed courses.  Graduation with First-Class Honors requires an average of al least 3.7 in all senior-level RELIG and approved cross-listed courses and an average of at least 35 in the last 30 credits completed.  

 

Combined Honors in Religious Studies

- please see the Academic Calendar for requirements.