Religious Studies Degree Requirements

Students who major in religious studies may receive either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The B.A. degree requires third-semester proficiency in a foreign language. The B.S. degree requires the following sequence: STA 215, LIB 301, and one of the following: ANT 315, PLS 300, PSY 385 or SOC 357.


CORE COURSES (Credits:  12). All majors are required to take the following courses:

  • REL 100 Religions of the World
  • REL 200 Introduction to Religious Studies: Concepts, Methods and Traditions
  • REL 300 Contemporary Theories and Issues in Religious Studies
  • REL 495 Religious Studies Senior Seminar  (capstone)

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON TRADITIONS COURSES (Credits:  9). All majors are required to take three of the following courses:

  • LIB 300 Jewish Scriptures and Traditions
  • REL 305 Christianity: Scriptures and Tradition
  • PHI 210 Eastern Philosophy
  • MES 350 Islam: Scriptures and Rituals

DISCIPLINARY APPROACHES COURSES (Credits:  6): All majors are required to take two of the following courses:

  • ANT 315 Comparative Religions
  • LIB 335 Sacred Texts - Global Contexts
  • PHI 343 Philosophy of Religion
  • PLS 330 Religion and Politics in U.S.  
  • PSY 385 Psychology of Religion
  • SOC 357 Sociology of Religion

ELECTIVES (Credits:  6): All majors are required to take two of the following courses: 

  • PHI 341 Death and Dying
  • PHI 306 Eastern Great Philosophers
  • HST 376 History of Witches
  • HST 337 Age of Islamic Empire
  • HST 211 History of Islamic Civilization
  • CLA 315 Ancient Religion
  • ANT 316 Death, Burial and Culture
  • PHI 312 Medieval Great Philosophers
  • MGT 340 Business, Social Change, Ethics
  • HST 342 History of East Asian Religions
  • HST 311 History of Religion/ U.S.
  • ENG 204 World Mythology
  • CJ 405 Terrorism

 

Minor in Religious Studies (21 credits):

  • REL 100 Religions of the World
  • REL 200 Introduction to Religious Studies (Credits:  3)
  • Two courses from the Global Perspectives category (Credits:  6)
  • One course from the Disciplinary Approaches category (Credits:  3)
  • One course from designated Electives (Credits:  3)
  • Plus one additional course from Global Perspectives on Traditions, Electives, or Disciplinary Approaches categories (Credits:  3)

 

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