Religion Major

The study of religion is designed to give students insight into the meaning of the religious dimension of human experience by exposing them to different cultural beliefs and practices and introducing them to the many methodologies in the comparative study of religion. Course work in religion introduces students to the various historical and contemporary expressions of the diverse religious traditions of humankind. The breadth of courses required by the major and minor are designed to impart upon the student a basic religious literacy, which is key to understanding an increasingly diverse world.

Many religion majors pursue graduate work in theology or religious studies. In addition, the religion major or minor is good preparation for seminary students, providing them with an academic and cross-cultural approach to religion that is often lacking in seminary training. It also can be beneficial for those seeking church-related careers. Students often combine and religion major or minor with a major in another field that is related to their career choice.

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts with a major in religion.

Required courses:
REL 280 Theorizing Culture and Interpreting Religion

REL 401 Senior Presentation
REL 450 Undergraduate Research Symposium I
REL 451 Undergraduate Research Symposium II

Two courses from the following Comparative or Historical Tradition sequences:
REL 120 Religious Diversity in America

REL 140 Encountering World Religions
REL 150 Encountering Other Religions
REL 240 Hindu Traditions
REL 241 Jewish Traditions
REL 242 Buddhist Traditions
REL 243 Christian Traditions
REL 244 Islamic Traditions
REL 245

One course in Sacred Scripture:
REL 200 Comparative Scripture

REL 202 Jewish and Christian Scripture
REL 204 Hindu Scripture

Two semesters:
REL 285 Independent Reading Forum

Six credits in one of the following:
REL 310 Themes in Religious Studies

REL 311 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Religion

Three additional credits in religion.

Required courses for the Major with transdisciplinary designation:

Two courses with transdisciplinary designation outside the major


Four additional courses in religion, of which at least one must be in 300-level. Total: 10 courses (30 credits).

Note: To be credited for majors or minors in philosophy, cross-listed courses must be designated as religion courses at registration

Requirements for Religion Majors declared before Fall 2009.