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
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.
REL 140 Encountering World Religions
REL 280 Theorizing Culture and Interpreting Religion
REL 200 Comparative Scripture
REL 202 Jewish and Christian Scripture
REL 204 Hindu Scripture
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