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 Judeo-Christian heritage as well as to the diverse
religious traditions of humankind.
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.
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
One additional course in religion. Total: 6 courses (18 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 Minors declared before Fall 2009.