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 140 Encountering World Religions
REL 280 Theorizing Culture and Interpreting Religion
REL 499

One of:

REL 200 Comparative Scripture
REL 202 Jewish and Christian Scripture
REL 204 Hindu Scripture

One of:

REL 252
REL 253
REL 255

One of:

REL 250
REL 251

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.