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Overview

The religious studies curriculum offers specialties in comparative approaches to religious traditions, ethics, and issues in science and the environment.

This program will challenge you to:

  • Examine yourself and the world in more comprehensive ways.
  • Look at the most fundamental aspects of human reasoning and discourse.
  • Study the religious dimensions of human existence in a non-sectarian manner.
  • Prepare for careers in ministry, social work, medicine, education, or other careers.
Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Major
Religious Studies Major

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Humanities & Fine Arts

Courses and Requirements

View this degree in the course catalog

34 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Major Requirements

 

Area I

Complete 6 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
REL-100 Introduction to World Religions 3 credits
REL-498 Religous Studies Seminar 3 credits

 

Area II

 

Complete 6 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
REL-112 New Testament Introduction 3 credits
REL-113 The Hebrew Bible 3 credits
REL-202 Christianity 3 credits
REL-204 Islam 3 credits
REL-206 Judaism 3 credits
REL-220 Christian Spirituality 3 credits
REL-225 Christian Theology 3 credits

 

3 credits from the following may be used to help fulfill Area II requirement:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
HIS-242 The History of Christianity 3 credits
HIS-325 Ancient Greek Language & Literature I 3 credits
HIS-326 Ancient Greek Language & Literature II 2 credits
HIS-346 Reformation of the 16th Century 3 credits
HIS-363 The Rise of Christianity: Classical History and Archaeology 3 credits
HIS-364 The Life of Jesus: History and Archaeology 3 credits
HIS-367 The History of Jewish Art 3 credits
HIS-370 Jewish History From the Diaspora to 1948 3 credits
HIS-372 Jewish-Christian Relations Through the Ages 3 credits
HIS-374 Women and Gender in Jewish Societies Ages 3 credits
HIS-378 Liberation Theology 3 credits

 

Area III

 

Complete 6 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
REL-203 Buddhism 3 credits
REL-205 Native American Religions 3 credits
REL-207 Hinduism 3 credits
REL-210 Japanese Religions 3 credits
REL-212 Buddhism in America 3 credits

 

3 credits from the following may be used to help fulfill Area III requirement:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
ATH-128 Understanding Spirit in Art and Culture 3 credits
HIS-221 Chinese Religions 3 credits

 

Area IV

 

Complete 9 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
PHI-201 The Good Life 3 credits
PHI-351 Philosophy of Religion 3 credits
REL-348 Religion and Science 3 credits
REL-349 Religion and Nature 3 credits
REL-350 Religion and Ethics 3 credits
SOC-304 The Sociology of Religion 3 credits

 

Area V

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
REL ELEC - Religious Studies Elective coursework 6 credits

 

Area VI

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
REL-499 Senior Thesis 1-2 credits

 

Humanities & Fine Arts Social Sciences & History Natural Sciences & Mathematics Professional Studies & Enhancements
Minor
Religious Studies Minor

Peaks this program fulfills

  • Humanities & Fine Arts

Courses and Requirements

View this degree in the course catalog

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Minor Requirements

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
REL-100 Introduction to World Religions 3 credits

 

Complete 3 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
REL Upper Division- Upper Division (300- or 400-level) Religion Course 3 credits
PHI-351 Philosophy of Religion 3 credits

 

Complete 9 credits from the following:

Course ID Course Name Number of Credits
REL ELEC- Any REL courses 9 credits

 

Up to 6 credits of the following can count toward the REL elective requirement:

ATH-128 Understanding Spirit in Art and Culture

HIS-221 Chinese Religions

HIS-242 The History of Christianity

HIS-325 Ancient Greek Language and Literature I 

HIS-326 Ancient Greek Language and Literature II 

HIS-346 Reformation of the Sixteenth Century 

HIS-363 History, Classical Archaeology, and the Rise of Christianity

HIS-364 The Life of Jesus: History and Archaeology

HIS-367 The History of Jewish Art

HIS-370 Jewish History from the Diaspora to 1948

HIS-372 Jewish-Christian Relations Through the Ages

HIS-374 Women and Gender in Jewish Societies

HIS-378 Liberation Theology

PHI-201 The Good Life

SOC-304 The Sociology of Religion

 

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