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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
  May 26, 2024
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Religious Studies, BA

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Major Requirements

Students pursuing a major in Religious Studies are required to complete 10 courses, to include:

  • Two designated introductory courses, RELGST 0105 - RELIGIONS OF THE WEST  and RELGST 0505 - RELIGION IN ASIA .
  • Two courses acquainting the student with specific methodological approaches to the study of religions (one methods course reflecting historical approaches the other reflecting a philosophical, social scientific, or literary approach)
  • Three courses at the 1000-level from each of three different categories reflecting different areas of the world and different historical periods (religions of the East, pre-modern religions in the West, and modern/contemporary religions in the West)
  • Two additional courses in Religious Studies, at least one of which must be a 1000-level course
  • A capstone seminar that satisfies the Arts and Sciences requirement for a writing course in the major

Majors must earn a grade of C or better in each departmental course taken. Courses required for the major must be taken on a letter-grade basis. Students should check with the departmental advisor for the credit by examination option.

The required A&S 12-credit related area may encompass study of literature, language, art, or history of a culture the student is seeking to understand or disciplines or processes that are related to religion, such as social change, mythology, symbolism, and literature. Students may use second languages as their related area, but those languages must show some relationship to the primary religion or cultural context within the major. Students planning to attend graduate school should know that competence in those languages related to the culture they will be studying is mandatory. The department strongly encourages development of language skills during undergraduate years.

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