Major: Religious Studies
Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Foundation (3 credits)
REL2300 (CD) Comparative Religion (3 Credits)
Core Requirements (9 credits)
Methods in the Study of Religion (9 required credit hour, grade C or higher)
REL3102 CD- Religion as Culture (3 Credits)
REL3040 Theories of Religious Studies (3 Credits)
  • REL 3293 Selected topics Bible/Scripture
  • REL 3241 New Testament
  • REL 3213 Hebrew Bible/OT
Major Requirements (18 credits)
TRADITIONS Select 9 credits from below:
Three courses from different areas many of which also fulfill the Foreign Culture requirements. (grade of C or higher)

  • REL 3932 Special Topics: Judaism
  • REL 4937 Advanced Special Topics: Judaism
  • REL 3505 History of Christianity
  • REL 3930 Selected Topics: History of Religion (Christianity)
  • REL 3931 Special Topics: Christianity
  • REL 4938 Advanced Special Topics: Christianity
  • ANT 3243 Comparative Muslim Cultures
  • ANT 4931 Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology(Islam)
  • REL 3933 Special Topics: Islam
  • REL 4939 Advanced Special Topics: Islam
  • PHI 3930 Selected Topics (Indian Philosophy)
  • ANT 4931 Selected Topics in Cultural Anthropology (Hinduism)
  • REL 3934 Special Topics: Hinduism
  • REL 4936 Advanced Special Topics: Hinduism
  • REL 3930 Selected Topics in History of Religion (Introduction to Buddhism)
  • PHI 3930 Selected Topics (Chinese Philosophy, Indian Philosophy)
  • REL 3935 Special Topics: Buddhism
  • REL 4930 Advanced Special Topics: Buddhism

(Grade of C or higher)
  • REL 3120 Religion in Americam (3 credits)
  • REL 3127 Religion and the Courts (3 credits)
  • REL 3101 Religion and Popular Culture (3 credits)
  • REL 3148 Religion and Violence (3 credits)
  • REL 3930 Selected Topics: History of Religion (3 credits)
  • REL 3936 Selected Topics: Religious Thought (3 credits)
  • PHI 3700 Philosophy of Religion (3 credits)
  • PHI 3930 Selected Topics (3 credits)
  • REL 3152 Race and Religion in the United States (3 credits)
  • REL 3168 Religion and Nature (3 credits)
  • REL 3380 American Indian Religions (3 credits)
  • REL 3110 Religion and the Arts in the US (3 credits)
  • REL 3111 Religion and Film (3 credits)
Capstone Experience (3 credits)
This course should bring together the theoretical and methodological skills developed in the major and apply them to a specific area of data that could vary by instructor and/or by student interest. It will be one context in which the assessment of the Religious Studies Major can take place. Students must obtain a grade of C or higher.
REL4910 Senior Seminar Capstone (3 Credits)
Minor Required
A minor is required for this major.* (Credits will vary)
The minor must be selected from the list of approved minors, including those outside the college of the major.
See List of Minors in the Undergraduate Catalog. Minors are generally completed during the last 60 credit hours of your program. Your minor may require prerequisites, so choosing a minor early is beneficial. See your Advisor to declare a minor.
*(Double majors are exempt from a minor.)
Foreign Language/Foreign Cultures
Foreign Language (8 CHs)/Foreign Culture Requirement (6 CHs): All BA students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete either (i) the Foreign Language option or (ii) the Foreign Culture option, in either case with grades of C or higher.
  • Select one two-course sequence of Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian, or American Sign Language.
  • The first course in each of the two-course sequences is typically offered in the fall; the second course in each of the two-course sequences is typically offered in the spring.
  • To determine whether to enroll in the first or the second course of the two-course French or Spanish sequences, incoming students with prior experience in French or Spanish must take a placement exam. Students who place above the beginning level will satisfy the Foreign Language option by earning a "C" or better in the second French or second Spanish course into which they have placed.
  • Students who complete a 3000-level French or Spanish course with a "C" or above have demonstrated the mastery that is required in the two-course French or Spanish sequence and may request retroactive credit for the sequence. The retroactive credit will either be 3 or 6 credits, depending on their placement following the exam.
  • This policy applies to Chinese as well, placement being determined by the professor of the program.
FC Foreign Culture Option
  • Students who successfully completed 2 years of foreign language in high school have the option of taking 6 hours of foreign culture courses instead of 8 hours of college level foreign language.
  • Foreign cultures contain (FC) in the course title.
  • A complete list of foreign culture courses can be found in the Arts & Sciences Advising Office.
Free Electives (7 credits)
This degree requires a minimum of 120 total hours with 48 upper (3000/4000) level hours. Free electives may be courses in any discipline (provided the required prerequisites are met) and they are the hours needed to satisfy the total requirement. These hours may vary (consult your advisor about free elective hours needed to graduate).