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New Degree Courses & Programs of Changes (1 packet)
Philosophy & Religious Studies
Add a new degree-major program
Bachelor of Arts - Religious Studies Major
Summary of the Changes:
A new Religious Studies major was approved by the BOT/BOG on March 15, 2011. The current request is to include the requirements of the new major in the catalog.
Emphases: The Major, cross cultural in content and interdisciplinary in approach, will allow students to pursue the academic study of religion in its socio-historical cultural context. The Major will emphasize familiarity with the theoretical approaches to religion, such that students will understand the assumptions implicit in the category of religion; methodological approaches to the study of religion, such that students will be able to draw on scholarly tools in their efforts to understand the worldviews of others; and a level of literacy with regard to the worlds' major religious traditions. Total Number of Credit Hours: Religious Studies majors will take 30 credit hours, spread among four categories (prerequisites, methods, traditions and topics) and a Senior Seminar Capstone. Religious Studies majors will also be encouraged to participate in a study abroad experience. Overall Purpose: Religious Studies, as an academic discipline, fits squarely within the liberal arts tradition emphasizing clear thinking and writing as well as other tools with which to understand and appreciate the growing diversity present in our world. As an interdisciplinary field of inquiry, Religious Studies explores varied meaning-making systems in all their complexity including beliefs, practices, texts, history and social-cultural functions. Rather than approaching religions from the standpoint of a believer seeking "Spiritual Truth," Religious Studies seeks an understanding of the origins of particular traditions, how they function, and what purposes they serve. In the process of coming to understand how seemingly foreign systems of meaning makes sense to those who hold them, students come to see the ways in which their own taken-for-granted assumptions look to someone who encounters them for the first time.
REL3102: CD- Religion as CultureAND REL2300: CD-Comparative ReligionCo-requisites:None
REL2300: CD-Comparative ReligionAND REL3102: CD- Religion as CultureAND REL3XXX: Introduction to the Study of ReligionCo-requisites:None
Prerequisites: NoneCo-requisites: None
Prerequisites: NoneCo-requisites: NoneCourse Description:
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