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Religious Studies (Bachelor of Arts)

Program Description for Religious Studies

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 Intro to Religion (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 America
  • REL 3127 Religion and the Courts
  • REL 3101 Religion and Popular Culture
  • REL 3148 Religion and Violence
  • REL 3930 Selected Topics: History of Religion
  • REL 3936 Selected Topics: Religious Thought
  • PHI 3700 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHI 3930 Selected Topics

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.*
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 hrs 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

All BA students in the College of Arts and Sciences are required to complete the foreign language or foreign culture requirement with grades of C or higher.


  • Select one sequence of Spanish, French, Chinese, German, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or American Sign Language.
  • Part 1 of languages are typically offered in the fall and part 2 in the spring.
  • Incoming Students with prior experience in French or Spanish must take a placement exam. Students who place above the beginning level will satisfy this requirement by earning a "C" or better in a French or Spanish at the level at which they placed.
  • Students who choose this option may also be eligible for a minimum of 3 credits and a maximum of 6 credits of retroactive credit if they complete with a "C" or above in a 3000 level French or Spanish course.
  • This policy applies to Chinese as well, although in this case placement will be 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).