Declaring a Religion Major


We are so happy that you have found the study of religion as interesting and compelling as we do, and want to declare a major.

As you begin, here are the steps to take:

1. Declaration of Major / Initial advising

If you are interested in declaring a major in Religion, please visit the OUE website and complete the Declaration of Major Form. Once you have completed this form and received a confirmation email please contact the Program Coordinator, Candice George to set up your initial advising meeting.

If you are interested in finding out more information before declaring a major in Religion, contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Eric Reinders to schedule a brief meeting.

2. Getting an adviser

After you declare your Religion major, you will be assigned a faculty member in the Department to serve as your major adviser. If you would like to request a particular adviser, ask about that when you declare the major. A request is generally honored when the faculty member’s schedule allows and so long as it does not result in overloading any individual adviser.

3. Seeking Advising

Your adviser will help you make choices with your program and be a sounding board for academic challenges and decisions. You should be proactive in making advising appointments and do this allowing plenty of time before pre-registration so that your adviser can find time on his or her schedule to meet with you during your mutually available hours. Try to think through your planned schedule or any questions you have before your advising meetings take place.

Fulfilling your Requirements

We’ve created a Majors worksheet (link here) to make it easy to see what you need to take to fulfill your requirements. Most requirements do not need to be fulfilled in any set order, but students are strongly encouraged to take Religion 300, Interpreting Religion, which is required of all majors, as early in their program as possible. It is designed to prepare students for work in more advanced courses, so ideally it should be taken in the fall semester of the Junior year, although we intend to offer it both semesters. REL 490W, the required capstone course, is only offered in the spring and is reserved for majors at the end of their studies. It should be taken in your senior spring semester, unless other arrangements have been approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies.