Religion Major Requirements

Pre-Fall 2013 Requirements

(These will be your requirements if you declared the major BEFORE Fall 2013 semester.)

The major in Religion requires a minimum of forty hours (ten courses), one of which may be taken in a cognate discipline. It is important for the student to work closely with an adviser in choosing a course of study, which may include, for example, an emphasis in Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, African-American religions, religion and conflict, religion in America, religion and ethics, religion and gender, ritual and performance studies, classical texts and religious thought, or comparative sacred texts.

All courses of study in the major require:

(1) One introductory course: Religion 100 or 150 or 211 or 212
(2) Religion 300: Interpreting Religion
(3) Two courses (each in a different religious tradition), from Religion 301-320 or any other tradition-specific course, with approval of advisor
(4) Five electives at the 200-level or above, with three at the 300 level or above, and one may be from a cognate discipline (in consultation with your advisor)
(5) Religion 490: Senior Symposium

All courses taken towards the major must be taken for a letter grade. 

It is recommended that majors complete the two tradition-specific courses in the sophomore and junior years, if possible, so that they may serve as background for senior course work in the Department. NOTE: REL 380 (Internship) may only be counted toward the major or minor once and only when it is taken for 4 credit hours.

Worksheet for the Religion Major ONLY for students declaring Pre-Fall 2013 (PDF opens in new window)

Fall 2013 and After Requirements

(These will be your requirements if you declared the major in the Fall 2013 semester or afterwards.)

The major in Religion requires a minimum of thirty-five hours (eleven courses), one of which may be taken in a cognate discipline. It is important for the student to work closely with an adviser in choosing a course of study, which may include, for example, an emphasis in a particular religous tradition or a thematic emphasis such as religion and conflict, religion and ethics, religion and gender, ritual and performance studies, classical texts and religious thought, or comparative sacred texts.

The major requires:

(1) One introductory or survey course: Religion 100, 150, 211 or 212
(2) Religion 300: Interpreting Religion
(3) Two tradition-specific courses, each in a different religious tradition, with approval of adviser
(4) Six electives, three of which must be 300 level or above, and one may be from a cognate discipline (in consultation with your adviser)
(5) Religion 490W: Senior Symposium

All courses taken towards the major must be taken for a letter grade.

It is recommended that majors complete the two tradition-specific courses in the sophomore and junior years, if possible, so that they may serve as background for senior course work in the Department. NOTE: REL 380 (Internship) may only be counted toward the major or minor once and only when it is taken for at least 3 credit hours.

Worksheet for the Religion Major For students declaring Fall 2013 and after (PDF opens in new window)

Requirements for the Major