Religion Major Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in Religion

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 religious 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  ONLY For students declaring prior to Spring 2021 (PDF opens in new window)

Students interested in incorporating language study into their Religion major may take 4 semesters of one or two languages related to their major focus (e.g., Greek with Christian Studies, Sanskrit and Tibetan with Buddhism), with advisor approval.  Of the 4 language courses completed, 2 may be counted towards the 6 course elective requirement.


Students declaring the major in Spring 2021 or after must complete a minimum of thirty-six hours (eleven courses) in the Department of Religion to fulfill a major in Religion.

Worksheet for the Religion Major  For students declaring Spring 2021 or after (PDF opens in new window)