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 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 (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.