Religious Studies Major (B.A.)

The Religious Studies major is designed to guide students in the study of religion as a social, cultural, and political force in today’s world.  Majors are required to enroll in four Core Courses in global traditions, approaches to the academic study of religion, and religious conflict and cooperation in the world today.  Within this new set of Core requirements, students now have two capstone course options:  a traditional research seminar or an engaged learning project.

Area Electives in the major allow students to explore foundational domains within the academic study of religion:  specific faith traditions around the globe, sacred texts, approaches to the study of religion, and contemporary issues in religion.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Core Requirements
RELG 100Religions of the World3
RELG 101Understanding Religion3
RELG 275Inter-religious Encounters3
RELG 400Seminar3
or RELG 405 Engaged Learning Project
Area Electives
Global Traditions6
The Arab World and Religion
Introduction to Greek and Roman Religion
Buddhism
Hinduism
Taoism
Religion in the United States
Asian Religions
Islamic Religious Traditions
African Religions
Africana Religions in the Americas
Native American Religion
Religion in Latin America
Christian History and Thought
Study in World Religions
Study in World Religions
Texts6
Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures
New Testament/Christian Scriptures
American Religious Texts
The Qur'an
Asian Texts
Study in Religious Texts
Study in Religious Texts
Approaches6
Religion and Culture
Religion and Society
Feminist Views of Religion
Religious Ethical Thinkers
Religious Experience
Theology
Myth, Meaning and Self
Philosophy of Religion
Psychology of Religion
Religion, Culture and Society
Religion and Society
Issues6
Religious Ethics
Death, Dying and Afterlife
Religion and Ethical Issues
Religion and Social Activism
Body and Soul
Women and Religion
The Holocaust: Religious Perspectives
Study in Religious Issues
Spirituality and Mysticism
Religion and Peacemaking
Atheism
Jihad, Just War and the Prospect of Peace
Study in Religious Issues
Total Credits36