Major Requirements

2015 - 2016 Catalog

Religion major leading to BA degree

A major in religion leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires completion of at least 30 credits from 10 three- or four-credit courses including the following:

  1. Introduction: One course introducing theory and method in the study of religion chosen from REL 100 or 210. This course must normally be taken before the start of the senior year.
  2. Religious Traditions: Two courses introducing trends in the thought, practice, and/or significance of a religious tradition. At least one course must be chosen from each of two of the following religious traditions
    1. Asian Religions: REL 131, 132
    2. Christianity: REL 102, 151, 152, 250
    3. Islam: REL 105, 108, 281, 283
    4. Judaism: REL 101, 106, 271
    5. American Indian Religions: REL 285 (SOAN 285)
  3. Cluster: A group of at least three courses proposed by students in consultation with their departmental adviser before the end of the junior year, cohering in such a way as to define and inform students' particular interest in a tradition, a topic or a method of studying religion. The cluster must include at least two courses from the Religion Department and may include up to three credits from one three- or four-credit course in other related disciplines or interdisciplinary programs (e.g., anthropology, art history, classics, English, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, women and gender studies). Examples of clusters might include the following:

    Traditions of Scripture: REL 101, 102, 108, 335

    Religion and Law: REL 335, 381, POL 236

    Religion and Literature: REL 153, 272, ENGL 236

    Religion in Classical Antiquity: REL 250, 283, 350, CLAS 201 (LIT 201)

    Patterns in Medieval Religion: REL 151, 215, HIST 305

    Secularization and Religion: REL 152, 203, SOAN 290 (when appropriate)

    Students are encouraged to search the catalog and each term's list of topical offerings for courses related to their study of religion. Examples of other courses that may count for the cluster include, but are not exhausted by:

    ARTH 140: Asian Art
    ARTH 205: Medieval Art in Southern Europe
    ARTH 206: Medieval Art
    CLAS 201: Classical Mythology
    CLAS 283: Late Antiquity
    CLAS 288: Supervised Study Abroad: Rome and Ancient Italy
    ENGL 236: The Bible as English Literature
    ENGL 330: Milton
    ENGL 252: Shakespeare
    HIST 204: The Age of the Reformation
    HIST 305: Seminar: Religion, Church and Politics in Medieval and Renaissance Society
    PHIL 214: Poverty, Ethics, and Religion
    and, when appropriate, POL 396, SOAN 290, SOAN 390.
  4. Additional work in religion or other related disciplines to add up to 10 courses. A limit of one non-Religion course will count toward the major including those in #3 above.
  5. A minimum of 15 credits must be at the 200 level or above, excluding REL 210, 399, and 493.
  6. Senior capstone: REL 399 or 493 (3-3)
  7. Students seeking to graduate with honors are required to graduate with a minimum of 11 three- or four-credit courses.
  1. Introduction:
  2. One course introducing theory and method in the study of religion chosen from REL 100 or 210. This course must normally be taken before the start of the senior year.

  3. Religious Traditions:
  4. Two courses introducing trends in the thought, practice, and/or significance of a religious tradition. At least one course must be chosen from each of two of the following religious traditions:

  5. Cluster:
  6. A group of at least three courses proposed by students in consultation with their departmental adviser before the end of the junior year, cohering in such a way as to define and inform students' particular interest in a tradition, a topic or a method of studying religion. The cluster must include at least two courses from the Religion Department and may include up to three credits from one three- or four-credit course in other related disciplines or interdisciplinary programs (e.g., anthropology, art history, classics, English, history, philosophy, political science, sociology, women and gender studies).

  7. Additional work in religion or other related disciplines to add up to 10 courses.
  8. A limit of one non-Religion course will count toward the major including those in #3 above.

  9. 15 credits of 200-level or above
  10. A minimum of 15 credits must be at the 200 level or above, excluding REL 210, 399, and 493.

  11. Senior capstone:
  12. Students seeking to graduate with honors are required to graduate with a minimum of 11 three- or four-credit courses.