Religious Studies Major (RELS)—B.A.

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Required: 122 semester hours, to include at least 36 hours at or above the 300 course level

AOS Code: U219

The Religious Studies Major participates in a diversified program in the humanities, studying religious history, imaginative literature, systems of thought, and criticisms of culture, politics, and society. Because religious studies majors engage in multidisciplinary studies in the liberal arts, they are well-qualified to enter any field that profits from disciplines of exposition, analysis, appreciation, criticism, and historical reflection. Upon graduation, Religious Studies majors have gone into teaching, medicine, nursing, law, business, ministry, journalism, and communications.

Members of the Religious Studies Department are available to advise students about career opportunities and to refer them to further information that may be of help.

I General Education Core Requirements (GEC)

See complete GEC requirements and approved course listings for all categories.

GLT—Literature (6 s.h.)

Student selects 6 s.h. from GLT list.

GFA—Fine Arts (3.s.h.)

Student selects 3 s.h. from GFA list.

GPR—Philosophical, Religious, Ethical Principles (3 s.h.)

Student selects 3 s.h. from GPR list.

GHP—Historical Perspectives on Western Culture (3 s.h.)

Student selects 3 s.h. from GHP list.

GNS—Natural Sciences (6–7 s.h.)

Student selects 6–7 s.h. from GNS list. One must include a laboratory course. Each must have a different course prefix.

GMT—Mathematics (3 s.h.)

Student selects 3 s.h. from GMT list.

GRD—Reasoning and Discourse (6 s.h.)

ENG 101College Writing I

3

or

FMS 115Freshman Seminar in Reasoning and Discourse I

3

or

RCO 101College Writing I

3

Student selects additional 3 s.h. from GRD list.

GSB—Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 s.h.)

Student selects 6 s.h. from GSB list.

II General Education Marker Requirements

See details and courses. It is possible to meet all GE Marker Requirements while completing the GE Core requirements or courses required by the major/concentration.

Students may select courses for:

Global/Global Non-Western Perspectives (GL/GN)

four (4) courses carrying GL/GN markers, at least one of which must carry the GN marker

One Speaking Intensive (SI) Course

In addition to this SI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second SI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Speaking Intensive.

One Writing Intensive (WI) Course

In addition to this WI Marker requirement, students must also complete a second WI course within the major. All programs have identified at least one course among their major requirements that is taught as Writing Intensive.

III College of Arts and Sciences Additional Requirements (CAR)

See requirements and approved courses.

Historical Perspectives on Western Culture

one GPM Premodern course

3

or

GMO Modern course

3

depending on category used to satisfy GHP requirement

Natural Sciences

any GLS or GPS course

3-4

Social and Behavioral Sciences (GSB)

any additional GSB course with a different departmental prefix

3

Foreign Language (GFL)

intermediate-level proficiency in one language

0-12

demonstrated by placement test, or completion of course work through course number 204

Writing Intensive Courses (WI)

a total of four WI courses

IV Major Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 27 semester hours in Religious Studies at the 200 level or higher (excluding REL 410); at least 9 hours must be at 300 level or higher. Students must earn a grade of at least C- in all Religious Studies courses required for the major.

1.

REL 298Thinking About Religion

3

2. One course from each of the following categories for a total of nine (9) s.h.

Western Traditions:

REL 209Elements of Christian Thought

3

REL 210Christianity to the Reformation

3

REL 212Christianity from the Reformation to the Present

3

REL 215Judaism

3

REL 217The Synagogue

3

REL 229Introduction to African American Religions

3

REL 231Religion in America

3

REL 232American Religious Thought: A Survey

3

REL 240Modern Judaism

3

REL 301Early Christianity

3

REL 303Christianity in Byzantium

3

REL 305Religions of the Greco-Roman World

3

REL 309Spirituality and Culture in the West

3

REL 310Christianity and the Construction of Gender

3

REL 311Topics in Biblical Studies

3

REL 312Judaism and the Construction of Gender

3

REL 313Topics in Ancient Judaism

3

REL 314Saint and Society in the Early Middle Ages

3

REL 325Contemporary American Jewish Thought

3

REL 326American Religious Thought I

3

REL 327American Religious Thought II: The Romantic Tradition

3

REL 328American Religious Thought III: The Pragmatic Tradition

3

REL 330Major American Religious Thinkers

3

REL 332Contemporary African American Religious Thought

3

REL 340Modern Jewish Thinkers

3

REL 341Topics in Jewish Thought

3

REL 382Topics in Christian Thought

3

REL 383Seminar in a Major Christian Thinker

3

Non-Western Traditions:

REL 218Chinese Religion

3

REL 220Japanese Religion

3

REL 221Buddhism

3

REL 223Hinduism

3

REL 225Islam

3

REL 254Religion in Traditional Societies

3

REL 317Islam and the Construction of Gender

3

REL 366Religions of China: Selected Topics

3

REL 367Religions of Japan: Selected Topics

3

REL 368Religion in South Asia: Selected Topics

3

Cultural and Theoretical Studies:

REL 207Modern Problems of Belief

3

REL 248Comparative Religious Ethics

3

REL 251Topics in Religious Social Ethics

3

REL 252Ritual Studies

3

REL 253Religion, Art, and Visual Culture

3

REL 258Darwin, Evolution, and Human Nature

3

REL 259Philosophy of Religion

3

REL 315Religious Autobiography in the West

3

REL 318Theories and Methods in the Study of Religion

3

REL 323Religious Movements and Communities: Selected Topics

3

REL 324Philosophical Issues in Religion

3

REL 333Religion and Psychology

3

REL 355The Religious Discourse of Civil Rights

3

REL 356Religion and Colonialism

3

REL 365Myth and Theory

3

REL 503Topics in Religious Studies

3

3. Four additional electives in Religious Studies above the 100 level for twelve (12) s.h.

4. Senior Seminar:

REL 410Senior Seminar

1–3

V Electives

Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for degree.


 

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