Undergraduate Major

 The major in religious studies requires 30 semester hours in religious studies courses, with 15 semester hours (5 courses) being taken at the 3000-level or above, as follows:

ACADEMIC STUDY OF RELIGION (6 hours)

Two courses to orient the student to the academic study of religion:

RELS 2600 Orientation to the Study of Religion (3 hours). Students are encouraged to take this course as early as possible in their program.

RELS 4600 Senior Seminar (3 hours). Students typically take this course during their final year. 

TEXTUAL ANALYSIS (6 hours)

Two courses designated as textual analysis** (as signaled in the department's semester course listings).  These courses focus on reading texts closely and carefully; examine methods and histories of textual interpretation; and consider how religious groups and cultures have composed, transmitted and been shaped by texts.

HISTORICAL ANALYSIS (6 hours)

Two course designated as historical analysis** (as signaled in the department's semester course listings).  These courses focus on a particular historical period or figure; consider a movement, idea or instititution across several historical periods; and examine questions of historiography more generally.

CULTURAL ANALYSIS (6 hours)

Two course designated as cultural analysis

** (as signaled in the department's semester course listings).  These courses focus on how religious discourses, practices and identities interact with, influence and are influenced by the larger culture of which they are a part. 

ELECTIVES (6 hours)

Students should choose two electives in consultation with their academic advisor. 

**Depending on how respective sections are taught, a course could fulfill the requirement for historical, textual, or cultural analysis.  Students must consult the course descriptions circulated each semester to determine which designations have been assigned to a particular course.

Note: Liberal Studies courses do not count toward the Religious Studies major or minor (including Liberal Studies courses taught be Religious Studies faculty).

Questions can be directed to J. Daniel White, Director of Undergraduate Studies.

 

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