Major & Minor Requirements

Major Requirements

Ten units are required within the field of religious studies. Majors are required to take the following courses. With the permission of the department  chair, certain courses outside the department  may also count toward the major.

1.   Religion 200, Explaining Religion (ideally taken in the sophomore year).

2.    Three 200-level survey courses, no more than two of which may be from the same religious world. A religious world is defined as one where different religious traditions have had longstanding historical contacts, and share or have been extensively influenced by each other’s texts, doctrines, religious founders, ritual practices, myths and ethical systems. Students should consult with their advisor about completing this requirement.  Courses include the following: 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 231 and 288.

3.   One course in scripture: 205 or 206.

4.   Four additional courses. No more than one of the department’s 100-level course offerings may be counted to fulfill this requirement. The other courses must be at the 200-level or above, at least one of these being at either the 300 (excluding 360) or 400-level.

5.   Religious Studies 360: Majors Seminar (ideally taken in the spring semester of the junior year).

6.    Optional  Senior-Year Experience (489/490).  This is a one-semester independent  research project in which seniors explore a theme or topic of their choice with a faculty member of the department,  preferably in the second semester of their senior year. The Senior-Year Experience will count as one of the “four additional courses” in number  4 above.

Minor Requirements

A minor consists of five courses in religious studies: Religion 200, two surveys of traditions drawn from different religious worlds (see #2, above), and two other courses of the student’s choice, only one of which may be a 100-level course.

Honors (498, 499). To receive honors in religious studies, a student  must satisfy the requirements for the major and, in addition, must meet the following two requirements: (1) a 3.5 cumulative GPA in the department and (2) a departmentally approved honors project taken as Religious Studies 498 and 499. See also Honors in the Curriculum section of this Catalog, http://