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, 231,242, and 288.
3. One course at the 300-level (excluding 360). This class may not be taken off-campus. Courses include 331, 333, 334, and 335.
4. Four elective 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.
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 elective courses” in number 4 above.
A minor consists of five courses in religious studies: Religion 100 or Religion 200, two surveys of traditions drawn from different religious worlds (see number 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.