Religious Studies takes you to other cultures, traditions and worlds. Our courses raise questions that awaken you to a global perspective that is fundamental to understanding the political and historical worlds around us. How are historical religious figures interpreted variously across time and space? What is to account to the resurgence of religious extremism the modern world? Why are certain religious individuals, and communities, compelled to act through peace, violence and modes of conflict? How does religion shape a community's stand on issues such as the environment, social justice, and national identity? From understanding ethics, to ways of living, to belief systems, to rituals engaging civic, civil and spiritual space - Religious Studies provides you access to all of this and more. A Religious studies education prepares you for every profession. Our graduates are found in medicine, law, business, non-profit organizations, government, education, and graduate work in a variety of disciplines.
Majors and minors are encouraged to take Religion 101 early in their careers and to explore as many different religious traditions as possible.
Ten courses are required for the major. Eight must be taken within the department, and two may be taken outside from a list of approved courses. Students may petition to allow more courses from outside the department to apply to the major, but the petition is subject to departmental approval. At least two courses must be at the 200-level; at least two courses must be at the 300-level or above.
Eligible upper-level students may submit proposals for senior independent study courses (Religion 460), which are subject to approval by the department and by the professor sponsoring the course. Students intending to submit proposals should do so in the semester preceding the semester when the course work will be done.
Six courses are required for the minor. At least one must be at the 200 level, and at least one must be at the 300 level or above. One of the six may be taken outside the department, but may not be in the student's major. Students may petition to allow more courses from outside the department to apply to the minor, but the petition is subject to departmental approval.
Approved courses outside the department
Any of the following courses outside the department may be counted toward a major or minor. Other courses may be possible with permission of the department chair.
Pol. Sci. 323
Anthropology of Religion
Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Religious Perspectives on the Environment
New Testament Greek
History Islamic World to 1800
South Asia: Contemporary Issues in Historical Perspective
Medieval & Renaissance Philosophy
Religion & Politics in the U.S.
Sociology of Religion
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