Requirements for the Major and Minor in Religious Studies

For Majors:

  • Satisfaction of the regular college requirements for the B.A. degree. Students must complete at least 36 hours of Religious Studies course work including the following required courses and projects.
  • Three required seminars in the Academic Study of Religion:
    1. RLST 3020 Advanced Writing & Introduction to the Academic Study of Religion taken at the first available offering after declaring major and reaching junior status). This course, which will also fulfill the advanced writing requirement, will focus the development of writing skills on the introduction and preparation of students for a major in the Academic Study of Religion. The faculty and students of this course will organize a workshop in which all faculty attend to present substantive summaries of their work and interests. The establishment and building of a community of undergraduate majors and minors will be a task of this course. Taught Fall Semester annually.
    2. RLST 4800 Critical Thinking in the Academic Study of Religion (taken in the junior year). This course, which will also fulfill the critical thinking requirement, will provide experience in the Academic Study of Religion through the exploration of contemporary models and issues that demonstrate the excitement and promise of this field. Taught Spring Semester annually.
    3. RLST 4830 Senior Seminar (taken the last year as an undergraduate after all other requirements have been met). This course will demonstrate for and involve students in an extensive study exemplary of the Academic Study of Religion selected by the faculty person offering the course including a careful consideration of the theoretical dimensions of the work presented in historical context. Student papers culminating the Concentration Area sequence will be presented at the conclusion of this course. Taught Spring Semester annually.
  • Concentration Area: 3 courses (9 hours). With the consultation and approval of an undergraduate advisor, three RLST courses are to be selected so that the courses build competence in a designated area of concentration. A 10-page paper is required reflecting on the coherency of the select area including how the three courses taken interrelate and how the area of concentration relates to the academic study of religion. The paper will be the basis for a capstone discussion during the last weeks of Senior Seminar.

For Minors:

  • Eighteen (18) credit hours in Religious Studies courses, including at least 6 hours of lower division and 9 hours of upper division work. At least 12 hours must be taken in the Department of Religious Studies.