Religious Studies

Requirements for the Major in Religion. Majors in religion complete at least 36 semester hours in religion with grades of C- or better. To ensure both breadth and depth of study, at least eight semester hours—four at the 100 level and four at the 200 level or above—are taken in each of three areas: Biblical studies, history of religion and contemporary religious issues. Of the remaining 12 semester hours, at least four should be at the 200 level or above. Students consult with the major adviser to select courses.

Minor in Religion. Students minoring in religion complete 20 semester hours in religion with grades of C- or better. Students consult with an assigned minor adviser to select both upper- and lower-level courses. Of the five courses, at least two must be at the 200 level or above.

Capstone Requirement. Students majoring in religion are expected to take the senior capstone requirement in the appropriate subject. A student with a double major may fulfill the university capstone requirement in a major outside of this department. Any student who elects to fulfill the capstone requirement in this manner must complete the religion major by successful completion of an additional four-semester-hour course, or the equivalent, in the relevant subject. Any student wishing to qualify for religion departmental honors must fulfill the appropriate capstone as provided by the Religion Department in addition to any capstone requirements imposed in a second major.

The course description for the departmental capstone states that it is “to serve [students] as a culmination of all their studies, allowing them to address a particular topic, issue or thinker in religion through the lens of their total undergraduate education.” Religion majors are encouraged to develop capstone projects that also draw on knowledge and strengths they have acquired in declared minors. Primary oversight of such projects will rest with the appropriate faculty supervisor in religion, although students will also be expected to work with an appropriate adviser from their minor area(s) of study.

Honors. The honors program in religion encourages and commends outstanding academic work. To graduate with departmental honors in religion, students must do the following:

  • Complete requirements for the major,
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 overall and at least 3.5 in religion, and
  • Perform outstanding academic work in at least one course of independent study in religion.