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Looking at the heart of religious studies

Better understand humanity, and yourself, by majoring or minoring in religious studies at Susquehanna.

You'll gain the religious literacy essential to comprehend and work in our increasingly globalized society.

Courses are offered on all major religions, as well as magic, music, ethics and even one on what Being Awesome at Life means.

Religious studies give you the space to look at how people think about ultimate questions, whether or not you identify as religious.

Religion touches nearly every aspect of our world and society. Literature, politics, current events, history and personal interactions are all influenced by religious understanding.

As a religious studies major, you'll explore the richness and diversity of the human search for meaning.

Learn to think critically and creatively about the world's many religions and to analyze the meaning of religious texts from varied perspectives.

One of our most popular classes, Being Awesome at Life, examines the definition of a good life across cultures and what people throughout history say about its attainment. Other religious studies classes cover major world religions and how they relate to fields like ethics, archaeology, philosophy and environmental studies.

Get involved on campus by joining one of eight student-run religious life groups or with local music, civic and service organizations.

You'll leave the program having been challenged to be a more compassionate, empathetic and self-aware global citizen. You will also have gained the critical thinking, writing, analytical and communication skills to succeed in a variety of professions, including social work, non-governmental organizations, writing or the field of religion.

Requirements for the Major in Religious Studies. Majors in religious studies complete at least 36 semester hours in the discipline with grades of C- or better. To ensure both breadth and depth of study, there is one compulsory course, and the remaining 32 semester hours must include at least one course from each of the four subject areas identified below. At least 20 of the 32 semester hours must be taken at the 200 level or higher. Topics courses and independent study courses may be given a subject area designation by the instructor in consultation with the department. The compulsory course does not count toward the subject area distribution requirement.

Double-counting restriction: students majoring in religious studies may double-count a maximum of 12 semester hours toward another major.

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4          Compulsory Course for the Religious Studies Major

RELI-101 Introduction to Religious Studies

            Subject Area Courses

16        Must include at least one course from each of the four subject areas from Primary Religious Texts, Ethics, Non-Western Religions and Contemporary issues in Religion

            Elective Courses

16        Elective courses can be additional courses within the four subject areas or other courses identified below. At least 20 of the 32 semester hours taken to fulfill the subject area and elective requirements must be at the 200 level or above.

4          Primary Religious Texts

RELI-103 The New Testament
RELI-201 The Hebrew Bible
RELI-203 The Historical Jesus
RELI-207 Women in the Biblical Tradition
RELI-300 The Book of Revelation and Zombie Apocalypses

4          Ethics

RELI-102 Applied Biblical Ethics
RELI-107 Faiths and Values
RELI-115 Jewish Philosophy and Ethics
RELI-117 Introduction to Asian Religions
RELI-203 The Historical Jesus
RELI-208 Buddhism
RELI-235 Environmental Ethics
RELI-315 Being Awesome At Life
RELI-316 Daoism, Zen and Authenticity
RELI-318 Confucian Ethics

4          Non-Western Religions

RELI-105 World Religions
RELI-117 Introduction to Asian Religions
RELI-120 Introduction to Islam
RELI-208 Buddhism
RELI-225 Women in Religion
RELI-316 Daoism, Zen and Authenticity
RELI-318 Confucian Ethics

4          Contemporary Issues in Religion

RELI-102 Applied Biblical Ethics
RELI-107 Faiths and Values
RELI-113 Introduction to Judaism
RELI-208 Buddhism
RELI-220 Magic, Witchcraft and Religion
RELI-225 Women in Religion
RELI-235 Environmental Ethics
RELI-350 Science and Religion
RELI-360 Religious Fundamentalisms in the Modern World

            Electives

RELI-209 The Bible and Archaeology
RELI-210 Philosophy of Religion
RELI-215 Music in Christian Rituals
RELI-309 Luther: Life and Thought
RELI-312 Church History: Early and Medieval
RELI-313 Church History: 1500 to the Present
RELI-500 Capstone

Minor in Religious Studies. Students minoring in religious studies complete 20 semester hours in the discipline 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.

Double-counting restriction: Only 12 semester hours may double-count with another major or minor.

Karla G. Bohmbach, Ph.D.

Department: Religious Studies
Professor of Religious Studies

Emailbohmbach@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4167

Jeffrey K. Mann, Ph.D.

Department: Religious Studies
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Emailjmann@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4165

Thomas W. Martin, D.Phil.

Department: Religious Studies
Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Emailmartintw@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4166

Matthew L. Duperon, Ph.D.

Department: Religious Studies
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Emailduperon@susqu.edu
Phone570-372-4741

Our students go on to study at:

Alvernia College
Drew University
Johns Hopkins University
Kent State University
Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Ohio State University
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Princeton Theological Seminary
Union Theological Seminary, New York
United Lutheran Seminary
University of Central Florida
Yale Divinity School

Our students find jobs at:

Coalition for Christian Outreach
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Corporation for National & Community Service (AmeriCorps)
Department of Community and Economic Development
Esperanza Academy (Lawrence, Mass.)
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Holleran Center for Community Engagement
Lutheran World Relief
Teach for America
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Religious Studies

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Department of Religious Studies

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Phone & Email

Karla Bohmbach, department head
570-372-4167
bohmbach@susqu.edu

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