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Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies

(REQUIREMENTS AS OF FALL SEMESTER, 2008)

Students majoring in religious studies must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours. Requirements for the major are as follows:

RLGN 102 Introduction to the Study of Religion * 3
RLGN 299
& RLGN 399
Method and Theory in the Study of Religion
and Major/Minor Seminar
6
Seven courses dealing with the academic study of religion ** 21
Total Units 30

 

* RLGN 102 Introduction to the Study of Religion introduces students to various approaches to the academic study of religion, including (but not limited to) sociological approaches, cultural/anthropological approaches, and psychological approaches. It also introduces students to at least four different religious traditions.
** Subsequent course selections (totaling 21 credit hours) will be determined in consultation with the student’s major advisor and should display some diversity in themes and topics. Up to six of these credit hours may be taken outside the Department of Religious Studies, provided that the courses relate to the overall character of the major.

Departmental Honors

Majors who have an overall grade point average of 3.5 and a grade point average of 3.5 in religious studies courses may apply for the honors program. Such students should take RLGN 299 Method and Theory in the Study of Religion in the fall semester and RLGN 395 Honors Research II (instead of RLGN 399) in the spring semester of the senior year. During the fall semester, the student will work with an honors advisor to prepare a proposal to be approved by the department no later than the end of the first semester. Departmental honors are awarded upon completion and satisfactory defense of the senior project before a faculty committee, provided that the required grade point averages are maintained.