Students majoring in religious studies must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours. The program is designed with three main learning objectives in mind: (a) to provide solid grounding in the theories, methods, and critical questions of academic religious studies; (b) to ensure a depth and breadth of understanding in a diverse range of religious traditions; and (c) to enable students to pursue a particular focus at an advanced level. The requirements for the major are as follows:
RLGN 101 and 201 (6 credit hours):
RLGN 101 Religion and Culture
RLGN 201 Interpreting Religion: Approaches and Current Issues*
SEVEN ELECTIVES (21 credit hours):
At least three course at the 300-level, to be determined in consultation with one’s Religious Studies advisor **
ONE CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (3 credit hours):
RLGN 399 Major/Minor Seminar
RLGN 395 Honors Research II
*RLGN 201 Interpreting Religion: Approaches and Current Issues focuses on the history and development of the field of academic religious studies, canonical theories and methodologies, and current academic approaches, issues, and debates. This course replaces the former RLGN 299.
** Up to six of these elective credit hours may be taken outside the Religious Studies, provided that the courses relate to the overall character of the major.