Religious Studies

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The flexibility of our major means that a number of students are able to combine it with majors or minors in other fields. 

Students in Religious Studies have also majored or minored in Political Science, English, Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology, Chemistry, Music, Education, and Health Care Administration.

A major in Religious Studies requires the completion of 36 credits (9 semesters) of coursework, including REL 100: Introduction to World Religions and our capstone seminar, REL 400: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion. Students who wish to earn departmental honors can also undertake a senior thesis (REL 500) on a topic of their choosing. A minor in Religious Studies requires the completion of 24 credits (6 semesters), including World Religions and Theory and Method. 

Students may select from a variety of courses, including biblical studies (e.g., Hebrew Bible, New Testament, Revelation, or Jesus in Gospel and Film), topical courses (e.g., Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Science, Religion and Sexuality), and more in-depth courses on specific religions (Judaism and Islam, Christianity, Asian Religions). Many of our majors also participate in travel spring terms or do internships during the summers or regular terms.