Religious Studies Major Requirements (for students entering prior to Fall 2010)
Ten units are required within the field of religious studies. Majors are required to take the following courses. With the permission of the department chair, certain courses may count in a category other than the ones in which they are listed.
1. Religious Studies 100: Mystery and Meaning: An Introduction to the Study of Religion.
2. Three courses that survey the various religious traditions. Students may take two courses from Group I and one from Group II, or vice versa:
-Group I: 221: The Religious Life of India, 222: The Buddhist Religious Tradition, 223: The Religious Life of China, 226: The Religious Life of Japan, 277:
-Group II: 224: The Islamic Religious Tradition, 225: The Religious Traditions of Judaism, 231: Christian Religious Traditions
3. One course in scripture: 205: Introduction to the Hebrew Bible (In English) or 206: Introduction to the New Testament
4. One comparative course: 214, 270, 271, 312, 333: Goddesses, 370: Asian Religions in the Modern World
5. One topical course: 230, 261, 266: History of the Middle East, 1914-1967, 267: The Holocaust, 307: Jesus in the Gospels, 308, 331: Pilgrimage as a Spiritual Journey, 339: Theology of Liberation: Analysis, Critique, Alternatives, 380: Mythology and Popular Religious Thought In India
6. One additional course from any category. This requirement may be satisfied by a related course from another department with approval of the department chair.
7. Religious Studies 360: Majors Seminar- for Junior and Senior Majors
8. Senior-Year Experience (489/490) This is a one-semester independent research project in which seniors explore a theme or topic of their choice with a faculty member of the department in the second semester of their senior year.
Minor Requirements (for students entering prior to Fall 2010)
A minor consists of five courses in religious studies: Religious Studies 100; a 200-level religious traditions survey course from Group I above; a 200-level religious traditions survey course from Group II above; and any two other courses of the student’s choice.