Religious Studies Major

Learning Outcomes

Graduating Religious Studies majors should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the beliefs, practices, and texts of more than one major religious tradition.
  2. Understand the diversity and complexity of religious traditions flourishing today.
  3. Comprehend the various ways religious beliefs and practices change in distinct temporal and geographical settings.
  4. Critically analyze significant questions and problems through the careful study of religious intellectual traditions.
  5. Develop scholarly skills to conduct sophisticated research within the discipline.

For a 30-credit major in Religious Studies, students complete the following:

RS 0101Exploring Religion (Shell)3
Select no more than five courses at the intermediate (200) level15
Select no fewer than four courses at the advanced (300) level12
Total Credits30

In addition, in consultation with the major advisor, students should also:

  • Ensure that the courses selected at the 200- and 300-level include courses that emphasize three of these five world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism.
  • Ensure that at least one of the courses selected at the 200- or 300-level is a course on scripture.

Courses taken in fulfillment of the core requirement in Religious Studies are counted toward the major.