Degree Programs

Religious Studies in 2012-14 Catalog

The Major

The study of religious traditions explores the religious beliefs, actions, and cultural practices of individuals and communities across the world and throughout history. Through the course of their studies, our students gain an inter-cultural literacy and an appreciation for the world views of other peoples and cultures, as well as their own. Religious Studies courses approach the study of religion from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Students are invited to critically consider the spiritual, historical, literary, ethical, doctrinal, contemplative and social dimensions of religious people and cultures. Through engaging the study of religions in an academic context, we seek to generate respect for the religious lives of all traditions. While many students find the study of religion is important for reflecting upon their own religious identity, no particular religious position is privileged or assumed in any of our courses. 

The Minor

A minor consists of six courses, with at least one taken from each of the categories below.

  • 1. REL 101, 125, 131, or the equivalent determined in consultation with a departmental advisor
  • 2. One course in Cultures and Communities: REL 126, 130, 199, 225, 233, 251, 245, 252, 305, 325, 351, REST 234 or a topics course approved by departmental advisor
  • 3. One course in Texts and Contexts: REL 205, 241, 242, 292, 306, 307, 330, ENGL 118, or a topics course approved by departmental advisor
  • 4. One course in Religions and Ethics: REL 120, 122, 250, 257, 293, 323, 424, 434, WGST 350, or a topics course approved by departmental advisor
  • 5. Two additional courses in consultation with a departmental advisor. 2credit courses such as REL 450 may be taken twice to count as an elective for the minor.


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