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Undergraduate Studies - Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I declare a major in religion?
1. How do I declare a major in religion?
Freshmen and sophomores with less than 52 earned credit hours must go to the Office of Undergraduate Studies (University Center A3400) or call 644-2451 to declare their major as religion.
Students with Upper Division Status (after completion of liberal studies requirements, CLAST and at least 52 credit hours) who wish to change their major to religion must:
2. Am I required to meet with the religion advisor before declaring the major?
Students are welcome to declare religion as a major before speaking with the religion advisor. However, the department of religion encourages students to set up an appointment with the religion advisor after declaring the major, to introduce themselves and briefly discuss their academic interests.
3. How often should I meet with the religion advisor?
The department recommends that students meet with their religion advisor once a semester and expects all students to do so at least once a year.
4. How do I declare a minor in religion?
Students who wish to declare a minor in religion should inform the college or school in which their major is housed.
5. Where can I find the academic map for the religion major?
http://www.academic-guide.fsu.edu/Maps/Mapreligion.html. Please note: the academic map is intended only as a general guide and majors are strongly urged to discuss their plan of courses with the advisor.
6. What is a seminar and why is it required?
Seminars are courses with limited enrollment (usually no more than 25) that emphasize active and informed participation. In contrast to the traditional lecture format, the seminar format encourages students to learn from the creative insights that inevitably arise as a result of student interaction. Moreover, instructors in these courses are less likely to evaluate your work on the basis of exams than on the basis of in class presentations and final seminar papers.
Insofar as successful completion of a seminar reflects a level of mastery beyond successful completion of lecture courses, all majors are required to take at least one course in a seminar format before graduation.
7. Can religion courses count for both liberal studies requirements and major requirements?
3 hours (one course) of major coursework may also be used to partially satisfy Liberal Studies (Humanities) requirements.
8. Can religion courses count for both liberal studies requirements and minor requirements?
According to University regulations, no courses used in satisfying major, foreign language, or Liberal Studies requirements may also be counted toward the minor.
9. How do I fulfill the language requirement of the College of Arts and Sciences?
The College of Arts and Sciences requires that B.A. students complete course work through the 2000 level (2200 or equivalent) of a classical or modern foreign language. For students beginning a foreign language at FSU, this translates into three courses (12 credit hours--usually 1120, 1121, and 2200). Students who plan to continue a language that they began in high school or at a junior college can begin later in the sequence and meet the requirement with only 4 or 8 hours of coursework.
All students who entered the university after January 1, 2003 and who are taking their first FSU course in French, German, or Spanish in the Spring Semester 2004 or later are required to take a placement test (unless the student has no prior experience with the language). The Assessment Services Test Center (University Center Bldg. C, Rm 1200) will test students on a walk-in basis throughout the academic year.
Students who plan to begin or continue a language other than French, German, or Spanish are placed according to the following criteria:
If you believe your proficiency level is already at the 2000 level, you can register for the CLEP exam and receive up to 8 hours college credit, the equivalent of a 1121 or 1131 (Elementary II) level course. (But remember that you cannot register for the exam if you have ever registered for a course in that language at the college level.) Also if your CLEP score is high enough, the Mod. Lang. Dept. may be able to exempt the final 4 required hrs of your language requirement.
10. Do Hebrew, Sanskrit, and/or Tibetan courses fulfill this language requirement?
As with Greek and Latin, Biblical Hebrew and Modern Hebrew can fulfill the foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree. To fulfill this requirement, students must complete one of the following course sequences:
Because FSU at this time only offers two semesters of language instruction in Sanskrit and Tibetan, those courses cannot be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement for the B.A. degree.
11. When can I take 3000/4000-level courses?
Students are welcome to take 3000- and 4000-level courses at any point in their studies. However, we strongly encourage first- and second-year students to speak with the religion advisor about specific courses at those levels before registering.