To complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with a major in religion, a student must complete (in addition to other college requirements) thirty semester hours of religion courses structured in the following manner:
- At least three semester hours in each of the three areas: Western, Asian or African, Issues and Approaches. For purposes of the major requirement, religion courses are categorized as follows:
- Western: REL 2121, 2210, 2240, 3128r, 3209, 3224, 3293r, 3363, 3367, 3430, 3505, 3607, 4203r, 4214, 4290r, 4321, 4324r, 4366, 4369, 4510, 4511, 4564, 4611, 4613, 4914r
- Asian or African: REL 2315, 2350, 3335r, 3337, 3340, 3345, 3358, 4333, 4357r, 4359r, 4908r, 4912r
- Issues and Approaches: REL 1001, 3054, 3112, 3142, 3145, 3170, 3171, 3180r, 3194, 3345, 3493, PHI 3700
Note: The areas in which REL 3936r, 4190r, 4304r, 4491r, 4905r, and 4932r fall depend on the topic. Students should inquire at the department office, or consult with the departmental undergraduate advisers for a current list of all courses and their areas.
- At least eighteen semester hours at the 3000/4000 level
- REL 4044 which can only be taken after successful completion of at least twelve hours of coursework in the department
- At least one religion course with a seminar format (either a course listed as a seminar or one approved as such by the department)
- An exit interview or survey
Note: Courses in which the student receives a grade below "C-" will not be counted toward the major.
For more complete information about the major in religion, including the religion academic map, please see the academic program guide.
[for the language requirement section]
Courses used to fulfill the Arts and Sciences language requirement cannot be counted toward the major. Correspondingly, languages offered by the Religion Department (e.g. Classical Chinese, Hebrew, Sanskrit, Syriac, Tibetan) may count toward the Religion major if not used to fulfill the Arts and Sciences language requirement. For Hebrew, only HBR 1102, 1103, 2222, and REL 4203r may count towards the Religion major. Students pursuing the co-major in Religion and Classics must complete 12 semester hours of work in one or more ancient languages (e.g. Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, Sanskrit, Syriac), whether taken to meet the language requirement or the major requirements.
The minor in religion requires 12 semester hours of coursework in the department completed with a C- or higher.
Six of those hours must be at the 3000 level or higher. .
Co-Major in Religion and Classics
To complete a bachelor of arts degree (BA) with a co-major in Religion and Classics, a
student must take (in addition to other college requirements) 27 semester hours in
Religion and 18 semester hours in Classics. A minimum of 9 and a maximum of 18
semester hours of the Religion courses must be in the area of Religions of Western
Antiquity. At least 6 semester hours of the Classics courses must be ARH, CLA, CLS,
ASH 3200, EUH 3420, 4401,4408, 4412, or 4413. Courses in which the student receives
a grade below C- will not be counted toward the major.
Courses used to fulfill the Arts and Sciences language requirement cannot be counted
toward the major. Whether taken to meet the language requirement or the major
requirements, students must complete 12 semester hours of work in one or more ancient
language (e.g. Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Egyptian, Aramaic, Sanskrit).
Students with a Religion and Classics co-major do not need a minor.
There is a separate co-major in Classics and Religion, for which one takes 27 semester
hours in Classics and 18 semester hours in Religion. This major is administered by the
Classics Department. For more information, see