In keeping with the liberal arts tradition, a religion major includes study in a variety of areas. The specific courses included for completion of the major are agreed upon in consultation with the department chair, thus, the design of the major may vary according to the interests, vocational direction, and needs of the student. In certain circumstances, the major may include electives from other departments.

A major in Religion requires that a student take eight courses in Religion. These include:

  • Senior Seminar, usually in the senior year
  • Two courses each in two different traditions, 200-level or above.

Main Traditions

Jewish and Christian Studies

Bible
210: History, Literature, and Religion of the Old Testament
211: New Testament and Early Christianity (will be renumbered as 200-level)
216: The Digital Bible
310: Old Testament Prophets
311: Wisdom Literature
314: The Pentateuch
316: Biblical Text and Canon
212: Jesus and the Gospels
213: Paul's Life and Thought
214: Apocalyptic Literature
315: The Bible and the Arts

Theology & Ethics
240: Basic Christian Theology
242: Modern Christian Thought
343: Liberation Theologies
344: Black Liberation and Womanist Theologies
241: Christian Classics
260: Religion and Literature
340: Faith and Ethics
361: Religion and Science
362: Religion and the Environment
363: Religion and Sexuality

History
220: Introduction to Judaism
226: Eastern Orthodoxy & Roman Catholicism
232: African American Religious History
233: History of Western European Christianity 400-1300
234: History of Western European Christianity 1300-1650
331: History and Theology of Christian Worship
350: Church History
315: Ancient Israelite Religion
360: Women and Religion in the West
348: Augustine of Hippo: His Life and Thought

Hinduism

223: Hindu Cultures and Religious Worlds
325: Women and Power in Hinduism
AS 220: Ramayana: Gods, Myths, and Moral Dilemmas
AST 225: Premodern Literature of India

Buddhism

224:  Introduction to Buddhism
327: East Asia Buddhism

Islam

222: Introduction to Islam
323: Women, Gender, and Islam
382: Muhammad and the Quran

Comparative Courses

221: Native American Religions
225: Religions in Africa
227: Religions of South Asia
228: History of God (travel course)
230: Religion in America
341: Religious Pluralism
ANT 344: Anthropology of Religion

Upon department approval, one comparative course may be paired with a course in a major tradition to satisfy part of this requirement or two comparative courses may be paired to satisfy part of this requirement (ex., Native American Religions and Religion in America).

Students are required to attend the Religion Department Colloquium held in the spring semester of each year.

Other Stipulations

One 100-level course may count as major elective (note: some upper-level Religion courses may require a 100 level course as prerequisite).

One FYS/W taught by a member of the Religion Department may count as major elective.

One course outside the department may count as a major elective with approval. Note that ANT 344 - Anthropology of Religion is a departmental course, and counts for the Religion major.

Two May Experience courses taught by members of the Religion Department may be counted toward the major.

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