Majors & Minors

Religious studies majors are encouraged strongly to engage their studies in and beyond the classroom. We promote experiences in local and global partnership organizations and shared leadership in the community of the Department of Religious Studies. 

Requirements for the Religious Studies Major 

  • A minimum of eight courses total
  • One 100-level Religious Studies course
  • Two Religious Studies courses devoted to specific religious traditions (203, 217, 219, 221, 231, 232, 233, 243, 330, 334) 
  • 390 Theories of Religion 
  • 465 Senior Research Seminar in Religion 
  • Three electives from within the major courses (two should be at the 300 level or above) 

Requirements for the Religion and Social Justice Major 

The Religion and Social Justice major uses a human rights framework and experiential learning models. Students engage theory and practice in interdisciplinary study, both at the local and global levels. 

  • A minimum of nine courses total 
  • One 100-level Religious Studies course 
  • One course devoted to a specific religious tradition (201, 217, 219, 221, 231, 232, 233, 243, 330, 334) 
  • 385 Religion, Education, and Activism or EDU/REL 415 Educating for Social Justice 
  • 363 Religious Social Ethics 
  • 370 Community Based Internship or WS-390 The World As Classroom (4 credits required) 
  • 465 Senior Research Seminar in Religion

Requirements for the Religious Studies Minor 

A minimum five-course minor (20 credits), with at least one of those courses at the 100 level and one at the 300 or 400 level within the department. One cross-listed course may be applied to the minor.