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Curriculum

Undergraduate Studies

Majoring in Religion

The major requires 30 credits of appropriate work.  Up to 6 credits may be earned in individualized work within the Department of Religion (e.g., independent study, honors thesis) and up to 6 credits may be earned in advisor-approved courses outside the Department of Religion.  At least 18 credits must be taken at the 300-level or above.

Because of the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of the study of religion, students should select at least one primary and one secondary area of concentration in consultation with the  Director of Undergraduate Studies.  Students must take at least 9 credits in their primary area of concentration and at least 6 credits in their area of secondary concentration. 

Students may design their own concentration or concentrations in consultation with the Director of Undergraduate Studies or choose from the concentrations listed below.














Additional Information


Students who qualify may earn a BA degree in Religion “with distinction.” Qualifications and requirements for this special honor include:

• completion of the Religion major with a 3.5 GPA in program courses and a cumulative 3.4 GPA by the end of the senior year;

• study of at least one foreign language through the 201 (intermediate) level; and

• preparation for (REL 498 , 3 credits) and writing and defense of a senior thesis.

Students intending to pursue graduate study in religion are recommended to take at least one of their areas of concentration in Jewish Thought and Experience, Christian Thought and Experience, Islamic Thought and Experience, Asian Religious Thought and Experience, or Religion in the American Experience.

In certain cases, students may petition the Director of Undergraduate Studies to count courses listed under one concentration for a different concentration.  However, under no circumstances can students use the same course to count for two or more concentrations (i.e., students may not “double-count”).

Selected Topics courses (REL 100, 200, 300 or 400) and individual semesters of REL 320 (“Themes in the Study of Religion”) may count toward fulfilling requirements for one of the areas of concentration at the determination of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Graduate-level courses (numbered 600 and above), taken by undergraduate students at the permission of the instructor, may also count toward fulfilling requirements for one of the areas of concentration above at the determination of the course instructor. 

Both individualized work and outside courses may be approved to count for a student’s concentration requirements and/or the major requirement overall with the permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Minoring in Religion

Students take 18 credits of appropriate and approved work in keeping with the following conditions:

  • at least 12 credits in courses numbered 300 or above;
  • all credits will be taken in courses offered by the Department of Religion.

Students interested in majoring or minoring in religion should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies in 501 Hall of Languages, 443-3861.

Graduating with Distinction

Students who qualify may earn a BA degree in Religion "with distinction." Qualifications and requirements for this special honor include:

  • completion of the Religion major with a 3.5 GPA in program courses and a cumulative 3.4 GPA by the end of the senior year;
  • study of at least one foreign language through the 201 (intermediate) level; and 
  • preparation for (REL 498, or, for Honors students REL 499, 3 credits) and writing and defense of a senior thesis.