Religious Studies Degree Requirements

What is the meaning of human life, or of organic life altogether?
To answer this question at all implies a religion. -Albert Einstein

The Major

The major in Religious Studies is a broadly based program of instruction designed to meet the needs of the following three groups of students: first, those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the role of religion in human experience and history; second, those interested in entering a seminary in preparation for a career in the ministry; and third, those planning to continue the academic study of religion at the graduate level in preparation for a career of teaching and research.

Requirements for the Major

The requirements for the major in religious studies consist of the following:

  • RG 101: Introduction to Religion
  • RG 102: World Religions
  • RG 331: Concepts of God, East and West
  • RG 398: Senior Thesis Research
  • RG 399: Senior Thesis

Three (3) additional upper division hours in Religion

  • PH 102: Ethics Introduction to Moral Problems
  • PH 201: History of Ancient Western Philosophy
  • PH 302: Philosophy of Religion
  • AN 313: Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft
  • SO 318: Sociology of Religion

Nine (9) additional upper division hours in related courses to be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor and approved by the department

  • Two semesters of a Foreign Language
  • Nine (9) hours in World History (HI 100, 101, and 102)

Religious Studies majors desiring to earn departmental honors must successfully complete the college requirements for departmental honors.

Requirements for the Minor

Minor programs in Religious Studies are individually designed by the student in consultation with a departmental advisor and subject to departmental approval. A minor will consist of at least 15 hours, 12 of which must be in Religion courses and six of which must be upper division.

Pre-Professional Programs (Pre-Seminary) 

An individualized course of study for pre-seminary students, which incorporates suggestions of many graduate theological seminaries regarding undergraduate preparation for seminary, may be designed in cooperation with the Philosophy Department’s pre-seminary advisor.

Four-Year Degree Plan

Religious Studies