Religious Studies Degree Plan

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 (3): Introduction to Religion
  • RG 102 (3): World Religions
  • PH  201 (3): Corrupting the Youth: Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • PH  202 (3): I Think Therefore I Am? Modern Philosophy 1600-1800
  • RG 331 (3): Understanding Religion
  • RG 398 (3): Senior Thesis Research
  • RG 399 (3): Senior Thesis
  • Twelve (12) additional credits
    • At least nine must be RG courses
    • At least nine must be upper division
    • External courses require advisor's prior approval

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

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 department’s pre-seminary advisor.

For a complete description of the individual classes, go to the course catalog at:

Academic Catalog

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