Religion

 

Religion Program Requirements

The courses offered by the Religion Department explore the religious dimensions of human experience as expressed in literary, historical, & symbolic forms. They focus on how human response to the sacred in word and deed becomes part of a system of meaning and purpose. Using a variety of disciplinary perspectives, Religion Department courses introduce students to a wide range of the religious traditions of the world.

The main goal of all Religion Department courses is to equip students with the skills for understanding and appreciating the rich diversity of religious traditions from around the world, as well as their own religious experience, and for identifying and interpreting for themselves the ultimate questions religious traditions address.

The courses of the department are grounded in a commitment to the liberal arts by their focus on interdisciplinary approaches, critical thinking, writing skills and personal and spiritual development. While a religion major is ideal for the pursuit of a Christian vocation or graduate work in religious studies, its emphases on thinking, writing, and ethics make it equally valuable for a variety of careers in the public or private sector.

Religion Major                                         

              Computer Code: RELG

The Religion major consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours including required courses REL 100, 363/463 (2 advanced seminars), 490 (3 semesters), and 491 (the Departmental Thesis/Project).  Prerequisites apply to the following courses:  363, 463, 490 (each requires one course in religion) and 491 (requires completion of two advanced seminars).  Prerequisites are included in the 36 credit hour total.   Majors are required to take one course from the list of courses for each of the four distribution areas: World Religions, Spirituality, Scripture, and Religion in Cultural Contexts.  Majors must also complete three or more Religion elective courses, which can include Independent Study projects.  See Department Guidelines on Independent Study/Internships.  Finally, majors are required to complete both the Senior Evaluation form and the Senior Reflection essay which can be found on the department Blackboard site.
Minimum credits required: 36
(plus prerequisites as indicated)


Required Courses:
(* = Prerequisite Required)

REL

100

Introduction to Religion

3 credits

REL

363/463

(2 advanced seminars)

6-8 credits*

REL

490

Departmental Colloquium

3 credits*

REL

491

Departmental Thesis/Project

3-4 credits*


Distribution Requirements:

World Religions- Choose one from:

REL

215I

Death and the Afterlife in the World’s Religions

3 credits

REL

216I

Women and Religion

3 credits

REL

217I

Religion and Violence

3 credits

REL

218D

American Religious Pluralism

3 credits

REL

219I

Sustainability in the World’s Religions

3 credits

Spirituality- Choose one from:

REL

121

Spiritual Disciplines

3 credits

REL

125

Modern Spiritual Paths

3 credits

REL

127

Contemplative Spirituality

3 credits

REL

222

History of Christian Spirituality

3 credits

Scripture- Choose one from:

REL

242

Introduction to the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

3 credits

REL

243

Jesus and the Gospels

3 credits

REL

244

Christianity in the New Testament

3 credits

Religion in Cultural Contexts: History, Theology, Ethics- Choose one from:

REL

161

Christian Faith & Thought

3 credits

REL

261

Christian Ethics

3 credits

REL

265

Religion and Literature

3 credits

REL

266

Religion & Film

3 credits


Evaluation Requirements:
(To be completed during the last semester of senior year. If completed earlier, the evaluations will be discarded and must be completed again.)
     A. Senior Evaluation (on Blackboard)
     B. Senior Reflection Essay (on Blackboard)
 

Elective Courses:

Three or more Religion elective courses

9 credits


Religion Minor

A minor in Religion requires a minimum of 19 credit hours including three required courses: REL 100, 363/463 (one advanced seminar), and 490 (one semester). Prerequisites apply to the following courses:  363, 463, and 490 (each requires one course in religion).  Prerequisites are included in the 19 credit hour total. Elective courses, including Independent Study projects, fill out the balance of credit hours.  Finally, minors are required to complete both the Senior Evaluation form and the Senior Reflection essay which can be found on the department Blackboard site.
Minimum credits required: 19 (plus prerequisites as indicated)

Required Courses:

REL

100

Introduction to Religion

3 credits

REL

363/463

Advanced Seminar

3-4 credits*

REL

490

Departmental Colloquium

1 credit*

Elective Courses:

Four or more Religion elective courses

12 credits

Evaluation Requirements: (To be completed during the last semester of senior year. If completed earlier, the evaluations will be discarded and must be completed again.)
     A. Senior Evaluation (on Blackboard)
     B. Senior Reflection Essay (on Blackboard)

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