Students who major in Religious Studies must take a minimum of 30 credits of Religious Studies courses, not including the Religious Studies Cornerstone course. As part of those 30 credits, students must take the following courses:
With the advice of a faculty mentor, majors will, within these parameters, select courses and a senior thesis topic that accord closely with the major’s specific interests in Religious Studies, such as ancient religions, biblical studies, religion in the modern world, religion and gender, or comparative religious ethics. As appropriate, with the approval of the Chairperson, students may take a course in other departments to fulfill major requirements.
All Religious Studies majors must pursue a major Capstone research project, REL 412 , normally in the spring semester of their senior year. This paper should demonstrate a working knowledge of academic approaches to the study of religions and focus on a topic selected by the student in consultation with a Religious Studies faculty member with whom the student consults in tutorial meetings. REL 412 students must also present their research at a colloquium.