Religious Studies Requirements

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The minimum number of hours required for completion of the major is 36. No courses in other departments are required to complete this major. It is expected, however, that every student will take at least some of their major coursework outside of Comparative Studies, as the Religious Studies major is interdisciplinary and cross‐departmental by design. Typically, students will take between 6 and 21 credit hours across the College of Arts and Sciences and, occasionally across multiple colleges, at both lower and upper division levels. All majors are required to write at least a major senior paper; a senior thesis is highly recommended.

Effective Autumn Term 2016, the Department of Comparative Studies will offer a single track for undergraduate students interested in the Religious Studies major. Below is the listing of requirements for this new track.

I. Core Courses (12 credit hours)

  • RELSTDS 2370: Introduction to Comparative Religion OR RELSTDS 2102.02: Comparative Sacred Texts
  • RELSTDS 3972: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
  • COMPSTD 3990: Approaches to Comparative Studies (or a comparable alternative based on the advisor’s approval)
  • RELSTDS 4970/COMPSTD 4990: Religious Studies Capstone/Senior Seminar in Comparative Studies

II. Individual Religious Traditions Courses (9-15 credit hours)

Students should take courses in at least three different traditions and/or geographic regions (Substitutions may be made subject to advisor’s approval). For example: a course in Christianity, Judaism or Islam; a course in South Asian or East Asian religions; and a course in indigenous, ancient, or newly emergent religions.

Arabic

  •  ARABIC 5701: The Qur'an in Translation

Classics

  • CLAS 2221: Introduction to the New Testament: History and Literature (cross-listed as HISTORY 2221)
  • CLAS 3401: Ancient Greek Religion
  • CLAS 3404: Magic in the Ancient World
  • CLAS 3405: Christians in the Greco‐Roman World
  • CLAS 3408: Ancient Roman Religion

Comparative Studies

  • COMPSTD 4822: Native American Identity

Hebrew

  • HEBREW 3210: The Jewish Mystical Tradition (cross-listed as JEWSHST 3210, RELSTDS 3210)

History

  • HISTORY 2220: Introduction to the History of Christianity
  • HISTORY 2221: Introduction to the New Testament: History and Literature (cross-listed as CLAS 2221)
  • HISTORY 2351: Early Islamic Society, 610‐1258
  • HISTORY 2376: Islamic Central Asia
  • HISTORY 3218: Paul and his Influence in Early Christianity
  • HISTORY 3219: Historical Jesus
  • HISTORY 3227: Gnostics and Other Early Christian Heresies
  • HISTORY 3229: History of Early Christianity
  • HISTORY 3245: The Age of Reformation

History of Art

  • HISTART 3005: Christian Art

Jewish Studies

  • JEWSHST 2201: Intro to Jewish Culture, Thought and Practice
  • JEWSHST 3210: The Jewish Mystical Tradition (cross-listed as HEBREW 3210, RELSTDS 3210)

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

  • MEDREN 2666: Magic and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

  • NELC 3230: Introduction to Shi's Beliefs and History
  • NELC 3501: Introduction to Islam
  • NELC 3502: Islamic Civilization through the Ages
  • NELC 3508: Sufism
  • NELC 5578: Islamic Law and Society

Philosophy

  • PHILOS 2120 Asian Philosophy

Religious Studies

  • RELSTDS 3210: The Jewish Mystical Tradition (cross-listed as HEBREW 3210, JEWSHST 3210)
  • RELSTDS 3671: Religions of India
  • RELSTDS 3673: The Buddhist Tradition
  • RELSTDS 3675: Religions of Mesoamerica
  • RELSTDS 3677: Asian Religions in America
  • RELSTDS 4872: Varieties of Christianity
  • RELSTDS 4874: New Age and New Religious Movements
  • RELSTDS 5871: The Japanese Religious Tradition

III. Comparative/Interdisciplinary Courses (9-15 credit hours)

These include comparative and interdisciplinary courses covering multiple traditions and/or themes.

Classics

  • CLAS 3401: Ancient Greek Religion   

Hebrew

  • HEBREW 5806: Studies in Biblical Law

History

  • HISTORY 3214: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the History of Christianity
  • HISTORY 3680: Religion and Law in Comparative Perspective (cross-listed as RELSTDS 3680)

International Studies

  • INTSTDS 4873: Contemporary Religious Movements in Global Context (cross-listed as COMPSTD 4873)

Philosophy

  • PHILOS 2120: Asian Philosophy
  • PHILOS 2860: Science and Religion (cross-listed as RELSTDS 2670)

Religious Studies

  • RELSTDS 2102.01: Literature and Religion
  • RELSTDS 2102.02: Comparative Sacred Texts
  • RELSTDS 2670: Science and Religion (cross-listed as PHILOS 2860)
  • RELSTDS 2677: Religion and Environmentalism
  • RELSTDS 3671: Religions of India
  • RELSTDS 3677: Asian Religions in America
  • RELSTDS 3678: Religion and American Culture
  • RELSTDS  3679: Religion and Popular Culture
  • RELSTDS 3680: Religion and Law in Comparative Perspective (cross-listed as HISTORY 3680)
  • RELSTDS 3877: Myth and Ritual
  • RELSTDS 4871: Religion and American Politics
  • RELSTDS 4873: Contemporary Religious Movements in Global Context (cross-listed as INTSTDS 4873)
  • RELSTDS 4874: New Age and New Religious Movements
  • RELSTDS 4875: Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
  • RELSTDS 4878: Rites, Ritual, and Ceremony
  • RELSTDS 5871: The Japanese Religious Tradition

IV. Research Course

For those enrolling in RELSTDS 4970 OR COMPSTD 4990 for their capstone course, at least one course from section II or III must be a research course approved by the student’s advisor.

Transition Policy

Students currently enrolled in the Religious Studies Major will be allowed to choose whether or not to complete their major under the old plan or to switch to this new plan. This decision will be made in conjunction with their faculty advisor and communicated to the member of the advising staff assigned to the Department of Comparative Studies.

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