Religious Studies Requirements

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The Religious Studies Major requires:

Core Courses (12 credit hours):

  • RS 2370 Introduction to Comparative Religion
  • RS 3972  Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
  • CS 3990 Approaches to Comparative Studies or a comparable alternative based on the advisor’s approval
  • CS 4990 or 4970 Senior Seminar in Comparative Studies or Religious Studies Capstone

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 5701 The Qur'an in Translation
  • CLAS 3401 Ancient Greek Religion
  • CLAS 3403 Magic in the Ancient World
  • CLAS 3405 Christians in the Greco-Roman World
  • CLAS 3408 Ancient Roman Religion
  • CS 4822 Native American Identity
  • HA 3005 Christian Art
  • HIST 2220 Introduction to the History of Christianity
  • HIST 2221/CLAS 2221 Introduction to the New Testament: History and Literature
  • HIST 2351 Early Islamic Society, 610-1258
  • HIST 2376 Islamic Central Asia
  • HIST 3227 Gnostics and Other Early Christian Heresies
  • HIST 3229 History of Early Christianity
  • HIST 3245 The Age of Reformation
  • HIST 3218 Paul and his Influence in Early Christianity
  • HIST 3219 Historical Jesus
  • JS 2201 Intro to Jewish Culture, Thought and Practice
  • MedRen 2666 Witchcraft and Magic in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
  • NELC 3501 Introduction to Islam
  • NELC 3230 Introduction to Shi's Beliefs and History
  • NELC 3502 Islamic Civilization through the Ages
  • NELC 3508 Sufism
  • NELC 5578 Islamic Law and Society
  • NELC XXXX The Anthropology of Islam [This course is in development and should be approved by the start of the 16-17 academic year.]
  • PHIL 2120 Asian Philosophy
  • RS 2210 The Jewish Mystical Tradition (to become 3210)
  • RS 3671 Religions of India
  • RS 3673 The Buddhist Tradition
  • RS 3677 Asian Religions in America
  • RS 3675 Religions of Mesoamerica
  • RS 4872 Varieties of Christianity
  • RS 4874 New Age and New Religious Movements
  • RS 5871 The Japanese Religious Tradition

Comparative / Interdisciplinary courses (9-15 credit hours):

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

  • CLAS 3404 Magic in the Ancient World
  • CS/ IS 4873 Contemporary Religious Movements in a Global Perspective
  • HEB 5806 Studies in Biblical Law
  • HIST 3214 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the History of Christianity
  • PHIL 2120 Asian Philosophy
  • RS 2102.01 Literature and Religion
  • RS 2102.02 Comparative Sacred Texts
  • RS 2670 Science and Religion
  • RS 2677 Religion and Environmentalism
  • RS 3671 Religions of India
  • RS 3677 Asian Religions in America
  • RS 3678 Religion and American Culture
  • RS /HIST 3680 Religion and Law in Comparative Perspective
  • RS 4871 Religion and American Politics
  • RS 4874 New Age and New Religious Movements
  • RS 4875 Gender, Sexuality and Religion
  • RS 3877 (4877) Myth and Ritual
  • RS 4878 Rites, Ritual and Ceremony
  • RS 5871 The Japanese Religious Tradition

Research course:

For those enrolling in Comparative Studies 4990 for their capstone course, at least one course from section 2 or 3 must be a research course approved by the student’s advisor.

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