Program Requirements

About the major

The Religion program’s curriculum is designed to enable students to:

  • Interpret sacred texts
  • Develop a critical appreciation for religious traditions, with emphasis upon their origins, development, and diversity
  • Integrate the intellectual, moral, and spiritual dimensions of life.

Coursework also emphasizes the development of analytical thinking skills and effective writing. The Religion major requires 27 semester credit hours.

About the minor

A minor in Religion consists of 15 semester credit hours.

Departmental honors

Majors may attain departmental honors by fulfilling the following requirements:

  • Attain a grade point average of 3.75 or above in the major
  • Complete the research and writing of a thesis under the direction of a member of the Religion faculty and have the thesis judged by a committee of the Religion faculty (if the thesis merits recognition, three hours credit may be given for REL 420)
  • Pass an oral examination by a committee of at least three members of the Religion faculty