Degree: B.A., Philosophy and Religious Studies
Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion
The academic discipline of the study of religion investigates the religious dimension of human experience throughout history, across cultures, and around the world. Courses in religious studies acquaint students with the world’s major traditions, texts, and figures. Students learn the methodologies of religious studies and engage in critical discussion of diverse themes, issues, and theories related to the study of these traditions. Leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies, the major in religion offers close faculty guidance and a high degree of flexibility such that individual interests are both encouraged and supported. Well-trained in the tools of a liberal arts education necessary for many careers, graduates of the major enter the world beyond college with a broad cultural awareness that appreciates the challenges of diversity and the ability to engage in dialogue skillfully. They are trained to conduct research, to think critically, and to write and express ideas persuasively. Religious studies majors have pursued careers in fields such as public relations, journalism, teaching, library science, service organizations, business, and the arts. The Religious Studies major also prepares students for graduate or divinity school in the study of religion, as well as for graduate study in other fields such as law and social work.
Honors are awarded in Religious Studies on the basis of excellence both in coursework for the major and in a final project for RELG 401 Guided Research . Only students who complete 401 are eligible for Honors. Internships are available to qualified students.
Courses in other disciplines are accepted towards the Religious Studies major, which allows students to have an interdisciplinary approach in the formation of their major. Various religious studies offerings also complement work in American studies, anthropology, classics, drama, English, history, international affairs, philosophy, and psychology, among other disciplines. The Religious Studies program contributes to several minors, including Contemplative Studies and Asian Studies, as well as to the American Studies Program.
& RELG 102
|Introduction to World Religions|
and Introduction to the Study of Religion
|Select one Abrahamic Religions course of the following:||3|
|The Abrahamic Religions|
|Introduction to Christian Theology|
|Christianity After the New Testament|
|Religion and Politics in Islam|
|Muhammad and the Qur'an|
|Select one Non-Abrahamic Religions course of the following:||3|
|Native American Religions|
|Yoga In Theory, History, and Contemporary Society|
|Death and Rebirth in Tibetan Buddhism|
|Select 15 additional credits 1||15|
|RELG 401||Guided Research 2||3|
Nine of which must be at the 300- or 400-level (at least two of these must be religion courses or CPRD 104 Meditation and Contemplative Practices, CPRD 299 Mysterium Humanum Studies, CPRD 304 Contemplative Practice II, PHIL 301 Medieval Philosophy, ANTH 318 Anthropology of Religion).
Or another 300- or 400-level course.
Additional courses (such as Special Topics in other disciplines) may count as electives towards the major with the approval of the Chair.
General Education Requirements
The general education requirements for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degrees apply to all students who are seeking to earn an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree.
Students seeking a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree have a separate set of BLS general education requirements.
Elective courses are those that are not needed to fulfill a general education requirement or major program requirement but are chosen by the student to complete the 120 credits required for graduation with a B.A./B.S. degree or the BLS degree. These courses may be taken graded or pass/fail (or S/U in the case of physical education and 100-level dance). No student in a regular B.A./B.S. program may count more than 60 credits in a single discipline toward the 120 credits required for graduation.
Total Credits Required for the Degree: 120 credits
Classics, Philosophy, and Religion Department
Joseph M. Romero, Chair
Liane R. Houghtalin, Career Advisor (Classics)
Craig R. Vasey, Career Advisor (Philosophy)
Mehdi Aminrazavi, Career Advisor (Religion)
(The person’s subject field is indicated in parentheses.)
David K. Ambuel (Philosophy), Kurt E. Leidecker Co-Chair of Asian Studies
Mehdi Aminrazavi (Philosophy and Religion), Kurt E. Leidecker Co-Chair of Asian Studies
Liane R. Houghtalin (Classics)
Mary Beth Mathews (Religion)
Jason P. Matzke (Philosophy)
Nina Mikhalevsky (Philosophy)
Angela L. Pitts (Classics)
Joseph M. Romero (Classics)
Craig R. Vasey (Philosophy)
Jennifer A. Barry (Religion)
Daniel A. Hirshberg (Religion)
Michael J. Reno (Philosophy)