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Religion

The study of religion introduces students to the major religious traditions of the world and their impact on human culture. Courses focus on both the methodologies of religious studies and the literature and practices of diverse religious communities. In addition to their specific content, these courses develop an appreciation for the religious point of view and prepare one to live in a religiously pluralistic society. Most courses take an historical approach to the human religious experience, and all employ the critical skills of analysis common to contemporary scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Graduates of the department have gone into many different career fields as well as into advanced or professional study of religion.

The Religion Major
The Religion Minor
Course Descriptions

 

The Religion Major
(33 semester hours)

Required:
RELG 111     (3)    Good and Evil
RELG 177    (3)    Introduction to the Study of Religion
RELG 178    (3)    Introduction to World Religions
RELG 451    (3)    Research Seminar in the Study of Religion

Senior Exercise:
RELG 452    (3)    Senior Seminar

Choose 1 of the following courses:
RELG 236    (3)    Multicultural Religious America
RELG 241    (3)    Judaism
RELG 244    (3)    Christianity
RELG 255    (3)    Islam

Choose 1 of the following courses:
RELG 221    (3)    Hindus, Jainas, and Sikhs
RELG 222    (3)    Buddhism
RELG 231    (3)    Daoism
RELG 248    (3)    Religions of Africa
RELG 263    (3)    Asian Philosophies

Choose 4 additional three-credit courses in religion or from the approved courses listed below. Two of these courses must be at or above the 300-level.
ANTH 328    (3)    Ritual and Worldview
ARTH 235    (3)    Early Medieval Art
ARTH 237    (3)    Asian Art
CLAS 201    (3)    Classical Mythology
INTD 109     (3)    The Religion of Socrates
PHIL 224      (3)    Ethics: Theories and Applications
SOCI 260     (3)    Sociology of Religion

Recommended: The following courses are recommended to all majors and especially to those who are planning to study in Europe or in Asia.
ASIA 235    (3)    Asian Civilizations I
ASIA 236    (3)    Asian Civilizations II



The Religion Minor
(18 semester hours)

Choose 1 of the following courses:
RELG 111    (3)    Good and Evil
RELG 177    (3)    Introduction to the Study of Religion
RELG 178    (3)     Introduction to World Religions

Choose 1 of the following courses:
RELG 236    (3)    Multicultural Religious America
RELG 241    (3)    Judaism
RELG 244    (3)    Christianity
RELG 255    (3)    Islam

Choose 1 of the following courses:
RELG 221    (3)    Hindus, Jainas, and Sikhs
RELG 222    (3)    Buddhism
RELG 231    (3)    Daoism
RELG 248    (3)    Religions of Africa
RELG 263    (3)    Asian Philosophies

Choose 3 additional three-credit courses in religion or from the approved courses listed below. Two of these three courses must be at or above the 300-level.
ANTH 328    (3)    Ritual and Worldview
ARTH 235    (3)    Early Medieval Art
ARTH 237    (3)    Asian Art
CLAS 201    (3)    Classical Mythology
INTD 109      (3)    The Religion of Socrates
PHIL 224      (3)    Ethics: Theories and Applications
SOCI 260     (3)    Sociology of Religion

 


Course Descriptions

RELG 111

| Good and Evil

RELG 177

| Introduction to the Study of Religion

RELG 178

| Introduction to World Religions

RELG 221

| Hindus, Jainas, and Sikhs

RELG 222

| Buddhism

RELG 231

| Daoism

RELG 235

| Latin American Religion

RELG 236

| Multicultural Religious America

RELG 241

| Judaism

RELG 244

| Christianity

RELG 248

| The Religions of Africa

RELG 255

| Islam

RELG 261

| Directed Study

RELG 263

| Asian Philosophies

RELG 301

| Religion, Science, and Occultism

RELG 302

| The Comparative Philosophy of Religion

RELG 350

| Religion and U.S. Law

RELG 361

| Special Study

RELG 377

| Internship

RELG 451

| Internship

RELG 452

| Senior Seminar

RELG 461

| Independent Study