Dec 04, 2021  
2021-2022 Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Catalog

Religious Studies


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Professors: T. Foley, Mahony, Ottati, Plank, Snyder, Wills (Chair)
Associate Professor: Pang, Zamir
 

Cultural Diversity Requirement


REL 137, 170, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 180, 244, 261, 270, 271, 272, 273, 275, 277, 278, 279, 280, 282, 283, 288, 346, 370, 371, 378, 382, and 474 are options for satisfying the cultural diversity requirement.

Major Requirements (A.B. Degree)


Ten courses in Religious Studies. To complete the major, students must take courses related to three different religious traditions, of which one should be a monotheistic tradition. Eligible students who elect to write an honors thesis in the senior year must take REL 498 in the spring of the senior year. For those pursuing honors, REL 498 must be taken as an extra eleventh course for  the major.

The courses for the major must be selected to meet all of the following requirements:

  • Diversity requirement-3 courses, each one representing a different tradition, of which one should be a monotheistic tradition. Traditions offered include Buddhism, Christianity*, East Asian Religions (including Chinese Religions), Hinduism, Islam*, and Judaism*. (* denotes monotheistic tradition)
  • Fields requirement-3 courses, one from each of the following fields of inquiry:
  1. Traditions
  2. Ethics, Theology, Politics, Society
  3. Text, Media, Interpretation
  • REL 301: Thinking About Religion
  • REL 401: Doing Religious Studies
  • Seminar requirement-Two 400-level Seminars, not counting REL 401

Depending on the course, some fields courses may also count toward the diversity requirement, and vice versa. Also, some 400-level Seminars, but not REL 401, may also count toward fields requirement and/or the diversity requirement.

 

Diversity


Buddhism – REL 271, 282, 283, 382

Christianity* – REL 108, 130, 133, 137, 140, 141, 144, 145, 150, 155, 161, 166, 230, 231, 234, 247, 250, 252, 253, 256, 257, 258, 261, 273, 345, 347, 354, 357, 360, 366, 452

East Asian Religions (incl. Chinese Religions) – REL 180, 280, 288

Hinduism – REL 270, 370, 371, 471

Islam* – REL 165, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 272, 277, 278, 279, 378

Judaism* – REL 105, 122, 223, 224, 244, 275, 320, 321, 346

(*denotes monotheistic tradition)

Fields


  1. TRADITIONS: REL 130, 133, 141, 144, 155, 165, 170, 174, 178, 180, 230, 231, 253, 257, 261, 270, 271, 272, 275, 280, 282, 345, 347, 360, 366, 371, 378, 382, 452, 471
     
  2. ETHICS, THEOLOGY, POLITICS, SOCIETY: REL 105, 108, 143, 150, 161, 166, 173, 177, 247, 250, 252, 256, 258, 262, 265, 273, 277, 279, 283, 288, 346, 354, 357, 365, 369, 379
     
  3. TEXTS, MEDIA, INTERPRETATION: REL 122, 137, 140, 145, 162, 163, 175, 176, 223, 224, 232, 234, 244, 278, 320, 321, 370

Minor Requirements


Six courses, as follows:

  • Seminar (any course numbered between 410 and 490) - 1
  • REL 301: Thinking About Religion
  • Electives - 4

Honors Requirements


A minimum of 3.2 GPA overall, and 3.5 in the department; completion of senior capstone project (=REL 498) of honors quality, with oral examination; and the recommendation of the department. For admission into the honors program, consult with the chair of the department.  The department does not award high honors.

Rationale for Course Numbering


Courses at the 100-level are designed primarily for first and second year students; registration for these courses is generally closed to juniors and seniors until the Drop/Add period.

Registration for courses at the 200-level is open to all students. Like 100-level courses, 200-levels are introductory in nature, but focus on specific topics or themes. 

Courses at the 300-level are also open to all students regardless of background. They may include more specialized reading material, involve more student research, and require somewhat more writing than courses at the 100- and 200-levels.

Except for 401, courses numbered in the 400s are called seminars. Seminars are designed primarily for majors and minors, although others are welcome and encouraged to apply if space allows.

Seminars numbered 410-19 deal with theory and method in study of religion; 420-39 comprise Biblical Studies; 440-59 treat theology and ethics; 460-89 focus on non-Western religious traditions. Seminar topics vary from year to year.

Religious Studies Courses


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