The Religious Studies Program (RELS) Major consists of 33 credit hours of course work split between required course work, approved electives, and a Senior Seminar Capstone Course. Students must pass all major class requirements with a "C" or better. A maximum of 12 transfer credit hours may be applied to the major. Exceptions to the major/minor requirements are made at the discretion of the Program Director.
The goal of our program is to develop within our students the ability to identify and discuss disciplinary perspectives on religion. To achieve this outcome, the student will work in three areas of discipline: Textual Inquiry, Religion in a Social & Cultural Context and Comparative Approaches. We are an interdisciplinary program, which means we draw from a tapestry of departments on campus. Because we draw from a spectrum of departments, our degree offers a student a broad comprehension of religious traditions. The combination also equips the student with the ability to critically assess and synthesize the approaches to religious studies. For that reason, it is required that elective courses must be spread across at least three departments within our approved course list.