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2015-2016 Course Catalog

Required for the religious studies major

The major in RLST comprises the following courses:

  • RLST 100, Intro to Religious Studies
  • Three 200 level courses on religious traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Ancient Egypt)
  • Two 300-level theory courses (Rationality and Religious Belief, Cities of Faith and Power, Nietzsche/Freud, and Religion and Global Systems)
  • One 500-level seminar course
  • RLST 610, Senior Projects
  • Two electives

Independent studies/tutorials can be used to fulfill only the elective requirements.

For graduation majors must complete a senior capstone project, which includes taking the Senior Projects course and presenting at the RLST symposium at the end of spring term of their senior year.

Required for the religious studies minor

The minor in religious studies is intended to enable students in related fields to concentrate on the religious tradition connected to their area of interest. Requiring both the introductory course and at least one course outside that tradition ensures that religious studies minors will also develop some expertise in the overall study of religion. The minor requires a minimum of five courses (30 units), to include:

  1. RLST 100: Introduction to Religious Studies
  2. Two courses (12 units) in one of the following areas: Buddhism, Islam, Christianity
  3. A seminar-level course (6 units)
  4. One additional six-unit course outside the chosen area
  5. A C average in the minor is also required.

Graduate School

Students considering graduate work in religious studies should note that completion of a graduate degree typically requires demonstrated proficiency in at least one modern foreign language (normally French or German) as well as one or more additional languages (depending on the area of concentration). College work leading toward graduate study should be planned with these requirements in mind.

Senior Experience in Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies’ Senior Experience is a one-term senior seminar (usually taught in the spring term) that examines approaches to the study of religion selected from a school of thought or a more eclectic group of authors. Additionally, students are required to participate in an informal departmental colloquium, in which student work is presented and discussed by majors, minors, and faculty. Students pursuing double majors, double degrees, and education certification are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors and relevant departments to plan and negotiate their overall Senior Experience as early as possible, especially if they are interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary capstone that integrates their interests in both majors, or combines their student teaching with a project in their major.

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