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B.A. in Religion

The academic study of religion explores how religion shapes culture, instills values, and drives human action. Students majoring in Religion develop skills in critical thinking, intercultural knowledge, research, and oral and written communication in order to navigate skillfully in our culturally pluralistic, diverse world.

Course Requirements

Credit Hours

REL 101. Religions of the World (offered each semester)

3

REL 200. Exploring Religion (offered each year)

3

Capstone. Choose one of the following:

3

REL 410. Dharma/Adharma: Hindu Ethical Reasoning

REl 440. Topics in Religion in America

REL 450. Religion and Society

REL 460. Topics in Ancient Jewish and Early Christian Literature

REL 488. Buddhism in the Modern World

Track Requirements

12

Choose four courses from one track. This will be your home track.

Breadth Requirements

12

Choose four additional courses: at least one from each of the other tracks. None of these can be cross-listed in your home track.


Total: 33

Courses

This list is the most up-to-date source for your Religion course planning needs. The university catalog may be up to one year behind in reflecting changes to our course offerings. Consult your Religion adviser with questions about courses and requirements.

Track 1: Eastern Traditions

HUM 252. Global Cultures (when topic is Gandhi, Non-violence and Global Transformation)

REL 288. Introduction to Buddhism

REL 310. Rethinking Order and Chaos: An Introduction to Hinduism

REL 313. Classical Chinese Thought

REL 314. Gandhi

REL 316. Topics in Hinduism

REL 317. Introduction to Daoism

REL 323. Ethics East and West

REL 386. Topics in Buddhist Studies

REL 387. Buddhist Literature and Liberation

REL 388. Tibetan Buddhism

REL 410. Dharma/Adharma: Hindu Ethical Reasoning*

REL 488. Buddhism in the Modern World*

Track 2: Western Traditions

HUM 252. Global Cultures (when topic is Islamic Civilization)

REL 201. Introduction to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

REL 202. Introduction to New Testament

REL 210. Religion in America

REL 240. Jesus and the Moral Life

REL 270. Western Religious Ethics

REL 305. Islamic Religious Traditions

REL 306. Women and Gender in Islam

REL 309. Jihad in Islamic Tradition

REL 320. Judaism

REL 323. Ethics East and West

REL 325. Catholicism in the Modern World

REL 330. Religions of Africa and the African Diaspora

REL 332. Born Again Religion

REL 336. African-American Religion

REL 340. Introduction to Christianity

REL 342. The Historical Jesus Quest

REL 343. Paul and the Origins of Christianity

REL 348. Christianity in Global Context

REL 350. Islamic Law and Society

REL 360. History of Christian Thought

REL/HIST 362. Introduction to U.S. Religious History

REL/IA 363. Apocalypticism, Religious Terrorism and Peace

REL/PHIL 375. The 19th Century: Age of Ideology

REL 380. Contemporary Theologies

REL 440. Topics in Religion in America*

REL 460. Topics in Ancient Jewish and Early Christian Literature*

Track 3: Biblical Studies and Theology

REL 102. God, Meaning and Morality

REL 201. Introduction to Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

REL 202. Introduction to New Testament

REL/PHIL 218. Philosophy of Religion

REL 270. Western Religious Ethics

REL 325. Catholicism in the Modern World

REL 333. The Other Bibles: Dead Sea Scrolls, Pseudepigrapha and Apocrypha

REL 340. Introduction to Christianity

REL 341. Early Christian Gospels: Origins, History, and Conflict

REL 342. The Historical Jesus Quest

REL 343. Paul and the Origins of Christianity

REL 360. History of Christian Thought

REL/PHIL 375. The 19th Century: Age of Ideology

REL/PHIL 377. Hermeneutics

REL 380. Contemporary Theologies

REL 460. Topics in Ancient Jewish and Early Christian Literature*

Track 4: Religion and Society

HUM 252. Global Cultures (when topic is Gandhi, Non-violence and Global Transformation)

REL 210. Religion in America

REL 280. Religion and Science

REL 306. Women and Gender in Islam

REL 310. Rethinking Order and Chaos: An Introduction to Hinduism

REL 315. Women and Religion

REL/SOCI 322. Sociology of Religion

REL 330. Religions of Africa and the African Diaspora

REL 332. Born Again Religion

REL 334. New Religious Movements

REL 336. African-American Religion

REL 348. Christianity in Global Context

REL/IA 363. Apocalypticism, Religious Terrorism and Peace

REL 365. Religion and Film

REL 370. Mysticism

REL 388. Tibetan Buddhism

REL 410. Dharma/Adharma: Hindu Ethical Reasoning*

REL 450. Religion and Society*

REL 488. Buddhism in the Modern World*

*A 400-level (capstone) course may occasionally be designated for an alternative track, chosen in consultation with one's adviser.

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