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General Studies - Religious Studies (120 Hours)

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General Studies - Religious Studies (120 Hours)(67 Hours)

M. W. Myers, Coordinator

Religious Studies is a cross-disciplinary program designed for students who wish to develop an understanding of the nature of religion and its role in individual and social life. The program enables students to analyze critically and evaluate western and non-western religions without a predisposition to defend or reject the claims of any particular faith. The program offers both a major and a minor; it is preparatory for careers and future study in international affairs, arts, humanities, social sciences, and intercultural studies. Students who major in religious studies will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities degree.

A student may earn a major in Religious Studies by completing 39 semester hours of work from among the designated courses in the several departments involved. Of these 39 hours, 12 must consist of the core courses specified below for all majors. Further courses are specified as required or elective depending on the student’s focus: western religions, non-western religions, or comparative religions. There is also a language requirement.

A student must also satisfy the General Education and College of Sciences or College of Liberal Arts graduation requirements and take at least 40 of the total 120 semester hours in 300-400-level courses. For a minor in Religious Studies, a student must take at least 18 semester hours of work, including the core (minus the Seminar in Religious Studies) and three courses from the required list of comparative religion. Religious Studies also makes an ideal second major.
First Year
First TermHours
Engl 101 [W] (GER)3
For L Elective4
GenEd 110 [A] (GER)3
Math Proficiency [N] (GER)3
Science Elective (GER)4
Second TermHours
Arts & Humanities [H,G] (GER)3
Biological Sciences [B] (GER)4
Communication Proficiency [C,W] (GER)3
For L Elective4
GenEd 111 [A] (GER)3
Second Year
First TermHours
Anth 3033
Arts & Humanities [H,G] or Social Sciences [S,K] (GER)3
For L Elective4
Physical Sciences [P] (GER)4
Social Sciences [S,K] (GER)3
Second TermHours
For L Elective4
Intercultural Studies [I,G,K] (GER)3
Phil 2073
Soc 341 [S] (GER)3
Tier III Course (GER)3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Junior & Senior Year — Choose one option: Western Religions: Hist 272, 445, Phil 407; seven courses from: Anth 330, Engl 305, 306, 383, 385; F A 201, 202; Hist 341, 423, 440, 441; Hum 101, 198, 302, 340; Phil 290, 310, 340, 400; Soc 341. Non-Western Religions: Hist 273, Phil 314, 315; six courses from: Anth 303, 330; F A 201, 202, 302; Hist 270, 275, 308, 370, 373, 374, 408, 470, 472, 473; Hum 350; Soc 341. Comparative Religions: Hist 273, 445, Phil 314, 315; five courses from: Anth 303, Engl 305, 306, 383, 385; F A 201, 202, 302; Hist 308, 341, 370, 373, 374, 408, 440, 441,470, 472, 473; Hum 350; Phil 340, Soc 341.
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