Religious Studies Major - Requirements and Master List of Courses (eff. Autumn 2016)

Effective Autumn Term 2016, the Department of Comparative Studies will offer a single track for undergraduate students interested in the Religious Studies major. Below is the listing of requirements for this new track.


Religious Studies Major Requirements


RS Advising Sheet [pdf]

Relevant Courses for the Upcoming Term

(See also requirements for the Religious Studies Minor.) 

The minimum number of hours required for completion of the major is 36. No courses in other departments are required to complete this major. It is expected, however, that every student will take at least some of their major coursework outside of Comparative Studies, as the Religious Studies major is interdisciplinary and cross‐departmental by design. Typically, students will take between 6 and 21 credit hours across the College of Arts and Sciences and, occasionally across multiple colleges, at both lower and upper division levels. All majors are required to write at least a major senior paper; a senior thesis is highly recommended.


Core Courses (12 credit hours)

The following courses are required:

  • Religious Studies 2370 Introduction to Comparative Religion
  • Religious Studies 3972 Theory and Method in the Study of Religion
  • Comparative Studies 3990 Approaches to Comparative Studies (or a comparable alternative based on the advisor’s approval)
  • Religious Studies 4970 Religious Studies Capstone OR Comparative Studies 4990 Senior Seminar in Comparative Studies

Individual Religious Traditions Courses (9-15 credit hours)

Students should take courses in at least three different traditions and/or geographic regions (Substitutions may be made subject to advisor’s approval). For example: a course in Christianity, Judaism or Islam; a course in South Asian or East Asian religions; and a course in indigenous, ancient, or newly emergent religions.

Arabic

  • 5701 The Qur'an in Translation

Classics

  • 2221 Introduction to the New Testament: History and Literature (cross-listed as HISTORY 2221)
  • 3401 Ancient Greek Religion
  • 3404 Magic in the Ancient World
  • 3405 Christians in the Greco‐Roman World
  • 3408 Ancient Roman Religion

Comparative Studies

  • 4822 Native American Identity

Hebrew

  • 3210 The Jewish Mystical Tradition (cross-listed as JEWSHST 3210 and RELSTDS 3210)

History

  • 2220 Introduction to the History of Christianity
  • 2221 Introduction to the New Testament: History and Literature (cross-listed as CLAS 2221)
  • 2351 Early Islamic Society, 610‐1258
  • 2376 Islamic Central Asia
  • 3218 Paul and his Influence in Early Christianity
  • 3219 Historical Jesus
  • 3227 Gnostics and Other Early Christian Heresies
  • 3229 History of Early Christianity
  • 3245 The Age of Reformation

History of Art

  • 3005 Christian Art

Jewish Studies

  • 2201 Intro to Jewish Culture, Thought and Practice
  • 3210 The Jewish Mystical Tradition (cross-listed as HEBREW 3210 and RELSTDS 3210)

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

  • 2666 Magic and Witchcraft in the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

  • 3230 Introduction to Shi's Beliefs and History
  • 3501 Introduction to Islam
  • 3502 Islamic Civilization through the Ages
  • 3508 Sufism
  • 5578 Islamic Law and Society

Philosophy

  • 2120 Asian Philosophy

Religious Studies

  • 3210 The Jewish Mystical Tradition (cross-listed as HEBREW 3210 and JEWSHST 3210)
  • 3671 Religions of India
  • 3673 The Buddhist Tradition
  • 3675 Religions of Mesoamerica
  • 3677 Asian Religions in America
  • 4872 Varieties of Christianity
  • 4874 New Age and New Religious Movements
  • 5871 The Japanese Religious Tradition

Comparative/Interdisciplinary Courses (9-15 credit hours)

These include comparative and interdisciplinary courses covering multiple traditions and/or themes.

Classics

  • 3404 Magic in the Ancient World

Hebrew

  • 5806 Studies in Biblical Law

History

  • 3214 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the History of Christianity
  • 3680 Religion and Law in Comparative Perspective (cross-listed as RELSTDS 3680)

International Studies

  • 4873 Contemporary Religious Movements in Global Context (cross-listed as RELSTDS 4873)

Philosophy

  • 2120 Asian Philosophy
  • 2860 Science and Religion (cross-listed as RELSTDS 2670)

Religious Studies

  • 2102.01 Literature and Religion
  • 2102.02 Comparative Sacred Texts
  • 2670 Science and Religion (cross-listed as PHILOS 2860)
  • 2677 Religion and Environmentalism
  • 3671 Religions of India
  • 3677 Asian Religions in America
  • 3678 Religion and American Culture
  • 3680 Religion and Law in Comparative Perspective (cross-listed as HISTORY 3680)
  • 3877 Myth and Ritual
  • 4871 Religion and American Politics
  • 4873 Contemporary Religious Movements in Global Context (cross-listed as INTSTDS 4873)
  • 4874 New Age and New Religious Movements
  • 4875 Gender, Sexuality and Religion
  • 4878 Rites, Ritual and Ceremony
  • 5871 The Japanese Religious Tradition

Research Course

For those enrolling in Comparative Studies 4990 for their capstone course, at least one course from among the "Individual Religious Traditions" or "Comparative/Interdisciplinary" course listings above must be a research course approved by the student’s advisor.



Transition Policy

Students currently enrolled in the Religious Studies Major will be allowed to choose whether or not to complete their major under the old plan or to switch to this new plan. This decision will be made in conjunction with their faculty advisor and communicated to the member of the advising staff assigned to the Department of Comparative Studies.

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