Philosophy & Religious Studies

Religious Studies Degree Requirements

What is the meaning of human life, or of organic life altogether?
To answer this question at all implies a religion. -Albert Einstein

The Major

The major in Religious Studies is a broadly based program of instruction designed to meet the needs of the following three groups of students: first, those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of the role of religion in human experience; second, those interested in entering a seminary in preparation for a career in the public ministry; and third, those planning to continue the academic study of religion at the graduate level in preparation for a career of teaching and research.

Requirements for the Major

The requirements for the major in religious studies consist of the following:

  •  RG 101: Introduction to Religion
  • RG 102: World Religions
  • RG 331: Concepts of God, East and West
  • RG 398: Senior Thesis Research
  • RG 399: Senior Thesis

Three (3) additional upper division hours in Religion:

  • PH 102: Ethics Introduction to Moral Problems
  • PH 201: History of Ancient Western Philosophy
  • PH 302: Philosophy of Religion
  • AN 313: Religion, Magic, and Witchcraft
  • SO 318: Sociology of Religion

Nine (9) additional upper division hours in related courses to be selected in consultation with the student’s advisor and approved by the department

  • Two semesters of a Foreign Language
  • Nine (9) hours in World History (HI 100, 101, and 102)

Requirements for the Minor

Minor programs in Religious Studies are individually designated by the student in consultation with a departmental advisor and subject to departmental approval.  A minor will consist of at least 15 hours, 12 of which must be in Religion courses and six of which must be upper division.

Pre-Professional Programs (Pre-Seminary) 

An individualized course of study for pre-seminary students, which incorporations suggestions of many graduate theological seminaries regarding undergraduate preparation for seminary, may be designed in cooperation with the Philosophy Department’s pre-seminary advisor.