Religious Studies / Center for Religious Understanding
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Religious Studies Concentration

This concentration offers a structured program of study that explores and examines the human religious experience, both in terms of its fundamental ideas as well as pervasive practice.  While a number of methods and disciplines common to the liberal arts tradition are employed throughout the various courses offered, particular focus typically is given to the historical, literary, and cultural dimensions of religious expression.  This concentration may not be taken conjointly with one of the religious studies minors (Christianity studies, Islamic studies, or Judaic studies).  However, it may be taken conjointly as part of a modified major (24 credits) in philosophy or with a full major in any other department of College of Arts and Sciences.

Students wishing to make religion the focus of an independent major should contact the program director ( for further information.  A minimum of 28 credits is required for the concentration in religious studies distributed as follows:

  1. Either REL 100 or REL 150
  2. Core studies - Two of the following (8 credits) from REL 201, 303, 351 or 355
  3. Field related studies - Four courses in at least three of the following five fields (16 credits):


AH 104, 310, 322, 326


HST 303, 325, 327, 357; REL 300


ENG 305/REL 353, ENG 312


PHL 205, PHL/REL 325; PHL 350/REL 359

Social Science:

PSY 445 (only when special topic is religion), AN/REL 271, SOC/REL 305

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