Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
Courses in religious studies contribute to a student’s understanding of the beliefs and actions of diverse peoples and cultures. They also contribute to the student’s self-understanding through uncovering and exploring major tenets of his or her own culture. The major in religious studies is designed to provide a rich grounding in the liberal arts and is particularly appropriate for those students considering careers in government, health, law, education, international business, social work, the ministry, or media. The major provides plentiful opportunities for students to work one-on-one with award winning faculty through doing such things as writing an Honors thesis and conducting field-research as part of the Pluralism Project.
There are three required courses–Rels 3270, RELS 3750, and RELS 4750–but the major allows for a great deal of flexibility. Students majoring in religious studies have the opportunity to take and have counted toward their major select courses in other departments/schools/institutes in the College of Arts and Sciences including anthropology, history, music and sociology. It is often appropriate to consider Religious Studies for a double major, and the major is designed to make double majoring easy.