The Bachelor's degree in Religious Studies requires a minimum of 122 total semester hours for the degree. The distribution of credit hours is as follows: 44 hours in General Education; 6 hours in a foreign language at the intermediate level; 36 hours in Religious Studies courses, 18 of which must be at the 3000 level or above; 12 to 21 hours in a minor field of study; and 15 to 24 hours in free electives, 2 of which must be outside of Religious Studies.
For the Religious Studies major, students are to select from the following courses:
One Introductory Course
Introduction to Religion and Literature (1010), Religion and Contemporary Issues (1100), Religions of the World (1110)
One Course on Abrahamic Religions
Old Testament: The Jewish Scriptures (2010), New Testament (2020), Islamic Literature (2030), Judaism (2110), Christianity (2120), Islamic Religion and Culture (2130).
One Course on Non-Western Religions
Hinduism (2140), Buddhism (2150), Daoism (2160), The Confucian Way (2170), African Thought (3120).
One Course on Methods
Research and Methodology in Religious Studies (3700), Nature of Religion (3710), Nature-Oriented Religions (3730), Religion and Social Theory (3740), Minds, Brain, and Religion (3750), Religion and Reason (3760), Bibilical Interpretation (4015).
Religious Studies Electives totaling 21 Credit Hours
See our Course Descriptions for a complete listing.
Students can find a list of checksheets by year on the Programs of Study site.