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Religious Studies Major Requirements

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Credit Hours: 34

"PR" indicates a pre-requisite. "CO" indicates a co-requisite.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult http://registrar.cofc.edu/general-edu for more information.

Required Courses

RELS 101

Approaches to Religion (3) PR: None

OR

 

RELS 105

World Religions (3) PR: None

 

 

AND

 

 

 

RELS 210

Theories in the Study of Religion (3) PR: None

 

 

AND

 

 

 

RELS 450

Senior Seminar in Religious Studies (3) PR: RELS 210 and 9 credit hours in RELS

 

 

AND

 

 

 

RELS 451

Capstone Colloquium (1) PR: RELS 210, 450, junior or senior Religious Studies major, 12 credit hours in RELS; or instructor permission

One sacred text courses selected from the following:

RELS 201

The Hebrew Bible: History & Interpretation (3) PR: None

RELS 202

The New Testament: History & Interpretation (3) PR: None

RELS 205

Sacred Texts of the East (3) PR: None

RELS 310*

Sacred Texts (3) PR: Either 3 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

Note: *RELS 310 cannot be used to satisfy both the Sacred Text course requirement and the two additional courses at the 300-level or above requirement.

Select one course from each of the following groups (A, B and C):

Group A (choose one):

RELS 223

Religions of the Near East (3) PR: None

RELS 225

The Jewish Tradition (3) PR: None

RELS 230

The Christian Tradition (3) PR: None

RELS 235

The Islamic Tradition (3) PR: None

Group B (choose one):

RELS 240

The Buddhist Tradition (3) PR: None

RELS 245

The Religions of India (3) PR: None

RELS 248

Religious Traditions of China and Japan (3) PR: None

Group C (choose one):

RELS 250

Religion in America (3) PR: None

RELS 260

Native American Religions (3) PR: None

RELS 270

African-American Religions (3) PR: None

Select one additional course at the 200-level or above:

RELS 201

The Hebrew Bible: History & Interpretation (3) PR: None

RELS 202

The New Testament: History & Interpretation (3) PR: None

RELS 205

Sacred Texts of the East (3) PR: None

RELS 220

Comparative Religious Ethics (3) PR: None

RELS 223

Religions of the Near East (3) PR: None

RELS 225

The Jewish Tradition (3) PR: None

RELS 230

The Christian Tradition (3) PR: None

RELS 235

The Islamic Tradition (3) PR: None

RELS 240

The Buddhist Tradition (3) PR: None

RELS 245

The Hindu Tradition (3) PR: None

RELS 248

Religious Traditions of China and Japan (3) PR: None

RELS 250

Religion in America (3) PR: None

RELS 255

Philosophy of Religion (3) PR: None

RELS 260

Native American Religions (3) PR: None

RELS 270

African-American Religions (3) PR: None

RELS 275

Religious Traditions and Scientific Inquiry (3) PR: None

RELS 280

Religion and Film (3) PR: None

RELS 285

Religion and Feminism (3) PR: None

RELS 298

Special Topics in Religious Studies (3) PR: None

Select two additional courses at the 300-level or above:

RELS 301

Mysticism and Religious Experiences (3) PR: Either 3 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

RELS 305

Topics in Indigenous Religions (3) PR: Either 3 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

RELS 310

Sacred Texts (3) PR: PR: Either 3 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

RELS 315

New Religious Movements (3) PR: Either 3 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

RELS 335

Western Esotericism (3) PR: Either 3 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

RELS 340

Advanced Topics in Asian Religions (3) PR: Either 3 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

RELS 348

Asian Religions in America (3) PR: Either 3 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

RELS 350

Phenomenology of Religion (3) PR: Either 3 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

RELS 360

Myth, Ritual, and Symbol (3) PR: Either 3 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

RELS 365

Religion and Psychology (3) PR: Either 3 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

RELS 375

Topics in the History of Religions (3) PR: Either 3 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

RELS 381

Religious Studies Internship (1-4) PR: Either 3 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

RELS 399

Tutorial (3, Repeatable up to 12) PR: Either 3 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

RELS 405

Advanced Studies in Religion (3) PR: Either 9 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

RELS 499

Bachelor’s Essay (6) PR: Either 9 credit hours in RELS or instructor permission

Select one additional course in religious studies from any of the courses listed (RELS 100-level or higher)

Notes:

  • With the approval of the department chair of religious studies, one course (200-level or above) in a related discipline may be substituted for one of the additional course requirements.