Requirements for a Major in Religion:

In addition to the general education requirements, the following courses are required:

  Semester Hours
REL 101, Introduction to Old Testament Literature 3
REL 102, Introduction to New Testament Literature 3
PHL 150, Introduction to Philosophy 3
REL 403, History of Christianity 3
REL 465, Senior Research Thesis 1
One advanced Old Testament course 3
One advanced New Testament course 3
One of the following: 3

REL 201, Religions of the World

 

REL 260, Religion in America

 

REL 306, African-American Religions

3
One of the following:  

PHL 210, Ethics

 

PHL 440, Philosophy of Religion

3
Religion or Philosophy electives at 300-400 level 9
Total 34

Exit Requirement

All Religion majors are required to enroll in REL 465, Senior Research Thesis, during their senior year.  The student will write a research project which may grow out of a research paper he/she has already prepared.  This project will be supervised by the appropriate professor and must receive a passing grade from an outside reader.  The length of the thesis will be 40-50 pages, exclusive of bibliography. 

Students must attain at least a 2.0 grade point average in the major in order to graduate.

Sample Four-Year Course Sequence for Religion

Freshman Year: Junior Year:
REL 101, Introduction to Old Testament PHL 210 or PHL 440, Ethics or Philosophy of Religion
REL 102, Introduction to New Testament REL 300-400 level course in New Testament
  REL/PHL Elective, 300-400 level
   
   
Sophomore Year: Senior Year:
PHL 150, Introduction to Philosophy REL 300-400 level course in Old Testament
REL 201, or 260, or 306, Religions of the World or REL 403, History of Christianity
Religion in America or REL/PHL Elective, 300-400 level (2)
African-American Religions