The Major Program
Religion is a major force in human experience. It has shaped the world's history, literature, art, culture, politics, ethics, and economics. In addition to offering courses in all the major religious traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism,) the Religious Studies Program has developed cross cultural courses dealing with religious symbols, myths, and rituals in written texts, art, theater, and film, and the Internet, as well as, thematic courses dealing with such topics as religion and the body, the rise of fundamentalism, religion and science, religion and ethics, and religion and violence.
The major introduces students to the academic study of religion. Students can choose from a broad range of courses both in the program itself and in other departments and programs-history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, American studies, classics, and medieval studies. In addition to studying religious thought per se, students in the major can also study the way religion has shaped human behavior in such matters as family life, gender roles, ethics, artistic life, concepts of individual freedom, the pursuit of science, and economics. For some students, Religious Studies is an appropriate second major and combines well with anything from philosophy to international agricultural development, political science, and the physical sciences.
Because of the program's focus on developing critical thinking, writing, and reading skills, students who major in Religious Studies are well prepared to enter a variety of careers, including, the health professions, law, business, teaching, and government. In an increasingly global society, knowledge of the world's religious traditions and practices has become an essential part of a student's education.
A reading knowledge of a foreign language is highly recommended.
The major advisors have a list of lower and upper division courses that can be substituted for courses suggested above.
Honors & Honors Program
A student becomes eligible for graduation with honors by meeting the minimum GPA and course requirements established by the College of Letters & Science. Upon successful completion of the additional requirements of the College of Letters & Science Honors Program, individual students may be recommended by the program for graduation with high honors or highest honors on the basis of an evaluation of their academic achievements in the major.
Education Abroad Program
The Religious Studies program encourages students to study in the Summer Abroad program, the Quarter Abroad program, or the Education Abroad program. With the approval of a major advisor, applicable courses taken abroad may be accepted in the major or minor programs.
Teaching Credential Subject Representative
See the Teaching Credential/M.A. Program.
Students interested in Hebrew courses should see Hebrew.
Human Rights Minor
Students interested in the Human Rights minor should see Human Rights Minor.
Students interested in Jewish Studies should see Jewish Studies.
Consult the Program office.
|Preparatory Subject Matter|
|(A) Choose one from the RST 001 series:||4|
|Survey of Religion|
|Death & Afterlife|
|Myth, Ritual, & Symbolism|
|Sex, Marriage, & Divorce in Medieval & Modern Society|
|Music, Voice, & the Word|
|(B) Choose four from other lower division RST offerings:||16|
|Introduction to Health Sciences & the Humanities|
|Healthcare & Religious Ethics|
|Contemporary Ethical Issues|
|Contemporary Ethical Issues|
|Emergence of Judaism, Christianity & Islam|
|Reading War/Fighting War|
|The Bible & Its Interpreters|
|Introduction to Judaism|
|Religions of South Asia|
|Introduction to Jainism|
|History of Yoga|
|Magic & Demons in South Asia|
|Religion & Science Fiction|
|Introduction to Islam|
|The Qur'an & Its Interpretation|
|The Song of God: The Bhagavad Gita|
|Introduction to Hinduism|
|Introduction to Hindu Mythology|
|Religion & Language|
|Introduction to Chinese Philosophy|
|Religion, Gender, Sexuality|
|Preparatory Subject Matter Subtotal||20|
|Depth Subject Matter|
|RST 100||Study of Religion: Issues & Methods||4|
|or RST 190||Seminar|
|Choose nine upper division RST courses. Four of these courses may be upper division courses related to religion that are offered by other departments and taken with the approval of a Religious Studies advisor:||36|
|Medieval & Byzantine Christianity|
|Christianity & Modernity, 1700-1920|
|Christianity in the Contemporary World|
|Life, Meaning & Identity|
|Persuasion & Conviction in Religious Tradition|
|Religion, Magic & Science|
|Studies in Biblical Texts|
|Sex & Gender in the Bible|
|Topics in Judaism|
|Dead Sea Scrolls, Apocrypha, & Pseudepigrapha|
|The Formation of the Rabbinic Tradition|
|Topics in Religious Studies|
|Topics in Mediterranean Ancient Religion|
|The Bible & Film|
|Topics in Jainism|
|Topics in Buddhism|
|Topics in Hinduism|
|New Testament Literature: Synoptic Gospels|
|New Testament Literature: John|
|New Testament Literature: Paul|
|New Testament Apocrypha|
|History of the Bible|
|Contemporary American Religion|
|Justice, Equity, & Privacy in Medical Humanities|
|The Hindu Temple|
|Bhakti: Indian Devotional Traditions to 1200 CE|
|Bhakti: Indian Devotional Traditions, 1200 CE to Present|
|Religion & the Performing Arts in India|
|Hindu Women & Goddesses|
|Introduction to Islamic Thought|
|Modern Islam: Authority & Tradition In Process|
|Introduction to Islamic Law|
|Social Life of Islam|
|Islam in Asia|
|Religion & Media in the Arab World|
|Topics in Islam|
|Ch'an (Zen) Buddhism|
|Popular Religious Art in India|
|Hindu Gods & Hindu Symbols|
|Ramayana, Religion, & the Arts|
|Depth Subject Matter Subtotal||40|