BA in Religion

 

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The Bachelor of Arts in Religion curriculum begins with a survey course about the world's major religions and ends with the senior capstone. Students complete the major requirements with a course about theories and methods in religious studies, in addition to electives chosen from across Abrahamic and non-Abrahamic religions. Our diverse course offerings include: Buddhist Meditation; The Gospels; Hinduism; Violence and Peace in Judaism, Christianity and Islam; Women in Islam; and many more.

 

 


“The department staff and professors are incredible and genuinely care about students’ success and well-being. And, the large scope and variety of classes is a strength in engaging both religion-declared and other students. To my memory, I have never taken a religion class that was purely religion students.”

Victoria Lewis

BA '19


Capstone 

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All religion majors must complete REL 4101W: Senior Capstone Seminar in the Fall semester of their final year. During the course, students refine and consolidate what they have learned throughout their studies.

As the capstone is also a Writing in the Disciplines (WID) course, material includes significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression.

 


Departmental Honors

Students interested in earning special honors in religion to be noted on their transcript must:

  • Meet Columbian College requirements for Special Honors
  • Be declared religion majors and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 in courses in the major
  • Meet specific requirements for their major
  • Receive a minimum grade of A- in REL 4101W: Senior Capstone Seminar

 


Course Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Prerequisite
REL 1003Introduction to World Religions
Required
REL 3901Thinking About Religion: Classic and Contemporary Approaches
REL 4101WSenior Capstone Seminar
Electives
Nine Religion (REL) courses (27 credits). At least two of these courses must be taken at the 2000-level or above. At least two courses must focus on Abrahamic religions and at least two on non-Abrahamic religions, selected from the following:
Abrahamic religions
REL 1009The Hebrew Scriptures
REL 1010The New Testament
or REL 1010W The New Testament
REL 2165The Gospels
REL 2169Lost Gospels
REL 2201Judaism
REL 2211Rabbinic Thought and Literature
REL 2301Christianity
REL 2401Islam
REL 2981Women in Western Religion
REL 3141Second Temple/Hellenistic Judaism
REL 3151The Historical Jesus
or REL 3151W The Historical Jesus
REL 3221Issues in Jewish Ethics
REL 3291Modern Jewish Thought
REL 3310Apocalypse and Social Change
REL 3321Christian Ethics and Modern Society
REL 3342Medieval Faith and Symbolism
REL 3343Religion in the Renaissance and Reformation
REL 3405Shi'ite Islam
REL 3414Islamic Philosophy and Theology
REL 3419Islamic Civilization and the West
REL 3425Islamic Political Thought
REL 3431Sufism/Islamic Mysticism
REL 3432Persian Sufi Literature East and West
REL 3475Islamic Religion and Art
REL 3481Women in Islam
REL 3482Gender and Piety in Islam
REL 3666The Book of Revelation and Other Apocalypses
REL 3701Religion in the United States
REL 3711Religion in Contemporary America
or REL 3711W Religion in Contemporary America
REL 3915Islam and Hinduism in South Asia
REL 3923Violence and Peace in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Non-Abrahamic religions
REL 2501Hinduism
REL 2562Mythologies of India
REL 2601Buddhism
REL 2802Introduction to Chinese Religions
REL 2811Confucian Literature in East Asia
REL 2814Religion and Philosophy in East Asia
REL 2831Introduction to Daoism
REL 3566Dharma in Hinduism and Buddhism
REL 3614Buddhist Philosophy
REL 3814WReligion and Philosophy in East Asia
REL 3831WDaoism in East Asia
REL 3832Myth, Ritual, and Popular Religion in China
REL 3841Religion and Politics in China
REL 3881Women, Gender, and Religion in China
REL 3915Islam and Hinduism in South Asia
REL 3989The Goddess in India and Beyond

Required Courses Schedule Notes

Students planning their schedules around the degree requirements for both the Religion Major and Minor should note that REL 3901 Thinking About Religion will only be scheduled during Spring semesters and REL 4101W Senior Capstone Seminar will only be scheduled during Fall semesters.