Courses: In each term students normally will take two courses offered by the department.
Junior Independent Work:
During the fall term of the junior year, all department juniors will participate in a colloquium (see below for study abroad) with a member or members of the faculty. In addition to short assignments throughout the term that prepare majors to research and write a junior paper (JP), students are expected to produce a five to seven-page JP proposal. The JP proposal and colloquium participation constitute 40 percent of the junior independent grade. During the spring term, juniors will do independent reading and write a 30-40 page junior paper under supervision. The departmental representative, in consultation with the director of the colloquium, will assign advisers. The spring junior paper will constitute 60 percent of the junior independent work. At the end of junior year, students will review their work in the department and discuss with a faculty committee their plans for senior independent work.
The Department of Religion welcomes study abroad for departmental majors in their junior year. Those juniors who have compelling reasons to study abroad in their fall semester will be exempt from the colloquium, but will be required to write a fall junior paper under the supervision (by email) of a religion department faculty member. The fall JP will constitute 40 percent of the junior independent grade.
Juniors who study abroad in the spring semester will write the required spring junior paper under the supervision of a religion department faculty member by email.