Major Requirements Archive

Prerequisite: Any course offered by the department.

Major Requirements: Majors are required to complete at least nine religion courses by the end of the senior year. Courses taken prior to declaring a Religion major count toward this total.

1. During their Junior Fall, majors will enroll in REL 399, the Junior Colloquium. REL 399 is a for-credit course which counts toward a student’s nine religion courses for the major and their total number of courses for graduation.

2. Students will select at least one course from each of the five subfields of the faculty:

  • Islam
  • Religion and Critical Thought
  • Religion in America
  • Religions of Asia
  • Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean

3. Students will take three additional courses. At least one of these courses must be a course designated “Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion.” At least one such course will be offered every academic year.

Please note: Critical Approaches courses do not double-count for subfield distributions.

Critical Approaches and subfield designations appear in the list of undergraduate courses posted on the department web site in advance of each term:

Up to two elective courses may be approved cognate courses taught by faculty outside of the Department of Religion that supplement coursework in the department. The Director of Undergraduate Studies must approve cognate courses. Please note that other than these two electives, all courses toward the concentration must be taught by department faculty. PLEASE NOTE: Not all courses (even if they are cross-listed with the Religion Department) satisfy the department’s area requirements. Please consult the course list posted on this website each semester for additional information about what requirements a given course might satisfy. A course may be counted toward one area distribution requirement only. In any year it is offered, 373 Studies in Religion will be assigned to the appropriate area.Religion majors are required to take Religion courses for a letter grade. However, once senior religion majors have satisfied all departmental and area requirements, they are allowed to P/D/F departmental courses with permission from the departmental representative. Majors must obtain the written approval of the department representative prior to choosing this grading option.