History, Philosophy & Religion

Religion Major

Religious experience and reflection are humanity’s first and oldest responses to central questions of meaning. Through a variety of methodologies, religious studies examine the elements of faith, the faiths of humanity, and contemporary critiques and transformations of religious belief. The religion major consists of 30 credit hours in the department, which includes Senior Seminar.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

Choose twos courses from the following:
RELG 109: Introduction to the Study of Religion
RELG 203: Introduction to the Bible
RELG 204: Introduction to the History of Christianity

Ethics
Choose one course from the following:
PHIL 305: Ethical Issues in Health Care
RELG 309: Christian Ethics
RELG 310: The Bible, Sex, and Sexuality
RELG 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics

Theology
Choose one course from the following:
RELG 270: Who is Jesus?
RELG 275: Does God Exist?
RELG 368: 20th Century Christian Thought
RELG 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics*

*Selected topics should be confirmed with the chair of religion for consideration as major or minor credit.

Bible
Choose one course from the following:
RELG 205: Life and Teachings of Jesus
RELG 310: The Bible, Sex, and Sexuality
RELG 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics

Non-Christian Traditions
Choose two courses from the following:
RELG 202: Religions World: Middle Eastern
RELG 206: Eastern Religions and Philosophies
RELG 218: Confucianism
RELG 315: Buddhism Joy of Being Awake
RELG 380: African American Religions in the US
RELG 385: From Babylon to Berlin: A History of Anti-Semitism
RELG 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics

Electives
Choose two courses from the following:
RELG 204: Introduction to the History of Christianity
PHIL 276: Field Experience (1-3 hrs)
PHIL 300: Ancient Greek to Medieval Philosophy: Socrates to Aquinas
RELG 325: Living with Joy at Life's End
PHIL 351: Existentialism in Philosophy, Film and Literature
PHIL 376: Philosophy of Religion
RELG 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics
RELG 391, 392, 491, 492: Research
RELG 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship
RELG 495, 496: Honors Research

Capstone Course
PHIL 493: Senior Seminar

Finally, students majoring in religion are encouraged to fulfill their CORE foreign language by studying biblical languages: Hebrew and Greek when available through the Department of Languages and Literature.

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