12 semester courses are required, following the guidelines below. Courses counting toward the major may not be taken S/U.
Breadth (Courses 1-4)
A student will normally take four 200-level courses in the Religion Department choosing one each from four of the following seven categories: (i) Philosophical, Theoretical, or Comparative; (ii) Biblical Literature; (iii) Jewish Traditions; (iv) Christian Traditions; (v) Islamic Traditions; (vi) Buddhist Traditions; (vii) South Asian Traditions. In fulfilling this requirement, a student may count no more than two courses in Biblical Literature, Jewish Traditions, and Christian Traditions. A student may also count one of the broad-based departmental introductory courses (e.g., REL 105, REL 106, REL 108) in place of one of these four courses.
Colloquium (Course 5)
A student will take Approaches to the Study of Religion (REL 200).
Seminar (Course 6)
A student will take a seminar in the Religion Department.
Depth (Courses 7-8 or 7-9)
A student will take three related courses, defined by religious tradition, geographical area, discipline, or theme. Examples of possible concentrations are Bible and its subsequent interpretations, philosophy of religion, women and gender, religion and politics, religion and the arts, ritual studies, and religion in America. In most cases, this will involve adding two more courses to one already counted, though in some cases, it may involve three courses independent of those counted above. In short, no more than one course from courses 1-6 may be counted toward this requirement. A student will define her concentration in consultation with her adviser, and then submit it to the departmental curriculum committee. A student may count any departmental course toward this requirement, but no more than one 100-level course. A student may also count one course taken outside the department toward this requirement.
Electives (Courses 9-12 or 10-12)
A student will take three or four additional Religion courses to complete the twelve courses for the major.
In consultation with her adviser, a student may count up to two relevant courses outside the department toward these electives. If one outside course has been used to count toward the depth requirement, only one such course may be taken as an elective.
For relevant outside courses, students should check current offerings by other departments and programs, such as Anthropology, Archaelogy, Art, Classics, Government, History, Jewish Studies, Medieval Studies, Middle East Studies, Music, and Philosophy.
Students who take an introductory year in an ancient or modern language and who complete an advanced class in religious texts of that language will receive credit for two courses toward the Religion major for the introductory year of study, in addition to the credit received for the advanced class (counted in courses 7-10). Students interested in pursuing courses at an advanced level in a particular language should contact the appropriate department member or their adviser.
Students who take a language related to their area of concentration (but without an advanced class in religious texts) may receive up to one course credit toward the major, with that course counted as an elective outside the department (courses 11-12).