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Chair, Associate Professor Carleen Mandolfo
The study of religion in a college curriculum involves the historical and comparative scrutiny of the religious traditions of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Shinto. Inevitably, the examination of basic questions about religion, such as the existence and nature of God, religious experience, and the role of religion in society, are central to the discipline.
Requirements for the Major in Religious Studies
A minimum of 10 courses, to include at least one from each of the following groups: Eastern religions (211, 212); history of Christianity (216, 236, 258, 259); biblical literature (143, 144); three religious studies courses at the 300 level or above; and a senior independent study project. The three required 300-level courses may not include courses from other departments or institutions. The senior independent study project may take one of three forms: a four-credit independent study (491 or 492) with a religious studies faculty sponsor, a two-semester project in the honors program (483, 484) described below, or a Senior Scholars project with one mentor from the religious studies faculty.
The point scale for retention of the major applies to all courses that count toward the major.
Honors Program in Religious Studies
Students majoring in religious studies who have a grade point average of 3.65 or higher in the major may apply during the junior year for admission to the honors program. Proposal and bibliography must be submitted to the department chair by April 15. On successful completion of the work for the honors program, including a thesis, their graduation from the College will be noted as being “With Honors in Religious Studies.”
Requirements for the Minor in Religious Studies
A minimum of six courses in religious studies, including at least one from each of the following groups: Eastern religions (211, 212); history of Christianity (216, 236, 258, 259); biblical literature (143,144); three religious studies courses at the 300 level or above. The three required 300-level courses may not include courses from other departments or institutions.
Courses from other departments that can serve as electives in religious studies major