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DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES (REL)

Professor Russell T. McCutcheon, Chairperson
Office: 212-A Manly Hall

The Department of Religious Studies is engaged in the study of religion as an important element in human culture. Courses are designed to provide a student with an opportunity to study the religious traditions, practices, and ideas as an aspect of wider cultural practices. Students may select courses in religious studies with any of the following objectives in mind: general cultural electives; a liberal arts major in the bachelor of arts program; a liberal arts minor in the bachelor of arts or the bachelor of science program; preparation for graduate study in religion or a related field.

Course offerings are structured so that students will encounter various aspects of the academic study of religion, and in accordance with the professional interests and abilities of the faculty. The following four areas indicate distribution requirements for the major and the minor in religious studies:

Requirements for the religious studies major. The major in religious studies requires 33 hours:

A minimum of 12 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.

Requirements for the religious studies minor. The minor in religious studies requires 21 hours:

A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.

Requirements for the Judaic studies minor. The Department of Religious Studies offers a minor in Judaic studies. The Judaic studies minor is designed for the undergraduate who seeks a better understanding of the nature and development of Judaism and its contributions to the wider culture. Students may qualify for the major or minor in religious studies and the minor in Judaic studies provided there is no duplication of coursework.

The minor in Judaic studies requires 21 hours:

A minimum of 6 hours at the 300 or 400 level must be earned on this campus.

A worksheet for major/minor requirements, a syllabus from each course in the department, and graduate catalogs are available in the Religious Studies Office in 212 Manly Hall and on the department's website.

With the permission of the undergraduate advisor, certain other courses in religious studies or in other departments may be included in the major or minor and in the prerequisites for advanced work. No foreign language is required for a major in religious studies beyond the foreign language/computer language requirement of the University Core Curriculum. Many graduate schools, however, require some language proficiency for admission. Students contemplating graduate work should consult the undergraduate advisor.

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