The Religion Major reflects an emphasis on interdisciplinary study, peer and faculty mentoring and student directed research.  By the beginning of their junior year, majors will identify an interdisciplinary area of focus that may coincide with one of the clusters of courses below or may be of the student's own design.  Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the program and major, this focus will enable students to take courses from other departments to fulfill the major.  Students will complete an independent project during their senior year, reflecting this focus and with support from both faculty and fellow senior majors. 

Students majoring in religion must successfully complete 12 courses and a senior capstone seminar.  Courses taken for the major will include no more than two 100 level courses and at least three 300 level courses.  These 12 courses must include the following:

  1. RLG 153 Religion and Society
  2. At least one course in the "Religions of the World" cluster
  3. At least one course in the "Sacred Text" cluster
  4. At least six courses reflecting the student's chosen area of focus, no more than four of which can come from external departments.  In order for non-religion courses to count towards the major, students must a) receive advisor approval prior to taking the course and b) make every effort to focus class papers/projects on religion.
  5. Participation in a one credit senior capstone seminar in the Spring semester of the Senior year in conjunction with either a senior thesis or senior independent study reflecting the student's area of focus.

The department requires that two primary areas of proficiency must be achieved before a student completes the major: Writing Proficiency and Speaking Proficiency.  Both proficiencies are satisfied through a capstone senior experience: either a senior thesis project or senior independent study in conjunction with a one-credit capstone seminar in the Spring semester of the senior year.

Religion Course Clusters

Sacred Texts

  • RLG 120 Speaking of God
  • RLG 200 Hebrew Scriptures
  • RLG 206 New Testament and Early Christianity
  • Course in a scriptural language (Hebrew, Arabic, etc.)

Religions of the World

  • RLG 130 Introduction to World Religions
  • RLG 207 Islamic Thought
  • RLG 212 New Religious Movements
  • ANT 235 Religion, Myth and Symbol
  • RLG/PHL 268 Asian Thought
  • RLG/PCE 266 Ethnic and Religious Politics if Southeast Asia
  • RLG/PCE 375 Political Islam

Religion, Race, Gender and Sexuality

  • RLG 236 Womanist Theology
  • RLG 237 Black Religious Thought I
  • RLG 273 Queer(y)ing Religion
  • RLG 355 Black Religious Thought II
  • RLG 3xx Special Topics in Religion, Gender and Sexuality

Religion, Politics and Social Justice

  • RLG 239 Religion and Politics in America
  • RLG 274 Liberation Theology
  • RLG 315 American Religion and Social Reform
  • RLG 331 Evil and Suffering
  • RLG 333 Christian Ethics and War
  • RLG 334 Special Topics in American Religion 


  • RLG 105 The Jewish Experience
  • RLG 244 Jewish Mysticism
  • RLG 200 The Hebrew Scriptures
  • RLG 205 Judaism
  • RLG 222 Judaism and Philosophy
  • RLG 242 The Modern Jewish Experience
  • RLG 247 Issues in Contemporary Jewish Thought
  • RLG 205 Topics in Judaic Studies

Religion Major Checklist

Review the Religion Major Checklist (PDF) with your academic advisor to ensure that you are taking the necessary courses and credits to graduate. If you have any questions, please contact your advisor or visit the Academic Advising website for more information.