Courses required for a major in religion are as follows:

One introductory course:

  • RLG 130
  • RLG 153
  • RLG 170/PHL 170

One course in religion and ethics:

  • RLG 233
  • RLG 245
  • RLG 252
  • RLG 274

One course in study of sacred texts:

  • RLG 200
  • RLG 206
  • RLG 207

One course in contemporary theological movements:

  • RLG 236
  • RLG 237
  • RLG 274
  • RLG 355

One course in historical studies of religion:

  • RLG 221
  • RLG 225
  • RLG 226
  • RLG 372

Senior seminar: RLG 350

Five three-credit electives at the 200 and 300 level; two of these must be at the 300 level; and two different religious traditions must be represented:

Christian

  • RLG 206
  • RLG 221
  • RLG 225
  • RLG 233
  • RLG 236
  • RLG 237
  • RLG 273
  • RLG 274
  • RLG 331
  • RLG 355
  • RLG 372

Judaic

  • JS 252
  • RLG 200
  • RLG 244
  • RLG 245
  • RLG 247
  • RLG 331

Islamic

  • RLG 207

Eastern

  • RLG 228
  • RLG 266
  • RLG 268

African

  • RLG 209

Honors in the Major

The philosophy program has established the following requirements for honors within the major:

  1. a minimum GPA of 3.75 in philosophy.
  2. a minimum GPA of 3.50 overall
  3. the production of an exceptionally high-quality philosophical paper (this is typically fulfilled by a senior thesis)

Senior Thesis

Eligibility

To be eligible to write a thesis, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. a minimum GPA of 3.50 in philosophy
  2. a minimum GPA of 3.25 overall

Timeline

Students considering a senior thesis should begin discussing this option with their adviser in the second semester of their junior year. Because senior thesis registration is for a full year, all students interested in this option should begin as early as possible working with their advisers to develop a thesis topic.

The typical timetable for a senior thesis is as follows:

Spring of Junior Year
  1. speak with adviser about eligibility
  2. assemble thesis committee
  3. draft a thesis proposal
  4. register for senior thesis

Summer of Junior Year

  1. begin research on topic

Fall of Senior Year

  1. begin writing thesis

Spring of Senior Year

  1. schedule oral defense of thesis
  2. defend thesis
  3. submit copy of thesis to the library

Requirements

The department considers the following requirements necessary for the successful completion of a senior thesis within philosophy.

  1. The committee should include three members (ideally, one of these should be an outside reader)
  2. The thesis should be at least 40 pages long.
  3. The thesis should be of the highest academic quality.
  4. The thesis must be successfully defended in the presence of the assembled thesis committee.