Religious Studies Major
At least 30 credit hours of Religious Studies (RELI) course work (10 courses), including the required courses and projects outlined below. At least 18 of these credits (6 of the 10 courses) must be at the 300 level or higher.
APPROACHES TO RELIGIOUS STUDIES
Choose two courses (6 units)
Choose three courses, one from each of the following areas (9 units)
Abrahamic Religions (Judaism, Christianity or Islam)
Choose three courses. (9 units)
With the consultation and approval of an undergraduate advisor, three RELI courses are to be selected so that the courses build competence in a designated area of concentration. The area of concentration will be determined by students in consultation with an academic advisor, based on available courses. A culminating academic paper, project, and/or engagement assignment based on the student's interest will be completed in the Senior Capstone course (RELI 498).
Choose one elective course. (3 units)
RELI 498 Senior Capstone
A seminar-style class with other Religious Studies majors and a core Religious Studies faculty member.
Minor Programs in Religious Studies
Religious Studies Minor
This minor requires eighteen (18) units of Religious Studies course work (6 courses) at the 200 level or higher. At least 9 of these units (3 courses) must be at the 300 level or higher.
A maximum of 3 units of independent study (courses numbered 399/499) may apply to the Religious Studies minor.
New Testament Language and Literature Minor
Nineteen (19) required units, including the required courses and electives outlined below. At least 9 of these units must be at the 300 level or higher.
Students must take the following courses. (7 units)
GRK 201 Intermediate Classical Greek 1
CLAS/RELI 401A Early Christian Literature: Greek Texts
This course will include readings in the original Greek for students in the minor who have completed GRK 201. Students can enroll in GRK 201 and CLAS/RELI 301A simultaneously.
RELIGIOUS STUDIES & CLASSICS OPTION
Choose one of the following courses (3 units). If students enroll in both courses listed here, the second one can count toward the minor as an elective.
RELI 280 Introduction to the New Testament
CLAS/RELI 306 The Transformation of Society: Christianity in the Greco-Roman World
Choose any 3 of the following courses. (9-10 units)
Must have enough upper-division elective units to fulfill the minor's requirement of 9 upper division units.
GRK 202 Selections from classical Greek poetry
CLAS 210 Ancient Greek Magic
ENG/RELI 220B Literature of the Bible
PHIL/CLAS 260 Ancient Philosophy
RELI 300 Christian Literature and Thought
CLAS/RELI 305 Greek and Roman Religion
RELI 309 Epistles of Paul
CLAS 323 Ancient Empires
CLAS 326 Greek Mythology
RELI/GWS 327 Women and Christianity
JUS/RELI 329 Jewish-Christian Relations
CLAS 335 The Roman Empire: Rulers and Ruled
CLAS/RELI 348 Myth & Archetype
JUS/RELI 372B History & Religion of Israel in Ancient Times: Ezra-Nehemiah to the Roman Empire
JUS/RELI 382B Jesus, Judaism and Archaeology
CLAS/RELI 401B Early Christian Literature: Latin Texts
HIST/CLAS 403B History of the Hellenistic World
HIST/CLAS 404B History of Rome: The Empire through the Reign of Constantine the Great
JUS 405 Classical Aramaic
PHIL/CLAS 470 Greek Philosophy
RELI/JUS 481 Jews in the Roman Empire
For information on general education and overall degree requirements associated with majors offered by the College of Humanities, please visit the COH academic advising page.
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