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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Religious Studies, B.A.


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College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences  > Department of Comparative Cultural Studies  > Religious Studies, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies provides students with a well-rounded understanding of major religious traditions and practices while also offering specialization in particular religions, regions, and/or theoretical approaches to the study of religion in historical, global and comparative contexts.

In addition to fulfilling Core, College and University requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree, students declaring the major in Religious Studies must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and complete 30 credit hours in the major, which may include a three hour Practicum according to the criteria below. For successful completion of the major, 18 credit hours of coursework must be at the advanced level, 15 credit hours in residence, and a final minimum GPA of 2.0 in coursework. Note: no course taken to fulfill the major may be applied towards a student’s minor.

All of the following are required:


A) Required Courses (3 credit hours)


B) From each of the THREE following clusters


  1. Judaic, Christian, and Islamic traditions (9 credit hours)
  2. Asian, African, and Native American religions and world mythologies (6 credit hours)
  3. Religions in Global Perspective: Theoretical and thematic topics from the Humanities and/or Social Sciences (6 credit hours)

C) TWO more courses from any of the above clusters (6 Credit Hours)


  • Course list, by cluster, below.

D) Religious Studies Practicum


Religious Studies Practicum (3 credit hours) that may be satisfied by:

  • an approved internship program, or
  • a designated capstone research project or honors thesis, or
  • an approved study abroad program

All of the foregoing options must be associated with a UH credit-bearing course, such as RELS 4350 Religious Studies Internship Practicum, RELS 4395 Religious Studies Senior Research Seminar, or ILAS 3300 Study Abroad Experience, upon approval of the Director of Religious Studies.

Course Clusters


III) Religions in Global Perspective:


Theoretical and thematic topics from the Humanities and/or Social Sciences

Note:


RELS Selected Topics courses (e.g. RELS 2396, 2397, 3396, 3397, 4396) or RELS Independent Study courses (e.g. RELS 3398, 4398) will be assigned to a category ad hoc per the Director of Religious Studies based on content.

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