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Information for Students

What is required for a major in Religion?

For a major in Religion, a student must take 8 units. Two of these units are RELG 390, which is taken during the spring of Junior year, and RELG 490, which is taken winter of Senior year. Additionally, four of these units must be at the 200-level or above.

Sophomores

All students must declare a major in the winter quarter of their sophomore year. If you choose to declare a major in Religion, we suggest that you take a shared passages sophomore seminar in the winter or spring if your sophomore year.  Courses currently offered for the  shared passages sophomore seminars are found on the Coursed Offered by Academic Year page.

Each of these courses introduces students to critical questions in the study of religion and culture and prepares students for their study abroad experience. When considering different study abroad options, there are many from which to choose: the program in Rome is very useful for a study of Catholicism and Christianity; the programs in Thailand and India will introduce students to the practices of Buddhism and Hinduism, respectively. Please feel free to check with any member of the department about your interests.

Juniors

We require that all junior majors enroll in the Junior Seminar in Religion (RELG-390); it is highly recommended for minors.  This course is also required for any students who wish to complete a SIP in the Department of Religion. This course prepares students for the work on their Senior Individualized Project as well as fundamental questions in theories of practice and the study of religion that shapes our field. Contracts for a SIP in Religion must be signed by Friday of Week 8 Spring quarter by a member of the Department of Religion. See our SIP Information.

Seniors

  1. SIPs (summer/fall) are due by the end of Week 1 of Winter term.
  2. We no longer require comprehensive exams, but we do require an intellectual autobiography and a critical review essay, which are completed during the course of the Senior Seminar in Religion.


Other questions?
E-mail Dr. Anderson.