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Religious Studies


 

The academic study of religion provides the student with the methodological orientation necessary to comprehend the central beliefs, ethical practices, ritual systems, and social institutions of diverse religious traditions in their historic, contemporary and global contexts. Study in this field is multicultural and comparative, examining the patterns of life and moral worlds of societies past and present, our own as well as others. The student learns to probe for the structure, function and meaning of religion through those rites of passage, sacred narratives, faith communities, and codes of behavior that give meaning to human existence.

Major and Minor Requirements

The major in religious studies (#769) requires a minimum of 31 semester hours and leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. At least 16 hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above, with at least 4 hours at the 400-level. A minor or second major is required. | 
The minor in religious studies (#447) requires a minimum of 24 hours. At least 12 hours must be taken in courses numbered 300 or above. 

Major

 

Minor

[ Students entering prior to fall 2018:
   see iCap for requirements. ]  
  [ Students entering prior to fall 2018:
   see iCap for requirements. ]  
     
I. World Religions (3 hrs)    I. World Religions (3 hrs)
       RELS 102:  World Religions          RELS 102:  World Religions
     
II. Religious Traditions (9 hrs)   II. Religious Traditions (9 hrs) 
       RELS 302:  Buddhism          RELS 302:  Buddhism
       RELS 303:  Hinduism          RELS 303:  Hinduism
       RELS 317:  Confucianism          RELS 317:  Confucianism
       RELS 318:  Daoism          RELS 318:  Daoism           
       RELS 304:  Judaism          RELS 304:  Judaism
       RELS 305:  Christianity          RELS 305:  Christianity          
       RELS 306:  Islam           RELS 306:  Islam 
     
III. Comparative Approaches to the Study
      of Religion (3 hrs)
  III. Comparative Approaches to the Study
      of Religion (3 hrs)
 
       RELS 103:  Religions of Asia          RELS 103:  Religions of Asia
       RELS 200:  World Religious Literature          RELS 200:  World Religious Literature
       RELS 222:  Christians, Jews, & Pagans in the
                          Greco-Roman World
         RELS 222:  Christians, Jews, & Pagans in the 
                          Greco-Roman World
       RELS 242:  Meanings of Life: Atheism to Zen          RELS 242:  Meanings of Life: Atheism to Zen
       RELS 308:  East Asian Religious Traditions          RELS 308:  East Asian Religious Traditions
       RELS 320:  Religions of the Middle East          RELS 320:  Religions of the Middle East
       RELS 333:  Women & Religion          RELS 333:  Women & Religion
       RELS 341:  Religion and Ecology          RELS 341:  Religion and Ecology
     
IV. Electives (15 hrs: at least 9 hrs in RELS;
       plus 6 hrs from the following list, or any
       study-abroad and/or language courses
       [up to one yr] approved by the dept head) 
   III. Electives (9 hrs: at least 6 hrs in RELS; 
        plus 3 hrs from the following list, or any 
        study-abroad and/or language courses 
        approved by the dept head) 
     
       ANTH 446:  Anthropology of Religion          ANTH 446:  Anthropology of Religion
          ART 316:  Medieval Art & Architecture             ART 316:  Medieval Art & Architecture
          ART 407:  Islamic Art & Architecture             ART 407:  Islamic Art & Architecture 
         ENG 396:  Mythology            ENG 396:  Mythology
         ENG 487:  Dante            ENG 487:  Dante
        HIST 318:  Age of Reformation           HIST 318:  Age of Reformation
        HIST 407:  The Crusades           HIST 407:  The Crusades
        HIST 454:  Religion in America           HIST 454:  Religion in America        
        PHIL 343:  Philosophy of Religion           PHIL 343:  Philosophy of Religion
          PSY 485:  Psychology of Religion             PSY 485:  Psychology of Religion 
         SOC 322:  Sociology of Religion             SOC 322:  Sociology of Religion
     
V. Senior Seminar (1 hr)    
       RELS 496:  Senior Seminar     

Advisement : Jeffrey Samuel | Cherry Hall 300 | (270) 745-5744 | e-mail: jeffrey.samuel@wku.edu 

 


 


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