Religion

Requirements

  • Major and Minor in Religion

    The Major and Minor in Religion were redesigned in 2016.  All students must follow this set of requirements if they matriculated in the fall semester of 2016 or thereafter (see left navigation bar for requirements before Fall 2016).

    Requirements for the Major:

    At least 9 credits

    • 2 courses in religious communities including at least 1 Abrahamic and 1 Asian tradition:

    Abrahamic traditions:

      • Religion 211: Global Judaism
      • Religion 212: Global Christianity
      • Religion 213: Global Islam

    Asian traditions:

      • Religion 214: Global Hinduism
      • Religion 215: Global Buddhism
      • Religion 216: Chinese Religions
    • 4 thematically-focused religion (RELG) courses at the 200 or 300 level. At least one of these courses must be at the 300-level. One of these courses may be taken in a discipline other than religion from a list of courses with significant religion content. Courses that fulfill this requirement may be selected in consultation with the Religion department advisor from the list on the Major/Minor Requirements webpage. Courses that fulfill this requirement include:
      • RELG 220: Islam and Pop Culture
      • RELG 223: Does God Exist?
      • RELG 230: Religion and Politics
      • RELG 231: Christianity and Politics
      • RELG 234: Witches, Preachers, and Mystics
      • RELG 235: Religion in Contemporary America
      • RELG 237: African American Religions
      • RELG 240: Religious Perspectives on the Environment
      • RELG 241: Religion & Science
      • RELG 242: Cults, Sects, and Communes
      • RELG 248: Crusades and Holy War in Medieval Europe
      • RELG 255: 21st Century Islam
      • RELG 307: Roman & Medieval Christianity
      • RELG 310: Islamic Mysticism
      • RELG 314: Hindu Pilgrimage: India and Chicago
      • RELG 316: Walking to Heaven: Pilgrimage Asia
      • RELG 318: Buddhism and Social Activism
      • RELG 319: European Reformations 1200-1600
      • RELG 335: Religion and Food

    Courses in a discipline other than religion, one of which can fulfill this requirement, include:

    • ARTH 211: Medieval Art
    • ARTH 212: Italian Renaissance Art
    • ARTH 215: European Art 1600-1750
    • ARTH 223: Northern Renaissance Art
    • ARTH 226: Colonial Latin American Art
    • ARTH 286: Islamic Art: Ottomans and Safavids
    • ARTH 306: Buddhist Arts of Asia
    • ENGL 203: Early American Literature
    • ENGL 204: Nineteenth Century American Literature
    • ENGL 206: American Environmental Literature
    • ENGL 210: Ancient and Medieval Literature
    • ENGL 346: Jewish-American Literature
    • HIST 246: Renaissance and Reformation
    • HIST 302: Colonial America
    • HIST 324: Charlemagne: His World
    • HIST 326:  Identity, Body, and Persecution in Medieval Europe
    • HIST 366: Science, Religion & Modernity
    • MUSC 360: Music History I
    • PHIL 250: Philosophy of Religion
    • PHIL 275: Desire and Discipline: Asian Morals
    • POLS 311: Political Systems: Islam World
    • POLS 313: Political Islam
    • POLS 316: Globalization and Islam
    • POLS 361: The First Amendment
    • POLS 365: Civil Liberties
    • SOAN 222: Religion & Society
    • SOAN 260: History of Social Thought
    • SOAN 322: Sociology of Islam
    • SOAN 348: Paranormal and Supernatural
    • SOAN 390: Sociology of Religion
    • 2 elective religion (RELG) courses at any level
    • Senior Studies Requirement to be completed in one of the following ways:
      • RELG 492: Senior Seminar (Offered every other year)
      • RELG 493: Research Project
      • RELG 494: Senior Thesis

    Requirements for the Minor:

    At least 6 credits

    • 2 courses in religious communities including at least 1 Abrahamic and Asian tradition:

    Abrahamic traditions:

      • Religion 211: Global Judaism
      • Religion 212: Global Christianity
      • Religion 213: Global Islam

    Asian traditions:

      • Religion 214: Global Hinduism
      • Religion 215: Global Buddhism
      • Religion 216: Chinese Religions
    • 3 thematically-focused religion (RELG) courses at the 200 or above. See courses in this category listed for the major. At least one of these courses must be at the 300-level.  Any one course in a discipline other than religion with significant religion content at the 200 or 300 level may also be used. See courses in this category listed for the major.
    • 1 elective religion (RELG) course at any level