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Ten courses are required for the major in religion. These courses
are to be distributed as follows:
- Students must take Religion 99 (Theory and
Method in Study of Religion).
- Diversity requirement (four courses): Students
should have exposure to at least four different
religions traditions. This may be accomplished
through classes in which four different traditions
are taught, or through four courses, each focused on
a different religious tradition, or through some
combination thereof. Students are to take four
classes within the department to achieve the
diversity requirement. The adviser and the chair of
the Department of Religion must approve the courses
taken to fulfill this requirement.
- Depth requirement (three courses): Students must
choose a subfield in religious studies. This may be
one religious tradition, the traditions of a
geographical region, or a religious textual
tradition. Students must demonstrate that they have
taken at least three classes in that specialty. One
of the three courses must be in the doctrinal
(theological and philosophical) aspects of religion.
In their chosen areas of specialization, students
must take two above-100 level courses. These may
include an independent study, or a senior thesis.
The departmental adviser and the chair must approve
the student's area of specialization. No course may
count for both the diversity and depth requirements.
- In addition to the above eight courses, two
additional courses listed or cross-listed in
religion, regardless of subject area, are required.
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