Religious Studies (BA)


2014-2015 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015

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This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences/Religious Studies Department

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program:

  1. Students will develop skills in critical thinking and open inquiry, clear and thoughtful oral and written communication, informed analysis and creative expression.
  2. Students will develop an understanding of the diversity of religious ideas and practices as well as the ability to analyze such ideas and practices.
  3. Students will demonstrate a broad knowledge of the world’s religious systems.
  4. Students will gain informed familiarity with the beliefs and practices of more than one religious tradition.
  5. Students will be able to analyze and weigh religions influence on social, cultural, and political structures.
  6. Students will consider questions about the origins and functions of religious beliefs and practices.

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Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 42 required credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

The requirements for a major consist of completion of 21 credit hours of required core courses and 21 credit hours of elective courses in Religious Studies.  Required courses cannot be used to satisfy the requirements of an emphasis area. Three credit hours of non Religious Studies electives must demonstrate cross-cultural understanding. This requirement may be met by an elementary language course.

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Special Degree Requirements

  • Of the required 42 credit hours to complete a BA in religious studies, a minimum of 18 credit hours must be taken at Webster University.
  • At least 12 credit hours of courses for the major must be completed at the 3000 and 4000 levels.
  • Up to 9 hours of coursework from cognate disciplines may count toward Religious Studies major requirements. This can include up to 9 hours of foreign language coursework in one language.
  • In special cases, up to 9 hours of foreign language coursework beyond the elementary level may count toward the Religious Studies major requirements.
  • Courses in Religious Studies completed with a grade lower than C- will not count toward fulfilling the major.
  • No more than 6 credit hours of coursework outside the classroom structure, such as in a course in reading, independent study, field experience, will count toward the major requirements.  No more than 6 credits of ungraded (pass/fail) coursework may be used to satisfy the major requirements.

Required Courses

  • RELG 1000 Roots of Religion (3 hours)
  • RELG 4800 Portfolio Review(0 hour)

6 credit hours from:

  • RELG 2070 Introduction to Eastern Religions (3 hours)
  • RELG 2080 Introduction to Western Religions (3 hours)
  • RELG 2090 Introduction to Religions of Small Scale Societies (3 hours)

 

6 credit hours from:

  • RELG 3100 Hinduism (3 hours)
  • RELG 3120 Buddhism (3 hours)
  • RELG 3130 Religions of China and Japan (3 hours)
  • RELG 3180 Judaism (3 hours)
  • RELG 3190 Christianity (3 hours)
  • RELG 3200 Islam (3 hours)
  • RELG 3210 African Religions (3 hours)

6 credit hours from:

  • 4000-level electives(6 hours)

Elective Courses (21 credit hours)

  • In addition to the 21 core credit hours, majors also complete 21 credit hours of electives. 12 of the 21 credit hours are taken in one of three emphases: emphasis in Religious Traditions, emphasis in Religion and the Arts and Humanities, or emphasis in Religion and the Social Sciences.

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Emphasis in Religious Traditions

A Religious Studies major with an emphasis in Religious Traditions is designed to encourage students to explore, by contrast and comparison, different religious traditions of the world. Requires 12 hours among the following (*NOTE: Other courses may apply, depending on their content):

  • RELG 1060 World Religions (3 hours)
  • RELG 2075 Introduction to Buddhism (3 hours)
  • RELG 2085 Introduction to Judaism (3 hours)
  • RELG 2350 Sacred Texts (3 hours)
  • RELG 2420 Religion and Culture (3 hours)
  • RELG 3100 Hinduism (3 hours)
  • RELG 3120 Buddhism (3 hours)
  • RELG 3130 Religions of China and Japan (3 hours)
  • RELG 3180 Judaism (3 hours)
  • RELG 3190 Christianity (3 hours)
  • RELG 3200 Islam (3 hours)
  • RELG 3210 African Religions (3 hours)

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Emphasis in Religion and the Arts and Humanities

A Religious Studies major with an emphasis in Religion and the Arts and Humanities is designed to encourage students to explore religion as it relates to issues of meaning and values that are addressed by disciplines in the Arts and Humanities like Art, Literature, Music, Philosophy, and so forth. Requires 12 hours among the following (*NOTE: Other courses may apply, depending on their content):

  • RELG 1080 Thinking Through Religions (3 hours)
  • RELG 2050 Religion and Human Values (3 hours)
  • RELG 2100 Religion and Literature (3 hours)
  • RELG 2101 Science Fiction and Religion (3 hours)
  • RELG 2150 Existence and Meaning (3 hours)
  • RELG 2350 Sacred Texts (3 hours)
  • RELG 2400 Religion and the Arts (3 hours)
  • RELG 2405 Religion and Film (3 hours)
  • RELG 2430 Environments and Religion (3 hours)
  • RELG 3050 Topics in Religion and Philosophy (3 hours)
  • RELG 4040 Belief Systems (3 hours)
  • RELG 4400 Spiritual Paths and Classics(3 hours)

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Emphasis in Religion and the Social Sciences

A Religious Studies major with an emphasis in Religion and the Social Sciences is designed to encourage students to explore religion as it relates to complex issues of human behavior, culture, and society that are addressed by disciplines in the Social Sciences like Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, and so forth. Requires 12 hours among the following (*NOTE: Other courses may apply, depending on their content):

  • RELG 2410 Religion and Science (3 hours)
  • RELG 2420 Religion and Culture (3 hours)
  • RELG 2430 Environments and Religion (3 hours)
  • RELG 2440 Religion and Social Action (3 hours)
  • RELG 2450 Death and Dying (3 hours)
  • RELG 2500 Gender, Culture, and Religion (3 hours)
  • RELG 3030 Topics in Religion and Society (3 hours)
  • RELG 3070 Topics in Religion and Psychology (3 hours)
  • RELG 3600 Field Experience in Religion (1-6 hours)
  • RELG 3605 International Field Experience in Religion(1-6 hours)

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