Nov 30, 2023
Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Arts
Degrees in Religious Studies are interdisciplinary programs administered by the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Arts. They combine required RELIG courses with approved cross-listed courses offered in various departments of the Faculty of Arts and, exceptionally, in other Faculties.
See Cross-Listed Courses for Faculty regulations concerning cross-listed courses.
Honors in Religious Studies
Students planning to apply for admission to the Honors program should consult BA Honors for admission requirements. Prior to making this application they must consult with the Director of Religious Studies on the availability of an honors thesis supervisor in their area of thesis research interest.
See BA (Honors) for Faculty regulations concerning the Honors program.
Honors in Religious Studies requires a minimum of ★48 and a maximum of ★72 (senior level) RELIG and approved cross-listed courses, including:
Two courses in the same religious tradition
Two courses in the same religious tradition (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, or Buddhism). The first course may also satisfy (3). The second course may include RELIG 202 , RELIG 205 , RELIG 211 , or RELIG 212 if not counted toward (3); otherwise, the second course must be at the 300- or 400-level and may be RELIG or an approved Cross-Listed course.
See the list of cross-listed courses below under major requirements.
Students are required to take ★6 senior-level Language other than English which should be related to the student’s selected area of concentration and must be approved by the Honors Advisor. Where a student’s area of concentration does not require the ability to read an LOE, the advisor may recommend to the Faculty that ★6 in a different discipline(s) be substituted.
Promotion from year to year requires a GPA of at least 3.3 with an average of at least 3.3 in all RELIG and approved cross-listed courses.
Graduation with Honors in Religious Studies requires a program average of at least 3.3 and an average of at least 3.3 in all RELIG and approved cross-listed courses. Graduation with First-Class Honors requires an average of at least 3.7 in all senior-level RELIG and approved cross-listed courses and an average of at least 3.5 in the last ★30 completed.
Combined Honors in Religious Studies
Students may pursue a Combined Honors program in Religious Studies and another discipline.
The common requirements in a Combined Honors program are the same as for other Honors programs (refer to BA (Honors) ).
A Combined Honors degree in Religious Studies and another discipline requires a minimum of ★36 (at the junior and senior levels) in approved RELIG or cross-listed courses and a minimum of ★36 in the other discipline. Requirements in Religious Studies follow:
- ★30 in approved RELIG and cross-listed courses, including RELIG 200 (★3), RELIG 475 (★3), and ★6 in RELIG at the 300-or 400-level (in addition to RELIG 475 and RELIG 499 ).
- RELIG 499 (★6) Honors Essay is normally required. Students who select the Honors Essay course must complete the language requirement as specified in Honors in Religious Studies. The Honors Essay may be replaced with ★6 at the 400-level or above in RELIG and approved cross-listed courses if the student will be completing an Honors Essay in the other discipline, or, with special permission, a Combined Honors Essay may also be allowed in lieu of RELIG 499 [see Honors Essay ]. Consult the Undergraduate Advisor for further details.
Promotion and Graduation Requirements
In a combined Honors program, students must meet the promotion and graduation standards of each discipline. The requirements in Religious Studies are outlined in Honors in Religious Studies.
Major and Minor in Religious Studies
Major in Religious Studies:
A major in Religious Studies requires a minimum of ★30 to a maximum of ★48 at the senior level, including:
As Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws on the methods of other disciplines, majors are encouraged but not required to take one of
The following cross-listed courses may be counted toward the Religious Studies major or minor:
Not all courses are offered every year. Other cross-listed courses may be approved on a year-to-year basis. See Cross-Listed Courses for Faculty regulations concerning Cross-Listed Courses. Some courses, such as RELIG 297, RELIG 397 , RELIG 497 change topics each year. Consult the Undergraduate Advisor in Religious Studies Program for possible additions to this list. Additional courses would include “Topics-in” whose content changes annually.
Minor in Religious Studies:
See Minor . A minor in Religious Studies requires a minimum of ★12 to a maximum of ★42 at the senior level in RELIG and approved cross-listed courses (see Cross Listed Courses ) including RELIG 200 and at least ★6 in RELIG at the 300-or 400-level.