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Religious Studies Undergraduate Program

Religious Studies Program

The curriculum is organized into the basic areas of Western, Eastern, and North American religions, and method and theory in the study of religion. A core of courses provides broad exposure to the range of issues, perspectives, and methods in the study of religion. The program encourages interdepartmental and interdisciplinary cooperation as part of a comprehensive program. This cooperation is reflected at the undergraduate level in cross-listed and cross-referenced courses and in the design of the major.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

The major consists of at least 27 hours in religious studies. 15 hours must be in courses numbered 300 and above, and 9 of these junior/senior hours must be completed in residence at KU. The 27 hours may include no more than 12 transfer hours, no more than 12 hours from study abroad, and no more than 15 hours in combination of the two. Please note that the Bachelor of General Studies degree requires completion of the requirements of a single BGS major AND a secondary field of academic study (a second major, co-major, or minor).

Religious Studies Major Course Requirements

Religious Studies Core Knowledge and Skills (3)
Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:
Introduction to Religion. Satisfied by:
REL 104 Introduction to Religious Studies
or REL 105 Introduction to Religious Studies, Honors
Specific Religious Traditions (3)
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following:
Jews, Christians, Muslims
Jews, Christians, Muslims, Honors
Understanding the Bible
Understanding the Bible, Honors
Introduction to Judaism
The Talmud: Its Origins, Nature, and Evolution
Native American Religions
Native American Religions, Honors
The Buddhist Tradition in Asia
Jews and Christians
Modern Jewish Thought
Religion in Specific Regions (3)
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following:
Asian Religions
Asian Religions, Honors
Religion in American Society
Religion in American Society, Honors
REL 310  Religion in Korea
History of Religion in America
Religion in Japan
Thematic Approaches to Religion (3)
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following:
REL 100 Introduction to Religious Ethics
REL 102 Violence and Religious Ethics
REL 137 Religious Ethics and Moral Decisions
Religious Zionisms
Women and Gender in Islam
REL 362 Studies in Yoga & Meditation
REL 370 Judaism & Sexuality
REL 372 Religion & the Environment in the United States
The Supreme Court and Religious Issues in the United States
Religious Perspectives on Selfhood and Sexuality
Gender and Religion
Judaism and Political Theology
Religious Studies Required Electives (12)
Satisfied by 4 courses (12 hours) within, or cross-listed with, the Religious Studies Department course offerings.
Capstone Experience (3)
Satisfied by:
Senior Seminar in Theories and Methods*

*Contact undergraduate Director Dr. Sam Brody (samuelbrody@ku.edu) or Undergradate Advisor J.D. Smith (jdsmith@ku.edu) for information about this requirement.



Religious Studies Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses (above), majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 27 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major, of which 9 must be at the junior/senior level (300+).

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

Graduation Plan

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for religious studies.

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