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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.

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
Religion of Ancient Israel
Introduction to Judaism
The Talmud: Its Origins, Nature, and Evolution
Native American Religions
Native American Religions, Honors
The Buddhist Tradition in Asia
Studies in Early Christian Literature and History
The Dead Sea Scrolls
Ancient Egyptian Culture and Religion
Jews and Christians
Christian Origins: from the Beginnings to Augustine
Hindu Epics, Past and Present
Modern Islamic Reform Movements
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
History of Religion in America
Religion in India
Religion in China
Religion in Japan
Religion in Korea
Gods and Goddesses of South Asia
Buddhists and Buddhism in China
Religion in Kansas
New Religious Movements (Western)
New Religious Movements (Nonwestern)
Thematic Approaches to Religion (3)
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following:
Religious Zionisms
Women and Gender in Islam
Religion and Society in Tension
The Supreme Court and Religious Issues in the United States
Religious Perspectives on Selfhood and Sexuality
The Supreme Court and Religious Issues in the United States, Honors
Religious Ethics and Moral Decisions
Religion and Moral Decisions, Honors
Reading Asian Religious Classics
Religion and Film
Visions in Art and Literature
Gender and Religion
Studies in Ritual: _____
Yoga in Theory, Practice, and History
Judaism and Political Theology
Judaism and Sexuality
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
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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