Mar 31, 2020
Requirements for Major
In order to complete a major in religious studies, each student must:
A. complete a minimum of ten graded courses (30 credits) within the Department of Religious Studies
- Take at least three courses (9 credits) in one of the world’s major religious traditions as a primary concentration: African religions (RELA), Buddhism (RELB), Christianity (RELC), Hinduism (RELH), Islam (RELI) or Judaism (RELJ). At least one of these courses (3 credits) must be at the 300-level or above. Cross-listed courses must be counted toward the first concentration. RELG 101 and RELG 104 cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
- Take at least two courses (6 credits) in another of the world’s religious traditions as a second concentration. (Both courses must be in the same religion.) RELG 101 and RELG 104 cannot be used to fulfill this requirement. If the first and second concentrations are in Buddhism and Hinduism, then one course must be taken in African religions, Christianity, Islam, or Judaism. RELG 101 can be used to fulfill this requirement. If the first and second concentrations are in Christianity and Islam, or Christianity and Judaism, or Islam and Judaism, then one course must be taken in African Religions, Buddhism, or Hinduism. RELG 104 can be used to fulfill this requirement.
- Take three courses of the ten required (9 credits)
- Take three courses of the ten required (9 credits) at the 300 level or above. Courses taken to fulfill requirements (1) and (2) may be used to fulfill this requirement.
- Take RELG 400 (Majors Seminar).
B. Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.000.
Students interested in declaring a major may obtain the major declaration form in the Religious Studies Office, 120 Halsey Hall, or in Garrett Hall. Prospective majors must consult with a faculty member in order to plan their courses and to choose an advisor. The Department HEGIS code is 151510.
Requirements for Minor
In order to complete a minor in Religious Studies, each student must complete a minimum of five graded courses (15 credits) within the Department of Religious Studies. Two courses (6 credits) must be in one of the world’s major religious traditions as a primary concentration. At least one of the five required courses (3 credits) must be taken at the 300 level, or above.
Distinguished Majors Program
The Distinguished Majors Program (DMP) in Religious Studies affords qualified students the opportunity to do advanced research, and to receive, at graduation, the honor of high distinction or highest distinction.
Entry into the program
- Students qualify for the program if they have achieved an average of 3.400 in all course work prior to application for the program.
- Students who declare religious studies majors in the spring of their second year will be eligible for entry into the program in the fall of their third year. Applicants cannot be considered earlier than the spring of their second year, but under special circumstances may declare as late as the spring of their third year.
- Application should be made to the director of the religious studies distinguished majors program or to the chair of the religious studies committee on undergraduate studies.
- Admission into the program will be considered by the department’s Committee on Undergraduate Studies.
Requirements for completion of the program:
- Completion of normal major requirements of 30 credits.
- At least six of these must be at the 500 level, to be completed by the end of the third year.
- At least three credits must consist of directed reading with a faculty member in a specific field of study.
- A thesis, worth three credits, must be written within the directed field of general reading.
- Normally, the three credits of directed reading and the three credits of thesis may both be taken under RELS 496Y over two semesters. The director of the thesis is the instructor of RELS 496Y.
- The thesis should be thirty to fifty pages in length. The thesis will be read both by the director and at least one other reader from the department or University faculty.
For more information, contact the Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Religious Studies, 120 Halsey Hall, P.O. Box 400126 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4126; (434) 924-3741.