Religious & Ethical Studies / Program of Study

The religious and ethical studies program allows students to explore how multiple religious and ethical commitments both inform and challenge the understanding of how people inhabit, experience, and ultimately shape the world. Students learn about eastern and western religious traditions, philosophies, and ethics, and use that knowledge to analyze the complex ways religion, culture, and history interconnect. Through the program, students will demonstrate critical, analytical and comparative thinking skills and develop an appreciation of diverse religious beliefs and perspectives.

Major in Religious and Ethical Studies
Students majoring in religious and ethical studies are required to complete 30 hours of courses, including 12 hours of core curriculum, nine hours of approved electives in religious studies and nine hours of approved electives in ethical studies.

Minor in Religion
Students minoring in religion are required to complete 18 credit hours of religion and ethics courses, with at least one course focusing on a non-western/eastern religious tradition and one focusing on biblical studies.

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Required Major Courses

Students take at least one course from each of the following four areas below (A,B,C,and D)

Internship or Research

RES-480 - Senior Internship (3.00 cr.)

RES-498 - Honors Thesis in Religion (3.00 cr.)

RES-499 - Research in Religious and Ethical Studies (1 - 3.00 cr.)

Elective Courses

Students can select from any of the courses listed below

A. Texts and Traditions

RES-103 - Biblical Literature and History (3.00 cr.)

RES-267 - Christian Origins: From Cult to Empire (3.00 cr.)

RES-268 - Women and the Bible (3.00 cr.)

RES-351 - Jesus and the Gospels (3.00 cr.)

RES-385 - Europe in the Middle Ages (3.00 cr.)

RES-387 - Age of Renaissance/Reformation (3.00 cr.)

B. World Perspectives

RES-102 - World Religions (3.00 cr.)

RES-253 - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: A Conversation (3.00 cr.)

RES-254 - Introduction to Asian Religions (3.00 cr.)

RES-379 - Religions in the Americas (3.00 cr.)

C. Religion and Culture

RES-250 - Religion and Film (3.00 cr.)

RES-283 - Women, Religion & Ethnography (3.00 cr.)

RES-285 - Religion and Literature (3.00 cr.)

D. Ethical and Philosophical Perspectives

RES-104 - Religious Ethics and Social Issues (3.00 cr.)

RES-201 - Philosophy and the Meaning of Life (3.00 cr.)

RES-220 - Ethics of Love and Justice (3.00 cr.)

RES-221 - Comparative Religious Ethics (3 - 04.00 cr.)

RES-284 - Sin, Satan, and Evil (3.00 cr.)

RES-306 - Religion and Pop Culture (3.00 cr.)

RES-344 - Biomedical Ethics (3.00 cr.)

RES-346 - Anthropology of Religion (3.00 cr.)

RES-345 - Environmental Ethics (3.00 cr.)

RES-352 - History of Christian Thought and Ethics (3.00 cr.)


Electives

Additional Approved Electives

RES-200 - Introductory Topics in Religious and Ethical Studies (3.00 cr.)

RES-280 - Religious and Ethical Studies Internship (1 - 3.00 cr.)

RES-299 - Introduction to Research in Religious and Ethical Studies (1 - 3.00 cr.)

RES-400 - Selected Topics in Religious and Ethical Studies (3.00 cr.)

Note: Students must take nine credit hours at the 300-400 level in addition to RES 480/498/499


Related Electives

Elective courses in ethical studies (select 9 hours from the following list)

RES-104 - Religious Ethics and Social Issues (3.00 cr.)

RES-220 - Ethics of Love and Justice (3.00 cr.)

RES-280 - Religious and Ethical Studies Internship (1 - 3.00 cr.)

RES-284 - Sin, Satan, and Evil (3.00 cr.)

RES-344 - Biomedical Ethics (3.00 cr.)

RES-345 - Environmental Ethics (3.00 cr.)

RES-352 - History of Christian Thought and Ethics (3.00 cr.)

RES-385 - Europe in the Middle Ages (3.00 cr.)

RES-387 - Age of Renaissance/Reformation (3.00 cr.)

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Shannon Grimes
Head, Department of Religious and Ethical Studies
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