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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 Religious and Ethical Studies
Students minoring in religious and ethical studies 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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Religious and Ethical Studies - 30 Hours
Required Major CoursesStudents take at least one course from each of the following for areas below (A, B, C, and D): 12 credit hours

Internship or Research - 3 credit hours
RES - 480: Senior Internship (3 cr.)
RES - 498: Honors Thesis in Religion (3 cr.)
RES - 499: Research in Religious and Ethical Studies (1 cr.)

Electives - 15 credit hoursStudents can select from any of the courses listed below:
A. Texts and Traditions
RES - 103: Biblical Literature and History (3 cr.)
RES - 267: Christian Origins: From Cult to Empire (3 cr.)
RES - 268: Women and the Bible (3 cr.)
RES - 351: Jesus and the Gospels (3 cr.)
RES - 385: Europe in the Middle Ages (3 cr.)
or
HIS - 385: Europe in the Middle Ages (3 cr.)
RES - 387: Age of Renaissance/Reformation (3 cr.)
or
HIS - 387: Age of Renaissance/Reformation (3 cr.)
B. World Perspectives
RES - 102: World Religions (3 cr.)
RES - 253: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: A Conversation (3 cr.)
RES - 254: Introduction to Asian Religions (3 cr.)
RES - 379: Religion and Globalization in the Americas (3 cr.)
C. Religion and Culture
RES - 250: Religion and Film (3 cr.)
RES - 283: Women, Religion & Ethnography (3 cr.)
RES - 285: Religion and Literature (3 cr.)
RES - 306: Religion and Pop Culture (3 cr.)
RES - 346: Anthropology of Religion (3 cr.)
D. Ethical and Philosophical Perspectives
RES - 104: Religious Ethics and Social Issues (3 cr.)
RES - 201: Philosophy and the Meaning of Life (3 cr.)
RES - 220: Ethics of Love and Justice (3 cr.)
RES - 221: Comparative Religious Ethics (3 cr.)
RES - 284: Sin, Satan, and Evil (3 cr.)
RES - 344: Bioethics and Society (3 cr.)
RES - 345: Environmental Ethics (3 cr.)
RES - 352: History of Christian Thought and Ethics (3 cr.)

Additional Approved ElectivesRES - 200: Introductory Topics in Religious and Ethical Studies (3 cr.)
RES - 280: Religious and Ethical Studies Internship (1 cr.)
RES - 299: Introduction to Research in Religious and Ethical Studies (1 cr.)
RES - 400: Selected Topics in Religious and Ethical Studies (3 cr.)
Note: Students must take nine credit hours at the 300-400 level in addition to RES 480/498/499

Curriculum requirements and course descriptions are subject to changes with each catalogue.



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Shannon Grimes
Head, Department of Religious and Ethical Studies
216 Joyner
(919) 760-8749
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