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 credit hours of religious and ethical studies courses. Nine of these credit hours must be taken at the 300-400 level, in addition to a 400-level capstone course (choice of senior thesis or internship).

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 taken at the 300-400 level.

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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 – 480Senior Internship (3 cr.)
RES – 498Honors Thesis in Religion (3 cr.)
RES – 499Research in Religious and Ethical Studies (varied course cr.)

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

Additional Approved ElectivesRES – 200Introductory Topics in Religious and Ethical Studies (3 cr.)
RES – 280Religious and Ethical Studies Internship (varied course cr.)
RES – 299Introduction to Research in Religious and Ethical Studies (varied course cr.)
RES – 400Selected 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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Contact Information
Shannon Grimes
Head, Department of Religious & Ethical Studies
216 Joyner
(919) 760-8749
grimessh@meredith.edu
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