Course Planning

Religious Studies Major - Planning

The course planning advice here is limited to completing this major which is just one piece of the overall Hendrix College degree requirements.  For a full description of degree requirements see the Catalog.

Possible Degree Path – starting in the first year. The Major in Religious Studies requires 10 courses culminating in a “concentration” of three courses informing the senior capstone. The concentration courses may include one course taken from outside the department. The following is a typical major plan for this major.  This is not the only way forward.  Please consult with your advisor to create your unique path. 

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year

1-3 courses:

  • World Religions (RELI 110);
  • Any other 100 level courses;
  • Any 200-level courses, especially those that might contribute to identifying a possible concentration;
  • Some 300 - level courses might be possible. Please consult the instructor or Department Chair.
Sophomore

3 – 4 courses:

  • World Religions (RELI 110), if not completed previously;
  • Approaching the Study of Religion (RELI 395, spring);
  • Any 100-, 200- or 300-level courses, particularly those that might contribute to identifying a possible concentration.
Junior

3 -4 courses with the intention of:

  • Developing and possibly completing the area of concentration;
  • Contributing to breadth in the field;
  • Developing and possibly completing the five required courses at the 300 – level or above.
Senior

Senior Colloquium (RELI 497, Fall semester)

3 -4 courses to complete:

  • Area of concentration;
  • Breadth in the field;
  • Five required courses at 300 – level or above;
  • Other remaining major requirements.

Possible Degree Path – starting in the second year.  The Major in Religious Studies requires 10 courses culminating in a “concentration” of three courses informing the senior capstone. The concentration courses may include one course taken from outside the Department. The following is a typical major plan.  This is not the only way forward.  Please consult with your advisor to create your unique path. 

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year

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Sophomore

3 – 4 religious studies courses:

  • World Religions (RELI 110);
  • Any 100-, 200- or 300-level courses, particularly those that might identifying a possible concentration;
Junior

Approaching the Study of Religion (RELI 395, Spring semester)

3-4 courses with the intention of:

  • Developing, and possibly completing, the area of concentration;
  • Contributing to breadth in the field;
  • Developing and possibly completing the five required courses at the 300 – level or above.
Senior

Senior Colloquium (RELI 497, Fall semester)

3 - 4 courses to complete the:

  • Area of concentration;
  • Breadth in the field;
  • Five required courses at 300 – level or above;
  • Other remaining major requirements.

Planning Recommendations: 

  • With a departmental advisor, students identify a concentration of three courses that achieves a deeper coverage of a particular religious tradition or set of related issues in the study of religion.
  • The concentration is intended to inform the senior capstone project.  The concentration also includes:
    • at least two courses in Religious Studies (one of which must be at the 300- level or above);
    • possibly one course in other related disciplines or interdisciplinary programs;
    • one Odyssey experience.

Capstone Comments:  The Religious Studies capstone experience consists of an independent project informed by a student’s concentration and culminating in either a traditional academic paper or an applied project utilizing reading and research in the field.