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 and is highly flexible. The following is only one possible plan for this major.   Please consult with your advisor to create your unique path. 

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year

1 - 2 Religious Studies (RELI) courses at the 100- or 200- level often including World Religions: An Introduction (RELI 110)

Sophomore

3 – 4 Religious Studies (RELI) courses at the 100- or 200- level.  

  • some 300-level courses might be appropriate for sophomores including Approaching the Study of Religion (RELI 395, spring); please consult with the course instructor or the department chair.

If not completed previously: World Religions: An Introduction (RELI 110). 

Junior

3 - 4 Religious Studies (RELI) courses at the 300- or 400- level.  

If not completed previously: Approaching the Study of Religion (RELI 395, spring).

Senior

Liberal Arts Senior Colloquium (LBST 497, fall)

1 - 2 Religious Studies courses at the 300- or 400- level

Other Religious Studies courses as necessary to complete the major

Possible Degree Path – starting in the second year.  The Major in Religious Studies requires 10 courses and is highly flexible. The following is only one possible plan for major starting in the sophomore year, but many variations are possible. Please consult with your advisor to create your unique path. 

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
First Year

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Sophomore

World Religions: An Introduction (RELI 110)

2 – 3 other Religious Studies (RELI) courses at the 100- or 200- level.  

  • some 300-level courses might be appropriate for sophomores; please consult with the course instructor or the department chair.
Junior

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

1 - 2 Religious Studies (RELI) courses at the 100- or 200- level.

2 – 3 Religious Studies (RELI) courses at the 300- or 400- level.  

Senior

Liberal Arts Senior Colloquium (LBST 497, fall)

1 - 2 Religious Studies courses at the 300- or 400- level

Other Religious Studies courses as necessary to complete the major

Capstone Comments:  Please refer to the Catalog for details on the Religious Studies capstone experience.