Guide to Academic Planning 2018-2019

Religious Studies

Course Planning


First Year

  • All 100 or 200-level courses
  • 300-level courses may be appropriate, but should be considered in consultation with the instructor

Second Year

  • Any 100 level courses, with particular consideration for RELI 110 World Religions if not taken previously
  • All 200- and 300-level courses, especially those that might contribute to areas of possible “concentration”
  • RELI 395 Approaching the Study of Religion in the spring semester for students intending to major
  • 400-level courses upon approval of the appropriate instructor

Third and Fourth Years

  • RELI 395 Approaching the Study of Religion in the spring of the junior year for those who did not complete the course as sophomores
  • All departmental courses in conversation with the major advisor, to include at least five in total at the 300-level or above
  • Courses contributing to a “concentration” in religious studies, and to breadth in the field
  • RELI 497 Senior Colloquium, to be completed by religious studies or philosophy and religious studies majors in the fall of the senior year  


In consultation with their advisors, Philosophy and Religious Studies majors should work out a two- or three-year plan according to their area of emphasis. It is perhaps advisable to take at least one of the two required courses from the history of philosophy sequence during one’s sophomore year and to take PHIL 370 (or RELI 370) during one’s junior year. Of course, PHIL 497 or RELI 497 will be taken the senior year. The remaining six electives, four of which must be 200-level or above, may be spread over the years according to the student’s needs and interests. Remember, however, that one’s total set of ten classes for the major must include at least four from each department.