Degree Requirements

As of 2020, the requirements for the Religion Major and Minor have been updated. Please see 2020 Religion Major/Minor Requirements.

Religion Major

A Religion major requires nine courses. It has the following components:

  1. a set of five courses (REL 201 - The Reality of God, REL 204 - Religious Pluralism and American Identity, REL 211 - Introduction to the Bible, REL 215 - Hinduism, REL 224 - Religion and Social Ethics) from which four are required;
  2. a concentration of at least three courses in designated areas, designed in consultation with the student's Religion Department advisor;
  3. a seminar for majors and minors only, designed around special topics that will be in a concentration area;
  4. a comprehensive examination with take-home and in-class components.

Ordinarily, no more than one course at the 100-level may count. If a student has completed the common courses and fulfilled a concentration, one semester of a Senior Research Project may count toward the nine-course requirement.

Religion Minor

A Religion minor consists of:

  1. a common set of five courses (REL 201 - The Reality of God, REL 204 - Religious Pluralism and American Identity, REL 211 - Introduction to the Bible, REL 215 - Hinduism, REL 224 - Religion and Social Ethics) from which four are required;
  2. an elective course;
  3. a seminar for majors and minors only, designed around special topics; and
  4. an abbreviated comprehensive examination.

Additional Points of Interest

Off Campus Study

Denison University works to make study abroad and other off-campus study possible for all students, typically during their junior year. Most students who major in Religion transfer one or two courses for the concentration within the Religion major, satisfy a GE requirement or two, and gain general credits towards graduation. Quite a few do independent research or internships as part of their study abroad experience. We encourage students to visit the Off-Campus Study office to explore options, and to meet with a faculty advisor in the Religion Department to discuss how study abroad can best be integrated into the student's major.

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