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Religion

Major / Minor Requirements

At Carthage, students can major or minor in religion. Many students choose to double-major in religion and another subject, as it’s easy to combine the flexible religion major with another discipline at Carthage.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

Religion Major

A student seeking a major in religion must complete 38 religion credits.

REL 1000 Understandings of Religion (4 cr.)
REL 2750 Research Methods (2 cr.)
REL 4000 Senior Seminar in Religion (4 cr.)
Two courses from each of area I, II, and III below
One additional course from area I, II, or III below (4 cr.)

Note: Any course listed in more than one category may only count once.

Religion Minor

A student seeking a minor in Religion must complete 24 religion credits.

REL 1000 Understandings of Religion (4 cr.)
Five other courses (20 cr.) At least one course must be taken from each of the following three categories. The two remaining courses may be taken from any content area. Any course listed in more than one category may only count once.

Religion Course Categories

I. Sacred Texts

REL 2010 Jewish Bible-Old Testament (4 cr.)
REL 2020 The Gospels (4 cr.)
REL 2030 The Letters of the New Testament (4 cr.)
REL 3010 Post-Exilic Judaism (4 cr.)
REL 3020 Women and the Bible (4 cr.)
REL 3400 Biblical Images of Christ (4 cr.)
REL 3500 Shared Sages in Sacred Scriptures (4 cr.)
REL 3510 Christians and Muslims: Conflict vs. Dialogue (4 cr.)
REL 3700 The Dead Sea Scrolls (4 cr.)

II. Global Religious Diversity

REL 2000 History of Christian Thought (4 cr.)
REL 2040 Christian Spirituality (4 cr.)
REL 2210 Christianities in the Global South (4 cr.)
REL 2220 Jesus Beyond Christianity (4 cr.)
REL 3040 Church History (4 cr.)
REL 3060 Luther and the Reformation (4 cr.)
REL 3070 Religion in America (4 cr.)
REL 3100 Judaism (4 cr.)
REL 3110 Hinduism (4 cr.)
REL 3120 Islam (4 cr.)
REL 3130 Buddhism (4 cr.)
REL 3140 East Asian Religions (4 cr.)
REL 3150 The Sikhs (4 cr.)
REL 3300 Theologies of Liberation (4 cr.)
REL 3310 Greek Religions (4 cr.)
REL 3320 Roman Religions (4 cr.)
REL 3360 Religion and Society in Modern India (4 cr.)
REL 3700 The Dead Sea Scrolls (4 cr.)

III. Religion, Culture, and Society

REL 2070 Understandings of Love (4 cr.)
REL 2200 Faith, Love, and Ethics (4 cr.)
REL 2300 Issues in Living and Dying (4 cr.)
REL 3020 Women and the Bible (4 cr.)
REL 3030 Creation and Apocalypse (4 cr.)
REL 3070 Religion in America (4 cr.)
REL 3080 Practicum in Religion (4 cr.)
REL 3300 Theologies of Liberation (4 cr.)
REL 3350 Religion and Society (4 cr.)
REL 3360 Religion and Society in Modern India (4 cr.)
REL 3510 Christians and Muslims: Conflict vs. Dialogue (4 cr.)
SOC 2040 Sociology of Religion (4 cr.) 

Interfaith Studies Minor

A student seeking a minor in Interfaith Studies must complete 24 religion credits.

REL 1000 Understandings of Religion (4 cr.)
Five other courses (20 cr.) from the list below:

 

REL 3500 Shared Sages in Sacred Scriptures: An Interreligious Exploration (4 cr.) 
REL 2220 Jesus Beyond Christianity (4 cr.)
REL 3510 Christians and Muslims: Conflict vs Dialogue (4 cr.)
REL 3100 Judaism (4 cr.)
REL 3110 Hinduism (4 cr.)
REL 3130 Buddhism (4 cr.)
REL 3120 Islam (4 cr.)
REL 2000 History of Christian Thought (4 cr.)
REL 3150 The Sikhs (4 cr.)
REL 3080 Practicum in Religion (4 cr.) 
REL 4000 Senior Seminar in Religion (4 cr.)

Honors in the Major

Please see department chair for details. Basic requirements are listed under All-College Programs in the catalog.

Current students: You should follow the official College Catalog from the year you entered Carthage and work with your advisors and the department chair to ensure all requirements are met.

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