Religion- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Department of Comparative Religion, 200 Upham Hall, 513-529-4300.

In virtually all cultures, religion has developed as a powerful dimension of social, political, and economic life. Religion has shaped and is shaped by literature, the arts, social structure, and human thought.  A brief glance at today’s headlines will show how religion permeates every corner of human affairs.  In this major, you will encounter a variety of religious practice and belief, you will learn the history and development of various religious communities, and engage people who do vastly different things in the name of religion.  You will apply what you learn to better understand and engage the interrelated social, political, economic, and aesthetic dimensions of culture as they impact individuals and societies in today's world that construct their identities in significant ways through religion.

Program Requirements

(42 semester hours)

Required course:3
Methods for the Study of Religion
Select one of the following:3
History of Christian Thought
Religions of the American Peoples
Introduction to the Critical Study of Biblical Literature
Global Jewish Civilization
Select one of the following:3
Global Religions of India
Introduction to Buddhism
Introduction to Islam
Select one of the following not yet taken:3
Introduction to the Study of Religion
Global Religions of India
Introduction to Buddhism
Introduction to Islam
History of Christian Thought
Religions of the American Peoples
Introduction to the Critical Study of Biblical Literature
Global Jewish Civilization
Select at least four of the following:12
Ancient Religions
Religions of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Marriage Across Cultures
Social and Religious History of the Jewish People
The Age of the Reformation
Paul and the Beginnings of Christianity
The Development of Christianity: 100 to 451
Religion, Dress, and Status
Women's Religious Experiences in the Ancient Mediterranean World
Reconstructing Jesus
Religions of Russia and Eurasia
Protestantism and the Development of American Culture
Religious Pluralism in Modern America
African-American Religions
Women, Religion and Social Change in America
Issues in the Study of Native American Religions
Religion and Law
Interdisciplinary Special Topics
Global Jihadism
Select one of the following or an approved 400-level CAS writing course in another department:3-4
Basic Structures in the History of Religions
Early Christian Literature and Religion
Havighurst Colloquium
Independent Reading for Departmental Honors
Related hours:15
Select 15 hours outside of REL, nine of which must be at the 300 level or above, selected with the departmental advisor
Total Credit Hours42-43

Note: Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Religion will meet the College of Arts and Science "writing in the major" requirement by completing the following course: REL 201.