Undergraduate Degree - Religious Studies

Program:
Religious Studies
Program Code:
0900 Religious Studies
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Start Term:
FQ72
Department:
Department of Religious Studies
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Religious Studies

Undergraduate Program
Religious Studies

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the  Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Religious Studies major is met by completing Religious Studies 410 or 412 or 413 or 420 or 425 or 430 or 432 or 441 or 460 or 461 or 465 or 471 or 480 or 485 or 490 or 491 or 499. Those courses are referenced in item 3. e. below.
  2. The requirements of the College of Arts and Letters for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  3. The following requirements for the major (34 to 40 credits):
a. One of the following courses (3 credits):
REL 101 Exploring Religion 3
REL 150 Introduction to Biblical Literature 3
REL 185 Introduction to Religion and Nonprofits 3
REL 205 Myth, Self, and Religion 3
b. Both of the following courses (6 credits):
REL 220 Religion in America 3
REL 301 Methods and Theories in the Study of Religion 3
c. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
REL 310 Judaism 3
REL 320 Christianity 3
REL 330 Islam 3
d. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
REL 306 Native American Religions 3
REL 325 East Asian Buddhism 3
REL 335 East Asian Religions 3
REL 340 Hinduism 3
REL 345 Religions of South Asia 3
REL 350 Buddhism in South Asia 3
REL 355 Southeast Asian Religions 3
REL 360 African Religion 3
REL 380 New Religions 3
REL 385 Religion, Health, and Healthcare 3
e. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
REL 412 Jewish Mysticism (W) 3
REL 413 Jewish Philosophy (W) 3
REL 420 Birth of Christianity (W) 3
REL 425 Apocalypse Then and Now (W) 3
REL 430 The Qur'an and its Interpreters (W) 3
REL 432 Modern Muslim Thought (W) 3
REL 441 Devotional Hinduism (W) 3
REL 460 Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Religion (W) 3
REL 461 South Asian Religions and Bollywood Film (W) 3
REL 471 The Ritual Process (W) 3
REL 480 Comparative Studies in Religion (W) 3
REL 485 Religion and Nonprofit Leadership (W) 3
REL 490 Independent Study (W) 3
REL 491 Special Topics in Religious Studies (W) 3
REL 493 Religious Studies Internship 1 to 4
f. The following course (1 to 4 credits):
REL 499 Senior Thesis or Project (W) 1 to 4
The completion of Religious Studies 499 satisfies the capstone course requirement for the major in Religious Studies.
g. Religious Studies electives: Six additional credits in Religious Studies courses as needed to meet the requirement of at least 34, but not more than 40, credits in courses in the major.
Nonprofit Leadership Concentration
The Nonprofit Leadership concentration is available to students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies. Students who elect this concentration must complete the following courses, all of which may count toward the 34 credits in courses for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies. The concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript.
Complete 12 to 16 credits from the following:
At least one of the following courses (3 credits):
REL 185 Introduction to Religion and Nonprofits 3
REL 210 Religion and the Environment 3
REL 385 Religion, Health, and Healthcare 3
All of the following courses (7 to 10 credits):
REL 485 Religion and Nonprofit Leadership (W) 3
REL 493 Religious Studies Internship 1 to 4
REL 499 Senior Thesis or Project (W) 3


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

NOTE: Degree Navigator is an advising tool only and should not be viewed as a contract with the student. Any questions about the requirements should be directed to an academic advisor.


Religious Studies, BA (0900)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS17

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Religious Studies - Religion and Biblical Literature
Major - Religious Studies - Religion and Biblical Literature: 1 course from REL101, REL150, REL205, REL185

Requirement 12: Major - Religious Studies - Religion in America
Major - Religious Studies - Religion in America: 1 course from REL220

Requirement 13: Major - Religious Studies - Methods and Theories
Major - Religious Studies - Methods and Theories: 1 course from REL301

Requirement 14: Major - Religious Studies - Judaism/Christianity/Islam
Major - Religious Studies - Judaism/Christianity/Islam: 2 courses from REL310, REL320, REL330

Requirement 15: Major - Religious Studies - World Religions
Major - Religious Studies - World Religions: 2 courses from REL306, REL335, REL340, REL345, REL350, REL355, REL360, REL325, REL380, REL385

Requirement 16: Major - Religious Studies - Tier II
Major - Religious Studies - Tier II: 2 courses from REL420, REL430, REL432, REL441, REL460, REL471, REL480, REL490, REL491, REL493, REL412, REL413, REL485, REL461, REL425

Requirement 17: Major - Religious Studies - Senior Thesis
Major - Religious Studies - Senior Thesis: 1 course from REL499

Requirement 18: Major - Religious Studies - Required Elective
Major - Religious Studies - Required Elective: 6 credits from Additional religious studies courses.

Requirement 19: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 34 credits from Religious Studies courses to meet the requirement of at least 34 but not more than 40 crs in courses in the major.

Requirement 20: College - Arts and Letters - Open Cognate
College - Arts and Letters - Open Cognate: 12 credits from Courses in an open cognate. One 300-400 level course of at least 3 credits must be included between the Open Cognate and the Non Arts & Letters Cognate. Both the cognate and the courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.

Requirement 21: College - Arts and Letters - Non Arts and Letters Cognate
College - Arts and Letters - Non Arts and Letters Cognate: 12 credits from Courses in a cognate. One 300-400 level course of at least 3 credits must be included between the Open Cognate and the Non Arts & Letters Cognate. Both the cognate and the courses must be approved by the student's academic advisor.

Requirement 22: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses at the 300 level and above.

Requirement 23: College - Arts and Letters - Second Language
College - Arts and Letters - Second Language: 1 course from a second year foreign language course demonstrating competency in a foreign language.

Requirement 24: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 25: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.