Degree Requirements
(Major – Admission to IUB Summer 2010 - Spring 2013)

Single and double majors must complete a total of 27 credit hours (must be C- or better) including the following:

  1. One course in Area A (Africa, Europe, and West Asia) above the 100 level.
  2. One course in Area B (South and East Asia) above the 100 level.
  3. One course in Area C (The Americas) above the 100 level.
  4. One course in Area D (Theory, Ethics, Comparison) above the 100 level.
  5. R389 (Majors Seminar in Religion). This course will always carry Intensive Writing.
  6. At least three additional courses at the 300 level or above, including at least one course at the 400 level (other than R494, R495, R496, and R499).

See more information about Course Areas here.

A maximum of two 100-level courses may count towards the major, one of which may be a College Arts and Humanities Topics course with departmental approval. Six credit hours in courses outside Religious Studies may count towards the major with departmental approval. With approval of both departments and the College, one course may be cross-listed in a double major.

Students must complete the degree requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Related Language

Six credit hours in a language beyond the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences may be counted in the major if the language is relevant for advanced course work in the study of religion. Examples of such languages are ancient Greek or Latin, classical Hebrew, Chinese, Arabic, Hindi, or Sanskrit.

Interdepartmental Major in Religious Studies
and African American and African Diaspora Studies

Students must meet the following course requirements for a minimum total of 42 credit hours.

Religious Studies

  1. At least 21 credit hours, with no more than one 100-level course counting toward the minimum and with at least 12 credit hours in courses at the 300 level or above.
  2. At least one course above the 100 level from Area C (The Americas).
  3. At least one course above the 100 level chosen from two of the remaining three areas: A (Africa, Europe, and West Asia), B (South and East Asia), D (Theory, Ethics, Comparison).
  4. One course (3 credit hours) in Religious Studies at the 400 level (other than R494, R495, R496, and R499).
  5. R389 Majors Seminar in Religion.

If a student chooses to take the Senior Honors Thesis course pair of R399-R499, the chosen topic may cross over Religious Studies and African American and African Diaspora Studies, although minimum credit hours in each area must still be met. A faculty mentor of the student's choice will be assigned, and graders from each department will read the final thesis. This requires an application and the approval of the director of undergraduate studies before authorization is granted to begin the project.

African American and African Diaspora Studies

At least 21 credit hours, of which at least 12 credit hours must be at the 300 level or above:

  1. A150 Survey of the Culture of Black Americans.
  2. A355 African American History I or A356 African American History II.
  3. A379 Early Black American Writing or A380 Contemporary Black American Writing.
  4. 9 additional credit hours taken from courses in any of the three concentration areas: (1) Arts, (2) Literature, or (3) History, Culture, and Social Issues. (Majors are strongly encouraged to take A363 Research on Contemporary African American Problems I when it is taught.)
  5. Additional credit hours to reach the minimum of 21 credit hours to be chosen in consultation with advisor. These credit hours may include the Senior Seminar.

If a student chooses to take the Senior Honors Thesis of A499 or the course pair of R399-R499 in Religious Studies, the chosen topic may cross over African American and African Diaspora Studies and Religious Studies although minimum credit hours in each area must still be met. A faculty mentor of the student's choice will be assigned, and graders from each department will read the final thesis. This requires an application and the approval of the director of undergraduate studies before authorization is granted to begin the project.

Interdepartmental Major
in Religious Studies and Philosophy

Students must take a minimum of 42 credit hours, including one course (from either department) in the philosophy of religion (see advisors for eligible courses) and the following course work in each department.

Religious Studies

  1. At least 21 credit hours, with no more than one 100-level course counting toward the minimum and with at least 12 credit hours in courses at the 300 level or above.
  2. At least one course above the 100 level from Area D (Theory, Ethics, Comparison).
  3. At least one course above the 100 level from two of the remaining three areas: A (Africa, Europe, and West Asia), B (South and East Asia), C (The Americas).
  4. One course (3 credit hours) in Religious Studies at the 400 level (other than R494, R495, R496, and R499).
  5. R389 Majors Seminar in Religion.

Philosophy

  1. At least 21 credit hours, with no more than one 100-level course counting toward the minimum and with at least 12 credit hours in 300-level or above courses.
  2. At least one course above the 100 level in each of the following areas: (a) Ethics and value theory, (b) History of philosophy, (c) Epistemology and metaphysics.
  3. One of the following logic courses: P150 or P250.
  4. One (3 credit) 400-level philosophy course.