Undergraduate Procedures

Every Religious Studies major is assigned to a faculty adviser in the department who assists in tailoring coursework to the student’s individual interests and career intentions. The adviser guides the student through the course requirements and assists him/her in identifying specific areas of interest.  If you do not have an assigned advisor or are considering becoming a major or minor in Religious Studies, contact our Undergraduate Director, Dr. Diana Cates.

General Education Program:
Students may count a maximum of three Religious Studies courses approved to fulfill requirements in the general education program and as a part of the requirements for the major.

Independent Study:
With the sponsorship of a faculty member, students may include up to 3 hours of 32:195 (Individual Study: Undergraduates) in their area of concentration.

Transfer Credit:
Students may transfer a total of 15 semester hours in Religious Studies from another institution to count toward their Religious Studies major with the recommendation of the department’s undergraduate committee and approval of the department’s faculty.

Double Major:
Students majoring in one of the natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities may complement their academic programs with a second major in Religious Studies. Double majors may petition the faculty to have courses from the first major count in the area of concentration in the Religious Studies major, if there are good academic reasons for doing so.

The Career Center offers a variety of opportunities for internships. Ask your adviser about participating and receiving academic credit. Additionally, the department offers a career workshop every fall semester to allow students to begin thinking about their career paths.

Four-Year Graduation Plan:
The following checkpoints list the minimum requirements students must complete in order to stay on the University’s four-year graduation plan.
    • Before the third semester begins: at least one-quarter of the semester hours required
       before graduation.
    • Before the fifth semester begins: one or two courses in the major and at least one-half of
       the semester hours required for graduation.
    • Before the seventh semester begins: three to six courses in the major and at least
       three-quarters of the semester hours required for graduation.
    • Before the eighth semester begins: five to seven courses in the major.
    • During the eighth semester: enrollment in all remaining course work in the major, all
       remaining GE’s, and a sufficient number of semester hours to graduate.