Getting Started

Undergraduate Programs (Major or Minor in Religious Studies)

  1. Apply to the College of Charleston!
  2. Once you receive your acceptance letter, register for your required Orientation session.
  3. Will you be a RELS major, minor or undecided?

Religious Studies, B.A.

Credit Hours: 34

In addition to completing the requirements for this major, students must also complete the degree requirements specified in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

Courses within this major may also satisfy general education requirements. Please consult the Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements for more information.

Note:


*RELS 310 cannot be used to satisfy both the Sacred Text course requirement and the two additional courses at the 300-level or above requirement.

Select one course from each of the following groups (A, B, and C):


Select one additional course at the 200-level or above:


Select one additional course in religious studies


from any of the courses listed (RELS 100-level or higher)

Notes:


  • With the approval of the department chair of religious studies, one course (200-level or above) in a related discipline may be substituted for one of the additional course requirements.
  • No more than 9 credit hours from RELS 298 may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from RELS 310 may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from RELS 340 may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from RELS 350 may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from RELS 375 may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from RELS 381 may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 12 credit hours from RELS 399 may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from RELS 405 may be applied towards the program requirements.

Religious Studies Minor

The minor in religious studies can be effectively combined with a complementary major in another field. For example, combining the minor with history or political science allows for deeper insight into the profound historical connections between events and religious motivations, or between political ideologies and religious discourse. Students majoring in literature, art, or philosophy learn to recognize the symbols and ideas arising from the classical religious traditions. Students in the social sciences, especially in psychology, sociology, and anthropology, will find that the religious studies minor complements and focuses their major course work.

Minor Requirements


Credit Hours: 18

In addition to completing the requirements for this minor, students must also complete the minor requirements specified in the Academic Regulations section of this catalog.

One course selected from:


One course selected from:


One course selected from:


Select 3 additional hours at the 300-level or above (excluding RELS 381)*


Two additional courses in religious studies


With the approval of the chair of religious studies, one course (200 level or above) in a related discipline may be substituted for one of these religious studies courses. See course listings for a complete list of courses offered.

Notes:


  • No more than 9 credit hours from RELS 298 may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from RELS 310 may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from RELS 340 may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from RELS 350 may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from RELS 375 may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from RELS 381 may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 12 credit hours from RELS 399 may be applied towards the program requirements.
  • No more than 6 credit hours from RELS 405 may be applied towards the program requirements.

"Religious Studies sounds awesome, but I'm still undecided."

 

Thanks go to the Communication Department at CofC for the concept behind this page.