University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Religion

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Religion

The religion major is structured around courses that explore theories and methods in the study of religion, courses that investigate religious traditions or cultures, and courses that analyze problems in the study of religion. As part of their coursework for the major students also research, write, and revise an extended paper that serves as a capstone of their study of religion at UVM.  The requirements for the Religion major are:

Thirty-two credits in religion, including the following:

Category A: introduction to religion

1 from REL 020, 021, 023, 026, 027, 028, 029, 080, 085, 086, 095 or 096

Category B: investigating traditions and cultures courses

3 from REL 021, 023, 026, 111, 114, 116, 124, 125, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 141, 145, 163, 167, 214, 224, 230 or 234; only one REL 000-level course can count toward this requirement

Category C: analyzing problems in religion courses

2 from REL 020, 029, 080, 085, 086, 103, 104, 107, 108, 109, 173, 180, 291 or 292; only one REL 000-level course can count toward this requirement

Category D: theories and research in religion

REL100, 202 (taken concurrently with 1 course in Category E), and 203 (taken in senior year following completion of REL202)

Category E: advanced seminars in religion

2 from REL 214, 224, 228, 230, 234, 240, 255, 259, 291, 292, 297 or 298

3 credit hours in related nondepartmental courses, chosen from the following list of approved courses, may count toward these 32 required credits:

  • Anthropology 155, Anthropology of Islam
  • Classics 145, Comparative Epic (also taught as World Lit 145)
  • English 131, Topics in Bible and Literature
  • Environmental Studies 182, Religion and Ecology
  • Holocaust Studies 180, Moral and Religious Perspectives on the Holocaust
  • History 45, History of Islam and the Middle East to 1258
  • History 46, History of Islam and the Middle East Since 1258
  • History 116, Medieval Mystics and Heretics
  • History 126, The Reformation
  • Philosophy 121, Chinese Philosophy I
  • Philosophy 135, Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy 235, Topics in the Philosophy of Religion
  • Political Science 149, when offered as Religion & Liberal Democracies
  • Sociology 151, Sociology of Religion and Ideology

Other relevant courses may be presented to the Religion Department for possible approval.

No more than 9 credits of REL 000-level classes may count toward the Religion major.

Learning Goals for Majors

  1. ability to analyze religious phenomena using appropriate interpretive approach(es), e.g., historical, cultural, sociological, psychological, phenomenological, etc.
  2. ability to formulate a research question in the study of religion that draws upon one of more theoretical approaches, to effectively collect and analyze evidence relevant to that question, to write a substantial research paper that articulates a clear argument or position on the question based on that evidence, and to present these research results orally
  3. ability to apply knowledge of religion to an understanding of contemporary issues


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