New requirements for the major and minor
Students who declare either the major or the minor after August 16, 2012, will need to fulfill the new requirements; students who have already declared either the major or the minor prior to this date will remain under the requirements that were effective when they declared.
The most significant change for the major is the addition of a new required four credit hour course for majors, RELS 398: Theory and Method in the Study of Religion. Beginning in 2013, this course will be offered every spring, and should be taken just prior to RELS 490: Senior Research Seminar (which is offered every fall semester). RELS 398 has been designed to prepare students for the senior research seminar by addressing issues of information literacy and strategies for research in religious studies, including an intensive examination of classical and contemporary theorists and theories as well as the various methodological approaches employed in the academic study of religion. RELS 398 will also fulfill the major competency requirement for students who declare under the new requirements.
Students under the former requirements for the major do not have to take RELS 398, but are urged to do so since the course will better prepare them for RELS 490.
Other changes include: (a) Course descriptions have been changed for RELS 200, RELS 215, RELS 313, RELS 330, and RELS 420; (b) two courses will now be offered with different titles: RELS 387 will become Religion and Culture of Judaism and RELS 330 will be renamed Religion and Gender; (c) both RELS 330 and RELS 313 will become four credit hour courses in order to offer more attention to developing writing skills (both are designed as Writing Intensive courses); and (d) a new course, RELS 389: Jewish Women and Religion, will also be added to our regular course offerings after many years of being offered as a special topics course.
For the minor, RELS 280 will now be a required course rather than RELS 381. Students will also be able to choose from a larger variety of interdisciplinary courses rather than simply RELS 302 and RELS 303.
These changes will be reflected in the course catalog for 2012-13. Current and prospective majors should address any questions to Dr. Payne.
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