Curriculum and Requirements

Summary of Requirements

MAJOR PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

I. FOUNDATIONS

(33-36 HOURS)

A. INTRODUCTORY COURSES

WREL 102 Introduction to Eastern Religions** 3
WREL 103 Introduction to Western Religions** 3
PSCI 103 Intro to Political Science and Political Research Methods 3
PSCI 323 Classics in Political Theory 3

(**with the Chair’s permission students may take a higher level course in lieu of either WREL 102 or WREL 103)

Introductory Courses 12

 

B. PROGRAM COURSES

Six 200-level “Program” courses (3 in WREL, 3 in PSCI or ECON)

Courses may be selected from

WREL 204 Hinduism 3
WREL 205 Buddhism 3
WREL 207 Judaism 3
WREL 208 Christianity 3
WREL 209 Islam 3
WREL 215 Unification Philosophy 3
WREL 229 Confucianism and Taoism 3
IEPD 201 Economics and Development or ECON 201 Macroeconomics 3
IPED 202 Intro to Political Economy or ECON 202 Microeconomics 3
PSCI 206 Political Economy of North-South Relations 3
PSCI 208 Introduction to International Law or PSCI 209 Introduction to United Nations Studies 3
PSCI 215 International Human Rights 3

Program Courses 18

 

C. THESIS

WREL 395 Senior Thesis 3-6*

*The thesis may be taken for six hours.


II. Concentrations (12 Credit Hours)

Students complete their major studies by taking twelve semester credit hours in one of the following concentrations.

 

A. East Asian Religion and Society

Note: In addition to completing 12 semester hours from the regional topical courses that appear below, students in this concentration are required to complete four semesters of Chinese, Japanese or Korean language or demonstrate competency at that level. Choose three Concentration/Region-Specific Courses, designated by (R), plus one non-(R) course.

WREL 230 Taoism (R) 3
WREL 204 Hinduism (R) 3
WREL 205 Buddhism (R) 3
WREL 229 Confucianism and Taoism (R) 3
WREL 275 Religion, Conflict, and Mediation 3
IPED 321 Political Economy of East Asia (R) 3
IPED 329 Political Economy of China (R) 3
MARTS 213 Martial Arts Studies/East Asian Theory (R) 3
WREL 278 Religion, Peace and War 3
WREL 305 Comparative Religious Ethics 3
WREL 398 WREL Internship 3
WREL 428 Sociopolitical Implications of Religion 3

 

B. Islamic Religion and Society

Note: In addition to completing 12 semester hours from the regional topical courses that appear below, students in this concentration are required to complete four semesters of Arabic language study or demonstrate competency at that level. Choose three Concentration/Region-Specific Courses, designated by (R), plus one non-(R) course.

WREL 209 Islam (R) 3
WREL 299 Gender in Islamic Societies (R) 3
WREL 305 Comparative Religious Ethics 3
WREL 299 Christian, Muslim, Jewish Relations (R) 3
WREL 275 Religion, Conflict and Mediation 3
WREL 278 Religion, Peace and War 3
WREL 373 Islam and Democracy (R) 3
WREL 299 Islamic World 632-2014 (R) 3
IPED 341 Political Economy of the Middle East (R) 3
WREL 374 Religion and Politics in the Middle East (R) 3
WREL 398 WREL Internship 3
WREL 428 Sociopolitical Implications of Religion 3

 

C. Judeo-Christian Thought and Society

Note: In addition to completing 12 semester hours from the regional topical courses that appear below, students in this concentration are required to complete four semesters French or Spanish or demonstrate competency at that level. In some cases in this concentration, students may choose another foreign language in consultation with their advisor. Choose three Concentration/Region-Specific Courses, designated by (R), plus one non-(R) course.

WREL 211 Protestantism (R) 3
WREL 208 Christianity (R) 3
WREL 207 Judaism (R) 3
PHIL 205 History of Western Philosophy (R) 3
WREL 299 Global Christianity (R) 3
WREL 275 Religion, Conflict and Mediation 3
WREL 278 Religion, Peace and War 3
WREL 305 Comparative Religious Ethics 3
WREL 299 Christian, Muslim, Jewish Relations (R) 3
WREL 398 WREL Internship 3
WREL 428 Sociopolitical Implications of Religion 3

Regional Concentration 12 hrs

Total Major Requirements 45-48 hrs

+Free Electives 35-32 hrs

 

III. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

ENGL C101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
MATH C105 Intermediate Algebra 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3
HUM Humanities Core 6
SOSC Social Sciences Core 6
SCI Natural Sciences Core 6
FA Fine Arts Core 3
CAPS 390 Capstone Seminar 3
Liberal Arts Electives 7

General Education Requirements 40

Total B.A. in Religion and Politics Semester Hours 120