Montana State University

BA in Religious Studies

Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

Religious studies is an area of academic inquiry combining several disciplines in the critical and comparative study of religion as a basic constituent of human culture. Its purpose is to examine religion by methods of historical, literary and philosophical criticism and the behavioral and social sciences. Courses in religious studies seek to acquaint the students with the results of such an approach to religion; they are based on methods intentionally devoid of advocacy of particular theological views.

The academic study of religion contributes to the student's general understanding of human history, literature, thought, and behavior. Religious studies offers a minor and its courses can be used as humanities electives in almost any curriculum. In addition to the Religious Studies Minor, a student may also choose a Philosophy and Religious Studies option or a History and Religious Studies option.



RELIGIOUS STUDIES MAJOR CURRICULUM

     Religious Studies Major
     Religious Studies Minor

RELIGIOUS STUDIES MAJOR CURRICULUM

I. Degree Requirements  
     Core Curriculum 27-30 credits
     Religious Studies courses    38-39 credits
     Foreign Language requirement 8 credits
     Methodologies requirement 6 credits
     Capstone course RLST 499R 3 credits
     Electives 38 credits
    TOTAL 120-124 credits
II. Four-Year Plan  
FRESHMAN YEAR  
     CLS 101US--Freshman Seminar     3
     WRIT 101W--College Writing I     3
Take one of the following:  
     RLST 100D--Introduction to the Study of Religion 3
     RLST 110D--Religion, Conflict, & Politics 4
     RLST 220IH--Interpretations of American Religion 4
One Year Foreign Language 8
Other University Core and Electives 12-13
  30
SOPHOMORE YEAR  
Take one of the following: 3
     RLST 202D--Hindu Traditions 3
     RLST 203D--Buddhist Traditions 3
Take one of the following: 3
     RLST 201IH--Islam 3
     RLST 204IH--Introduction to the Hebrew Bible 3
     RLST 205IH--Introduction to the New Testament 3
Take two of the following (that have not been used to fulfill a requirement): 6
     RLST 201IH--Islam 3
     RLST 202D--Hindu Traditions 3
     RLST 203D--Buddhist Traditions 3
     RLST 204IH--Introduction to the Hebrew Bible  
     RLST 205IH--Introduction to the New Testament 3
     RLST 206IH--Origins of God 3
     RLST 207IH--Myth and Metaphor 3
     RLST 217IH--Religion and Science 3
     RLST 220IH--Interpretation of American Religion 3
     RLST 223IH--Nature and Culture 3
     RLST 290R--Undergraduate Research 3
     RLST 291 --Special Topics 3
     University Core and Electives 18
  30
JUNIOR YEAR  
Take three of the following: 9
     RLST 321 --Religion and Gender 3
     RLST 325 --Religion and Literature 3
     RLST 326 --Mystics, Founders, and Reformers 3
     RLST 330 --Ancient Egypt 3
     RLST 332 --Religion and Archaeology 3
     RLST 370 --Philosophy of Religion 3
Methodologies requirement: in consultation with their advisor, students will take two courses outside the major that focus on any of the following methodologies: historical, archaeological, sociological, philosophical, literary, visual, etc. 6
University Core and Electives 15
  30
SENIOR YEAR  
     RLST 499R --Capstone Seminar 3
Take two of the following: 6-7
     RLST 402 --Natural/Unnatural/Supernatural 4
     RLST 405--Text and Image 3
     RLST 407--Isms: Religion & Categories 3
     RLST 410--Psyche and the Sacred 3
     RLST 490R--Undergraduate Research 3
     RLST 491--Special Topics 3
     RLST 492 --Independent Study 3
Take three of the following, excluding any course already completed: 9
     RLST 201IH--Islam 3
     RLST 202D--Hindu Traditions 3
     RLST 203D--Buddhist Traditions 3
     RLST 204IH--Introduction to the Hebrew Bible 3
     RLST 205IH--Introduction to the New Testament 3
     RLST 206IH--Origins of God 3
     RLST 207IH--Myth and Metaphor 3
     RLST 217IH--Religion and Science 3
     RLST 220IH--Interpretation of American Religion 3
     RLST 223IH--Nature and Culture 3
     RLST 290R--Undergraduate Research 3
     RLST 291--Special Topics 3
     RLST 321--Religion and Gender 3
     RLST 325--Religion and Literature 3
     RLST 326--Mystics, Founders, and Reformers 3
     RLST 330--Ancient Egypt 3
     RLST 332--Religion and Archaeology 3
     RLST 370--Philosophy of Religion 3
     RLST 402--Natural/Unnatural/Supernatural 3
     RLST 405--Text and Image 3
     RLST 407--Isms: Religion & Categories 3
     RLST 410--Psyche and the Sacred 3
     RLST 490R--Undergraduate Research
     RLST 491--Special Topics
     RLST 492--Independent Study
Electives 11-12
      30

RELIGIOUS STUDIES MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

The minimum number of credits required for a non-teaching minor is twenty-one, with nine of those being upper-division credits.

Credits
Select one of the following:
     RLST 100D--Intro to Study of Religion     3
     RLST 110D--Religion, Conflict & Politics    3
Select one of the following:
     RLST 202D--Hindu Traditions     3
     RLST 203D-- Buddhist Traditions     3
Select two of the following:
     RLST 201IH--Islam 3
     RLST 204IH--Introduction to the Hebrew Bible    3
     RLST 205IH--Introduction to the New Testament    3
     RLST 206IH--Origins of God    3
     RLST 207IH--Myth and Metaphor    3
     RLST 217IH--Religion and Science    3
     RLST 220IH--Interpretations of Amer Religion    3
     RLST 223IH--Nature and Culture    3
Select three of the following:
     RLST 321--Gender and Religion    3
     RLST 325--Religion and Literature     3
     RLST 326--Mystics,Founders,Reformers    3
     RLST 330--Religion Ancient Egypt    3
     RLST 332--Archaeology and Religion     3
     RLST 370--Philosophy of Religion    3
     RLST 402--Natural,Unnatural,Supernatural    3
     RLST 405--Text and Image    3
     RLST 407--Isms Religion & Categories    3
     RLST 410--Psyche and the Sacred World    3
     RLST 490R--Undergraduate Research  
     RLST 491--Special Topics  
     RLST 492--Independent Study  
     RLST 499R--Senior Capstone  
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