Major Requirements


Listed below are the requirements for the Religious Studies major. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Letters & Science Degree Requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult both the Religious Studies advisor and your L&S advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree.

Requirements

TOTAL RELIGIOUS STUDIES CREDITS:

33 credits

REQUIRED COURSE (3 credits)
  • Hist 594 - Methods and Theory in the Historical Study of Religion: (Subtitle), 3 credits
    or
  • ReligSt 395 - Seminar in the Study of Religion: Theories of Religion, 3 credits
REQUIRED CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE:

All students must complete a research experience in their major. This requirement may be met by any one of the following options:

  • Hist 600 Seminar in History: (Subtitle), with research conducted on a religion-related topic
  • For students with additional major(s), upper-level research seminar in the additional major that focuses on a religion-related topic
  • A 3-credit independent study on a religion-related topic
  • Senior thesis in another program/department on a religion-related topic
  • Research paper focused on religion-related topic as approved by the director.

In all cases, the religious studies director must approve the topic to satisfy the research requirement. Majors are required to file the appropriate research/capstone approval form prior to completion of their research/capstone course.



RECOMMENDED COURSE (3 credits)
  • ReligSt 101 - Introduction to World Religions, 3 credits
ELECTIVES (27 credits)

All majors are required to complete at least 27 additional credits beyond the core courses. Nine elective credits must be distributed among three different religious traditions.* Twelve of these 27 credits must be numbered 300 or above. A list of approved electives is presented below.

* A religious tradition course must focus primarily [more than 50%] on one specific religion.

  • Africol 311 - African Religious Thought and Social Organization
  • Africol 312 - The Church in African-American Life
  • Anthro 193 - Freshman Seminar: “Anthropology of Religion” subtitle
  • Anthro 203 - Religions of Hunting-Gathering and Horticultural Societies
  • Anthro 305 - The Celtic World
  • Anthro 314 - American Indian Societies and Cultures
  • Anthro 326 - Peoples and Cultures of South Asia
  • Anthro 332 - American Indian Religions
  • Anthro 543 - Cross-Cultural Study of Religion
  • Arabic 101 - First Semester Arabic
  • Arabic 102 - Second Semester Arabic
  • Arabic 111 - Culture & Civilizations of the Muslim Middle East
  • ArtHist 101 - Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture
  • ArtHist 102 - Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture
  • ArtHist 104 - African, New World and Oceanic Art and Architecture
  • ArtHist 105 - Asian Art and Architecture
  • ArtHist 231 - Renaissance Art
  • ArtHist 237 - Northern Renaissance Art
  • ArtHist 241 - Introduction to Baroque Art
  • ArtHist 251 - Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Latin America
  • ArtHist 315 - Art and Archeology of Ancient Egypt
  • ArtHist 316 - Roman Art and Archeology
  • ArtHist 320 - Medieval Art and Architecture
  • ArtHist 322 - Origins of Medieval Art
  • ArtHist 324 - Art and Architecture of Byzantium
  • ArtHist 325 - Early Medieval Art in the West
  • ArtHist 326 - Heretics and Iconoclasts: The Art and Architecture of the Christian East
  • ArtHist 327 - Arts of the Islamic World from the Umayyad Dynasty to the Ottoman Empire. Architecture, Manuscripts and Portable Objects
  • ArtHist 332 - Early Renaissance Art in Italy
  • ArtHist 333 - High Renaissance Art in Italy
  • ArtHist 340 - Baroque Art in Italy, France, and Spain
  • ArtHist 371 - African Art
  • ArtHist 372 - Pre-Columbian Art of South America
  • ArtHist 373 - Pre-Columbian Art of Mesoamerica
  • ArtHist 375 - Art of the Aztec Empire
  • ArtHist 383 - Japanese Art and Architecture
  • ArtHist 412 - Cities and Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece
  • ArtHist 425 - Romanesque Architecture
  • ArtHist 429 - English Medieval Architecture, 1066-1530
  • ArtHist 431 - Renaissance Architecture in Italy
  • ArtHist 432 - Renaissance Sculpture in Italy
  • ArtHist 441 - Architecture of Italy in the Seventeenth Century
  • ArtHist 474 - Maya Art
  • ArtHist 481 In-depth Examination of Important Themes, Genres or Subgroups in the Evolution of Chinese Art
  • ArtHist 482 Topics in Non-Western Art: “Traditional Art – Australia and the Pacific” subtitle
  • Celtic 250 - Selected Topics in Celtic Studies: “Irish Folk Beliefs and Religious Practice”
  • Celtic 250 - Selected Topics in Celtic Studies: “The Role of Religion in Ireland – An Overview” subtitle
  • Classic 170 - Classical Mythology
  • Classic 201 - Introduction to Greek Life and Literature
  • Classic 202 - Introduction to Roman Life and Literature
  • Classic 260 - Classical Utopias
  • Classic 301 - The Life & Literature of Classical Athens: Herodotus & Dramatists
  • Classic 302 - War and Politics in Ancient Greece
  • Classic 303 - The Life and Literature of the Roman Empire
  • Classic 304 - The Graeco-Roman World
  • Classic 375 - Origins and Survivals of Classical Myth
  • Classic 390 - Egyptian Mythology
  • CompLit 135 - Experiencing Literature in the 21st Century: “Apocalypse and the Experience of the Extreme” subtitle
  • CompLit 135 - Experiencing Literature in the 21st Century: “The Quest for the Holy Grail” subtitle
  • CompLit 192 - Freshman Seminar: “The Bible, the Blues, and the Black Experience” subtitle
  • CompLit 192 - Freshman Seminar: “Tragedy and Theodicy” subtitle
  • CompLit 230 - Literature and Society: “Nazi Invasion of Polish Life and Culture” subtitle
  • CompLit 230 - Literature and Society: “Unraveling the DaVinci Code” subtitle
  • CompLit 230 - Literature and Society: “World War II Poland – Literature and Film of the Nazi Years” subtitle
  • CompLit 231 - Literature and Religion: (all subtitles)
  • CompLit 233 - Literature and Film: “Evil in Modern Literature and Film” subtitle
  • CompLit 233 - Literature and Film: “Myth, Violence, and Sacrifice” subtitle
  • CompLit 240 - Norse Mythology
  • CompLit 309 - Great Works of Modern Literature: “Jewish and Christian Novels” subtitle
  • CompLit 320 - Medieval Literature and Culture: (all subtitles)
  • CompLit 321 - Renaissance Literature and Culture: “Sexing the Renaissance” subtitle
  • CompLit 321 - Renaissance Literature and Culture: “Literature and the Arts” subtitle
  • CompLit 333 - Dante’s Divine Comedy in Translation
  • CompLit 350 - Topics in Comparative Literature: “Early Christian Literature” subtitle
  • CompLit 350 - Topics in Comparative Literature: “Angels and Angelology” subtitle
  • CompLit 350 - Topics in Comparative Literature: “Literature and the Arts” subtitle
  • CompLit 360 - Seminar in Literature and Cultural Experience: “The Literature of the Apostle Paul” subtitle
  • CompLit 433 - Comparative Mythology
  • CompLit 444 - Myths, Legends, and Poems of the Celts
  • CompLit 461 - Film-Fiction Interaction: “Spiritual Cinema” subtitle
  • CompLit 461 - Film-Fiction Interaction: “The Spiritual Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky and its Legacy” subtitle
  • English 192 - Freshman Seminar: “Literature and Theology – The Holy Grail” subtitle
  • English 192 - Freshman Seminar: “The Devil Made Me Do It – Evil, Human Nature, and Moral Choice” subtitle
  • English 247 - Literature and Human Experience: “The Bible as Literature – The Old Testament” subtitle
  • English 247 - Literature and Human Experience: “The Bible as Literature – The New Testament” subtitle
  • English 454 - Milton
  • English 457 - Writers in English Literature, 1660-1798 “William Blake’s Poetry and Painting”
  • Ethnic 250 - Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: “The Ethnicity of the Occult” subtitle
  • Ethnic 250 - Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: “Modern Paganism” subtitle
  • Ethnic 250 - Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: “Wicca and Neopaganism – Philosophies and Practices” subtitle
  • Ethnic 250 - Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: “Irish Religious Belief and Folk Practice” subtitle
  • Ethnic 250 - Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: “Shamans, Mystics, and Medicine Hunters” subtitle
  • Geog 231(130) - Geography of Islam
  • German 115 - Seminar on Scandinavian Culture: Norse Mythology
  • German 115 - Seminar on Scandinavian Culture: Trolls, Gnomes and Goblins- Scandinavian Myths and Legends” subtitle
  • Global 371 - Rethinking Global Security
  • Greek 502 - Readings in Ancient Greek Poetry: “Sophocles” subtitle
  • Hebr St 100 - Introduction to Judaism
  • Hebr St 105 - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew
  • Hebr St 106 - Introduction to Biblical Hebrew II
  • Hebr St 131 - Introduction to Biblical Studies
  • Hebr St 201 - Third Semester Hebrew
  • Hebr St 202 - Fourth Semester Hebrew
  • Hebr St 20 5 - Intermediate Biblical Hebrew I
  • Hebr St 206 - Intermediate Biblical Hebrew II
  • Hebr St 230 - Bible Stories
  • Hebr St 231 - Introduction to the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
  • Hebr St 232 - Survey of the Literature of the Post-Biblical Period
  • Hebr St 233 - Introduction to the New Testament
  • Hebr St 234 - Survey of Modern Hebrew and Jewish Literature in Translation
  • Hebr St 235 - The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible
  • Hebr St 236 - The Biblical World
  • Hebr St 238 - Topics in Hebrew/Jewish Literature, Art, and Culture: “History of Judaism” subtitle
    “The Holocaust in Words & Images” subtitle
    “Women in Judaism” subtitle
    “Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: 3 Religions- One God” subtitle
    “Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed” subtitle
    “The Jews of Europe” subtitle
    “Jewish Wisdom- Legend, Parable, Theology” subtitle
    “Searching for the Historical Jesus” subtitle
    “The Ten Commandments: History, Ethics, and Society” subtitle
    “Introduction to Judaism” subtitle
  • Hebr St 249 - History of Jewish Civilization: The Biblical Period
  • Hebr St 250 - History of Jewish Civilization: The Greek and Roman Periods
  • Hebr St 251 - History of Jewish Civilization: Medieval and Modern Periods
  • Hebr St 252 - American Jewish Community: 1654 to the Present
  • Hebr St 253 - The Ethics of Zionism
  • Hebr St 254 - Studies in Hebrew Culture: “Arabs and Jews in the Middle East – Conflict or Peace” subtitle
    “The Jewish-American Experience” subtitle
    “A History of the Jews fromAbraham to 70 CE” subtitle
    “Jewish Identity in Contemporary America” subtitle
    “Moses, Jesus, and Mohammad” subtitle
    “How to Read the Bible” subtitle
  • Hebr St 256 - Good and Evil in Judaism, Christianity, Islam
  • Hebr St 261 - Representing the Holocaust in Words and Images
  • Hebr St 268 - Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust
  • Hebr St 274 - Ancient Egyptian Civilization
  • Hebr St 282 - Jewish Identity in Contemporary America
  • Hebr St 299 - The Bible for University Students: Elements of Culture Formation: “Judaism, Christianity and Islam: Three Religions but one God” subtitle
    “Moses and Jesus” subtitle
    “The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth” subtitle
    “Stories of the Old and New Testament” subtitle
    “ Jewish Civilization” subtitle
    “Christian Myth in Art and Film” subtitle
  • Hebr St 301 - Modern Hebrew Literature I in Hebrew
  • Hebr St 302 - Modern Hebrew Literature II in Hebrew
  • Hebr St 303 - Modern Hebrew Literature I in English
  • Hebr St 304 - Modern Hebrew Literature II in English
  • Hebr St 321 - The Holocaust and the Politics of Memory
  • Hebr St 331 - Topics in Biblical Literature: (all subtitles)
  • Hebr St 332 - Women in the Bible
  • Hebr St 358 - Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust
  • Hebr St 411 - Old Testament Texts: (all subtitles)
  • Hebr St 415 - Survey of Hebrew Poetry
  • Hebr St 416 - Survey of Hebrew Poetry
  • Hebr St 417 - Hebrew Children’s Literature in Translation
  • Hebr St 418 - Modern Hebrew Drama in Translation
  • Hebr St 419 - Contemporary Israeli Poetry in Translation
  • Hebr St 449 - Seminar on Modern Jewish Thought
  • Hebr St 470 - Readings in Rabbinic Literature: (all subtitles)
  • Hebr St 471 - Introduction to the Midrash
  • Hebr St 472 - Introduction to the Midrash: (all subtitles)
  • Hebr St 473 - Introduction to the Mishna
  • Hebr St 474 - Introduction to the Mishna
  • Hebr St 475 - Introduction to the Targum
  • Hebr St 476 - Introduction to the Targum
  • Hist 175 - East Asian Civilization to 1600
  • Hist 192 - Freshman Seminar: “Love & Attachment in Buddhist Literature” subtitle
  • Hist 201 - The Ancient World: The Near East and Greece
  • Hist 274 - Ancient Egyptian Civilization
  • Hist 280 - Islamic Civilization: The Formative Period, ca. 500-1258
  • Hist 281 - Islamic Civilization: The Middle Period, ca. 1200-1805
  • Hist 282 - The Modern Middle East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
  • Hist 301 - History of Christianity, East and West: to 1500
  • Hist 302 - History of Christianity, East and West: Since 1500
  • Hist 303 - A History of Greek Civilization: The Greek City-State
  • Hist 304 - A History of Greek Civilization: The Age of Alexander the Great
  • Hist 308 - A History of Rome: The Empire
  • Hist 310 - Roman and Germanic Law
  • Hist 311 - The Foundations of European Law
  • Hist 317 - Medieval Civilization
  • Hist 318 - Medieval Civilization
  • Hist 319 - The Era of the Crusades
  • Hist 326 - The Reformation
  • Hist 329 - The Roman Catholic Church, 1500 to the Present
  • Hist 358 - The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture
  • Hist 364 - The Holocaust: Anti-Semitism and the Fate of the Jewish People in Europe, 1933-1945
  • Hist 370 - Topics in the History of Religious Thought: (all subtitles)
  • Hist 371 - Topics in European History: “Christianity in Early England and Ireland” subtitle
  • Hist 371 - Topics in European History: “The Roman Catholic Church, 1500-Present” subtitle
  • Hist 371 - Topics in European History: “Rome in the Age of Constantine” subtitle
  • Hist 379 - Introduction to Jewish History
  • Hist 380 - Buddhism: A Cultural History
  • Hist 382 - Southeast Asia: The Age of Imperialism and Revolution Since 1800
  • Hist 384 - Tradition and Reason and Reason in Medieval Islam
  • Hist 385 - Political Islam to Zionism: Middle Eastern Intellectual History, 1789-1990
  • Hist 398 - Honors Seminar: “Pagans and Christians in the Roman Empire” subtitle
  • Hist 398 - Honors Seminar: “Medieval Monasticism” subtitle
  • Hist 398 - Honors Seminar: “Joan of Arc in History and Legend” subtitle
  • Hist 398 - Honors Seminar: “Pope John Paul II and the 20th Century World” subtitle
  • Hist 401 - Topics in Middle Eastern History: “Women in Islamic History” subtitle
  • Hist 452 - History of Religion in American Life to 1870
  • Hist 453 - History of Religion in American Life Since 1870
  • Hist 594 - Methods and Theory in the Historical Study of Religion: (all subtitles)
  • Hist 600 - Seminar in History: “History of Death” subtitle
    “The Papacy in History” subtitle
    “Colonial Encounters – Religious Difference in the Age of Empire” subtitle
    “Religion and Society in the Roman Empire” subtitle
    “Colonial Encounters: Religious Perceptions in the Age of Empire” subtitle
  • Honors 200 - Honors Seminar: The Shaping of the Modern Mind – “Reason and Religion” subtitle
    “Is God Dead? Belief and Unbelief in Modern Thought and Literature” subtitle
  • Italian 333 - Dante’s Divine Comedy in Translation
  • Jewish 101 - Jewish Culture in America: History, Literature, Film
  • Jewish 210 - Jewish and Ethnic Narratives and Identities in Media
  • Jewish 260 - Negotiating Religion and Nationalism: Jewish Experience in Europe/Middle East
  • Jewish 268 - Jewish and Christian Responses to the Holocaust
  • Jewish 358 - The Jews of Modern Europe: History and Culture
  • Jewish 379 - Introduction to Jewish History
  • Jewish 599 - Methods in Jewish Studies
  • JAMS 192 - Freshman Seminar: “Pope to Pews – Media, Culture, and the Catholic Church” subtitle
  • JAMS 192 - Freshman Seminar: “The Catholic Faith and Society” subtitle
  • JAMS 226 - Religion, Media, and Culture Latin
  • Latin 501 - Readings in Latin Prose: “Cicero” subtitle
  • LACUSL 200 - Special Topics in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies: “Chican@/Latin@ Art & Culture: Politics & Resistance”
  • Music 680 - Special Studies in Music: “Music in the Time of Church Reform, ca. 1378-1610” subtitle
  • Philos 192 - Freshman Seminar: “Atheism” subtitle
  • Philos 204 - Introduction to Asian Religions
  • Philos 207 - Religion and Science
  • Philos 232 - Topics in Philosophy: “New Religions and the Cult Controversy” subtitle
  • Philos 250 - Philosophy of Religion
  • Philos 271 - Philosophical Traditions: “Great Lakes Indian Philosophy” subtitle
  • Philos 272 - Philosophical Classics: “Descartes’ Meditations” subtitle “Hume’s Dialogues on Natural Religions” subtitle “Plato’s Euthyphro” subtitle
  • Philos 350 - Introduction to the Comparative Study of Religion
  • Philos 431 - History of Medieval Philosophy
  • Philos 461 - Islamic Philosophy and Mysticism
  • Philos 470 - Religious Thought in Classical India
  • Philos 471 - Religious Thought in Modern India
  • Philos 473 - Western Religious Thought
  • Philos 474 - Contemporary Religious Thought: (all subtitles)
  • Philos 475 - Special Topics in Indian Religious Thought: (all subtitles)
  • Philos 502 - Phenomenology of Religion
  • Philos 507 - Special Problems in the Philosophy of Religion: (all subtitles)
  • Philos 532 - Philosophical Problems: (all subtitles)
    “Existential Doubt in Christianity & Islam” subtitle
    “Kierkgaard, Pascal, Al-Ghazzali—Mystic” subtitle
  • Philos 552 - Special Topics in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy: (all subtitles)
    “Maimonides” subtitle
  • Pol Sci 215 - Ethnicity, Religion and Race in American Politics
  • Sociol 215 - Religion and Society
  • Theatre 460 - Storytelling: “The Bible, Torah, Old Testament, and Koran” subtitle
  • WGS 300 - Gender and Spirituality: (all subtitles)
  • WGS 380 - Honors Seminar: “Gender, Religion, and Sexuality” subtitle


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Relevant language courses above the second semester will be counted as electives toward the Religious Studies major. Relevant languages depend on the student’s primary concentrations in religious studies but potentially include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, German, Spanish, French, Italian, or other languages with approval of the director. Majors must file the appropriate forms with the director to receive approval for language courses.

OPTIONAL CONCENTRATION

Religious Studies majors have the option of focusing their programs of studies on one or more religious traditions. To discuss this option, please contact the Program director.

GPA REQUIREMENTS:

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.