Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Religious Studies (REL)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 38.0201

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

In Religious Studies, students are exposed to a cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary study of the way in which both individuals and civilizations are deeply influenced by human religious experience. The goal is to enable the educated person to understand better the various ways in which religious values and institutions shape human behavior through a comparative study of religions and cultures. Such an education is invaluable for careers as diverse as journalism, law, medicine, business, as well as careers more directly related to the practice of religion. Majors in Religious Studies will also find courses designed to give them the methodological, theoretical and linguistic skills needed to go on to advanced graduate study in the field.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at the community college. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this degree program.

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Major Core

Students must choose a total of 36 credit hours from Religious Studies courses. Transfer students may not apply more than 12 hours taken elsewhere toward the major at the University of South Florida.

Students declaring Religious Studies as a second major need to complete 30 credit hours. To do so they must make a written request to the Undergraduate Director at the time they declare the second major.

Major Core Courses - 36 Hours

All majors must take the following (12 credit hours):

  • One of the following courses (only one will count toward Religious Studies requirements):
  • REL 3040 Introduction to Religious Studies
  • REL 3043 Introduction to Major Religious Texts
  • REL 4931 Seminar in Religion

Completion 24 additional credit hours that satisfy the following requirements:

Take at least 18 credit hours at 3000- and/or 4000-level course, of which a minimum of 12 must be at the 4000-level. Take at least one course from each of the areas:

  • Western Tradition (primarily Judaism, Christianity, and Islam):
  • Non-Western Tradition (religious traditions other than those Western tradition referenced above):
  • Issues and Approaches

Variable Credit Individualized Courses (Students are limited to six (credit) hours of the following courses):

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