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  Academic Programs / Liberal Arts

Religion

Terry Rey, Chair
trey@temple.edu
215-204-7973

Vasiliki Limberis, Undergraduate Chair and Faculty Advisor
Anderson 631
limberis@temple.edu
215-204-8756


Anderson Hall, Room 615
215-204–7973
www.temple.edu/religion

 

Religion is a pervasive, powerful, multifaceted, and enduring dimension of human experience.  Religions have shaped complex cultures and countless individual lives.  They are influential in the world today and will continue to be so in the future.  The academic study of religion is multidisciplinary, drawing upon approaches from history, literary studies, philosophy, and the social sciences.  It is multicultural, exploring the beliefs, practices, and development of particular religious communities in many different cultures.

 

Requirements for the Major

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Religion 1001 Religion and Society 3 IN
         
Select one of these writing courses below: 3  
Religion 2096 Death and Dying   WI
Religion 2496 Introduction to the Bible   WI
Religion 2596 What is Christianity?   WI
Religion 2696 Introduction to Islam   WI
         
Select two of these courses below: 6  
Religion 2101 Religions of India    
Religion 2102 Introduction to Buddhism    
Religion 2201 Chinese Religions --- Confucius to Mao    
Religion 2403 What is Judaism?    
Religion 3301 Japanese Religions    
Religion 3701 Traditional Religions of Africa    
         
Additional Requirements of the Major:    
Religion   Five elective courses (up to two may be from courses numbered 0800-1999, and at least three must be from courses numbered 2000 and above) 15-16  
Religion 4096* Capstone Seminar in Religion 3 WI
Total     30-31  

*Restricted to Religion majors only and minors with permission of instructor.  Students must have completed at least five courses in the major prior to taking the capstone.  It will be offered only in the SPRING semester, so students should plan accordingly.

All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses. The specific writing-intensive courses required for this major are listed above and are identified by "WI" in the RCI column.


Transfer students: No more than five religion courses taken at other institutions may be accepted for the major. The director of undergraduate studies must determine that these meet the standards of the Religion major.

Requirements for the Minor

A minor in Religion has the same objectives and offers the same kinds of opportunities for learning as the major, in a program designed for students concentrating in another academic field. It consists of:

Department Course # Course Name Hours RCI
Religion 1001 Religion and Society 3 IN
Religion   An additional lower-level course (numbered below 2000) 3  
Religion   Four Religion courses (no more than one below 2000) 12  
Total     18  

 

Distinction in Major in Religion

For graduation with Distinction in Major, an overall GPA of 3.25 is required with 3.5 in Religion courses.

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