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Religious Studies

Through a multifaceted approach, the Religious Studies Program focuses on one of the most enduring and urgent sets of human concerns. As such, it is a valuable major as well as a significant double major or minor for students in any major in any college. The program offers the opportunity to study the religious traditions of the world from the perspectives of several different departments at Purdue. To fulfill the requirements for either the major or the minor, students may choose from a number of courses offered in the departments of Anthropology, English, History, Philosophy and Sociology, as well as others.

The program's interdepartmental approach is designed to help students tailor the program to their special interests while broadening their understanding of the different aspects of the religious life and thought of humankind. Members of the faculty and staff are committed to fostering students' intellectual and personal development. As such, the program offers extracurricular events to supplement in-class experiences, such as film viewings and discussions, lectures by world-renowned experts in the field, associated student groups and more. See www.cla.purdue.edu/religious-studies for further details.

Suggested Arrangement of Courses

Freshman Year

First SemesterSecond Semester
(3) COM 11400 (Fundamentals of Speech Communication)* (3) REL 20000 (Introduction to the Study of Religion)
(4) ENGL 10600 (First-Year Composition) or 
(3) ENGL 10800 (Accelerated First-Year Composition)*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics*
(3) Mathematics and Statistics* (3) Western Heritage*
(3) Other Languages*† (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15-16) (15)

Sophomore Year

Third SemesterFourth Semester
(3) REL 23000 or PHIL 33000 (Religions of the East) (3) REL 23100 or PHIL 33100 (Religions of the West)
(3) Aesthetic Awareness* (3) Natural Sciences*
(3) Natural Sciences* (3) Other Cultures*
(3) Elective (3) Racial and Ethnic Diversity*
(3) Elective (3) United States Tradition*
(15)   (15)  

Junior Year

Fifth SemesterSixth Semester
(3) Gender Issues* (3) Religious Studies elective, Note A
(3) Global Perspective* (3) Social Ethics*
(3) Religious Studies elective, Note A (3) Elective or minor
(3) Elective or minor (3) Elective
(3) Elective or minor (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(18)   (18)  

Senior Year

Seventh SemesterEighth Semester
(3) Religious Studies elective, Note A (3) Religious Studies elective, Note A
(3) Elective or minor (3) Elective or minor
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(3) Elective (3) Elective
(15)   (15)  


Religious Studies Notes

* See "Core."

† Some students may need to begin language courses at a lower level.

A. Religious Studies electives. Choose four courses from ANTH 37300; ENGL 26400, 36000; HIST 24500, 30700, 31200, 31700. 31800, 34500, 36000, 58900; JWST 33000; PHIL 41100, 54500, 56000; REL 20100, 20200, 20300, 31700, 31800; SOC 36700, 56700, 56800.