1 prerequisite course (choice of either RELG 101 or RELG 120), 1 capstone course (RELG 488) and an array of 7 additional courses of your choice (21 hours) distributed as follows:
2 introductory level courses (200 level);3 intermediate level courses (300 level);2 advanced courses (400 level). (Students may substitute 400 level courses for their 300 level requirements with advisor approval.)
Minimum grade: For courses to count toward degree requirements, a grade of C or higher muse be earned.
1 prerequisite course (choice of either RELG 101 or RELG 120)
Major Requirements (24-30 hours)
A minimum grade of C is required in all major courses.
Major Electives (18 hours)
Select 6 additional courses of your choice distributed as follows:
The proposed course requirement fills a gap in the existing curriculum by providing comprehensive theoretical and methodological training to majors in religious studies. To date, the curriculum in religious studies at USC has focussed on training in specific religious traditions, with less explicit emphasis on methods and theory. The new required course (RELG 390) brings our curriculum in line with other religious studies departments in the US, which have moved to provide theoretical overviews and methodological clarity for its majors. Such training is now considered mandatory for any graduate work in the discipline. While religious studies remains an interdisciplinary field, researchers in recent generations have necessarily become much more explicit in their methodological and theoretical outlooks. In order to pursue research in Religious Studies, candidates for graduate education now need to specify how, and from what perspective, they wish to study religion. Thus without this course, our majors would lack the broad perspectives necessary for post-graduate study.
NOTE 1: This proposed change will require a corresponding change in the Major Map that has already been proposed and accepted. Specifically, the sectionn 4 (Major Requirements) will now need to include the requirement of RELG 390.
NOTE 2: RELG 390 is a new course, separately proposed.
Thank you for submitting your proposal to the Committee on Curricula & Courses. We have approved the proposal and are moving it forward to the Faculty Senate. It is recommended someone from the department attend the next Faculty Senate meeting in case there are questions from the floor regarding your proposal.
We appreciate your patience and commitment to undergraduate and graduate education.
John Gerdes, Chair803email@example.comFaculty Senate Committee on Curricula and Courses
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Update will appear in the 1920 Undergraduate Bulletin to be published 2.15.19.