Program Requirements

Degree Requirements (minimum of 30 hours)
  1. Core Requirements - 18 or 21 hours
Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
REL 711 Seminar: South Asian Religions 3 hrs
REL 731 Seminar: Biblical Studies 3 hrs
REL 751 Seminar: History of Judaism and Christianity 3 hrs
REL 771 Seminar: Religion, Self, and Society 3 hrs

All students must take at least one seminar in each of the four areas of emphasis. Students choosing to write a thesis for their research component must take two additional seminars distributed across two of the four areas for a core of 18 hours. Students choosing to create a research portfolio for their research component must take three additional seminars distributed across three of the four areas for a core of 21 hours.

2. Electives. Additional elective hours to total 30 hours. At least six of the hours must be taken in the Religious Studies Department. The student's Advisory Committee must approve these courses.

3. Advisory Committee. Initially each student will be advised by the General Graduate Advisor. As soon as possible, the student will select a faculty member to chair a graduate advisory committee consisting of at least three persons. This committee will supervise the remainder of the candidate's graduate program.

4. Program of Study. The candidate's program will be structured by the Advisory Committee in consultation with the student.

5. Comprehensive Examination. The written and oral comprehensive examination will be administered by the student's Advisory Committee upon the completion of at least 12 hours of course work, normally at the beginning of the third semester. This examination must be passed before the student begins writing a thesis or creating a research portfolio.

6. Research. In addition to completing their course work, students must complete either a thesis or a research portfolio in a manner acceptable to the student's Advisory Committee. Students writing a thesis will enroll in REL 799 for 3 credit hours upon the completion of at least 12 hours of course work, normally at the beginning of the third semester of study. Students will normally take another 3 hours of REL 799 in the following semester to complete the thesis. Either the thesis or research portfolio constitutes the student's research component and will be defended orally before the student's Advisory Committee.