Degree Requirements

General Requirements for the Major or Minor

General university degree requirements stipulate that 1) at least four units of the major or three units of the minor be taken in residence at Puget Sound; 2) students earn a GPA of 2.0 in courses taken for the major or the minor; and 3) all courses taken for a major or minor must be taken for graded credit. Any exceptions to these stipulations are indicated in the major and minor degree requirements listed below.

Religion courses are grouped into the following areas:

  • Area A) Monotheistic Religious Traditions
    • 200 The History and Literature of Ancient Israel
    • 201 The History and Literature of the New Testament
    • 203 Jesus and the Jesus Traditions
    • 204 Religions of the Book: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
    • 210 Comparative Christianities
    • 211 Islam in America
    • 212 The Religion of Islam
    • 222 Jihad and Islamic Fundamentalism
    • 310 Christianity and Law in the West
    • 312 The Apocalyptic Imagination
    • 321 Sexuality and Christianity: Then and Now
    • 322 An Introduction to Islamic Law
    • 342 Sufism
    • 350 Mysticism: The Spiritual Search in The Christian Tradition
    • 363 Saints, Symbols, and Sacraments: History of Christian Traditions
  • Area B) Asian Religious Traditions
    • 233 Japanese Religious Traditions
    • 234 Chinese Religious Traditions
    • 328 Religion, the State, and Nationalism in Japan
    • 332 Buddhism
    • 333 Asian Women and Religion
    • 334 Vedic Religion and Brahmanism
    • 335 Classical Hinduism
    • 336 Tantra and Alchemy
    • CONN 369, Power, Gender, and Divinity: The Construction of Goddesses
  • Area C) Religious and Philosophical Ethics
    • 265 Thinking Ethically
    • 292 Basics of Bioethics
    • 311 Tolstoy, Ghandi, and King: Prophets of Non-Violent Social Change
    • 315 Contemporary Jewish Thought
    • 361 Heroes of Integrity
    • 365 Antisemitism and the Holocaust
    • 368 Gender Matters
    • CONN 302 Ethics and the Other
    • CONN 318 Crime and Punishment
  • Area D) Advanced Seminars in Religious Studies
    • 410 Religion and Violence
    • 420 Law and Religion
    • 440 The Body in Comparative Religions
    • 450 Modernity and its Discontents
    • 455 Disgust, Lust, Shame, and Blame: A Religious - Ethical Study of Emotion
    • 456 Ethics and Postmodernity
    • 494 Special Topics
    • 495/496 Independent Study
  • Area E) Comparative Approaches
    • 202 Introduction to the Study of World Religions
    • 208 Yoga and the Ascetic Imperative
    • 301 Consciousness and the Bourgeoisie
    • 304 Capital and Captivity
    • 340 Imagining Religion: Scholars, Theories, and Cases in the Study of Religion
    • CONN 344 Magic and Religion
    • CONN 369 Power, Gender, and Divinity: The Construction of Goddesses
    • HUM 370 The Good Life

Requirements for the Major

The major in Religion is nine courses.

  • From Area A: 1 course
  • From Area B: 1 course
  • From Area C: 1 course
  • From Area D: 2 courses
  • From Area E: REL 340, Imagining Religion (usually taken Sophomore or Junior year)
  • From Areas A - E: 3 additional elective courses in Religion, at least one at the 300-level or above

Notes

  1. REL 495/496 counts as an elective toward the major, and not as an advanced seminar.
  2. One approved ancillary course may be applied toward the major as an elective. Approved ancillary courses include CLCS 210, CLCS 318, CONN 332, ENGL 473, HIST 350, and HIST 393.
  3. Only grades of C (2.00) or higher count toward the major or minor.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor in Religion is five courses:

  • One course each from Area A, B, and C; and two additional Religion courses, at least one of which is above the 200 level.

Only grades of C (2.00) or higher count towards the major or minor.