Dec 02, 2023
Special curriculum; major code BA4213
If you plan to enter a theological seminary or to do graduate study in religion, it is recommended that you take a broad program of undergraduate courses, including the following (with minimum credit suggested in each area):
- world religions (12)
- courses on the texts and history of religions (15)
- English composition and literature, and world literature (21)
- history, including HIST 354A, 354B, 356C, and 370 (15)
- social sciences (21)
- foreign languages (18)
- natural sciences (9)
- public speaking (3)
Arrange your program to meet the requirements of the B.A. degree and the University General Education requirements. It is advisable to major in world religions, English, or one of the social sciences. Check the entrance requirements of the theological seminaries, other religious educational institutions, or graduate schools of your choice and plan your curriculum accordingly. A pretheology major also is available from the Departments of English and Philosophy.
Please see the appropriate college listing for college-level academic requirements.
History Major Requirements
The history major requirement for the B.A. degree consists of a minimum of 56 hours. This total includes:
Eight hours from either of the following series:
(courses selected must be “adjacent,” e.g., 103 and 102, or 122 and either 121 or 123)
32 hours at the 300–400 level, including:
Select ONE of the following areas and complete three courses (12 hours):
- ALSO, complete four additional courses (16 hours) by choosing TWO courses from EACH of the remaining areas.
Europe: Must include one course on material predominantly before 1500, one from 1500-1800, and one after 1800.
Non-Western (Latin America, Middle East, Africa, Asia): Must include one course on material predominantly before 1800, one from the 19th century, and one from the 20th century.
North America (Canada, United States): Must include one course before 1800, one from the 19th century, and one from the 20th century.
With the help of your advisor, you will need to develop a coherent plan of study. The emphasis will be to select courses that interrelate within a particular area. Your advisor will be critical to your success in choosing an appropriate plan of study.
Students with GPAs of 3.0 and above will be informed about internship opportunities or encouraged to write a senior honors thesis.