2021-2022 Academic Catalog 
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2021-2022 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Comparative Religion, BA

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Program Description:

Religion is an essential dimension of human thought and experience. It shapes our history, culture, values, and beliefs. It influences debates on a diverse range of issues, including global terrorism and political ideologies, gender and racial equality, ethics and social justice.

The Religion Department offers courses in all the great world religions: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Chinese and Japanese Religions. We teach a variety of courses on Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and American Religious History. In addition, we offer cross-cultural and thematic courses that examine particular topics, including women and religion, religion and politics, human rights, ethics, religious pluralism, mythology, mysticism, and film.

Department faculty use an academic, non-confessional methodology in teaching religion. In our classes we analyze religious beliefs, practices, texts, and institutions both descriptively and critically as intellectual, historical, and cultural phenomena. We do not argue for the truth of one, all, or no religion.

Admissions Requirements:

The Comparative Religion Major accepts all students having a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in the Comparative Religion, BA program will:

  • Acquire effective writing and communication skills
  • Acquire strong critical thinking skills
  • Appreciate the diversity of religious worldviews, traditions, beliefs, and practices
  • Understand how to study religion from an academic perspective.

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Program Requirements:

I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours

Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 3 Hours

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours

Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours

Additional Core Courses: 6 Hours

II. Departmental Requirements: 36 Hours

Introductory Religion Courses: 6 hours

Students must take two 2000-level Religion courses

Upper-Level Religion Electives: 27 hours

Students must take nine 3000-4000 level Religion electives. A minimum of two courses must be taken in each of the following areas:

  • Asian Religions Area Courses: 6 hours minimum
    • REL 3400, 3410, 3420, 3430, 3440, 3450, 3460, 3470, 3480, 3490, 3510, 3530, 3540, 3550, 3810
  • Western Religions Area Courses: 6 hours minimum
    • REL 3100, 3110, 3120, 3200, 3210, 3300, 3310, 3320, 3520, 3600, 3610, 3620, 3640, 3700, 3720, 3730, 3740, 3750, 3760, 3770, 3780, 3790, 3820, 3900, 3930, 3940, 4100, 4500

NOTE: Students may substitute on 3-credit upper-level CLS or PHL course for one 3000-level REL elective.

Asian Religion Area Courses

Advanced Religion Courses: 3 hours

Students must take one 4000-level Religion course. 

NOTE: Students cannot use REL 4810 Independent Study to fulfill this requirement.

Total Number of Credits: 36 hours

III. Related Requirements

IV. College Requirements: 18-22 Hours

Foreign Language: 12-16 Hours

Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language:

Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry

V. Electives: 24-28 Hours

Total: 120 Hours

Graduation Planning Strategy

The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

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