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 comparative religion faculty offer 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.
Program 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.
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.
Comparative Religion Honors Program
Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in Religion may substitute an Honors project for the major’s Advanced Religion Courses requirement. An Honors project involves independent study with a faculty mentor. It will usually extend over two consecutive terms and earn six hours of credit upon its successful completion. The project culminates in the writing of a major research paper (25-30 pages) during the second term and an oral defense of the project with the Program faculty.
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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. Major 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
Western 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.
V. Electives: 24-28 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.