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Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in religion.

Description of Program

A major or minor in religion at Drake University is a study of sacred texts and their interpretation, of theological and ethical reasoning, of the breadth of religious thinking and practice, and of the meaning of the religious quest for a comprehensive understanding of reality. Courses can prepare students for an understanding of the diverse religious traditions of the world, for graduate professional training for ministry, for an active religious life, or for critical reflection on the ways in which human communities experience and describe the sacred.

In addition to the possibilities that the study of religion itself offers, the size of the department affords the luxury of really getting to know our students, offering collaborative learning between faculty and students. The faculty, values time spent with students beyond the classroom, engaging in conversation, mentoring students and building community.

Requirements for Major

33 credits.

Required Courses: Six Courses (18 credits)

  • Two Traditions courses (East and West)
  • One Ethics course
  • One Texts course
  • One Theory Course
  • Senior Capstone or Independent Study

Traditions Courses

  • REL 61 Religions of the Middle East
  • REL 62 Religions of India
  • REL 64 Introduction to Buddhism
  • REL 108 China: The Way of the Sage
  • REL 109 Islam
  • REL 110 Judaism
  • REL 120 Black Christianity and Prophetic Politics
  • REL 153 Intro to Christian Theology

Ethics Courses

  • REL 091 Contemporary Ethical Issues
  • REL 117 Religious Models of Restorative Justice
  • REL 118 Race, Religion and Civic Culture

Texts Courses

  • REL 51 New Testament
  • REL 53 Life and Teachings of Jesus
  • REL 111 Eastern Philosophy
  • REL 112 Bible and Qur’an
  • REL 130 The Global Bible

Theory Courses

  • REL 121 Comparative Religion
  • REL 124 Inventing Religion
  • REL 125 Philosophy of Religion
  • REL 155 Liberation and Feminist Theologies

Electives Required: Five Courses (15 credits)

Special Notes

  • No more than 9 hours of <100 level courses may count toward the major.
  • Other courses from related disciplines (Philosophy, Study of Culture and Society, History) may be counted towards elective credit in the major upon approval of the student’s advisor.

Requirements for Minor

18 credit hours

  • Two traditions courses (East and West)
  • Four other courses from any area of study
  • No more than 6 hours <100 level courses may count toward the minor
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