IMPORTANT NOTE

The requirements below apply to those students with a 2023-2024 catalog year. Students are required by college policy to follow the major (and minor) requirements found in the catalog in effect at the time they declared their first major. To find your catalog year, please visit your Grades and Academic Records found in myOxy and access the catalog that matches your catalog year.

Students interested in Religious Studies are encouraged to take any RELS course at the 100- or 200-level, many of which have seats reserved for first-year students. Most Religious Studies courses do not have prerequisites and as such can be taken in any order.

Placement Information

No placement exams are specifically required for the Religious Studies major.

Sample 4-Year Plan


Fall

Spring

Year 1

  • Fall FYS course

  • Core Requirement

  • Foreign Language (4 or 5 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • Spring FYS course

  • RELS Elective

  • Core Requirement (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

Year 2

  • RELS Elective

  • Core Requirement

  • Core Requirement

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • RELS 250 or RELS Elective

  • RELS Elective

  • Core Requirement

  • General Elective (4 units)

Year 3

  • RELS Elective

  • RELS Elective

  • General Elective

  • General Elective

  • RELS 250 or RELS Elective

  • General Elective

  • General Elective

  • General Elective

Year 4

  • RELS 490 (Senior Seminar)

  • RELS Elective

  • General Elective

  • General Elective

  • RELS Elective

  • General Elective

  • General Elective

  • General Elective

Curricular Notes

  • Many Religious Studies courses also fulfill core requirements¬†

  • Students planning on studying abroad during the spring semester of their junior year should register in RELS 250 during the spring semester of their sophomore year

Transfer Credit Policies

When judging whether a course taken at another institution can count as an Oxy Religious Studies course, we look for two things:

  1. That the course takes the same approach to the study of religion as our department—aligning with our intellectual commitments, and our learning goals & outcomes.
  2. That the course requires the same level of rigor as courses in our department, in terms of high-quality and amount of readings, quality and amount of assignments, etc.

Otherwise, the Religious Studies Department policy on transfer credit conforms to College policy. Students should reference the Transfer Credit section for details.

Contact Religious Studies
Fowler Hall 405