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B.S. in Religion

Our Mission

The mission of the religion program is to provide students the interfaith skills and knowledge to shape their communities through understanding and compassion. With 30 major hours and only one required related class, our B.S. in Religion maximizes electives to best facilitate double majoring or adding a minor according to your specific interests and career goals.

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B.S. in Religion Sample Degree Plan

This is an example degree plan meant to guide you while you're planning your course schedule each semester. This is not an inflexible schedule that you have to follow exactly.

 

Degree Requirements

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Religion, B.S.

This degree is designed to meet the admission requirements of graduate programs in varying fields, including Religious Studies, and seminaries, by providing students with an introduction to a diverse array of religious traditions and methodologies for engaging in the comparative examination of these cultural institutions.

Faculty Mentoring and Experiential Learning

Having broad latitude in choosing courses, religion majors and minors will collaborate with their advisors in crafting their own unique area of concentration. the path of study for majors may be enhanced by an internship or service learning, and will culminate in the capstone experience with a digital portfolio detailing how their Texas Wesleyan religion major has equipped and empowered them for their next steps after graduation.

General Education Curriculum (36)

For the full General Education Curriculum Policy and Requirements, refer to the GEC listed in this catalog.

MAT 1302 is acceptable for the GEC math requirement.

Some courses listed in program “Major Requirements” or “Required Related Courses” (noted with an asterisk [*]) may be used to meet requirements in the GEC. Although these courses fulfill requirements in each area, credit hours for these courses, if taken for the GEC, may only be counted in the GEC.

Complete Graduation Requirements are listed in this catalog.

Language Literacy (12)

English (9)

ENG 1301 Composition I 3 Credits
ENG 1302 Composition II 3 Credits
one of the following courses:
ENG 2324 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 Credits
ENG 2326 Exploring American Lit 3 Credits
ENG 2327 Exploring World Lit 3 Credits
ENG 2328 Exploring British Lit 3 Credits

Speech (3)

 
SPC 1301 Fund of Speech 3 Credits

Analytic Literacy (7)

 

Mathematics (3)

MAT 1302, MAT 1304 (if allowable by major), or any math course with MAT 1302 or MAT 1304 or higher as a prerequisite.

Note: MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Arts and Sciences except for the programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics. MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Education. MAT 1304 is not acceptable for any program in the School of Business and Professional Programs.

Science (4)

Choose 1 of the following courses with accompanying lab:

BIO 1403 Fundamentals of Science 4 Credits
BIO 1406 Contemporary Biology 4 Credits
BIO 1407 Animal Life 4 Credits
BIO 1408 Plants & Human Affairs 4 Credits
BIO 1409 Cracking the Code: A User's Guide to Human Genetics 4 Credits
BIO 1410 Introduction to Biology I 4 Credits
BIO 1413 Local Spring Flora 4 Credits
BIO 1414 Cats, Chromosomes & Codons 4 Credits
BIO 1415 Exploring Human Biology 4 Credits
BIO 1420 Introduction to Biology II 4 Credits
BIO 2401 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 4 Credits
BIO 2402 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 4 Credits
CHE 1403 Nature of Physical Science 4 Credits
CHE 1404 Physical Science & Environment 4 Credits
CHE 1405 Forensic Science I 4 Credits
CHE 1415 General Chemistry I 4 Credits
CHE 1416 General Chemistry II 4 Credits
CHE 1418 Chemistry in Context 4 Credits
NSC 1402 Introductory Astronomy 4 Credits
PHY 1401 University Physics I 4 Credits
PHY 1402 University Physics II 4 Credits
PHY 1410 Fundamentals of Physics I 4 Credits

Cultural Literacy (9)

HIS 2324 Fundamentals of Modern American History 3 Credits

Choose (3) hours from one of the following:

FAR, MUS, or THA

Choose (3) hours from any of the following:

REL 1311 Introduction to Jewish Scriptures 3 Credits
REL 1312 Introduction to Christian Scriptures 3 Credits
REL 1313 Introduction to Ethics 3 Credits
REL 1321 Introduction to Comparative Religions 3 Credits
REL 1323 Introduction to Interfaith Leadership 3 Credits

Social Literacy (8)

EXS 1220 Basic Concepts of Wellness 2 Credits

Choose any two of the following courses with at least two different academic areas represented:

BUA 1301 Introduction to Business 3 Credits
ECO 2305 Principles of Economics I 3 Credits
FIN 1325 Personal Finance 3 Credits
GEG 2304 World Geography 3 Credits
GEG 2305 Human Geography 3 Credits
HUM 2340 The Human Experience I 3 Credits
HUM 2341 The Human Prospect 3 Credits
IST 2300 Introduction to International Studies 3 Credits
MCO 1302 Mass Media & Society 3 Credits
POL 2311 American Government I 3 Credits
PSY 1301 General Psychology 3 Credits
PSY 2342 Psychology of Everyday Life 3 Credits
SSC 2360 Social Justice 3 Credits
SOC 1302 Cultural Anthropology 3 Credits
SOC 2301 Intro to Sociology 3 Credits
SOC 2302 Social Problems 3 Credits
SOC 2390 Minority Groups 3 Credits
WSP 2304 Hon Sem Social Literacy 3 Credits
WSP 2340 Hon Lang/Lit Interdiscip Integrative 3 Credits

Required Related Courses

English

ENG 3310 Advanced Writing 3 Credits

Major Requirements

A minimum of 30 total religion hours including the Capstone course. At least three hours must be taken at the 1000 level, and no more than six hours may be taken at that level. At least three hours must be at the 2000 level. And at least 18 hours must be taken at the 3000 level or above. 

Choose 3 or 6 hours of religion courses at 1000 level

(any more than 6 hours will count as elective)
REL 1150 Independent Study 1 Credit

REL 1311 Introduction to Jewish Scriptures 3 Credits
REL 1312 Introduction to Christian Scriptures 3 Credits
REL 1313 Introduction to Ethics 3 Credits
REL 1321 Introduction to Comparative Religions 3 Credits
REL 1323 Introduction to Interfaith Leadership 3 Credits
REL 1350 Independent Study 3 Credits

Choose 3 hours from religion courses at the 2000 level

REL 2321 Encountering Asian Traditions 3 Credits
REL 2322 Encountering Abrahamic Traditions 3 Credits

Choose at least 18 hours of religion courses at 3000 level or above

REL 3150 Independent Study 1 Credit

REL 3250 Independent Study 2 Credits
REL 3315 Interfaith Leadership 3 Credits
REL 3315H Interfaith Leadership 3 Credits
REL 3322 The Buddha and His Teachings 3 Credits
REL 3322H The Buddha and His Teachings 3 Credits
REL 3323 Exploring Islamic Tradtions 3 Credits
REL 3323H Exploring Islamic Traditions 3 Credits
REL 3324 Exploring Christian Traditions 3 Credits
REL 3324H Exploring Christian Traditions 3 Credits
REL 3325 Exploring Jewish Traditions 3 Credits
REL 3325H Exploring Jewish Traditions 3 Credits
REL 3340 Exploring Daoism 3 Credits
REL 3340H Exploring Daoism 3 Credits
REL 3350 Independent Study 3 Credits
REL 3361 Jesus' Life & Teachings 3 Credits
REL 3361H Jesus' Life & Teachings 3 Credits
REL 3363 Religion in America 3 Credits
REL 3363H Religion in America 3 Credits
REL 3364 Pursuing Happiness 3 Credits
REL 3364H Pursuing Happiness 3 Credits
REL 3370 Religion, Justice, and Human Rights 3 Credits
REL 3370H Religion, Justice, and Human Rights 3 Credits
REL 3371 Religion, Science and the Environment 3 Credits
REL 3371H Religion, Science, and the Environment 3 Credits
REL 3399 Special Topics 3 Credits
REL 3451 Independent Study 4 Credits
 

REL 4150 Independent Study 1 Credit

REL 4250 Independent Study 2 Credits
REL 4345 Religion & Popular Culture 3 Credits
REL 4345H Religion & Popular Culture 3 Credits
REL 4350 Independent Study 3 Credits
REL 4368 Experiencing Religion Through Travel 3 Credits
REL 4393 Internship 3 Credits
REL 4399 Special Topics 3 Credits
REL 4450 Independent Study 4 Credits

Capstone Experience

(Must have completed 9 upper level Religion hours to take course)
REL 4343/HUM 4343/REL 4343H Saints, Sages & Social Reformers 3 Credits
Total Credit Hours: 30

 

Electives

Electives will be required if the student has not met a minimum of 120 hours in the program.

Total Hours (120)

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