Catalog 2012-2013

Religion

253.535.7215
www.plu.edu/religion
reli@plu.edu

Religion is an attempt to understand the meaning of human existence. Different religious and cultural communities express that meaning in many ways. Located within an ELCA-related university, the Department of Religion stands within a Lutheran Christian and global context.

In a university setting this means the serious academic study of the Bible, of the history of the Christian tradition, of Christian theology, and of world religious traditions. Critical study calls for open and authentic dialogue with other religious traditions and seeks to understand a common humanity as each tradition adds its unique contribution. It calls for a critical yet constructive interchange with contemporary society. Finally, it calls for a sharing of insights with other disciplines in the university as each sheds light on the human condition.

To these ends the Department of Religion offers a wide range of courses and opportunities. Furthermore it calls students, majors and non-majors alike, to consider questions of meaning, purpose, and value in a society that all too often neglects these questions.

BACHELOR OF ARTS MAJOR
32 semester hours

Majors Requirements

  • RELI 301: Research in Religion (offered only in Fall semester; must be taken prior to RELI 499)
  • RELI 499: Capstone Research Seminar (offered only in Spring semester)
  • 8 semester hours RELI coursework from Line One: Christian Theology (RC)
  • 8 semester hours RELI coursework from Line Two: Global Religious Traditions (RG)
  • In addition:
    • 8 hrs RELI coursework from either line RC or RG
    • At least 12 semester hours must be upper-division, not including RELI 301 and 499
    • Option I or II of the College of Arts and Sciences Language requirement.

Majors should plan their program early in consultation with departmental faculty. Closely related courses taught in other departments may be considered to apply toward the religion major in consultation with the chair of the department.

The B.A. in Religion requires completion of Option I or Option II of the College of Arts and Language Sciences requirement.

Transfer majors will normally take 20 semester hours in residence.

A minimum grade of C- in all courses in the major or minor department and a cumulative 2.00 GPA in those courses is required.

MINOR
16 semester hours

  • 8 semester hours RELI coursework from Line One: Christian Theology (RC)
  • 8 semester hours RELI coursework from Line Two: Global Religious Traditions (RG)

Transfer minors under this option must take at least 8 semester hours in residence. 

MINOR (Teacher Education Option)
24 semester hours, at least 4 hours in each of the two lines.

Transfer minors under this option normally take 16 semester hours in residence.

Intended primarily for parochial school teachers enrolled in the Department of Instructional Development and Leadership.