Requirements for a B.A. (Major) in Religion

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The Bachelor of Arts degree in religion allows flexibility and presumes that you will take advantage of individual advising in designing your major program. The major requires 32 semester hours with 12 hours in upper division courses (in addition to Religion 301 and Religion 499 as described below) and a minimum of eight hours in each of the two main areas of study:

  1. Christian Traditions, (8) examines diverse forms of Christianity within their historical, cultural and political contexts. These courses are designated as RC.
  2. Global Religious Traditions (8) highlights PLU’s commitment to local-global education through analysis of diverse religions, both here and abroad. These courses are designated as RG.

In addition, students participate in Religion 301: Research in Religion and Religion 499: Capstone Research Seminar. In the first course, the prerequisite to the capstone, majors are introduced to the context, methods and craft of research in the field of religion and theology. In the second course, the capstone participants work with the entire department to shape a substantial intellectual project and present their work publicly. Transfer students must take at least 20 hours at PLU. You will be encouraged to double major in religion and another field of study.

Religion Major Fact Sheet

Requirements for a Minor in Religion

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There are two options:

  1. The religion minor requires 16 semester hours, with no more than eight hours in each of the two main areas of study described above. Transfer minors under this option must take at least eight hours at PLU. For minors who declare in Fall 2013 or later, at least four of the sixteen hours must be taken in upper-level courses.
  2. The religion minor taken under the Teacher Education option is intended primarily for parochial school teachers enrolled in the School of Education. This minor requires 24 semester hours, with at least eight hours in each of the two main areas of study described above. Transfer minors under this option normally take 16 hours in residence.

Courses taken to satisfy the General Education Requirement in religion (eight hours) may be applied toward either minor option.

Courses in Religion

To see a complete, and updated, listing of courses from the Department of Religion, please consult the religion section of the PLU Course Catalog. A print version is also available. Please contact the Department of Religion or the Registrar’s Office to obtain one.

If you would like to see times, locations, and instructors for specific courses, please consult our interactive, online Course Schedule. A print version is also available. Please contact the Department of Religion or the Registrar’s Office to obtain one.