Degree Requirements


The Religion Department offers two majors: Religion (REL) and Youth and Family Ministry (YFM).


REL 100 is a prerequisite to all other courses.

Transfer Courses

All transfer courses for majors and minors, including ACTC courses, must be approved in writing by the chair. Only courses successfully completed (2.0 or above) within the last 10 years will be considered. In general, courses that meet the transfer guidelines may only be applied to elective credit for the major.


All majors must have an advisor in the department.

Departmental Honors

GPA of 3.50 in the major and 3.00 overall, research project approved by the department, and colloquium with the department. Application must be received by the department by December 30 of the student’s senior year.

Degree and Major Requirements

Religion Major, BA

Eight courses (32 credits) including:

  • REL 210 – Research Methods in Religion
  • REL 495 – Religion Keystone
  • Six additional electives (24 credits)

Note: Keystone, especially for majors, should be taken in the junior or senior year. One New Testament Greek course may be applied to the major.

Graduation Skills

The Critical Thinking (CT) graduation skill is embedded throughout the offered courses and is met by completing the major. The graduation skills in Quantitative Reasoning (QR), Speaking (S) and Writing (W) are met by completing the following courses:

QR: GST 200, MAT 145, MAT 146, MAT 163, or PHI 230; or by the QR requirement for a second major

S: REL 302, 386 or consult with advisor for an approved course outside the major

W: REL 495 and one of the following: REL 362, 370, or 481

Transfer students must consult a Religion Department advisor about potential adjustments to their course requirements to fulfill each of these skills.

Religion Minor

Five religion courses (20 credits) including REL 100.

Note for majors and minors: Students are required to have at least a 2.0 GPA in courses counted toward the major or minor. One or two courses (4-8 credits) in Youth and Family Ministry (YFM) may count toward the Religion major or minor.

Youth and Family Ministry

See the Youth and Family Ministry website.

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.