Religious Studies

Religious Studies Concentration, Professor Vanita, Director, Global Humanities and Religions

Religion has been taught as an academic discipline at the University of Montana since 1924.  Located within the Global Humanities and Religions Program, the study of religion is pursued in the University in an interdisciplinary setting that offers opportunities for exploration and discovery in many areas of the humanities, art, and sciences.  Our Religious Studies courses emphasize the scholarly analysis and interpretation of the history, literature, beliefs, myths, symbols, rituals, ethical and legal codes, and communities and institutions of the world's religious traditions.

We investigate how the world's religions address enduring human questions and influence responses to daily problems, and we explore how religious traditions shape lives and societies, from the emergence of the earliest civilizations to 21st-century global conflicts.  Our students engage ideas about the good life and death, suffering and happiness, war and peace, revelation and salvation, God, mysticism, and religious experience. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad and deep understanding of religion as a field of human activity and inquiry. Students acquire the skills necessary to investigate specific religious traditions in historical depth and to understand the forms, expressions, and roles of religion in the world today. 

 

Bachelor of Arts - Global Humanities and Religions; Religious Studies Concentration

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 39

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 

Summary

Religious Studies Lower-Division Requirements15
Introduction to Western Humanities
Introduction to Asian Humanities
Near Eastern/Mediterranean courses
South or East Asian Courses
Religious Studies Upper-Division Requirements24
Theory & Method in the Study of Religion
Religious Studies Courses
Liberal Studies Courses with Religious Studies content
Total Hours39

Religious Studies Lower-Division Requirements

Rule: Complete the following subcategories. 15 total credits required. 

Introduction to Western Humanities

Note: WRIT 101 is a pre-requisite or co-requisite. General Education fulfillment: GH 151L and GH 152L  satisfy both the "designated writing course" and "Literary & Artistic Studies" requirements.

Complete all of the following courses:
GH 151LIntroduction to Western Humanities Antiquity3
GH 152LIntroduction to the Humanities Medieval to Modern3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Introduction to Asian Humanities

Complete the following course:
GH 161HAsian Humanities3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Near Eastern/Mediterranean Courses

Complete one of the following courses:3
Intro to the Hebrew Bible
Introduction to New Testament
Christianity
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

South or East Asian Courses

Complete one of the following courses:3
Special Topics (when relevant)
Buddhism
Hindu Religious Traditions
Japanese Religions
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Religious Studies Upper-Division Requirements

Rule: Complete the following subcategories. 24 total credits required.

Theory & Method in the Study of Religion

Note: Please see the Global Humanities & Religions Director for possible course substitution approval.

Complete the following course:
RLST 300Theory & Method Study of Relig3
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Religious Studies Courses

Complete 7 of the following courses:21
Stories East and West
Gender & Sexuality in Eng Fict
Fathers and Daughters in Western Literary Traditions
Special Topics
Talking to God: Bhagavad Gita
Voodoo, Muslim, Church: Black Religion
Prayer & Civil Rights
Topics in Biblical Studies
Anct Judaism & Early Christnty
Western Religious Thought I
Western Religious Thought II
Topics in South Asia Religions
Topics in East Asia Religions
Tibetan Civilization
Contemporary Buddhism in S/SEAsia
Contemplative Traditions of Asia
Mysticism
Contemporary Religious Thought
Special Topics
Independent Study
Special Topics
Independent Study
Total Hours21

Minimum Required Grade: C-