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Requirements for a Concentration in Religious Studies

Students may effectively major in Religious Studies by selecting a Philosophy major and choosing the Religious Studies concentration. Although some Religious Studies courses are cross-listed with Philosophy, no courses in Philosophy are required for the Religious Studies concentration.


Students entering LSU in 2012-13 or later will fulfill the requirements for the concentration in Religious Studies that are effective beginning with the 2012-13 LSU General Catalog. Students who entered LSU before that time will fulfill the requirements in effect before the 2012-13 catalog. Any student who entered LSU before 2012-13 who wishes to switch to the later set of requirements should contact the undergraduate advisor for Religious Studies.


Requirements for Students Entering in 2012-13 or Later


The following requirements for the concentration in Religious Studies are effective beginning with the 2012-13 LSU General Catalog.


Students concentrating in Religious Studies must complete a minimum of 27 semester hours of religious studies courses. These include a two-semester survey of world religions (Religious Studies 2027 or 2031, and 2029 or 2030); a course in theories of religion (Religious Studies 4301); and 18 hours of religious studies electives. At least 15 of the 27 hours must be at the 3000 level or above, and of these at least six hours must be at the 4000 level (including Religious Studies 4301).


These requirements are summarized by the following checklist:

  • REL 2027 (Asian Religions) or 2031 (HONORS: Asian Religions)
  • REL 2029 (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) or 2030 (HONORS: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam)
  • REL 4301 (Theories of Religion)
  • At least one more 3-hour REL elective at the 4000 level
  • 9 more hours of REL electives at the 3000 level or above
  • 6 more hours of REL electives at any level


Some Religious Studies courses are cross-listed with other departments. These courses should be taken under the Religious Studies rubric (REL) if they are to count toward the 27 hours needed for the major.


Requirements for Students Entering before 2012-13


The following requirements for the concentration in Religious Studies are for students entering LSU before 2012-13 unless they elect to switch to the new requirements that came into effect with the 2012-13 LSU General Catalog.


Students concentrating in religious studies must complete a minimum of 27 semester hours of religious studies courses. These include three core courses (Religious Studies 2027 or 2031, 2029 or 2030, and 4301) plus 18 hours of religious studies electives.


At least 15 of the 27 hours must be at the 3000 level or above, and of these at
least six hours must be at the 4000 level (including Religious Studies 4301).


Electives must include a minimum of 3 hours in each of the following areas:

  • Western Religions - REL 1004, 1005, 1006, 1007, 2006, 2120, 3000, 3002,
    3005, 3051, 3100, 3101, 3102, 3104, 3786, 4005, 4006, 4011, 4012,
    4095, 4096, 4098, 4227, 4500.
  • Nonwestern Religions - REL 2034, 3033, 4001, 4035, 4191, 4600, 4800,
    4850.
  • Theoretical Studies in Religion - REL 2028, 3015, 3030, 3092, 3201,
    3236, 3300, 4032, 4050, 4944