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General Education Requirements

The Religion Department offers three courses that fulfill the Writing Intensive (WI) Requirement: REL 210 , 304 and 342; five courses that fulfill the Domestic component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement: REL 204, 230, 299, 330 and 350; and eight courses that fulfill the International component of the Perspectives on Diversity Requirement: REL 171, 172, 180, 286, 304, 310, 380 and 425. The Department also regularly offers Earlham Seminars.

The Religion curriculum integrates General Education learning goals with the wider learning goals of the study of religion. Earlham Seminars teach students the essential skills of close analysis of texts, critical thinking, cogent writing, and effective public presentations while introducing them to religion as an academic discipline. Writing Intensives enhance these developing skills with the ability to synthesize themes and materials from different disciplines and genres. Courses fulfilling Domestic and International Diversity introduce students to multiple perspectives on the nature of ultimate reality, humanity, and social relations, and to the role that religion plays in promoting or resisting injustice and violence. They challenge them to entertain multiple worldviews sympathetically, to ponder the nature of religion itself in all its expressions, and to learn to respectfully negotiate differences of culture and belief in classroom and community.

In addition to these general education goals, students majoring and minoring in Religion should be able to understand how religion constructs their own and others' cultures; to grasp religion as a multi-faceted phenomenon and make interdisciplinary connections between religion and other fields of experience and study; to understand the role that religion plays globally in promoting conflict and peace; to demonstrate awareness of the variety of issues and methods in the modern study of religion; and integrate rigorous intellectual inquiry with commitment to a particular faith or way of life.

The Major

Religion as a major field of study provides a center around which to integrate liberal arts studies as well as a background for vocations such as ministry, teaching, counseling and social work.

Students majoring in Religion will complete a minimum of 32 credits.

  • The following two courses are required:
    • REL 310 Is Religion "T(t)rue"?
    • REL 488 Senior Capstone Experience: Research Seminar
  • One course from each of the three subject areas — Texts, Histories, Moral Vision — is required:
    • Texts
      • REL 144 Bible in Politics
      • REL 171 Saints in South Asia
      • REL 209 Religion and Popular Literature in the United States
      • REL 309 Prophetic Black Women
      • Another Religion course approved by the Department Convener.
    • Histories
      • REL 172 Buddhist Traditions of the World
      • REL 205 Introduction to Quaker History
      • REL 230 History of African American Religious Experiences
      • REL 232 Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Jewish Tradition
      • Another Religion course approved by the Department Convener.
    • Moral Vision
      • REL 204 The New Promised Land
      • REL 299 Religion and Culture of Hip Hop
      • REL 303 Human Rights in the Muslim World
      • REL 304 Judaism, the Other and the State: Encounters in Modern Jewish Thought
      • REL 330 Mass Incarceration and Moral Vision
      • REL 333 Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Middle East and North Africa
      • Another Religion course approved by the Department Convener.
  • Four upper-level (300+) elective courses in Religion are required.

 

The Minor

Students minoring in Religion will complete a minimum of 20 credits.

  • The following course is required:
    • REL 310 Is Religion "T(t)rue"?
  • One course from each of the three subject areas — Texts, Histories, Moral Vision — is required:
    • Texts
      • REL 144 Bible in Politics
      • REL 171 Saints in South Asia
      • REL 209 Religion and Popular Literature in the United States
      • REL 309 Prophetic Black Women
      • Another Religion course approved by the Department Convener.
    • Histories
      • REL 172 Buddhist Traditions of the World
      • REL 205 Introduction to Quaker History
      • REL 230 History of African American Religious Experiences
      • REL 232 Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Jewish Tradition
      • Another Religion course approved by the Department Convener.
    • Moral Vision
      • REL 204 The New Promised Land
      • REL 299 Religion and Culture of Hip Hop
      • REL 303 Human Rights in the Muslim World
      • REL 304 Judaism, the Other and the State: Encounters in Modern Jewish Thought
      • REL 330 Mass Incarceration and Moral Vision
      • REL 333 Gender and Sexuality in Muslim Middle East and North Africa
      • Another Religion course approved by the Department Convener.
  • Two upper-level (300+) elective courses in Religion are required.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts, including the sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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