Religious Studies, B.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 36

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48

Upper-Division Hours Within Major: 21


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.25

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.25

Program Code: B820

Major Requirements

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or Dodge College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.
  • No course may be used more than once to satisfy major requirements, and courses counted for the major may not be used for other majors or minors, except for support requirements.
  • A grade of C or better must be earned for each course fulfilling requirements for the Religious Studies degree.
Introductory Courses
RELS 1113Introduction to Religious Studies3
RELS 2653Approaches to the Study of Religion3
The Variety of Religious Traditions
Choose one course each from three of the following groups:9
Judaism:
Judaism - A Religious History
Christianity:
History of Christian Traditions
Islam:
Islamic Religious Tradition
Buddhism:
History of Buddhist Traditions
Hinduism:
History of Hindu Traditions
Chinese Traditions:
Introduction to Asian Philosophy
Chinese Philosophy
History of Daoist Traditions
Indigenous Traditions:
Native American Philosophy
Mediterranean Traditions:
Roman Religion
Greek Religion
Approaches to Religious Studies
Choose one course each from three of the following groups: 19
Electives
Choose three additional courses from the groups above or the following:9
Special Topics
Field Study in Religious Studies
Capstone
RELS 4323Capstone3
Total Credit Hours36

Approaches To Religious Studies Course Lists

Religion, Literature, and the Arts

A HI 3263Survey of Byzantine Art and Architecture3
A HI 4273Byzantine Icons3
AFAM 3143Gospel Music Past and Present3
CL C 1123Gods and Heroes in Art3
CL C 3113Gods and Heroes of Ancient Epic3
CL C 3163Visions of Heaven and Hell: Virgil, Dante, and Milton3
HIST 3763Genesis Through Jewish Eyes3
HIST 4973Undergraduate Seminar in History (The Bible Since Enlightenment (topic))3
LSTD 4173Women in the Bible and Qur’an3
LSTD 4183Crafting the Cinematic Jesus3
LSTD 4213A Critical Review of the Bible as a Literary Work3
MLLL 3063Survey of Jewish Literature from Antiquity to the Present3
MLLL 4993Epics of India: Ramayana and Mahabarata3
RELS 1213Judaism and Christianity in Conversation and Conflict3
RELS 3183Lost Scriptures and the Formation of the Bible3
RELS 3193Biblical Literature3
RELS 3533The Qur'an3
RELS 3573Jesus in the World's Religions3

Religion, Social Organizations, & Politics

AFAM 4633African American Religious Traditions3
ANTH 1823Religion in Everyday Life3
ANTH 3423Anthropology of Religion3
CL C 3053Origins of Christianity: Jesus to Augustine3
EXPO 1213Expository Writing (Topic: Violence and the Sacred)3
or EXPO 1223 Expository Writing
HON 2973Perspectives on the American Experience (Topic: American Religion on the Margins)3
HON 2973Perspectives on the American Experience (Topic: Religion and State)3
HON 3993Honors Colloquium (Topic: Death, Dying, and Religion)3
HON 3993Honors Colloquium (Topic: Religion and Pop Culture)3
HON 3993Honors Colloquium (Topic: New Religious Movements)3
IAS 3723Sexuality & Identity in the Islamic World3
IAS 3473The Arab-Israeli Conflict3
LSTD 4163World Religions and Ecology3
P SC 3033Religion and Politics in America3
P SC 3053Global Religion and American Foreign Policy3
P SC 3063Religion and the American Constitution3
RELS 3223Religion and Nationalism in India3
RELS 3233Money, Power, and God(s): Religion and Economy East and West3
RELS 3543Islamic Law3
RELS 3623Discovering the Apostle Paul: His Life and Thoughts3
SOC 3773Sociology of Religion3
SOC 3873World Religions and Society3

Religion and History

CL C 3323Religion of the Pharaohs3
HIST 1563The Jews: From Abraham to Zionism3
HIST 2503American Jews/Jewish Americans3
HIST 3113The Crusades3
HIST 3143The Era of the Reformation3
HIST 3203Transformation of Jews3
HIST 3413The History of Ancient Israel3
HIST 3563Jerusalem3
HIST 3733History of Heaven and Hell in Judaism and Christianity3
HIST 3773Jews and Christians--Middle Ages3
HIST 3963From Zionism to Modern Israel3
HIST 3973Judaism - A Religious History3
HIST 3993The Evolution of Martyrdom in the Judeo-Christian Civilization3
HIST 4003Jews and Other Germans3
HIST 4023Inquisitions3
HSTM 3443Science in a Religious World3
HSTM 3453Science and Civilization in Islam3
HSTM 3823Science in Medieval Culture3
IAS 3413Iran & Islam to 1800: History, Culture, and Society in the Pre-Modern Period3
IAS 3443Political Islam3
RELS 3763Chinese Religions3
RELS/HIST 3833Archaeology of the Lands of the Bible3

Religion and Philosophy

PHIL 3423Ancient and Medieval Religious Philosophy3
PHIL 3433Modern Philosophy of Religion3
PHIL 3443Contemporary Issues in Philosophy of Religion3
PHIL/IAS 3343Chinese Philosophy3
PHIL 3733Religion in Political Theory3
PHIL/IAS 4343Early Chinese Philosophy3
PHIL 4473Philosophy of Religion3
RELS 3563Islamic Theology3
RELS 3593Hermeneutics: Approaches to Interpreting the Bible and the Qur’an3
RELS 3733Tibetan Buddhism3
RELS 3743History of Daoist Traditions3
RELS 3753Zen Buddhism3

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and Dodge College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/coursesCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with Dodge College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Religious Studies academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy University, College of Arts and Sciences, and Religious Studies major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
Math (Core I) 3
RELS 1113 Introduction to Religious Studies (Core IV - WC) 3
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours14
Sophomore
First Semester
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
Religious Traditions Major Requirement 3 3
Intermediate Language 3
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
Western Culture (Core IV) 1 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
RELS 2653 Approaches to the Study of Religion 3
Religious Traditions Major Requirement 3 3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 4
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
Social Science (Core III) 3
 Credit Hours16
Junior
First Semester
Religious Traditions Major Requirement, upper-division 3 3
Religious Studies Conceptual Groupings Requirement, upper-division 3 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
World Culture (Core IV) 2 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Religious Studies Conceptual Groupings Requirement, upper-division 3 3
Religious Studies Major Elective, upper-division 3 3
Religious Studies Major Elective, upper-division 3 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
Religious Studies Major Elective, upper-division 3 3
Religious Studies Major Elective, upper-division 3 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
RELS 4323 Capstone 3
Religious Studies Major Elective, upper-division 3 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120