Honors in the Major

Requirements for Honors in the Major in Religious Studies

To earn Honors in the Major in Religious Studies, students must complete at least 30 credits as follows:

1. Required Core and Honors Courses

  • Gateway Course: Religious Studies 101, or 102, or 103
  • Religious Studies 600 preferably during junior year
  • Religious Studies 601 preferably during junior year with the aim of producing a detailed senior thesis research proposal that can be submitted to the Hilldale competition as well as the Honors Senior Thesis research grant competition
  • Religious Studies 681 + 682 Senior Honors Thesis, taken during senior year

2. At least 6 more Honors credits at the intermediate or advanced level to bring the total Honors credits to at least 19 credit hours

  • Since students will take 600, 601, 681, and 682 for honors credits, they will earn 13 of the required 19 Honors credits as part of the capstone experience. The remaining 6 credits should consist of two courses that will help the Honors student work in greater depth in a particular topic area and form a relationship with a faculty member who will likely supervise the student’s 681 + 682 sequence. Religious Studies courses numbered 208, 209, 212, 227, 234, 235, 237, 253, 257, 261, 270 and all courses numbered 300-699, which carry an honors designation, count toward this requirement.

3. Students must earn a 3.5 GPA within the major, and a minimum of 3.3 cumulative GPA