Undergraduate Catalog
Religious Studies

The Concentration in Religious Studies is designed for students with a diversity of backgrounds and interests in religion. Students who are enrolled in the Concentration may be considering employment in fields where a knowledge of different religious traditions would be an asset, such as counseling or social work, or they may be contemplating further study of religion in a theological seminary or religious studies graduate program. Religious Studies is a traditional liberal arts field that helps students to develop skills in critical thinking, the analysis of complex issues, and oral and written expression. The concentration in Religious Studies stands as excellent preparation for a wide range of careers.

A. General Education (35-41 hours)
See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program
requirements. Students who have completed one year of American History in high
school are exempted from the six credit-hour History General Education Program
requirement; otherwise, students will have to meet the History requirement.

It is highly recommended that students concentrating in Religious Studies take ANTH 1200 and SOCI 1010 to fulfill the general education Social Science requirement.

B. Coordinated Study (39 hours)

Religious Studies Core  (6 hours)
RLGN 1100  Introduction to Religion
RLGN 3100   Perspectives on Religion

B.   Religious Context Courses (33 hours)
AAAS 4251 African Religions in the Diaspora
ANTH 4253 Anthropology of Religion
ARTH 4031, Art/Iconoclasm/Images
ARTH 4130 Art of the Medieval World
ARTH 4143 Art of High Renaissance Italy
ARTH 4181 Traditional Arts of Africa, Oceania, and North America
ENGL 4461 Bible as Literature
HIST 3273 Islamic Civilization
HIST 3275 History of Jewish People
HIST 4064 Ancient India
HIST 4361 History of the Byzantine Empire
HIST 4372 The High Middle Ages
HIST 4380 Renaissance Europe
HIST 4390 Europe in the Age of the Reformation
JDST 3601 Judaism
JDST 3661 Old Testament
JDST 3801 Jewish Thought I
JDST 3802 Jewish Thought II
JDST 4511 Holocaust Studies
JDST 4801 Jewish Mysticism
JDST 4841 Biblical Archaeology
MUSA 4104 Sacred Music in History and Practice I
MUSA 4105 Sacred Music in History and Practice II
PHIL 3701 Human and the Divine
PHIL 3702 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 3721 Chinese Philosophy
POLS 3102 Religion and Politics
RLGN 4010,Directed Readings
RLGN 4050-75 Special Topics
SOCI 3860 Sociology of Religion
UNIV 3565, Comparative Christianity
UNIV 3580 Hebrew and Greek Legacy
UNIV 3581 Faith, Reason and Imagination

C. College Requirements (9 hours)

Thematic Studies (6 hours)

Students complete a total of 6 hours of University College thematic studies course(s). RLGN 3100 satisfies 3 hours under this requirement. The remaining 3 hours are of the student's choosing from among a list of specifically designated courses.

For a complete list of courses see: http://www.memphis.edu/univcoll/courseinfo/thematic_studies.php

Any course that is counted toward fulfillment of the Thematic Studies requirement may not also be counted as a Religious Context Course under II.A above. Only students with a concentration in Religious Studies may use RLGN 3100 towards the Thematic Studies requirement.

Senior Project (3 hours)

UNIV 4995 Senior Project                         

The senior project is a student's culminating experience or capstone designed to synthesize and integrate the content of a student's program of study. The senior project is intended to fuse together the two or more academic areas that comprise the coordinated study (major) into an academically-relevant example of scholarship.

The Senior Project is completed during a student's final semester. For information on the Senior Project: http://www.memphis.edu/univcoll/senior_project.php

D. Electives (31 – 40 hours) may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120 with a minimum of 42 upper-division hours.

Many upper-division (3000/4000-level) courses have prerequisites that must be met prior to being permitted to register for those courses.  Students are responsible for knowing and satisfying all course prerequisites. Please view course descriptions at: http://www.memphis.edu/ugcatalog/coursedescrip/index.php.

Experiential Learning Credit Opportunities

Students seeking degrees in University College may be granted credit for college level knowledge and understanding related to the student's major area of study and gained from work experience, life experience, or non-college instruction. The student who wants an assessment of such learning prepares a portfolio that describes and documents the learning. Portfolios are assessed by faculty who teach in that area.

Assessment by portfolio is reserved for knowledge and competencies which do not readily fit into the credit by examination procedures described above. More detailed information about procedures may be obtained from the advisor.

Course Descriptions

College of Arts and Sciences

Aerospace Studies (AERO)
African and African American Studies (AAAS)
Anthropology (ANTH)
Biology (BIOL)
Chemistry (CHEM)
Computer Science (COMP)
Criminology and Criminal Justice (CJUS)
Earth Sciences (ESCI)
English (ENGL)
Emergency Management (EMGT)
Environmental Studies (ENVR)
Health Administration (HADM)
History (HIST)
International Studies (INTL)
Judaic Studies (JDST)
Mathematics (MATH)
Military Science (ARMY)
Naval Science (NAVY)
Philosophy (PHIL)
Physics (PHYS)
Political Science (POLS)
Public and Nonprofit Administration (PADM)
Psychology (PSYC)
Religious Studies (RLGN)
Social Work (SWRK)
Sociology (SOCI)
Women's Studies (WMST)

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Arabic (ARAB)
Chinese (CHIN)
Classics (CLAS)
French (FREN)
German (GERM)
Greek (GREK)
Hebrew (HEBR)
Italian (ITAL)
Japanese (JAPN)
Languages and Literature (LALI)
Latin (LATN)
Portuguese (PORT)
Russian (RUSS)
Spanish (SPAN)

Fogelman College of Business and Economics

Accountancy (ACCT)
Business Administration (BA)
Economics (ECON)
Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (FIR)
Management Information Systems (MIS)
Management (MGMT)
Marketing (MKTG))
Supply Chain Management Science (SCMS)

College of Communication and Fine Arts

Architecture (ARCH)
Art (ART)
Art History (ARTH)
Communication (COMM)
Communication/Fine Arts (CCFA)
Dance (DANC)
Interior Design (IDES)
Journalism (JOUR)
Theatre (THEA)

Music

Applied Music (MUAP)
Music Appreciation (MUS)
Music Education (MUSE)
Music History, Literature, and Appreciation (MUHL)
Music Industry (MUID)
Music Theory and Composition (MUTC)
Sacred Music (MUSA)

College of Education, Health and Human Sciences

Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research

Counseling and Personnel Services (COUN)
Educational Psychology and Research (EDPR)

Health and Sport Sciences

Dietetics (NUTR)
Health and Human Performance (EXSS)
Health and Sport Sciences (HMSE)
Healthcare Leadership (HCL)
Health Promotion (HPRO)
Physical Education Activities (PHED)
Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE)
Sport and Leisure Commerce (SLC)
Sport and Leisure Management (SLS)

Instruction and Curriculum Leadership

Early Childhood Education (ECED)
Educational Services (EDSV)
Elementary Education (ELED)
Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL)
Instructional Design and Technology (IDT)
Leadership (LEAD)
Reading (RDNG)
Special Education (SPED)

Herff College of Engineering

Biomedical Engineering (BIOM)
Civil Engineering (CIVL)
Electrical and Computer Engineering (EECE)
Engineering (ENGR)
Mechanical Engineering (MECH)
Technology (TECH)

Loewenberg School of Nursing

Nursing (NURS)

University College

Family and Consumer Science (CSED)
Merchandising (MRCH)
Paralegal Studies (LEGL)
University College (UNIV)

Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management

Hospitality and Resort Management (HPRM)

Independent Programs

Orientation Program (ACAD)
University Honors Program (UNHP)
University of Memphis Libraries (LBRY)


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