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Religion in Society

These guidelines are designed to serve persons who are interested in the study of religion and who want to work within some type of religious organization. They offer an historical understanding of the place of religion in society as well as an understanding of the social
and individual dimensions of religious experience. They also offer an opportunity to study various religious belief systems from an academic perspective. Persons who want to serve in religious organizations may use these guidelines to gain practical skills. Graduates may enter graduate study in religion and receive further preparation for careers in religious organizations, as leaders, administrators, directors of education, counselors, teachers, social workers, or youth directors.

Program Summary

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.

B. Coordinated Study ( 60 hours)
Core Courses
– ( 15 hours required)
ANTH 4253 Anthropology of Religion
JDST 2850 Religions of Abraham: Judaism, Christianity, Islam
PHIL 3701 Human and the Divine
SOCI 3860 Sociology of Religion
UNIV 3581 Faith, Reason, and Imagination
Context Courses – (21 hours) – Choose at least one course from each category

Religious Perspectives and Society
AAAS 4251 African Religions in the Diaspora
HIST 3273 Islamic Civilization
HIST 3274 Modern Islamic World
HIST 3275 History of the Jewish People
HIST 4361 History of the Byzantine Empire
HIST 4371 Early Middle Ages
HIST 4372 The High Middle Ages
HIST 4390 Europe in the Age of the Reformation
HIST 4882 Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. since 1930
JDST 3601 Judaism
JDST 3801 Jewish Thought I
JDST 3802 Jewish Thought II
JDST 4720 American Jewish Experience
PHIL 3721 Oriental Philosophy
PHIL 4711 Philosophy of Religion
POLS 3102 Religion and Politics

Arts & Literature
ARTH 4130 Art of the Medieval World
ARTH 4143 Art of High Renaissance Italy
ARTH 4181 Traditional Arts of Africa, Oceania, and North America
CLAS 2481 Mythology
ENGL 4461 Bible as Literature
JDST 4671 Jewish Literary Texts
MUSA 4104 Sacred Music in History and Practice I
MUSA 4105 Sacred Music in History and Practice II
UNIV 3580 Hebrew and Greek Legacy

Individual Development
CSED 3302 Child and Adolescent Development
PSYC 3101 Psychology of Personality
PSYC 3102 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 3103 Child Psychology
PSYC 3104 Adult Psychology
PSYC 3106 Social Psychology
SOCI 3701 Individual and Society

Individual in Society
ANTH 3511 Culture, Kin and Family
CJUS 3540 Criminology
HIST 4851 History of Women in America
HIST 4881 African-American History
PHIL 3411 Contemporary Moral Problems
SOCI 3422 Ethnic Minorities
SOCI 3432 Sociology of Gender
SOCI 3831 Marriage and Family
SOCI 4460 Black and White Women in the South
SOCI 4541 Sociology of Aging
SOCI 4923 Social Institutions and the Life Cycle

Urban Society
ANTH 4411 Urban Anthropology
ANTH 4412 Neighborhood Development
HIST 4871 United States Urban History
SOCI 4442 Sociology of Poverty
SOCI 4631 Cities in Change
UNIV 3527 Making the Humane City (6 hours)

Skills for Service – 18 hours – (Choose at least one course from each category)

Administrative Skills
ACCT 2010 Fundamentals of Accounting I
MIS 2749 Foundation/Information Systems
MGMT 3110 Organization and Management
MKTG 3010 Principles of Marketing
PADM 3601 Public Administration
PADM 4226 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations
SOCI 3311 Social Statistics

COUN 4611 Introduction to Counseling
COUN 4781 Strategies for Crisis Intervention
COUN 4783 Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services*
*Students may want to take PSYC 3507 - Alcohol, Drugs and Behavior concurrently

COUN 4621 Human Interactions
EDPR 2111 Development Across the Life Span
EDPR 3302 Child and Adolescent Development
LEAD 3350 The Adult Learner
SLS 3305 Leisure and Recreation Program Development
SLS 3905 Leisure and Recreation for People with Disabilities

COMM 4011 Communication in Organizations
COMM 4341 Interpersonal Communication
COMM 4342 Small Group Communication
COMM 4373 Interracial Communication
COMM 4375 Intercultural Communication
ENGL 3601 Technical and Professional Writing
ENGL 3604 Persuasive Writing

Applied and Experiential Learning or Internship (3 hours)
UNIV 4110 Internship or
UNIV 3900 Advanced Experiential Learning
(For prior learning, credit may be awarded for learning relevant to the major area of study based on assessment of an Experiential Learning portfolio that describes and documents the learning experiences. http://www.memphis.edu/univcoll/experiential_learning.php)

C . Thematic Studies (6 hours)

D. Senior Project (3 hours)

UNIV 4995 Senior Project (completed during the final semester)

E. Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120 with a minimum of 42 upper-division hours.

Course Descriptions

College of Arts and Sciences

Aerospace Studies (AERO)
African and African American Studies (AAAS)
Anthropology (ANTH)
Biology (BIOL)
College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)
Chemistry (CHEM)
City and Regional Planning (PLAN)
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)


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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