Academic Catalog 2021-2022

Religion Major with Concentration in Faith and Leadership

Major Requirements

The religion major with a faith and leadership concentration prepares students for work in a variety of faith-based organizations. The concentration is designed to address contemporary needs for religious literacy. Students in the concentration complete the religion major plus courses related to the study of sacred texts and their public uses, life in a pluralistic world, vocational self-understanding, and faith and leadership.

The requirements for a major in religion with a faith and leadership concentration are 48 credits:

Religion Courses
REL 200Christianity and Religious Diversity4
REL 317Making Meaning: Reading, Interpreting and Teaching the Bible4
REL 230Introduction to Interfaith Studies4
FL 201Faith and Leadership4
Select one course from each mode of inquiry: 116
Interpretive Studies
Historical Studies
Comparative Studies
Constructive Studies
Religion Electives
12 additional credits in religion (REL) courses 212
Research Seminar
REL 410Research Seminar 34
Total Hours48

The Religion 300 J course counts as a course in one of the areas of study. The second Core religion course would be included as one of these four courses.


Notes: Elective credits can include REL 211 Biblical Hebrew I and REL 212 Biblical Hebrew II; 4 credits in REL 390 Cooperative Education or 4 credits in REL 490 Practicum can be counted in elective credits. When offered, REL 210 Invitation to the Study of Religion will count as one of the courses.


This course is offered during the fall semester and should be taken during the senior year. Students who expect to be studying off campus that semester should take the Research Seminar during the junior year.

Degree and Graduation Requirements
In addition to the program-specific requirements listed above, all students must complete the graduation requirements specified for their degree.  See the Degree and Graduation Requirements section for more information.