2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog - Belmont University

Major in
Religious Studies (B.A.)

 This major provides students the opportunity to focus on a more generalized study of religion. Students may choose from a wide variety of courses in biblical studies, theological/historical studies, religion in society, and practical studies classes. This degree allows students to pursue particular interests in the study of religion.

Major in Religious Studies (B.A.) Hours
General Education Core Requirements B.A. 59-63
Prerequisites for Religion Major1   6
    REL 1250, New Testament and Exegesis 3  
    REL 2350, Christian Doctrine2 3  
Core Emphasis    
    REL 3400, Ministry in Focus Seminars3 0
    REL 1410, Vocation and Christian Life 1  
    REL 2410, Spiritual Formation 3  
    REL 2510, Christian Ethics 3  
    REL 4015, Colloquium4 2  
Area Emphasis    
    Biblical Studies Elective in OT (3000 or 4000 level) 3  
    Biblical Studies Elective in NT (3000 or 4000 level) 3  
    Religion Elective 3  
    Religion in Society Elective 3  
    Religion in Society Elective 3  
    Theological / Historical Studies Elective 3  
    Theological / Historical Studies Elective 3  
Total in Major   30
Minor Requirements   18
Electives   15
Total   128

1 Students who choose a religion minor must substitute required courses in their minor with a course from the same subject area. In other words, a single course may not count for both major and minor requirements.

2 REL 2350, Christian Doctrine is a prerequisite for the following: REL 2410 Spiritual Formation; REL 2510 Christian Ethics; all courses in Religion and Society division, in the Theological and Historical Division, and Biblical Studies Division.

3 Students will take one REL 3400 Ministry in Focus per semester for a total of eight seminars required for graduation or one for every semester a student is a Religion major.

4 Students take REL 4015 in the fall semester before the anticipated date of graduation.