The Religious Studies Major and Minor
Each student who wishes to major in religious studies must develop a program of study in consultation with a faculty advisor. Majors must complete nine courses and a senior thesis within the department. Majors are encouraged to take courses in the three core areas (Judeo-Christian, Asian, Modern), and may include Philosophy of Religion (PHIL 332) and/or Ethics (PHIL 336) in their list of major courses. Finally, students are urged to explore other disciplines which will enable them to understand more fully the interconnections among religion, history, literature, politics, psychology, art and the sciences.
Three-Year Degree Option:
For students majoring in religious studies, Hartwick’s Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program is a unique opportunity to earn a degree in three years. For more information visit the Program Web site at www.hartwick.edu/threeyeardegree.
Many students majoring in other departments choose to continue their interest in religion and religious phenomena by minoring in religious studies. Minors must take six courses within the department and are encouraged to take courses in each of the three core areas of the religious studies curriculum.
Departmental Honors and Distinctions:
Grades for all courses taken in religious studies and PHIL 332, 336 (if taken) are used to calculate the average in the major for Departmental Distinction.