Major and Minor in Religious Studies

Located at the largest public university in Louisiana, the Religious Studies program at LSU is non-confessional and focuses on the study of religion as an academic discipline. As a field within the humanities, the study of religion seeks to investigate this significant and universal expression of the human experience, whether in major world religions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam) or in smaller, indigenous traditions. Courses in Religious Studies bring together perspectives and approaches from a variety of disciplines (for instance, history, philosophy, literature, and anthropology) in order to allow students to explore fully and to appreciate better this multidimensional component of human life. Our small student-to-faculty ratio permits students to work closely with faculty members to design their course of study.

Students may effectively major in Religious Studies by selecting a Philosophy major and choosing the Religious Studies concentration. Although some Religious Studies courses are cross-listed with Philosophy, no courses in Philosophy are required for the Religious Studies concentration.

Our major requires the completion of 27 total hours:

Two of the following courses: REL 1000: Religions of the World; REL 2000: Intro to the Study of Religion; REL 2027/2031: Asian Religions; REL 2029/2030: Judaism, Christianity, Islam 

REL 4301: Theories of Religion

REL xxxx: elective at any level
REL xxxx: elective at any level

REL 3xxx: 3000-level elective (or higher)
REL 3xxx: 3000-level elective (or higher)
REL 3xxx: 3000-level elective (or higher)

REL 4xxx: 4000-level elective

Our minor requires the completion of 15 total hours:

REL 2027/2031: Asian Religions
REL 2029/2030: Judaism, Christianity, Islam

REL xxxx: elective at any level
REL 3xxx: 3000-level elective (or higher)
REL 3xxx: 3000-level elective (or higher)

*NOTE: Students entering LSU prior to the 2012-13 academic year fall under a different set of requirements, including distribution areas for the elective courses. Please contact the undergraduate advisor for religious studies for more information.