Jun 09, 2023  
2022-2023 Scripps Catalog 
2022-2023 Scripps Catalog

Religious Studies Major

Requirements for the Major

A major in Religious Studies requires a minimum of 10 courses including a senior thesis, and encompasses both breadth and depth of study.

Core Requirements

1. Four courses in a specialized field at intermediate and advanced levels. The specialized field is to be determined in consultation with the major adviser. The following fields of specialized study are offered by way of example. Abbreviations used in the course listings follow course titles.

  • Historical Religious Traditions I, Asian (HRT I).
  • Historical Religious Traditions II, Western (HRT II).
  • Philosophy of Religion, Theology, and Ethics (PRT).
  • Contemporary and Women’s Studies in Religion (CWS).
  • Middle Eastern Studies (MES).

Other specialized fields of study (worked out with the major adviser) can be based on specific traditions, geographical areas, historical periods, or philosophical themes.

2. RLST 180 . It is recommended that 180 be completed prior to the senior year.


Three elective courses in Religious Studies outside the specialized field.

Honors Requirements

Students intending to graduate with honors need:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0;
  • Major grade point average of 3.67; and
  • Complete a two-semester thesis (RLST191 SC ) with a thesis grade requirement of A- on both the oral defense and the written thesis.

A student who wishes to be considered as a candidate for honors should notify the department chair, who will assist the student in the formation of a three-person faculty honors committee.