2023-2024 Catalog

Religion and Politics Major


The major consists of a minimum of 14 courses:

REL 101Religions in World Cultures

REL 222Interreligious Cooperation and Conflict

REL 240Theories of Religion


REL 490Senior Capstone


REL 495-496Honors Thesis


GOVT 104Introduction to Political Theory

GOVT 244Modern Political Theory

GOVT Three 200 or 300-level approved GOVT electives

And at least three additional approved REL electives:

Only one of which can be at the 100-level and at least one of which must be at the 300-level

One from:

GOVT 101Introduction to United States Politics

GOVT 102Introduction to International Politics

GOVT 103Introduction to Comparative Politics

One Seminar from:

GOVT 405US Foreign Policy in a Changing World

GOVT 407Law and Social Movements

GOVT 410Personality and Supreme Court Decision Making

GOVT 412Politics of European Integration

GOVT 414Political Thought through Literature

GOVT 415Nationalism in World Politics

GOVT 416Critical Theory: Power and Resistance

GOVT 418Race, Prisons, Citizenship


GOVT 495-496Thesis

Students writing an Honors Thesis will enroll either in REL 495 in the fall semester of their senior year and GOV 496/LAW 496 in the spring, or in GOV 495/LAW 495 in the fall semester and REL 496 in the spring. The Honors Thesis will be directed by a faculty member from either department, with at least one of the two readers being from the other department. No more than one semester of independent study is permitted.

This page reflects the requirements for completing this major. General graduation requirements for all students can be found here