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An undergraduate major in religion consists of 10 courses (30 credit hours) with grades of C or better. These courses must be taken from the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels of the religion curriculum and they must expose the student to both eastern and western thought.

Undergraduate majors are required to complete:

  • One course in Asian religion (REL 2317, REL 2341, REL 3318, REL 3330, REL 3335, REL 3336, REL 3338, REL 4147, REL 4337, REL 4345, REL 4349);
  • One course in Islam (REL 2362, REL 3367, REL 4364, REL 4367, REL 4369, REL 4393);
  • and one course in Jewish or Christian Scripture (REL 2210, REL 2240, REL 3213, REL 3249, REL 3252, REL 3291, REL 4221, REL 4293).
  • In addition, all majors must complete REL 3931 (the “Junior Seminar”), preferably during their junior year. NOTE, at present the Junior Seminar is only offered in the spring semester.
  • Finally, all majors must also complete a total of three 4000-level courses, at least one of which must be REL 4933 (the “Senior Seminar” on “Comparative Study”), the latter preferably during their senior year. NOTE, at present the Senior Seminar is only offered in the fall semester.
  • To see examples of the above courses, visit our Syllabi page.

*Majors may not count more than three introductory courses (2000-level) toward their 30 hours. No more than three courses (nine credit hours) may be in approved cognate courses from other departments and no more than four courses (12 credit hours) may be transferred from another institution.

*Undergraduate majors must have an academic advisement conference with the undergraduate coordinator at least once each academic year.

The University of Florida's religion department is interdisciplinary in nature. In approaching religion, the program encourages students to draw on work in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences
The University of Florida’s religion department is interdisciplinary in nature. In approaching religion, the program encourages students to draw on work in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences

Honors: To graduate cum laude, candidates must have a minimum junior-/senior-level grade point average of 3.5 for both their last 60 credit hours overall and in all religion courses. For magna cum laude (high honors) or summa cum laude (highest honors), candidates must also write an honors thesis (REL 4932) that receives a grade of B+ or A.

*For more information, please feel free to e-mail Dr. Robert Kawashima, undergraduate coordinator. You should consult the University of Florida online catalog for important undergraduate information and descriptions of the religion curriculum and the major and minor in religion. The catalog in effect at the time that a student enters the University of Florida is the contract in effect for that student and supersedes the listing of requirements that is offered on this page.