Religious Studies Major

The Religious Studies major at Roanoke College explores the diversity of religious traditions by encountering their world views and practices in their cultural and historical contexts. Students discover how practitioners of different religious communities view themselves and their world by reading their sacred texts, experiencing and analyzing their rituals, studying their literature, and comprehending each religious system as a holistic way of life.

Religious Studies News:

Jonathan Thumas Headed to Columbia University: 
 Jonathan Thumas, class of '13, is headed to Columbia University in New York, NY to begin an M.A. program in East Asian Religions with the help of a FLAS Japanese language scholarship.  Jonathan was a summer scholar in 2012, with advisor Dr. Marwood Larson-Harris, and conducted research on mountain religion in Japan emphasizing the esoteric Shugendō tradition, a form of Japanese mountain asceticism.  This work fueled his senior thesis entitled Nature in the Shugendo Amalgam:  An Example of Contemporary Japanese Folk Religion, for which he earned the "Best Senior Thesis" award in the department. 
Bridget Gautieri Returns from "Plunge" Program in Europe
Bridget Gautieri, a rising sophomore majoring in Religious Studies, has just returned from a summer European trip designed for young adults involved in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  The program enabled Bridget to learn about Lutheran and other Christian organizations around the world and how young adults can be more involved in them.  She spent time in Geneva, Switzerland visiting the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches, and in Taizé, France at a Catholic-Christian commune, where students focused on simple living, silence, bible study, and took part in the different jobs necessary to keep a commune running.  Bridget says she was most affected by her time in Taizé, where she experienced the depth of three lessons:  "1. Sometimes God speaks loudest in silence 2. God wants you to be happy 3. God wants you to love yourself." You can learn more about the program on the ELCA website (www.elca.org, search for "Plunge Event").
Congratulations to Theta Alpha Kappa Inductees: 
Congratulations to Julia Boudrye,  Timothy Smith,  Jonathan Thumas, and Patrick Whitson,  who were inducted this spring into Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for Religious Studies and Theology. Inductees have attained a GPA of at least 3.7 in their field, an overall GPA of at least 3.0, and are in the upper 35% of their class.

Major Checklist:

A major in Religous Studies requires the completion of nine units:

A. One 100 level survey in Religion
RELG 105 Socrates, Jesus, and the Buddha
OR
RELG 130 Living Religions of the World
done need
B. Two 200 level courses in Religion, each of which must address a different religious tradition outside the Judeo-Christian tradition:
RELG 204 ISLAM done need
RELG 205 HINDUISM
OR
RELG 213 PHILOSOPHIES OF INDIA
done need
RELG 208 BUDDHISM
OR
RELG 218 RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES OF CHINA
done need
RELG 207 NATIVE AMERICAN RELIGIONS done need
C. RELG 295 METHODS AND THEORIES IN THE STUDY OF RELIGION done need
D. SENIOR THESIS OR HONORS PROJECT (1):
RELG 410, 411, 412 (1/2, 1, 1/2) SENIOR THESIS done need
RELG 495, 496, 497 (1/2, 1, 1/2) HONORS PROJECT done need
E. A minimum of 4 additional courses in Religion at the 200 level or above, including at least 2 courses at the 300 level or above. Courses in other disciplines that address topics in religion may be substituted for Religion courses with the approval of the department.
RELG 201 ISRAELITE PATRIARCHS, PROPHETS, PRINCES, AND PRIESTS done need
RELG 202 NEW TESTAMENT CHRISTIANITIES done need
RELG 204 ISLAM done need
RELG 205 HINDUISM done need
RELG 207 NATIVE AMERICAN RELIGIONS done need
RELG 208 BUDDHISM done need
RELG 210 EARLY CHRISTIAN CONFLICTS AND COMMUNITY LIFE done need
RELG 211 HELLENISTIC CULTS, MAGIC, AND MYSTERY RELIGIONS done
need
RELG 212 THE REFORMATION done need
RELG 213 PHILOSOPHIES OF INDIA done need
RELG 214 RELIGION IN AMERICA done need
RELG 215 THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF JESUS done need
RELG 216 THE LIFE AND TEACHINGS OF PAUL done need
RELG 217 TOPICS IN ISRAELITE AND EARLY JEWISH RELIGION done need
RELG 218 RELIGIONS AND PHILOSOPHIES OF CHINA done need
RELG 220 CHRISTIAN ETHICS done need
RELG 225 THE RELIGIOUS LIFE OF YOUNG ADULTS done need
RELG 231 RELIGION, PHILOSOPHY, AND SCIENCE done need
RELG 240 RELIGIOUS INTERPRETATIONS OF FILMS done need
RELG 246 THE HOLOCAUST done need
RELG 250 NEW RELIGIONS IN AMERICA done need
RELG 270 EXPLORATIONS IN RELIGION AND SOCIETY done need
RELG 282 AUGUSTINE AND HIS LEGACY done need
RELG 284 LUTHER AND HIS LEGACY done need
RELG 286 THE LEGACY OF MODERN THEOLOGY done need
RELG 290 FEMINIST READINGS OF THE BIBLE done need
RELG 304 ISLAMIC MYSTICISM done need
RELG 312 TOPICS IN NEW TESTAMENT AND EARLY CHRISIANITY done need
RELG 317 SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY done need
RELG 330 CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY AND THE WORLD RELIGIONS done need
RELG 340 SEMINAR IN CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN STUDIES done need

Other units from among those listed above, (with no more than one survey course) to meet the nine units required for the major.

SOCI 327 may be considered an elective with approval of the department, as may some IL courses.

 
Dr. Ned Wisnefske dedicates new book to Roanoke College campus community

Dr. Ned Wisnefske dedicates new book to Roanoke College campus community

Dr. Ned Wisnefske, Schumann Professor of Lutheran Theology, recently released a new book. He dedicated God Hides: A Critique of Religion and a Primer for Faith "to all those at Roanoke College who have made it a good place to learn."

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