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    Events at home and abroad show that religion continues to be a powerful force, with both positive and negative consequences. An undergraduate major in religion provides students with the basic tools to understand the diversity of religious phenomena throughout the world in their proper historical, socio-political, psychological, cultural and philosophical contexts.

    About This Major

    Critical TrackingRecommended Semester Plan


    Students majoring in religion have gone on to work with non-government organizations and religious communities, including pastoral work and administration. Students receive truly interdisciplinary training and many have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in the humanities, social sciences, law, education, journalism and social services. The religion program complements many other programs at the University of Florida, including Latin American studies, sustainability studies, Jewish studies, African studies, and Asian studies.

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    Coursework for the Major

    The program consists of 10 courses, which include at least one in Asian religions, one in Islam and one in Jewish or Christian scripture. In addition, all majors must complete a junior seminar on methods and theories in the study of religion and a comparative East-West capstone seminar.

    The 10 courses (30 credits) for the undergraduate major in religion must be completed with minimum grades of C. 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.

    Required Coursework

    • One course in Asian religion, 3 credits: REL 2315 Religion in Asia, REL 2341 Introduction to Buddhism, REL 3318 Chinese Religions, REL 3330 Religions of India, REL 3333 Gods, Sages and Kings: Mythology, REL 3335 Hindu Sacred Text / Social-Ritual Context, REL 3336 Religion in Modern India, REL 3344 Chinese Buddhism, REL 4337 Women in Hindu Tradition, REL 4345 Chan/Zen Buddhism or REL 4349 Buddhist Meditation.
    • One course in Islam, 3 credits: ​REL 2362 Introduction to Islam, REL 3371 Islam in Africa, REL 4361 Women and Islam, REL 4367 The History of Islam in the Modern World, or REL 4393 Islam in the Americas
    • One course in Jewish or Christian scripture, 3 credits: REL 2210 Hebrew Scriptures, REL 2240 New Testament, REL 3213 Hebrew Bible as Literature, REL 3231 The Book of Job, REL 3234 Wisdom in the Hebrew Bible, REL 3249 The Christian Gospels, REL 3252 Acts, Paul and Early Christianity, REL 4221 The Pentateuch, or REL 4293 Special Topics in Biblical Studies.
    • REL 3931 Junior Seminar (during the junior year), 3 credits
    • Three 4000-level courses, at least one of which must be the comparative study course REL 4933, 9 credits.
    • Majors cannot count more than three introductory courses (2000-level, 9 credits) toward the 30 credits.
    • No more than three courses (9 credits) can be in approved cognate courses from other departments.
    • No more than four courses (12 credits) can be transferred from another institution.
    • Every two semesters all majors must consult the undergraduate advisor.

    There are no prerequisites for 2000-level courses. Detailed descriptions of current and prospective courses are available in 107 Anderson Hall and from faculty members before registration.

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    Overseas Studies

    The department encourages study abroad. Overseas Studies, within the UF International Center (UFIC), offers the opportunity to study in a wide range of academic and cultural settings. The office coordinates 32 semester and yearlong programs and 28 summer programs in 24 countries. Study abroad programs satisfy the general education international and diversity requirements and also may fulfill requirements for a major or minor, as well as basic distribution area requirements and UF summer residency. Interested students should contact the UF International Center in 170 Hub or the undergraduate coordinator.

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    Critical Tracking

    To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college and major requirements. For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

    Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

    Semester 1

    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 2

    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 3

    • Complete 1 religion course
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 4

    • Complete 1 additional religion course with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required

    Semester 5

    • Complete 1 additional religion course with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
    • 2.0 UF GPA required
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    Recommended Semester Plan

    Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H or S).

    Semester 1 Credits
    IUF 1000 What is the Good Life (GE-H)​ 3​
    Composition (State Core GE-C) (WR) 3
    Foreign Language 4-5
    Mathematics (State Core GE-M) (MGF 1106 recommended) 3
    Total 13-14
    Semester 2 Credits
    Asian Religion course (GE-H) 3
    Biological or Physical Science (State Core GE-B or P) 3
    Foreign Language 3-5
    Mathematics (GE-M) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (State Core GE-S) 3
    Total 15-17
    Semester 3 Credits
    ​Biological or Physical Science (Area not taken in semester 2, GE-B or P) 3​​
    ​Elective (or foreign language, if 4-3-3 option) 3​​
    ​Humanities (State Core GE-H) 3​​
    Jewish or Christian Scripture course (GE-H) 3
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 4 Credits
    Biological Science (GE-B) 3
    Composition (GE-C, WR) 3
    Electives 4
    ​Islam course 3​​
    Science laboratory (GE-P or B) 1
    Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE-S) 3
    Total 17
    Semester 5 Credits
    REL 3931 Junior Seminar 3
    Electives 6
    Physical Science (GE-P) 3
    Religion elective (3000 level or higher) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 6 Credits
    Religion (4000 level) 3
    Electives 12
    Total 15
    Semester 7 Credits
    Electives (3000 level or higher, not in major) 9
    Religion (4000 level) 3
    Religion elective (3000 level or higher) 3
    Total 15
    Semester 8 Credits
    REL 4933 The Comparative Study of Religion (GE-H) 3
    Elective 3
    Electives (3000 level or higher, not in major) 9
    Total 15
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majors: religion