Religion and Politics

Religion and Politics is an interdisciplinary major between the Departments of Government and Law and ReligionReligion and Politics is an interdisciplinary major between the Departments of Government and Law and Religious Studies. The major proceeds under two assumptions. First, religious phenomena are a fundamental and often essential component of political analysis. Second, the political implications of religious beliefs, behavior, and institutions are important to the study of religion. In brief, this major gives students greater insight into political dynamics and enhances their ability to assess the impact that religious values have on politics.

Students may choose from two tracks–
1) American Politics and Theory: emphasis on religious study in the realm of American politics and theory; or 2) International: emphasis on religious study in the international arena.

Requirements for the A.B. Major: American Politics and Theory track: 15 courses including Government and Law 101, 104, a 400-level seminar, four electives from the following: 207, 211, 213, 215, 241, 243, 244, 245, 246, 248, 258, 310, 311, 313, 314, 320, 321, 341; Religious Studies 101, 102, 222, 231, 240, one elective from the following: 201, 202, 214, 217, 235, 236, 237, 238, one 300-level elective; and one of the following: Government and Law 495/496 or Religious Studies 495/496 or a joint thesis in Government and Law and Religious Studies or Government and Law 390 or 391 or Religious Studies 390 or 391 (honors thesis or independent study-capstone). Thesis/Independent Study work must be done under the direction of at least one faculty member in each department.
International track:

15 courses including Government and Law 102, 103, a 400-level seminar, four electives from the following: 221, 223, 225, 227, 230, 231, 232, 235, 238, 270, 322, 329, 331, 332, 334, 336;
Religious Studies 101, 102, 222, 240; two electives from the following: 207, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 221, 228, 232, 307, one 300-level elective; and one of the following: Government & Law 495/496 or Religious Studies 495/496 or a joint thesis in Government and Law and Religious Studies or Government and Law 390 or 391 or Religious Studies 390 or 391 (honors thesis or independent study-capstone). Thesis/Independent Study work must be done under the direction of at least one faculty member in each department.