Religion 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 practices, beliefs, 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 of religious on politics.
The Religion and Politics coordinate major requires the completion of fourteen courses.
Of these, students are required to take seven courses in Religious Studies, including:
Students are also required to take seven courses in Government and Law, including:
*Students doing an Honors Thesis will enroll either in REL 495 in the fall semester of their senior year and GOV/LAW 496 in the spring, or in GOV/LAW 495 in the fall semester and REL 496 in the spring. The Honors Thesis will be directed by one single faculty member from either department, with at least one of the two readers being from the other department.
**One of these courses may be Independent Study