Religion Major | Philosophy & Religion

Religion Major

Religion, BA

With a Bachelor of Arts with a major in religion, you gain a thorough understanding of the beliefs, practices and histories of multiple religious traditions; you learn to appreciate the perspectives of others and the complexity of global issues; and your improve your oral and written communication skills.

Degree requirements: The following requirements must be satisfied for a Bachelor of Arts with a major in religion.

Hours required/general college requirements: A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the General university requirements in the Academics section of the UNT Undergraduate Catalog.

Major requirements: Majors must complete 11 courses/33 hours of credit.

Theoretical approaches, 3 hours

  • ANTH 4751 - Culture, Religion and Ritual

  • PHIL 3600 - Philosophy of Religion

  • SOCI 3700 - Sociology of Religion

Christianity, 3 hours

  • PHIL 3500 - Christianity and Philosophy

  • PHIL 3520 - Early Christian Thought

  • HIST 4217 - Jew, Greek and Roman: Backgrounds of Early Christianity

Judaism, 3 hours

  • PHIL 3050 - Judaism

  • PHIL 3510 - Hebrew Bible

  • PHIL 3530 - Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism, Myth and Magic

  • PHIL 3540 - Judaism and Philosophy

Islam, 3 hours

  • HIST 3450 - Islam and its Empires

  • HIST 3460 - Modern Middle Eastern History

  • PHIL 3570 - Islam and Philosophy

South Asian religions, 3 hours

  • ANTH 3700 - Peoples and Cultures of South Asia

  • HIST 4610 - Contemporary South Asia

  • PHIL 3620 - Hinduism

  • PHIL 3630 - Jainism

East Asia religions, 3 hours

  • PHIL 3670 - Chinese Philosophy

  • PHIL 3680 - Buddhism, Daoism, Shintoism

Religion and history, 3 hours

  • HIST 3308 - Ancient Israel

  • HIST 3550 - Imperial China

  • HIST 3570 - Japanese History

  • HIST 4008 - Ancient Religion and Magic

  • HIST 4218 - Early Medieval Europe, ca. 312-1095

  • HIST 4219 - Late Medieval Europe, 1095 to 1400

  • HIST 4230 - The Age of the Reformation

  • HIST 4290 - Intellectual, Cultural and Social History of Medieval and Early Modern Europe

  • HIST 4315 - History of Anti-Semitism from Ancient Times to the Present

  • HIST 4462 - Religion in American History

Interreligious Engagement, 3 hours

  • PHIL 2070 - World Religions

  • PHIL 3140 - Religion and American Society

  • HIST 4215 - Jews Under Greek and Roman Rule

  • HIST 4223 - Crusade and Jihad

  • HIST 4240 - Nationalism, Zionism and Islamism in Modern Middle Eastern History

  • HIST 4246 - Imperialism in the Modern Middle East

Current issues, 3 hours

  • PHIL 3640 - Gender and Christianity

  • PHIL 3650 - Religion and Science

  • PHIL 3660 - Western Religion and the Environment

  • PHIL 3665 - Eastern Religion and the Environment

  • PSCI 3650 - Middle East Politics

  • PSCI 4150 - Religion and Politics in the United States

Advanced electives, 6 hours

Students must take two advanced electives, either from the above groups of courses or any of the following approved electives:

  • ANTH 3110 - Indigenous Peoples of North America

  • ARTH 4804 - Medieval Art

  • ARTH 4805 - Topics in Medieval Art

  • ARTH 4825 - Topics in Islamic and/or Middle Eastern Art

  • ENGL 3370 - The Bible as Literature

  • ENGL 4270 - Modern Jewish Literature

  • ENGL 4440 - Milton

  • ENGL 4660 - Literature and the Holocaust

  • HIST 3762 - Rome: The Biography of a City

  • HIST 3770 - Ancient and Medieval Women, Gender and Sexuality

  • HIST 4380 - The European Witch Hunts

  • HIST 4390 - The Holocaust, 1933-1945

  • HIST 4435 - American Jewish Experience

  • HIST 4475 - Jewish Women in Modern America

  • MUET 3090 - Music of India and Pakistan

  • MUMH 4800 - Nazism, Judaism and the Politics of Classical Music in Germany

  • MUMH 4810 - Jews, Judaism, Anti-Semitism and Opera

  • PHIL 3550 - Jewish Business Ethics

  • PHIL 3960 - Topics in Religion

  • PHIL 4500 - Existentialism

  • THEA 4395 - Theatre and the Holocaust

  • WLLC 3400 - The Holocaust and Film

Other course requirements: None.

Minor: Optional.

Other requirements: A minimum grade of C is required for all courses counting toward the Bachelor of Arts with a major in religion. Students majoring in religion must contact the Department of Philosophy and Religion Director of Undergraduate Studies to prepare their degree audits.