Religious Studies Undergraduate Program

Major and Minor

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Course of Study: Major

The religious studies major requires completion of at least 33 credits, including at least 18 in upper-division courses (numbered 300 and above) of which at least 15 must be taken in residence at UWM. In satisfying these requirements, students must select courses from at least three different curricular areas. These 33 credits must be distributed as follows:


  1. Recommended: ReligSt 101 Introduction to World Religions
  2. Required Methods Course: One of the following courses (or equivalent) is required.
    ReligStd 395 Seminar in the Study of Religion: Theories of Religion
    Hist 594 Methods and Theory in the Historical Study of Religion: (Subtitle)
  3. Required Capstone Experience. All students must complete a research experience in their major. This requirement may be met by any one of the following options:
    1. Hist 600, Seminar in History: (Subtitle), with research conducted on a religion-related topic;
    2. For students with additional major(s), upper-level research seminar in the additional major that focuses on a religion-related topic;
    3. A 3-credit independent study on a religion-related topic;
    4. Senior thesis in another program/department on a religion-related topic.
      In all cases, the Religious Studies director must approve the topic to satisfy the research requirement. Majors are required to file the appropriate research/capstone approval form prior to completion of their research/capstone course.


  1. All majors are required to complete at least 27 additional credits beyond the core courses. Nine elective credits must be distributed among at least three different religious traditions. Twelve of these 27 credits must be numbered 300 or above. The list of approved electives is posted on the program's website.
  2. Relevant language courses above the second semester will be counted as electives toward the Religious Studies major. Relevant languages depend on the student’s primary concentrations in religious studies but potentially include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, German, Spanish, French, Italian, or other languages with approval of the director. Majors must file the appropriate forms with the director to receive approval for language courses.

    Religious Studies majors have the option of focusing their program of studies on one or more religious traditions. To discuss this option, please contact the Program Director.

Course of Study: Minor

The minor requires 18 credits in approved Religious Studies courses, including at least 9 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits taken in residence at UWM. Students must complete course work from at least two different curricular areas. In addition, the minor must include courses dealing with two different religious traditions. (ReligSt 101 may not be used in fulfilling this requirement.) 

The College requires that students earn at least a 2.50 GPA on all UWM courses attempted for the minor. A 2.50 GPA also is required on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.


If you are interested in declaring either a Major or Minor in Religious Studies, stop by Holton 285 to complete the declaration form.

Requirements, Prior to 2012