Religious Studies - Requirements

Fall 2012 New Major/Minor Requirements: Students interested in a minor, a major, or a double major should contact the religious studies department chair. Students who matriculate to Fairfield University after 1 September 2012 (incoming class of 2016) must follow the requirements listed below. Current sophomores, juniors and seniors may follow the earlier system of requirements in consultation with the religious studies department chair.

Major in Religious Studies

For a 30-credit major in religious studies, students:

  • complete RS 101 Exploring Religion,
  • complete no more than five courses at the intermediate (200) level,
  • complete no fewer than four courses at the advanced (300) level, including two semesters of RS 360.

In addition, in consultation with the major advisor, students should also

  • ensure that the courses selected at the 200 and 300 level include courses that emphasize three of these five world religions - Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism - and
  • ensure that at least one of the courses selected at the 200 or 300 level is a course on scripture.

Courses taken in fulfillment of the core requirement in Religious Studies are counted toward the major.

Minor in Religious Studies

For a 15-credit minor in religious studies, students:

  • complete RS 101 Exploring Religion,
  • complete no more than three courses at the intermediate (200) level,
  • complete at least one course at the advanced (300) level.

Courses taken in fulfillment of the core requirement in Religious Studies are counted toward the minor.