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Religious Studies

   Departmental Honors Advisor:
  Dr. Sue Shapiro

  Main 323D, ext. 72091
  Email: susan.o.shapiro@usu.edu

Eligibility for Acceptance:
Qualified students will have cumulative GPAs of at least 3.30 and will have declared a major in Religious Studies.

Program of Study:
The 15-credit requirement for Honors in Religious Studies is met by successfully completing contracts in the following courses. Honors courses taken on a Pass/Fail basis will not be accepted.

  • 9-12 credits in upper-division coursework that fulfills the requirements for the major, including one in each of the following areas: Cultural Inquiry, Scientific Inquiry, Doctrinal Inquiry
  • With special arrangement and approval by the Departmental Honors Advisor, 3 credits of upper-division Honors credits may be taken outside the department
  • 3 credits must be taken under RELS 4990, Religious Studies Capstone
  • 3 credits must be taken under Senior Thesis/Project (HONR 4900)

*Nothing lower than a B grade is acceptable in courses in which an Honors contract is being completed.
**Students who fail to complete a contract, once entered into with a faculty member, will be placed on academic probation for one semester.

Requirements for Completion of Degree:
The successful candidate will graduate with a GPA of 3.5 in upper-division coursework taken in the department and in Honors coursework and will complete and present in a public forum an Honors thesis/project. Many students have found it helpful to relate the courses taken on Honors contract to the final thesis/project.

Required Coursework in the Department:
RELS 4990, Religious Studies Capstone (with an Honors contract)