The Study of Religion major consists of twelve upper-division courses (48 units). All courses must be taken for a letter grade and passed with a C- or better.

Core requirement (8 units)

RELI 101. Tools and Methods in the Study of Religion
RELI 189. Seminar in Religion

Arts & Humanities requirement (8 units)

Select at least two upper-division Arts & Humanities courses from the program's quarterly courselists. RELI 101 cannot be used for this requirement.

Social Sciences requirement (8 units)

Select at least two upper-division Social Sciences courses from the program's quarterly courselists.

Single-tradition requirement (8 units)

Select at least two upper-division program electives that focus on a single religious tradition. Look for these tradition designations on the program's quarterly courselists:

(B) Buddhism
(C) Christianity
(EA) East Asian

(H) Hinduism
(I) Islam
(J) Judaism

(P) Paganism

Upper-division electives (16 units)

Select additional upper-division courses from the program's quarterly courselists to bring your unit total to 48. You may petition to use 1-3 upper-division study abroad courses as electives (predeparture approval required).

How to Declare the Major

  1. Read the general university requirements for a major or double-major.
  2. Login to the Major/Minor tool and declare the major. To declare a double major please make appointments with your first- and second-major advisors to fill out the paper form.
  3. Allow 5 business days for your declaration to be reviewed, and then check the VAC and your degree audit. Contact Study of Religion if you have questions or want to petition a course.


To add a second major you must be in good academic standing and on track to complete all university and degree requirements within four years. Please seek advising from your college and your first- and second-major advisors if you have questions about your eligibility.


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