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Major Requirements

Twelve courses, including:

  • Introduction to World Religions
  • Seminar or independent study for World Religions majors
  • Senior Evaluation

At least two seminars in the following:

  • Pagans
  • Judaism
  • Christianity
  • Islam

At least one of the following survey courses:

  • Asian Religions
  • Religions of China
  • Religions of Japan
  • Religions of India

At least one seminar in the following:

  • Confucianism
  • Buddhism
  • Taoism
  • Hinduism
  •  Five additional electives that strengthen the breadth and depth of a student's knowledge of world religions, chosen in consultation with a departmental advisor.

Although not required, the department encourages the study of foreign languages.  Manhattanville offers courses in Arabic, Hebrew, Japanese, and Latin, all useful for research, preparation for graduate school or serious study of one or more world religions. 

Senior Evaluation
The Senior Evaluation is designed to insure that students develop their capacity for original, integrative thinking and research.  Projects undertaken for the Senior Evaluation may take many forms, such as: a standard research paper in a field such as American religion, arts literature and religion, ethics, gender and sexuality, new religious movements, philosophy of religion etc., an internship at a religious organization or social agency, on which the student reflects in a shorter research paper; or an artistic project, entailing both performance and scholarly commentary, on religious themes.  In all cases, grading of the senior evaluation must involve at least two faculty members and a conference with the student.

Students register for a one-credit seminar or independent study for World Religions majors in the second term of junior year, or one semester before they intend to do their project.  A proposal with a description of the project and bibliography should be submitted to the student's faculty advisor and the Chair of the department by the end of September in the senior year.  The project may be undertaken in connection with a 3000-level course that the student is taking or as a separate independent study or internship.  Throughout the semester in which the project is done, the student and faculty advisor meet regularly; another faculty member then confers with the student and advisor to provide another perspective and to assign a grade. 

Minor Requirements

Five courses, including Introduction to WREL 1014: Introduction to World Religions and at least two 3000 level seminar courses on two different world religions.

Departmental Honors in World Religions
Students will receive departmental honors in World Religions if they have grades of A- or A in five departmental courses and a grade of A- or A on the work presented for the senior evaluation.