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B.S. in Religion

Our Mission

The mission of the religion program is to provide students the interfaith skills and knowledge to shape their communities through understanding and compassion. With 30 major hours and only one required related class, our B.S. in Religion maximizes electives to best facilitate double majoring or adding a minor according to your specific interests and career goals.


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Degree Requirements

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Religion, B.S.

This degree is designed to meet the admission requirements of graduate programs in varying fields, including Religious Studies, and seminaries, by providing students with an introduction to a diverse array of religious traditions and methodologies for engaging in the comparative examination of these cultural institutions.

Faculty Mentoring and Experiential Learning

Having broad latitude in choosing courses, religion majors and minors will collaborate with their advisors in crafting their own unique area of concentration. the path of study for majors may be enhanced by an internship or service learning, and will culminate in the capstone experience with a digital portfolio detailing how their Texas Wesleyan religion major has equipped and empowered them for their next steps after graduation.

General Education Curriculum (36)

For the full General Education Curriculum Policy and Requirements, refer to the GEC listed in this catalog.

MAT 1302 is acceptable for the GEC math requirement.

Some courses listed in program “Major Requirements” or “Required Related Courses” (noted with an asterisk [*]) may be used to meet requirements in the GEC. Although these courses fulfill requirements in each area, credit hours for these courses, if taken for the GEC, may only be counted in the GEC.

Complete Graduation Requirements are listed in this catalog.

Language Literacy (12)

English (9)

ENG 1301Composition I3 Credits
ENG 1302Composition II3 Credits
one of the following courses:
ENG 2324Introduction to Creative Writing3 Credits
ENG 2326Exploring American Lit3 Credits
ENG 2327Exploring World Lit3 Credits
ENG 2328Exploring British Lit3 Credits

Speech (3)

SPC 1301Fund of Speech3 Credits

Analytic Literacy (7)


Mathematics (3)

MAT 1302, MAT 1304 (if allowable by major), or any math course with MAT 1302 or MAT 1304 or higher as a prerequisite.

Note: MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Arts and Sciences except for the programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics. MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Education. MAT 1304 is not acceptable for any program in the School of Business and Professional Programs.

Science (4)

Choose 1 of the following courses with accompanying lab:

BIO 1403Fundamentals of Science4 Credits
BIO 1406Contemporary Biology4 Credits
BIO 1407Animal Life4 Credits
BIO 1408Plants & Human Affairs4 Credits
BIO 1409Cracking the Code: A User's Guide to Human Genetics4 Credits
BIO 1410Introduction to Biology I4 Credits
BIO 1413Local Spring Flora4 Credits
BIO 1414Cats, Chromosomes & Codons4 Credits
BIO 1415Exploring Human Biology4 Credits
BIO 1420Introduction to Biology II4 Credits
BIO 2401Human Anatomy & Physiology I4 Credits
BIO 2402Human Anatomy & Physiology II4 Credits
CHE 1403Nature of Physical Science4 Credits
CHE 1404Physical Science & Environment4 Credits
CHE 1405Forensic Science I4 Credits
CHE 1415General Chemistry I4 Credits
CHE 1416General Chemistry II4 Credits
CHE 1418Chemistry in Context4 Credits
NSC 1402Introductory Astronomy4 Credits
PHY 1401University Physics I4 Credits
PHY 1402University Physics II4 Credits
PHY 1410Fundamentals of Physics I4 Credits

Cultural Literacy (9)

HIS 2324Fundamentals of Modern American History3 Credits

Choose (3) hours from one of the following:


Choose (3) hours from any of the following:

REL 1311Introduction to Jewish Scriptures3 Credits
REL 1312Introduction to Christian Scriptures3 Credits
REL 1313Introduction to Ethics3 Credits
REL 1321Introduction to Comparative Religions3 Credits
REL 1323Introduction to Interfaith Leadership3 Credits

Social Literacy (8)

EXS 1220Basic Concepts of Wellness2 Credits

Choose any two of the following courses with at least two different academic areas represented:

BUA 1301Introduction to Business3 Credits
ECO 2305Principles of Economics I3 Credits
FIN 1325Personal Finance3 Credits
GEG 2304World Geography3 Credits
GEG 2305Human Geography3 Credits
HUM 2340The Human Experience I3 Credits
HUM 2341The Human Prospect3 Credits
IST 2300Introduction to International Studies3 Credits
MCO 1302Mass Media & Society3 Credits
POL 2311American Government I3 Credits
PSY 1301General Psychology3 Credits
PSY 2342Psychology of Everyday Life3 Credits
SSC 2360Social Justice3 Credits
SOC 1302Cultural Anthropology3 Credits
SOC 2301Intro to Sociology3 Credits
SOC 2302Social Problems3 Credits
SOC 2390Minority Groups3 Credits
WSP 2304Hon Sem Social Literacy3 Credits
WSP 2340Hon Lang/Lit Interdiscip Integrative3 Credits

Required Related Courses


ENG 3310Advanced Writing3 Credits

Major Requirements

A minimum of 30 total religion hours including the Capstone course. At least three hours must be taken at the 1000 level, and no more than six hours may be taken at that level. At least three hours must be at the 2000 level. And at least 18 hours must be taken at the 3000 level or above. 

Choose 3 or 6 hours of religion courses at 1000 level

(any more than 6 hours will count as elective)
REL 1150Independent Study1 Credit

REL 1311Introduction to Jewish Scriptures3 Credits
REL 1312Introduction to Christian Scriptures3 Credits
REL 1313Introduction to Ethics3 Credits
REL 1321Introduction to Comparative Religions3 Credits
REL 1323Introduction to Interfaith Leadership3 Credits
REL 1350Independent Study3 Credits

Choose 3 hours from religion courses at the 2000 level

REL 2321Encountering Asian Traditions3 Credits
REL 2322Encountering Abrahamic Traditions3 Credits

Choose at least 18 hours of religion or religious history courses at 3000 level or above

HIS 3331History of England3 Credits
HIS 3342Era of the Crusades3 Credits
HIS 3343Renaissance, Reformations, & Rise of Nat3 Credits
REL 3150Independent Study1 Credit

REL 3250Independent Study2 Credits
REL 3315Interfaith Leadership3 Credits
REL 3315HInterfaith Leadership3 Credits
REL 3322The Buddha and His Teachings3 Credits
REL 3322HThe Buddha and His Teachings3 Credits
REL 3323Exploring Islamic Tradtions3 Credits
REL 3323HExploring Islamic Traditions3 Credits
REL 3324Exploring Christian Traditions3 Credits
REL 3324HExploring Christian Traditions3 Credits
REL 3325Exploring Jewish Traditions3 Credits
REL 3325HExploring Jewish Traditions3 Credits
REL 3340Exploring Daoism3 Credits
REL 3340HExploring Daoism3 Credits
REL 3350Independent Study3 Credits
REL 3361Jesus' Life & Teachings3 Credits
REL 3361HJesus' Life & Teachings3 Credits
REL 3363Religion in America3 Credits
REL 3363HReligion in America3 Credits
REL 3364Pursuing Happiness3 Credits
REL 3364HPursuing Happiness3 Credits
REL 3370Religion, Justice, and Human Rights3 Credits
REL 3370HReligion, Justice, and Human Rights3 Credits
REL 3371Religion, Science and the Environment3 Credits
REL 3371HReligion, Science, and the Environment3 Credits
REL 3399Special Topics3 Credits
REL 3451Independent Study4 Credits
HIS 4328His of Ancient Greece & Rome3 Credits
HIS 4329Heresy, Witchcraft, and Popular Violence3 Credits
HIS 4348The Byzantines and Turks3 Credits
REL 4150Independent Study1 Credit

REL 4250Independent Study2 Credits
REL 4345Religion & Popular Culture3 Credits
REL 4345HReligion & Popular Culture3 Credits
REL 4350Independent Study3 Credits
REL 4368Experiencing Religion Through Travel3 Credits
REL 4393Internship3 Credits
REL 4399Special Topics3 Credits
REL 4450Independent Study4 Credits

Capstone Experience

(Must have completed 9 upper level Religion hours to take course)
REL 4343Saints, Sages & Social Reformers3 Credits



Electives will be required if the student has not met a minimum of 120 hours in the program.

Total Hours (120)

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