History and Religious Studies, BA

The Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Department of History offer an interdisciplinary combined major in religious studies and history. Students interested in the combined major integrate the study of religious traditions, religious praxis, and religious ethics with the study and analysis of human history.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

BA Language Requirements

All BA students are required to complete the BA language requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

History Requirements

History Colloquium
HIST 1000History at Northeastern1
HIST 1200Historical Research and Writing1
HIST 1201First-Year Seminar4
Introductory Level
Choose one course from the 1000 level.4
History Seminar and Historical Writing
HIST 2301The History Seminar4
HIST 2302Historical Writing1
Pre-1800 History Elective
Choose one course from the following: 4
Africa and the World in Early Times
Pirates, Planters, and Patriots: Making the Americas, 1492–1804
Japanese Literature and Culture
Ancient Greece
Ancient Rome
Introduction to Russian Civilization
Colonial and Revolutionary America
Intermediate/Advanced History Cluster
Complete (3) History courses numbered 2303 or above. Cluster is subject to Department approval.12
Advanced History
Complete one history course 3000 level or above4

Religious Studies Requirements

Comparative Religion
Complete two of the following:8
Ethics: East and West
Sound, Music, and Religion
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Adam and Eve and Their Interpreters
Modern Philosophy
Cults and Sects
Ancient Mediterranean and African World Traditions
Complete one of the following:4
Understanding the Bible
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Jewish Religion and Culture
Jewish Religion and Culture
The Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism from the Zohar to Madonna
Biblical Prophets and Their Interpreters
Adam and Eve and Their Interpreters
Interpreting the Bible
Religion and Spirituality in the African Diaspora
Cults and Sects
Asian Traditions
Complete one of the following:4
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Indian Religions
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Chinese Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism
Religion and Culture in Indian Cinema
Asian Religions in the United States
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Religion and Culture
Complete one of the following:4
The Meaning of Death
Sound, Music, and Religion
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Jewish Religion and Culture
Jewish Religion and Culture
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Interpreting the Bible
Cults and Sects
Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Ethics
Complete one of the following:4
Ethics: East and West
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Religious Studies Electives
Complete three of the following, two of which must be numbered above 2000:12
Goddesses, Witches, Saints, and Sinners: Women in Western Religions
Introduction to Religion
Understanding the Bible
Ethics: East and West
The Meaning of Death
Sound, Music, and Religion
Image and Icon in South Asia
Jesus in the Gospels, American Culture, and the Movies
Apocalypticism in Film
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Jainism
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Indian Religions
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Jewish Religion and Culture
American Judaism
Modern Judaism
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Religious Perspectives on Health and Healing
From Vodou and the Rastas to Afro-Islam: African Religions in the Americas
The Problem of Evil in Film
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Mysticism
The Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism from the Zohar to Madonna
Exploring the Jewish Diaspora—From Mountain Jews to Crypto-Jews
Biblical Prophets and Their Interpreters
Adam and Eve and Their Interpreters
Interpreting the Bible
Responses to the Holocaust
Chinese Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism
Religion and Culture in Indian Cinema
Religion, Nation, and Identity in Modern Jewish Thought
Religion and Spirituality in the African Diaspora
Cults and Sects
Asian Religions in the United States
Ramayana
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Advanced Biblical Studies: Hebrew Bible
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar in Religion
Major Figures in Religious Studies
Topics in Religious Studies
Directed Study
Comparative Religious Ethics

Integrative Requirements

Capstone
Choose one of the following options. Public History concentrators should take HIST 4903 and HIST 49044-8
Capstone Seminar
Cults and Sects
Asian Religions in the United States
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Mind
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar in Religion
Major Figures in Religious Studies
Topics in Religious Studies
Global Justice
Comparative Religious Ethics
Public History:
HIST 4903
and HIST 4904
Fieldwork in History 1
and
Integrative Course
Complete one of the following courses:4
Renaissance to Enlightenment
Japanese Buddhism
Cults and Sects

History and Religious Studies Combined-Major Credit Requirement

Complete 78 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required