Religious Studies and Africana Studies, BA

The Department of Philosophy and Religion and the Program in Africana Studies offer an interdisciplinary combined major in religious studies and Africana studies. Students interested in the combined major integrate the study of religious traditions, religious praxis, and religious ethics with critical and systematic examination of the cultural, political, social, economic, and historical experiences of African Americans throughout the hemisphere and peoples of African descent around the world. 

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.

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.

Religious Studies Major Requirements

Comparative Religion
Complete two of the following:8
Introduction to World Religions
Ethics: East and West
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Cults and Sects
Ancient Mediterranean and African World Traditions
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to World Religions
Understanding the Bible
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Jewish Religion and Culture
Jewish Religion and Culture
Cults and Sects
Asian Traditions
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to World Religions
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Japanese Buddhism
Religion and Culture
Complete one of the following:4
The Problem of Evil in Film
Science Fiction and Film: Moral Dilemmas and Ethical Analysis
The Meaning of Death
Apocalypticism in Film
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
Cults and Sects
Ethics
Complete one of the following:4
Ethics: East and West
The Problem of Evil in Film
Science Fiction and Film: Moral Dilemmas and Ethical Analysis
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Religious Studies Electives
Complete three religious studies electives, two of which must be above the 2000 level:12
Introduction to Religion
Introduction to World Religions
Understanding the Bible
Ethics: East and West
The Meaning of Death
Apocalypticism in Film
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Jewish Religion and Culture
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
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
Japanese Buddhism
Cults and Sects
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar in Religion
Directed Study
Advanced Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Cults and Sects
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Seminar in Religion

Africana Studies Requirements

Foundational
AFAM 1101Introduction to African-American Studies4
or AFRS 1101 Introduction to African Studies
Introductory
Complete one of the following:4
Introduction to African-American Studies
The African-American Experience through Music
Black Popular Culture: Music, Movies, and More
John Coltrane and Black America’s Quest for Freedom
Gender, Race, and Medicine
Introduction to Global Health
Humanities
Complete two of the following:8
Early African-American Literature
American Women Writers and Race
The African American Novel
Social Sciences
Complete two of the following:8
Africa Today
Black Community and Social Change
The Scope and Dynamics of Conflicts in Africa
Religion and Spirituality in the African Diaspora
Epidemiology of Pandemic Diseases and Health Disparities in the African Diaspora
Natural Resources and Sustainable Development
Electives
Note: Electives may not double count for other AFAM or HIST combined-major requirements.
Complete one AFAM/AFRS course at the 2000 level or above4
Complete one AFAM/ AFRS course at the 3000 level or above4
Senior Capstone
Capstone can be done in either AFAM or RS
AFAM 4700Capstone4

Integrative Requirement

Complete one of the following:4
From Vodou and the Rastas to Afro-Islam: African Religions in the Americas
Cults and Sects

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required