Major in Religious Studies

At least five courses in the major must be taken at Millsaps. Students who wish to prepare for leadership in a religious community or who have an interest in studying a particular tradition should consult with the Department of Religious Studies faculty about appropriate courses to take.

A student must take the following course:

  • RLST 2000 Religions of the World and How to Study Them (C or higher)

A student must choose at least one sacred Text course from the following list:

  • RLST 2020 Classical Hebrew Readings (C or higher)
  • RLST 2210 The Bible—History and Content (C or higher)
  • RLST 2130 East Asian Religions (C or higher)
  • RLST 2220 Jesus and the New Testament—Then and Now (C or higher)
  • RLST 2230 Special Topics in Texts (C or higher)
  • RLST 2610 Rethinking Jesus (C or higher)
  • RLST 3160 Religion and Literature (C or higher)
  • RLST 3460 Biblical Poetry (C or higher)

A student must choose at least one course with a primary emphasis on description and interpretation of Jewish, Christian, and/or Islamic Traditions (Traditions A) from the following list:

  • RLST 2110 Judaism, Christianity, Islam (C or higher)
  • RLST 2150 Introduction to Islam (C or higher)
  • RLST 2160 Introduction to Judaism (C or higher)
  • RLST 2170 Special Topics in Traditions A (C or higher)
  • RLST 2210 The Bible—History and Content (C or higher)
  • RLST 2220 Jesus and the New Testament—Then and Now (C or higher)
  • RLST 2610 Rethinking Jesus (C or higher)
  • RLST 3110 Christian Thought (C or higher)
  • RLST 3120 Christian Theology Today (C or higher)

A student must choose at least one class with a primary emphasis on description and interpretation of Hindu, Buddhist, and/or other South Asian or East Asian Traditions (Traditions B) from the following list:

  • RLST 2120 Introduction to Hinduism (C or higher)
  • RLST 2130 East Asian Religions (C or higher)
  • RLST 2140 Introduction to Buddhism (C or higher)
  • RLST 2180 Special Topics in Traditions B (C or higher)

A student must choose at least one class with a primary emphasis on developing and criticizing Arguments on religious issues, from the following list:

  • RLST 2010 Ethics and Religion (C or higher)
  • RLST 2400 Work, Ethics, and Society (C or higher)
  • RLST 2620 Christian Liberation: Race and Sex (C or higher)
  • RLST 2790 Religion, Peace, and Justice (C or higher)
  • RLST 3110 Christian Thought (C or higher)
  • RLST 3120 Christian Theology Today (C or higher)
  • RLST 3150 Religion, Science, and Nature (C or higher)
  • RLST 3310 Philosophy of Religion (C or higher)
  • RLST 3320 Special Topics in Arguments (C or higher)

Students must take four additional courses in RLST, of student choice. 1 FYCS 1010 (Ventures) or 1 FYCS 1020 (Connections) course may count if it was taught by a religious studies professor and approved by the department chair.

  • RLST #### (C or higher)
  • RLST #### (C or higher)
  • RLST #### (C or higher)
  • RLST #### (C or higher)

Students must take the senior seminar class and complete a comprehensive exam in their major:

  • RLST 4900 Religious Studies Seminar (C or higher)
  • Comprehensive exam

Major in Religious Studies with a Concentration in Interreligious Encounters

Students must take the following course:

  • RLST 2000 Religions of the World and How to Study Them (C or higher)

Students must choose one course with a primary emphasis on description and interpretation of Jewish, Christian, and/or Islamic Traditions (Traditions A) from the following list:

  • RLST 2110 Judaism, Christianity, Islam (C or higher)
  • RLST 2150 Introduction to Islam (C or higher)
  • RLST 2160 Introduction to Judaism (C or higher)
  • RLST 2170 Special Topics in Traditions A (C or higher)
  • RLST 2210 The Bible—History and Content (C or higher)
  • RLST 2220 Jesus and the New Testament—Then and Now (C or higher)
  • RLST 2610 Rethinking Jesus (C or higher)
  • RLST 3110 Christian Thought (C or higher)
  • RLST 3120 Christian Theology Today (C or higher)

Students must choose one class with a primary emphasis on description and interpretation of Hindu, Buddhist, and/or other South Asian or East Asian Traditions (Traditions B) from the following list:

  • RLST 2120 Introduction to Hinduism (C or higher)
  • RLST 2130 East Asian Religions (C or higher)
  • RLST 2140 Introduction to Buddhism (C or higher)
  • RLST 2180 Special Topics in Traditions B (C or higher)

Students must choose one class with a primary emphasis on description and interpretation of Interreligious Encounters from the following list, or from a list of classes announced each year that focus on Interreligious Encounters.

  • RLST 2110 Judaism, Christianity, Islam (C or higher)
  • RLST 2130 East Asian Religions (C or higher)

Students must choose one sacred Text course from the following list:

  • RLST 2020 Classical Hebrew Readings (C or higher)
  • RLST 2210 The Bible—History and Content (C or higher)
  • RLST 2130 East Asian Religions (C or higher)
  • RLST 2220 Jesus and the New Testament—Then and Now (C or higher)
  • RLST 2230 Special Topics in Texts (C or higher)
  • RLST 2610 Rethinking Jesus (C or higher)
  • RLST 3160 Religion and Literature (C or higher)
  • RLST 3460 Biblical Poetry (C or higher)

Students must choose one class with a primary emphasis on developing and criticizing Arguments on religious issues from the following list:

  • RLST 2010 Ethics and Religion (C or higher)
  • RLST 2400 Work, Ethics, and Society (C or higher)
  • RLST 2620 Christian Liberation: Race and Sex (C or higher)
  • RLST 2790 Religion, Peace, and Justice (C or higher)
  • RLST 3110 Christian Thought (C or higher)
  • RLST 3120 Christian Theology Today (C or higher)
  • RLST 3150 Religion, Science, and Nature (C or higher)
  • RLST 3310 Philosophy of Religion (C or higher)
  • RLST 3320 Special Topics in Arguments (C or higher)

Students must take two additional courses in RLST, of student choice. 1 FYCS 1010 (Ventures) or 1 FYCS 1020 (Connections) course may count if it was taught by a religious studies professor and approved by the department chair.

  • RLST #### (C or higher)
  • RLST #### (C or higher)

Students must complete a Department Chair approved Interreligious Internship or Major Experience:

  • RLST 4850 Religious Studies Internship
  • Major Experience

Students must take the senior seminar class and complete the comprehensive exam in their major:

  • RLST 4900 Religious Studies Seminar (C or higher)
  • Comprehensive exam

Minor in Religious Studies

Students must take the following courses:

  • RLST 2000 Religions of the World and How to Study Them (C or higher)
  • RLST 4900 Religious Studies Seminar (C or higher)

Students must also take three more RLST courses, of student choice. Students may not use both RLST 1010 and RLST 1020 to fulfill this requirement; however, one or the other may be permitted. 1 FYCS 1010 (Ventures) or 1 FYCS 1020 (Connections) course may count if it was taught by a religious studies professor and approved by the department chair.

  • RLST #### (C or higher)
  • RLST #### (C or higher)
  • RLST #### (C or higher)

Minor in Jewish Studies

Students must take the following courses:

  • RLST 2000 Religions of the World and How to Study Them (C or higher)
  • RLST 2160 Introduction to Judaism (C or higher)
  • RLST 3500 Twice Promised Land (C or higher)

Students must choose one Hebrew course to take from the list below:

  • RLST 1010 Introduction to Classical Hebrew I (C or higher)
  • RLST 1020 Introduction to Classical Hebrew II (C or higher)
  • RLST 2020 Classical Hebrew Readings (C or higher)

Students must take one more course, usually but not necessarily an RLST course, of student choice and approved by the Department Chair. Only one of the RLST 1010, 1020, and 2020 courses may count toward the minor.

  • RLST #### (student choice) (C or higher)

Minor in Christian Studies

Students must take the following courses:

  • RLST 2000 Religions of the World and How to Study Them (C or higher)
  • RLST 2220 Jesus and the New Testament—Then and Now (C or higher)
  • RLST 3110 Christian Thought (C or higher)

Students must take two more courses. Choose an option below.

Option One: Complete two elective courses

  • RLST #### (student choice)
  • RLST #### (student choice)

Option Two: Complete one elective course and one Greek course

  • RLST #### (student choice)
  • GREE 3040 New Testament in Context—Intermediate
  • GREE 4040 New Testament in Context—Advanced

*The elective courses are of student choice but must be approved by the Religious Studies Department Chair. They are usually but not necessarily a RLST-designated course. RLST 1010, 1020, and 2020 courses may count toward the minor.

Minor in Interreligious Encounters

Students must take the following course:

  • RLST 2000 Religions of the World and How to Study Them (C or higher)

A student must choose at least one class with a primary emphasis on description and interpretation of Jewish, Christian, and/or Islamic traditions (Traditions A) from the following courses:

  • RLST 2110 Judaism, Christianity, Islam (C or higher)
  • RLST 2150 Introduction to Islam (C or higher)
  • RLST 2160 Introduction to Judaism (C or higher)
  • RLST 2170 Special Topics in Traditions A (C or higher)
  • RLST 2210 The Bible—History and Content (C or higher)
  • RLST 2220 Jesus and the New Testament—Then and Now (C or higher)
  • RLST 2610 Rethinking Jesus (C or higher)
  • RLST 3110 Christian Thought (C or higher)
  • RLST 3120 Christian Theology Today (C or higher)

A student must choose at least one class with a primary emphasis on description and interpretation of Hindu, Buddhist, and/or other South Asian or East Asian Traditions (Traditions B) from the following courses:

  • RLST 2120 Introduction to Hinduism (C or higher)
  • RLST 2130 East Asian Religions (C or higher)
  • RLST 2140 Introduction to Buddhism (C or higher)
  • RLST 2180 Special Topics in Traditions B (C or higher)

A student must choose at least one class with a primary emphasis on description and interpretation of Interreligious Encounters from the following list (or from a list of classes announced each year that focus on Interreligious Encounters), not double counting from those listed above:

  • RLST 2110 Judaism, Christianity, Islam (C or higher)
  • RLST 2130 East Asian Religions (C or higher)

A student must complete a Department Chair approved Interreligious Internship or Major Experience:

  • RLST 4850 Religious Studies Internship
  • Major Experience