Building on the expertise of our faculty, the Department of Religious Studies offers a broad range of courses for helping our students study religion in culture.

Major Course of Study

Majors are required to take two foundational courses and the senior capstone course (REL 490, offered each spring semester), along with 21-hours of REL electives (9 of which must be at the 300- or 400-level).

Required Courses Hours
REL 100 Intro to Religious Studies OR
REL 105 Honors Intro to Religious Studies
3
REL 102 Intro to Religions of the World 3
REL 490 Senior Capstone Seminar 3
REL Electives requirement 12
REL Upper-Level Electives 9
Total Hours 30

Minor Course of Study

Minors are similarly required to take two foundational courses and the senior capstone course, along with 15- hours of REL electives (6 of which must be at the 300- or 400-level). Minors are not required to take REL 490.

Required Courses Hours
REL 100 Intro to Religious Studies OR
REL 105 Honors Intro to Religious Studies
3
REL 102 Intro to Religions of the World 3
REL Electives requirement 9
REL Upper-Level Electives 6
Total Hours 21

Cross-Disciplinary Component

To encourage cross-disciplinary work and to allow REL students to take full advantage of The University of Alabama’s wide resources in the study of religion, up to 12 credit hours can be transferred from other departments to satisfy your REL major requirements. (Only 6 credit hours can be transferred to satisfy the minor; and only 6 credit hours of online coursework can count toward the major/minor). Prior permission from the REL advisor is required for these course substitutions — so please speak with him or her before registering/assuming that other departments’ courses will automatically count.

For more information on the degree requirements and course substitutions, see the Undergraduate Catalog.