Majors & Minors

Religious studies majors are encouraged strongly to engage their studies in and beyond the classroom. We promote experiences in local and global partnership organizations and shared leadership in the community of the Department of Religious Studies. 

Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with a Religious Studies major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  • recognize, articulate, explain, compare and contrast, analyze, critique, and assess core doctrines, institutions, historical contexts, traditions, and practices of major religions of the world; issues of religion and social justice and how they impact women’s lives; how religions have been the basis for both oppressive and liberating human practices throughout history; the similarities and differences between the soteriological and eschatological aims and practices of different religions; the relevance of religion in contemporary world events and cultural studies; major social justice theories and issues locally and globally in a human rights framework;
  • recognize and work with a variety of power dynamics in and out of the classroom, including diversity both as it appears in the classroom and in complex cultures that we study between religions and amongst religions and the relationship between religion and issues of gender, sexual orientation, sexual identities, race, and class;
  • create questions about ethical and justice issues in historical and contemporary society and examine both personal and systemic roles in religious communities and political, cultural, and social settings;
  • propose, design, and create workshops and class activities about the theories of leadership for both the classroom and internship sites;
  • improve their research skills in order to formulate research questions and answer them; develop theories and methodologies for their research; apply other disciplines’ points of view and practices; engage in comparative religion; evaluate ethical issues and the perspectives that religions have brought to bear on them.

Major Student Learning Objectives - Students graduating with a Religion and Social Justice major from Agnes Scott College will be able to:

  • recognize and work with a variety of power dynamics in and out of the classroom, including diversity both as it appears in the classroom and in complex cultures that we study between religions and amongst religions and the relationship between religion and issues of gender, sexual orientation, sexual identities, race, and class;
  • create questions about ethical and justice issues in historical and contemporary society and examine both personal and systemic roles in religious communities and political, cultural, and social settings;
  • propose, design, and create workshops and class activities about the theories of leadership for both the classroom and internship sites;
  • problem solve through debate and recognition of various points of view, including applying other disciplines’ points of view and practices; identifying and discussing major social issues and debating different points of view; recognizing and discussing issues across disciplinary boundaries and how those boundaries can interfere with or enhance their learning; identifying and reflecting upon their own social locations through autoethnography and other tools; developing civil conversation around issues; reflecting critically and assessing personal and systemic issues and imagine possibilities for social change and transformation; engaging in comparative religion; discussing ethical issues and the perspectives that religions have brought to bear on them; working collectively on challenging real world problems in a topic area; applying their knowledge and skills to a broad range of post-college experiences;
  • improve their research skills in order to formulate research questions and answer them; develop theories and methodologies for their research; apply other disciplines’ points of view and practices; engage in comparative religion; evaluate ethical issues and the perspectives that religions have brought to bear on them.

Requirements for the Religious Studies Major 

  • A minimum of eight courses total
  • One 100-level Religious Studies course
  • Two Religious Studies courses devoted to specific religious traditions (203, 217, 219, 221, 231, 232, 233, 243, 330, 334) 
  • 390 Theories of Religion 
  • 465 Senior Research Seminar in Religion 
  • Three electives from within the major courses (two should be at the 300 level or above) 

Requirements for the Religion and Social Justice Major 

The Religion and Social Justice major uses a human rights framework and experiential learning models. Students engage theory and practice in interdisciplinary study, both at the local and global levels. 

  • A minimum of nine courses total 
  • One 100-level Religious Studies course 
  • One course devoted to a specific religious tradition (201, 217, 219, 221, 231, 232, 233, 243, 330, 334) 
  • 385 Religion, Education, and Activism or EDU/REL 415 Educating for Social Justice 
  • 363 Religious Social Ethics 
  • 370 Community Based Internship or WS-390 The World As Classroom (4 credits required) 
  • 465 Senior Research Seminar in Religion

Requirements for the Religious Studies Minor 

A minimum five-course minor (20 credits), with at least one of those courses at the 100 level and one at the 300 or 400 level within the department. One cross-listed course may be applied to the minor.