There are no prerequisites to declare a major in religion. Students graduating with a major in religion are required to have taken a minimum of twelve courses (36 credits) in the department, of which at least seven (21 credits) must have been at the 300 level or higher. A maximum of five courses (15 credits) numbered below the 300 level may be counted toward the major. 01:840:211, 01:840:212 and a seminar must be taken by all majors. A minimum grade of C is required for every course that counts towards the major.
Religion majors are required to take the vast majority of their religion courses offered by the Department of Religion at Rutgers University. Students may use approved courses toward their major that are offered by other departments at Rutgers (cognate courses, determined on a case-by-case basis) or by non-Rutgers institutions (transfer courses). But the maximum number of the combination of cognate and transfer courses that can count toward a religion major is two (2). The department considers transfer courses in such cases based on whether they fit comparable courses in our department and are of a similar methodology, depth, and rigor. Students must provide the full course syllabus for transfer credit consideration. A catalog course description will not suffice.
In some cases the department will refuse to accept transfer courses or only allow them as general electives. pdfCross Listed Courses count toward the major without prior approval as they are treated as regular courses offered by the department.