Religious Studies

Recommended Academic Plan for Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies (RL ST), University Park

Effective Fall 1995

Semester 1Credits
ENGL 015 or 030 (GWS) Rhetoric and Composition or Honors Freshman Composition 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) 3
00 level course in RL ST 3
Foreign Language (level 001) 4
Quantification Course (GQ) 3
Total Credits: 16
Semester 2Credits
00 or 100 level course in related area (see Program Notes) 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS) 3
Humanities (GH) 3
Foreign Language (level 002) 4
Quantification Course (GQ) 3
Total Credits: 16
Semester 3Credits
CAS 100 (GWS) Effective Speech 3
100 or 200 level course in RL ST 3
Humanities (GH) 3
Foreign Language (level 003) 4
Natural Science (GN) 3
Total Credits: 16
Semester 4Credits
100 or 200 level course in RL ST 3
Course in related areas at any level 3
Natural Science (GN) 3
Arts (GA) 3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Quantification or Foreign Language 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 5Credits
100 or 200 level course in RL ST 3
400 level course in RL ST or related area (see Program Notes) 3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Quantification or Foreign Language 3
Natural Science (GN) 3
Elective 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 6Credits
ENGL 202 (GWS) Effective Writing 3
400 level course in RL ST or related area (see Program Notes) 3
BA Requirement: Arts, Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Natural Sciences, Quantification or Foreign Language 3
Arts (GA) 3
Elective 3
Total Credits: 15
Semester 7Credits
400 level course in RL ST or related area 3
Elective 3
Other Cultures Course/Elective 3
Elective 3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA) course 1.5
Elective 3
Total Credits: 16.5
Semester 8Credits
400 level course in RL ST or related area 3
Elective 3
Health and Physical Activity (GHA) course 1.5
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 1
Total Credits: 14.5

GWS, GHA, GQ, GN, GA, GH, and GS are codes used to identify General Education requirements.

General education courses are interchangeable; students may choose the general education course(s) they wish to take in any given semester based on preference, availability, and academic goals.

Note: Students enrolled in, or hoping to enroll in, majors in the College of the Liberal Arts are expected to attend the University Park campus once they have earned a total of 60 credits. No more than 91 credits earned while enrolled at another Penn State College or at another institution may be applied toward degrees granted by the College of the Liberal Arts. A minimum of 24 of the credits related to the primary area of study stipulated under “requirements for the major” must be completed at University Park. (For example, History majors must complete 24 credits of "Hist" courses at University Park.) Senior or capstone courses required for the major must be completed at University Park.

Scheduling patterns vary for courses according to the semester they are taught.

Program Notes:

Bold type indicates courses requiring a quality grade of C or better.

Consult department list or advisor for course selections in related areas. At least two of the 400 level courses completed towards the major must be in Religious Studies.

All incoming freshmen must take a First Year Seminar (FYS) during fall or spring of their first year. Most FYSs in the College of the Liberal Arts are 3 credits and count as a General Humanities (GH) or General Social Sciences (GS) course.

All students must take a United States Cultures (US) and an International Cultures (IL) course. These requirements may be satisfied by completing a US and an IL designated course (one each) as a General Education, Bachelor of Arts, major, or elective course.

All students must complete at least one 3 credit WRITING INTENSIVE course. Courses with the suffixes W, M, X, or Y satisfy this requirement.

Students who begin the foreign language sequence at a level higher than 001 need to replace the skipped credits with additional electives.

At least one Natural Science course must be a laboratory course.

Updated December 2012

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