Undergraduate Program

Director of Undergraduate Studies:
Kathryn Lofton
(203) 432-0836

Program Description

Course Groupings

  • 001 - 099
    Freshman Seminars
  • 100 - 119
    Group A - General, Comparative, and Thematic Courses
  • 120 - 174
    Broup B - Surveys of Religious Traditions
  • 175 - 399
    Group C - Topics in Religious Studies
  • 400 - 499
    Group D - Advanced Topics in Religious Studies


Senior Essay Guide - Class of 2015



  • What is the difference between Program I and Program 2?
    Program 1 and Program 2 are both tracks toward fulfillment of the major in Religious Studies. Program 1 is the standard track, consisting of twelve courses in Religious Studies (although with DUS approval two cognate courses from other departments in Yale College may be applied to the major). Program 2 is an alternative, interdisciplinary option that allows you more flexibility in constructing your own curriculum. In Program 2, twelve courses are still required, but the four electives come from outside Religious Studies. These electives are carefully chosen in consultation with the DUS to form a coherent unit and are designed to help build the knowledge or advanced language skills that you will need to write your senior essay. More details about these programs may be found in the YCPS, on line at http://yalecollege.yale.edu/content/yale-college-programs-study (HTML) and http://www.yale.edu/printer/bulletin/pdffiles/ycps.pdf (PDF).
  • What do I have to do if I want to have a Double Major?
    You can fulfill the requirements of both Religious Studies and another major using either Program 1 or Program 2. If you choose Program 1, you can count up to two of your four electives toward both majors, as long as you write two separate senior essays. If you choose Program 2, all four of your electives still come from outside Religious Studies, but the subject that you combine with Religious Studies cannot also be your second major. In other words, if you choose Program 2 and declare your Program 2 as Religious Studies and History, your second major cannot be History. Your four electives should come from outside BOTH majors.
  • If I double major do I need to write two senior essays?
    If you complete two majors, you have the option of writing one combined senior essay (at least twice the length of a regular essay), provided that the DUSes in both departments agree. However, if you choose to write a combined essay, you may not count any other courses toward both majors. Alternatively, you may complete a separate senior requirement for each major.
  • Can I count a course taken credit/D/Fail towards my major?
  • What courses count in fulfillment of the World Religions requirement?
    In addition to RLST 100 and 101, courses that deal in some detail with at least three religious traditions may be counted as fulfilling the World Religions requirement. The specific course must be approved by the DUS.