Studying
Religion in
Culture


New Curriculum

The Department is pleased to announce a newly approved curriculum for all incoming REL majors and minors (starting Fall 2013). Our new tracks system is designed to emphasize the three broad specialties of the faculty, each helping students to study religion in culture.

Current REL courses, along with newly designed courses (e.g., REL 102 and REL 430), are now arranged into one of the three above tracks, with each REL course being classified in no more than two different tracks.

Majors will take two foundational courses and the senior capstone course (offered each Spring semester), along with 12 hours in their chosen track and 9 elective hours. Minors will take a similar distribution of courses but with a total of 21 credit hours.


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 transfered from other Departments to satisfy your REL major requirements. (Only 6 credit hours can be transfered to satisfy the minor; and only 6 credit hours of online coursework can count toward the major/minor). Prior permission from the REL Advisor, Prof. Steve Jacobs, is required for these course substitutions--so please speak with him before registering/assuming that other Department's courses will automatically count. For more information on the degree requirements and course substitutions here.

Learn more about the new curriculum here.