2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 18, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

Religion and Cultural Studies (B.A.)


College of Arts and Humanities
Department of Philosophy,
Psychology Building, Room: 220

http://philosophy.cah.ucf.edu/
Email: philosophy@ucf.edu

Phone: 407-823-2273

Religion and Cultural Studies is a BA program designed to familiarize students with religious traditions around the world, from ancient through contemporary cultures, as well as to introduce students to critical theories and methods through which to view and analyze the category of religion and its associated concepts, practices, and meanings in all areas of life. The program emphasizes the academic study of religion and does not privilege any particular tradition or belief.

Religion and Cultural Studies (B.A.) may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

Admission Requirements

  • None

Degree Requirements

  • Students who change degree programs and select this major must adopt the most current catalog.
  • Co-op or internship credit cannot be used in this major without prior approval by the chair.
  • Students must earn at least a “C” (2.0) in each required course.
  • Students should consult with a departmental advisor.
  • Departmental Residency Requirement consists of at least 18 semester hours of regularly scheduled 3000-4000 level courses taken from the UCF Philosophy Department.
  • Courses designated in 1 (General Ed Program) and 2 (Common Program Prerequisites) are usually completed in the first 60 hours.
  • No more than 3 courses (i.e. 9 credit hours) of 3000 or 4000 level courses applied to the B.A. in Religion and Cultural Studies may be simultaneously applied to fulfill another major.

General Education Program (GEP) (36 Credit Hours)


Communication Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Cultural & Historical Foundations (9 Credit Hours)


Select One: (3 Credit Hours)


Select One: (3 Credit Hours)


Mathematical Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Math (6 Credit Hours)


Statistics - Computers: (3 Credit Hours)


Social Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Science Foundations (6 Credit Hours)


Common Program Prerequisites (CPP)


  • None

Core Requirements: Basic Level


Select One: (3 Credit Hours)


Select One: (3 Credit Hours)


Studying Religion and Culture (3 Credit Hours)


Core Requirements: Advanced Level (27 Credit Hours)


Traditions (12 Credit Hours)


  • Must select at least one course in each category from the Philosophy Department

Abrahamic Traditions (3 Credit Hours)


Asian and Indigenous Traditions (3 Credit Hours)


Theories and Methods (6 Credit Hours)


  • Must select one in each category

Religion in Culture (9 Credit Hours)


Must select three from the following with at least one from the Philosophy Department:

Restricted Electives (3 Credit Hours)


  • Any course from Traditions, Theories and Methods, or Religion in Culture not being used to satisfy those categories can be used here.
  • Note: Related courses may be substituted with consent of Religion and Cultural Studies adviser.
  • A list of approved restricted elective courses is found in the myKnight audit.

Capstone Requirements


Electives


  • Select primarily from upper level courses after meeting with a departmental advisor. Courses may be outside the department.

Foreign Language Requirements


Admissions

  • Met by graduation requirement

Graduation

  • Proficiency equivalent to one year of college instruction in a foreign language taught by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures or Judaic Studies. Standardized examinations for foreign languages may be used to meet the requirement. Majors who are contemplating graduate school should complete two years of a foreign language, preferably one functional in their area of proposed graduate interest.

Additional Requirements


  • Signature Experience requirement is met by successful completion of the following course(s):

Required Minors


  • None

Departmental Exit Requirements


  • Earn a “C” (2.0) or better in each required course.
  • To avoid delaying graduation, you must request a review of requirements prior to registering for your last term.

University Minimum Exit Requirements


  • A 2.0 UCF GPA
  • 60 semester hours earned after CLEP awarded
  • 48 semester hours of upper division credit completed
  • 30 of the last 39 hours of course work must be completed in residency at UCF.
  • A maximum of 45 hours of extension, correspondence, CLEP, Credit by Exam, and Armed Forces credits permitted.
  • Complete the General Education Program, the Gordon Rule, and nine hours of Summer credit.

Total Undergraduate Credit Hours Required: 120


Honors In Major


  • Students considering graduate school in Religion and Cultural Studies are strongly encouraged to take Honors in the Major.
  • Requirements are as follows:

Core, Elective Requirements, and Senior Seminar (36 Credit Hours)


  • Same requirement as for regular majors

Honors Thesis (6 Credit Hours)


  • REL 4903H - Honors Directed Readings I Credit Hours: 3
  • REL 4970H - Undergraduate Honors Thesis Credit Hours: 3

Additional Information


Additional Requirements

  • Application and admission through the Humanities Honors Coordinator and the Burnett Honors College.
  • Fulfill University requirements for Honors in the Major.
  • Maintain a UCF GPA of at least 3.2 and a Religion and Cultural Studies GPA of at least 3.5.
  • Successful completion and oral defense of Honors Thesis.
  • Earn a “B” (3.0) or better in both of the following:
    • REL 4903H - Honors Directed Readings I Credit Hours: 3
    • REL 4970H - Undergraduate Honors Thesis Credit Hours: 3

Related Programs

Certificates

  • None

Related Minors

Advising Notes

  • None

Transfer Notes

  • Lower division courses do not substitute for upper division courses.
  • Courses transferred from private and out-of-state schools must be evaluated for equivalency credit. The student must provide all supporting information.

Acceptable Substitutes for Transfer Courses

  • None

Program Academic Learning Compacts

Plan of Study


Freshman Year - Fall (16 Credit Hours)


Freshman Year - Spring (16 Credit Hours)


Sophomore Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)


Sophomore Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)


  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • GEP Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)


  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3

Junior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)


  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Fall (15 Credit Hours)


  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3

Senior Year - Spring (15 Credit Hours)


  • REL 4910 - Senior Research Seminar Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective Credit Hours: 3