How To Declare Your Religious Studies Major


To declare a major in Religious Studies, students need to find a faculty advisor and submit the electronic Declaration of Major Form. List all the classes you have currently taken that you wish to apply towards the major and any other classes that you will need to take to complete the program. Note that the declaration form is not a contract, so courses listed on the form are not binding. The idea is to show that you understand what the major should look like in terms of having the correct number and types of courses. Importantly, please keep the major requirements in mind when registering for classes so as to be sure you have fulfilled the major requirements by graduation.

Any full-time member of the Religious Studies faculty may serve as an undergraduate major advisor. Adjunct professors, visiting scholars, and graduate students may not serve in this role. Students are encouraged to select their own advisors, and it is recommended that they first approach professors with whom they have taken courses. Once you have selected an advisor, and that person agrees to serve in that role, please send the Director of Undergraduate Programs, Noah Salomon​, an email, cc'ing your new advisor, to announce this arrangement, and Prof. Salomon will add the name to your declaration. Students who are unable to secure an advisor on their own should email Prof. Salomon, who will work with them to find a suitable faculty member to serve in this role for them. While students are not required to choose an advisor in the same area as their primary concentration within the major, many find it beneficial to do so.

Before meeting with their advisor, students should consult the degree requirements on the Undergraduate Major page. Students with any questions about the major are encouraged to reach out to the Director of Undergraduate Programs for the department, Noah Salomon, or to one our department's Undergraduate Peer Advisors.