The Honors major in Theology and Religious Studies (B.A.) offers an opportunity for motivated and capable students to engage in more extensive interaction with faculty and to complete challenging individual research projects that will further their personal and professional goals.
In order to complete the requirements for departmental honors and receive a notation to that effect on their transcripts, students must earn 60 credits in Theology and Religious Studies courses (10 more than the usual major requirement), earn a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.50, and receive an A or A- for THRS 4790 Theology and Religious Studies Honors Thesis Supervision.
Application to the major: To be accepted to the program, students must have a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.50. Interested students should apply to the department Honors Coordinator or Department Chair in spring quarter of the junior year or early fall quarter of the senior year. A Change of Major, Degree or Specialization form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar upon acceptance.
Completion of the major: During senior year, departmental honors students will complete 10 credits of independent study and write a 25-40 page thesis under the direction of a faculty member. The thesis is to be presented orally in an appropriate context to be determined by the Departmental Honors Coordinator or Department Chair. The 10 credits must be taken as THRS 4770 Theology and Religious Studies Honors Directed Reading and THRS 4790 Theology and Religious Studies Honors Thesis Supervision.
Thus, in addition to the Theology and Religious Studies regular BA requirements, the Honors major includes ten credits in departmental honors: THRS 4770 - Honors Directed Reading THRS 4790 - Honors Thesis Supervision
Donna Teevan, PhD