This information is part of the Colgate University catalog, 2022-23.

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Major Requirements

A major in religion consists of ten courses, a minimum of eight of which must be departmental courses. Only one of the total number of courses may be an independent study.

The requirements for the major are as follows:

One of the Following

All of the Following

Additional Information

In consultation with the student's adviser and the department chair, a student may elect to count up to two Colgate courses from outside the program in religion for religion major credit. These courses may be in the study of a language, provided that the student has planned these courses in advance and in consultation with his or her adviser and the department chair. A student who has received approval from the registrar to transfer credit for a language course not taught at Colgate (e.g., Biblical Hebrew, Hindi, Sanskrit), may petition the chair for the approved transfer credit to count toward the major. Relevance to the student's program of study in religion must be demonstrated. Required Core courses cannot be counted toward religion requirements.

GPA Requirement

For graduation, the religion department requires a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses chosen to count toward the major.


Students interested in pursuing honors can find the additional requirements on the  department page.

Religion Department

For more information about the department, including Faculty, transfer credit, awards, etc., please visit the  catalog page.