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Academic Program Guide

Religion and Classics

College: Arts and Sciences
Degree: BA
Limited Access: No

Contact: David Levenson
Address: 314 Dodd Hall Tallahassee, FL 32306-1520
Phone: (850) 212-5099

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The Florida State University Department of Religion is one of the largest university departments of religion in the U.S. Southeast and has the most extensive graduate program in religious studies in Florida. It is committed to the scholarly investigation of religious phenomena and traditions within the context of a pluralistic culture. The Religion curriculum is divided into four areas of study: American Religious History, History and Ethnography of Religions, Religions of Western Antiquity, and Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy. The department offers a program of honors-in-the-major work in the junior and/or senior years for religion majors. The department participates in FSU’s interdepartmental programs in African American Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Humanities, International Affairs, Middle Eastern Studies, and Women’s Studies. The Religion and Classics joint major option offers students the opportunity to focus on the religion, cultures, history, and especially the languages of the ancient Mediterranean world.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prospective transfer students should contact (Arts & Sciences Admissions) with specific questions about admission and mapping requirements.

Prerequisite Coursework: None
However, students are encouraged to complete several courses with the REL prefix during their freshman/sophomore years.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .


Requirements for Graduation in the College of Arts and Sciences Include:
The College of Arts and Science requires proficiency in a foreign language through the intermediate (2220 or equivalent) level or sign language through the advanced (2614 or equivalent) level.

Requirements for Progression to the Upper-Division Major:
To be admitted, students must complete at least 52 hours of credit with an adjusted GPA of 2.00 on FSU coursework, and at least half the required hours in General Education, including freshman English composition and mathematics, or an AA degree.

Major Program of Studies at FSU

Joint Major in Religion and Classics (45 hours):
27 hours in Religion and 18 hours in Classics are required, chosen in consultation with the departmental advisor.

REL 4044 and at least 12 additional semester hours at the 3000 or 4000 level in religion courses are required. At least 12 and no more than 21 semester hours in religion courses must be in the area of religions of Western Antiquity.

Language courses taught in the Religion Department (including Hebrew courses with a REL or HBR prefix) can count toward the major. Courses used to fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences language requirement cannot count toward the major.

Of the 18 semester hours in classics, at least 6 must be in courses at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Courses in which the student receives a grade below C minus will not count toward the major.

For specific requirements, see the Academic Program and academic map for this major at For more information, contact Prof. David Levenson (314 Dodd Hall;; 850-212-5099.

Minor: Religion and Classics majors do not need a minor.

Digital Literacy: (3 hours)
CGS 2060 (3), CGS 2100 (3), or other university approved course.

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. This requirement may be met with an approved college-level course.

Minimum Program Requirements – Summary
Total Hrs. Required 120
General Education 36*
Major Coursework 30 (Religion) or 45 (Religion and Classics)
Minor Coursework 12 (Religion), 0 (Religion and Classics) Foreign Language 0-12 (depending on placement)
Digital Literacy 3
Oral Competency 0-3
Electives to bring total hours to 120


Mapping is FSU’s academic advising and monitoring system. Academic progress is monitored each fall and spring semester to ensure that students are on course to earn their degree in a timely fashion. Transfer students must meet mapping guidelines to be accepted into their majors. You may view the map for this major at www.academic-


1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this university.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this university.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this university.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: Academic, Administrator of a Religious Institution (Church, Hospital, Institute, Mosque, School, Seminary, Synagogue, Temple, etc.), Anthropologist, Bioethicist, Business Person, Campus Minister, Classicist, Comparative Literature Scholar, Editor, Ethicist, Government Administrator (Local, State, Federal), Graduate Student, Historian, Historic Preservationist, Hospital Administrator, International Organization Administrator, Journalist, Lawyer, Linguist, Literary/Cultural Organization Administrator, Museum Administrator, Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Administrator, Non-Profit Organization Administrator, Nurse, Pastor/Religious (Bishop, Brother, Chaplain, Imam, Minister, Nun, Pastor, Priest, Rabbi, Sister, etc.), Philosopher, Physician, Physical Therapist, Professor, Public School Administrator, Publisher, Religion Scholar, Researcher, Sales Person, Seminarian, Social Worker, Teacher, Theologian, Translator/Interpreter, University Administrator

Representative Employers: Charitable Organizations, Colleges, Development Agencies, Cultural Organizations, Government, Hospitals, International Organizations, Museums, Newspapers, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Non-Profit Organizations, Private Businesses and Industry, Public Schools, Publishers, Religious Organizations (Churches, Mosques, Synagogues, Temples, etc.), Religious Institutions (Hospitals, Institutes, Schools, etc.), Schools, Research Institutes, Seminaries, Universities

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