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Academic Program Guide


ACADEMIC MAP (Effective Summer 2024 and after)

*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.*

This map is a term-by-term sample course schedule. The milestones listed to the right of each term are designed to keep you on course to graduate in four years. The Sample Schedule serves as a general guideline to help you build a full schedule each term. The General Education and Elective courses must be selected to satisfy all area and diversity requirements unless your program meets these requirements with major courses. Milestones are courses and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major. Missing milestones will result in one of two types of map registration stops. The first level (Degree Map Off-Track) is placed following grade posting if the student has missed a milestone (course and/or GPA) for the first time in the major. If a student is in non-compliance with milestones for two (2) consecutive semesters (excluding summers), a Major Change Required stop is placed on the student's registration.

To complete a major in Religion, a student will need 30 hours of coursework with grades of C minus or better. Religion courses are divided into the following three distribution areas: Western, Asian or African, and Issues & Approaches. Majors must complete one course from each area. The department’s undergraduate advisors can counsel majors on which courses fall into these areas if questions arise. In addition, at least six courses must be at the 3/4000 level.

Finally, majors must take REL4044 ("What Is Religion? What Is Religious Studies?"), as well as one course in a seminar-style format.

Mapping Coordinator: Shellie Camp

Sample Schedule and Required Milestones by Term

Sample Schedule: Term 1 hrs
ENC1101 Freshman Composition3
1st GE Mathematics3
GE History3
GE Natural Science3
Digital Literacy: CGS2060 or 2100 3
Required Milestones: Term 1
Complete ENC1101 ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 2 hrs
ENC2135 Research, Genre, and Context 3
2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics3
GE Core Social Science3
GE Core Natural Science w/ Lab4
Elective 3
Required Milestones: Term 2
Complete ENC2135 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete 1st GE Mathematics ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 3 hrs
Foreign Language (semester 1)4
GE Core Humanities/Cultural Practice3
GE Social Science3
REL course3
Required Milestones: Term 3
Complete 2nd GE Mathematics or Statistics ( ≥ C minus )
Sample Schedule: Term 4 hrs
Foreign Language (semester 2)4
GE Humanities/Cultural Practice 3
GE Ethics3
Elective 3
Required Milestones: Term 4
(no milestones)
Sample Schedule: Term 5 hrs
Foreign Language course (semester 3)4
Major Course at 3000/4000 Level3
Major Course in Distribution Area3
Elective 3
Required Milestones: Term 5
Complete one REL course at 3000 or higher ( ≥ C minus )
Civic Literacy Requirement
Sample Schedule: Term 6 hrs
Major Course in Distribution Area3
Major Course in Distribution Area3
Major Course3
Elective 3
Required Milestones: Term 6
Complete REL distribution requirement ( ≥ C minus in each )
Sample Schedule: Term 7 hrs
REL4044 What Is Religion? What Is Religious Studies?* 3
Major Course at 3000/4000 Level3
Major Course3
*REL 4044 fulfills the Oral Communication Competency Requirement for this major at FSU.
Required Milestones: Term 7
Complete REL4044 ( ≥ C minus )
Complete Pre-Graduation Checks
Sample Schedule: Term 8 hrs
Religion Seminar3
Major Course3
Major Course3
Required Milestones: Term 8
Apply for Graduation in 1st two weeks

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

International Opportunities: International study is available for all students and may include opportunities for internships or taking course work towards various majors and minors. International study may have an impact on the MAP; therefore, it is important to consult with the academic advisor before participating. Interested students can find information about international study, research, internships, and service opportunities at:

This Map is not a contract, either expressed or implied, between the University and the student, but represents a flexible program of the current curriculum which may be altered from time to time to carry out the academic objectives of the University. The University specifically reserves the right to change, delete or add to any Map at any time within the student’s period of study at the University.

View Religion Program Guide