There are no prerequisites to declare a major in religion. A major in religion requires a minimum of 12 courses (36 credits) in the field, of which at least seven (21 credits) must be at the 300 level or higher. A maximum of five courses (15 credits) numbered below the 300 level may be counted toward the major. All majors must take 01:840:211, 212 and a seminar course. A minimum grade of C is required for every course that counts toward the major.
Religion majors are required to take the vast majority of their 12 required religion courses in the Department of Religion at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Students may use approved courses toward their major that are offered by other departments at Rutgers (cognate courses, determined on a case-by-case basis) or by non-Rutgers institutions (transfer courses). But the maximum number of the combination of cognate and transfer courses that can count toward a religion major is two. The department considers transfer courses in such cases based on whether they fit comparable courses in our department and are of a similar methodology, depth, and rigor. In some cases, the department will refuse to accept transfer courses or only allow them as general electives. Cross-listed courses count toward the major without prior approval as they are treated as regular courses offered by the department.