Religion (REL)

The Religion Department of St. Olaf College seeks to enliven and deepen academic reflection on religion and theology in a liberal arts setting. We equip students of all backgrounds and traditions to interpret, evaluate, and respond to religious ideas and practices.

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Typical First Year Schedule

Fall
  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • World Language
  • OLE Core/Elective*
  • OLE Core/Elective
Interim
  • OLE Core/Elective*
Spring
  • FYS 120 or WRIT 120 or Conversation Program
  • World Language
  • OLE Core/Elective*
  • OLE Core/Elective
Additional Information

There is no necessary sequence of courses within the Religion major! Indeed, there are no courses that one must take as a religion major even in one’s second year.

*However, it makes good sense to take a Religion, Faith and Values OLE Core course in one’s first year and a Christian Theology in Dialogue course and a variety of other 200-level courses including REL 285, “What is Religion?” during one’s second and/or third year. Ideally, by the time majors are entering the spring semester of their third year or their fourth year, they will be taking 300-level courses and seminars. (For more information on pathways through the major, see the department website.)

CREDIT FOR PREVIOUS COURSEWORK
  • It is rare for incoming students to receive credit for previous coursework. If you think that you might deserve credit for previous coursework in Religion, please contact the Registrar or the Department Chair of Religion.
Placement
  • Not applicable.
Informational Events

To be put on a mailing list for events (both social and academic) that happen throughout the year, send an email to the Religion Department Administrative Assistant, Jennifer Schultz.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Chair, Department of Religion – Gregory Walter (walter@stolaf.edu)