Explore the various Religion Majors at the USC School of Religion

Illustration of various religious buildings. Explore the various religion majors here.

    • REL 301: Introduction to Religious Studies;
    • REL 401: Seminar in Religious Studies; plus
    • Six additional REL courses, for a total of 24 units from the Courses of Instruction List.

    Total requirement: 32 units (at least 24 units must be upper-division).

    • Honors students must achieve a minimum a 3.5 GPA in the major. In addition to completing requirements for the major, candidates for honors must register for 491x Undergraduate Honors Research.

    Total unit requirement: 36 upper- division religion course units.

  • Students choose among courses that focus on Judaism as a living religious system and those that focus on Jewish history, culture and society in its global setting. Click here for Courses of Instruction list.

    • Three core courses are required: REL 301 Introduction to the Study of Religion, REL 401 Seminar in Religious Studies, and either JS 100 Introduction to Jewish History or JS 180 Judaism.
    • In addition, students choose five courses from the Judaism as a Religious Tradition track and the Jewish History and Culture track listed below for a total of eight courses.
    • Students may choose one lower-division course and four upper-division courses or five upper-division courses.

    Total unit requirement: 32 course units.

    For more information, see the Jewish Studies website.

  • Archaeology deepens our understanding of peoples and societies across space and time, in all parts of the world, while expanding our knowledge of issues relevant in contemporary society. Archaeologists interpret material culture and action from our shared human past using a range of tools and approaches whether the discovery occurs with trowel in hand, or through laboratory analysis, artifact study, remote sensing or by documenting heritage.

    Archaeology majors strengthen their skills in critical thinking, assessing evidence, and formulating clear and persuasive arguments, both oral and written. Students from a wide range of disciplines will gain perspective on their own intellectual and professional interests through the study of the past.

    For more information on course requirements for the Major, please visit the Archaeology page.

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