The Major in THL/RST
Students who elect THL/RST as their major, either alone or as part of a double major, complete 10 courses (or 30 credit hours).
Note: The major is a stand-alone program. You can take it in conjunction with another major (double major), and we encourage you to consider this option.
1 Core Curriculum Course
5 Elective courses*
- 1 Course w/ CTHL attribute.
- 4 Courses, combination of THL/RST and extra-departmental courses, w/ or w/o CTHL attribute.
2 Major Seminars
- THL/RST courses w/o CTHL attribute.**
2 Capstone Courses
* The elective courses form the core of a concentration within the major.
** Until Major Seminars are implemented majors take 2 additional elective courses.
- 1 elective course fulfills the 2nd THL/RST Core Curriculum requirement and must be taken at the CTHL level. 
- The remaining elective courses may also have the CTHL attribute.
- Depending on your educational and professional goals you may take up to 4 elective courses from outside the THL/RST Department (including overseas courses) offered by approved departments and programs listed under each concentration. Such courses do not require the CTHL attribute.
- Under each concentration, extra-departmental courses are grouped in Tier 1 and Tier 2 courses. You may take Tier 1 courses to satisfy THL/RST requirements without seeking prior approval by the Director of Undergraduate Programs. In contrast, Tier 2 courses need the Director’s prior approval.
- The 5 elective courses constitute an academic concentration within the major. Concentrations are organized about a field of inquiry or an independent topic of the student's creation.
- In some concentrations, 2 elective courses outside the THL/RST Department may be in a classical language (Latin or Greek) or a critical language (Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, or Russian).  They are Tier 2 courses that need the Director of Undergraduate Programs’ prior approval.
- The total number of elective courses from outside the THL/RST Department (including courses taken overseas) must not exceed 4 courses.
- Students normally take the Research Seminar, THL 6300, in the Junior year.
- Students take the Advanced Seminar, THL 6500, in the Senior year.
 Attributes for THL/RST courses do not reflect the degree of difficulty or imply a sequence of study. Rather, they indicate the focus of the course and the target group of students.
 Students preparing for graduate studies in theology or religion are encouraged to begin courses in a classical (Greek/Latin) or modern language (French/German).