Advising FAQ for Religion Majors

Please note that the guidance provided here represents informal rather than formal or official guidance. In other words, it should NOT be regarded as an official University of Georgia Document. For a more authoritative document, please consult the UGA Bulletin. I also encourage you to consult the  information provided at the Department of Religion Website.

1. What can I do to stay in touch with the religion department after graduation?

If you choose to email Wayne Coppins ( a permanent/non-uga email (e.g., gmail, yahoo, etc.), then he will add you to the “Friends of UGA Religion” email list that he maintains. Please send this email also to

2. What do I need to do when I am approaching graduation?

At any time after you have reached 80 hours, you may schedule a grad check, during which a professional advisor will provide you with a comprehensive checklist of remaining graduation requirements. While you are eligible to schedule a grad check at any point after COMPLETING 80 hours, you may wish to delay your graduation check until about two (or three) semesters prior to graduation. Before making a graduation check appointment, you should meet with Kim Scott in the religion office in Peabody Hall. She will confirm that you are on track to fulfill the requirements for the religion major, and she will then send some materials to the professional advisor who will do your grad check (see above).

3. How do I schedule an Advising Appointment?

At the beginning of your studies you will be advised within your college, but I still encourage you to set up an appointment with me at the outset of your studies ( to discuss the major and your goals. After you have completed 60 hours, you will be advised within the religion department. You may schedule an appointment via Sara with Gregory Kline.

4. What are the major requirements for the Religion major?

For the religion major proper, you must fulfill 21 hours of upper-level courses (3000/4000).

There are six (6) course categories. Students are required to take a minimum of at least one course in category one and at least one course in three of the other five different categories. Courses listed in more than one category may be used to satisfy requirements in only one of those categories. The remainder of the required 21 hours may be taken from any Religion courses (regardless of category) numbered 3000 or above.

In other words, you must take upper-level religion courses from 4 out of the 6 course categories on offer, and one of these four courses must be from category 1 (Judaism/Christianity), which adds up to 12 hours. The remaining 9 hours of upper-level religion courses can be taken from any category.

5. What courses can I use to fulfill area VI?

Choose six (6) courses (1000/2000-level) from the following for a total of eighteen (18) hours: One semester of a Foreign Language, AFAM, AFST, ANTH, ARHI, ARID, ARST, ARTS, CLAS, CMLT, DRAM, HIST, MUSI, NAMS, PHIL, RELI*, SOCI, WMST *A minimum of 3 hours must be taken from RELI (1000/2000-level) *A maximum of 6 hours may be taken from RELI (1000/2000-level) If any of the courses in Area VI have been used to satisfy Areas II-V of the Core Curriculum, General Electives may be taken here. (Refer to College-wide requirements when selecting General Electives) Note: Religion requires individual review of non-equivalent transfer courses before they can be used to satisfy Area VI and Major Requirements.

6. What other major requirements do I need to keep in mind?

You need to complete 21 semester hours of upper division courses in your major (religion) and at least 39 semester hours of upper division work overall. Students in the Franklin College must earn a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in major required courses.

You must complete the College-Wide Degree Requirements for the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences (

* The Franklin requirements include taking a foreign language through the third semester.

* Please make sure you have completed the required number of hours and upper-division hours.

7. When can I count courses toward two programs of study?

Two majors can share a course, unless one of the majors does not allow courses to be shared or limits the number of courses that can be shared.

Two minors can share a course, unless one of the minors does not allow courses to be shared or limits the number of courses that can be shared.

Courses taken to satisfy Core Areas I through V may not be counted as course work in the minor, but courses taken in Core Area VI may be counted as course work in the minor. If a course satisfies a major requirement it cannot also be used to satisfy course requirements in the minor field of study. See: (

Courses that are counted towards the completion of a certificate can also count toward the fulfillment of other requirements.

8. What additional information should transfer students keep in mind?

If you want to have courses taken at another institution considered for credit, then you need to fill out a Course Credit Recommendation form, which you can obtain from the Department of Religion office on the second floor of Peabody Hall. If you are seeking credit for a 1000/2000 level course, then you need to provide a copy of the course description from the bulletin of your previous institution. If you are seeking credit for a 3000/4000 level course, then you need to provide both a course description and a syllabus for each of the courses that you would like to be considered for credit. PLEASE SUBMIT THIS COURSE CREDIT RECOMMENDATION FORM IN THE RELIGION OFFICE FOR CONSIDERATION: Do NOT email me to ask whether it will be approved before submitting it. The form may be found at the religion department website.

Transfer students may only transfer two upper-division courses in religion to apply toward the fulfillment of the 21 hours of the major. If you have taken additional upper-division religion courses at your previous institution, then these may be used for the fulfillment of upper-division general electives.


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