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Global Miami Plan and CAS-B Courses

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To see all religion courses being offered at Miami in the upcoming semester, search the university's Course List.

Are you looking for interesting courses to fill requirements in the Global Miami Plan or CAS's College Requirement? In the Global Miami Plan, you can choose courses in Comparative Religion to satisfy Foundation IIB (Humanities), Foundation IIIB (Global Courses), and the Intercultural Perspectives requirement. Any REL course can count toward the CAS Humanities requirement (CAS-B).

Global Miami Plan 2BFoundation IIB (Humanities)

As of Fall 2015, the Global Miami Plan requires all students to complete a 3-hour course in the Humanities. Any one of the following religion courses will satisfy that requirement:


REL 101 - Introduction to the Study of Religion   Spring 2018

Introduces you to the study of religion as a dimension of human culture. Each professor who teaches this course builds their sections around a thematic and methodological framework that reflects their area of expertise. Past sections' topics include:

  • Bush, al-Qa'ida, and Religion
  • Doomsday Cults
  • Empire and American Religion
  • God, Money, and Technology
  • Life, Death, and End-of-Life Care
  • Religion and Globalization
  • Religious Fundamentalism
BIO/REL 128 - Religion, Science, and Origins   Spring 2018

Introduces you to the science behind the theory of evolution, and analyzes religious controversies around that theory. Team-taught with a professor from the Department of Biology.

RUS/REL 133 - Imagining Russia

Surveys Russian history, society, politics, economy, literature, film, and arts from a variety of intellectual perspectives.

AAA/REL 203 - Global Religions of India

Explores the major religions of India and their growth outside India. How have these religions changed over time and as they've moved into new places?

ATH/CLS/ITS/HST/POL/REL 203 - Introduction to Russian and Eurasian Studies

Examines the major developments that have shaped Russian and Eurasian culture, society, and politics over the last 1000 years. Integrates perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts.

REL 275 - Introduction to the Critical Study of Biblical Literature   Spring 2018

Surveys the origins and historical development of the texts—both canonical and non-canonical—that contributed to the formation of the Bible. Introduces you to modern literary and historical-critical methods for studying biblical texts.

REL 286 - Global Jewish Civilization   Spring 2018

Explores the long history of encounters between Jews and the various cultures around the globe in which they have lived, from ancient Mesopotamia to modern America. How did the Jewish people persist over the course of 3000 years?

REL 314 - Social and Religious History of the Jewish People

Traces the history of Jews in the Europe, America, and the Middle East, starting in the Enlightenment and with an emphasis on the 20th century. Places the religious history of Jews in larger social and cultural contexts.

Global Miami Plan 3BFoundation IIIB (Global Courses)

As of Fall 2015, the Global Miami Plan requires all students to complete a 6-hour Global Perspectives requirement. One option for meeting this requirement is a 6-hour Study Abroad program. Religion professor Nathan French regularly leads a Study Abroad program to the Arabian Gulf.


Alternatively, instead of Study Abroad, you can meet your Global Perspectives requirement by taking 6 hours of designated Global Courses, also known as G-Courses. You could fill those 6 hours by taking any two of the following G-Courses:

RUS/REL 133 - Imagining Russia

Surveys Russian history, society, politics, economy, literature, film, and arts from a variety of intellectual perspectives.

AAA/REL 203 - Global Religions of India

Explores the major religions of India and their growth outside India. How have these religions changed over time and as they've moved into new places?

REL 286 - Global Jewish Civilization   Spring 2018

Explores the long history of encounters between Jews and the various cultures around the globe in which they have lived, from ancient Mesopotamia to modern America. How did the Jewish people persist over the course of 3000 years?

Note: The G-courses listed above are also designated under the Global Miami Plan as Humanities courses (Foundation IIB). If you take any of these courses, you can count it for either the Humanities requirement (IIB) or the Global Perspectives requirement (IIIB). You cannot count the same course for both requirements.

Global Miami Plan ICIntercultural Perspectives

As of Fall 2015, the Global Miami Plan requires all students to complete a 3-hour Intercultural Perspectives (IC) course. Any one of the following courses will satisfy that requirement:


AMS/REL 241 - Religions of the American Peoples   Spring 2018

Provides an introduction to the Jewish, Catholic, and Eastern Orthodox traditions as they have developed in North America. What does it take for a minority group to be accepted as "American"?

AAA/WGS/REL 313 - Marriage Across Cultures

Engages feminist theory and gender studies to explore the consequences of different types of marital formations (polygamous as well as monogamous) for the lives of women and men in selected Western and non-Western cultures.

AMS/REL 342 - Religious Pluralism in Modern America

Examines the experiences of religious communities in the U.S. of primarily non-European origin: Native American, Latino/a, and Middle Eastern and Asian traditions, including Islam. What role does religion play in constructing racial or ethnic identities?

Note: If you are a business student, any of the Intercultural Perspectives courses listed above will also count for the FSB Diversity Requirement.

College Requirement CAS-BCAS-B Humanities

In addition to the Global Miami Plan, all students earning a B.A. must complete the CAS Requirement (also known as the College Requirement), which includes 9 credit hours taken in the Humanities (CAS-B). You can fill up to 6 of those hours with religion courses. (To fill the remaining 3 hours, you will need a course in history, literature, or philosophy.)

Any Comparative Religion course—that is, any course with the REL prefix—can count toward the CAS-B Humanities requirement.

Religion courses that satisfy the Global Miami Plan do "double duty," meaning that you can count them both for the Global Miami Plan and for the CAS-B requirement. So if you take two religion courses as you're fulfilling the Global Miami Plan, you will also have fulfilled 6 hours of the CAS-B requirement.