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Academics: Honors

Honors Religion

All students may take religion courses for honors credit. This is done by completing an honors track in a regular course. Students who wish to graduate with honors in religion must meet the following requirements:

1. minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and total of six honors courses (18 hours minimum) overall, including at least two honors courses outside the major;
2. completion of at least three Religion courses for honors, with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.5;
3. a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major;
4. one of the three honors courses taken in the Religion Department must be a 300-level course (excluding 359, 396, and any Interim course).

If you want to do honors work in a religion course, talk with your professor early in the semester about how to fulfill the honors track (see below).

Honors Track in Religion 121: Biblical Literature and Theology

  • A ten page research/thesis paper of suitable quality in place of a regular major writing assignment (minimum grade of B+).
  • A book review of 3-4 pages on a recent book in the field of biblical studies.
  • Several meetings with the professor during the semester to discuss the paper and book review.
  • A minimum grade of B+ in the class as a whole.

Honors Track in Religion 131: Christian Theology

  • A ten page research/thesis paper of suitable quality in place of a regular major writing assignment (minimum grade of B+) .
  • A book review of 3-4 pages on readings in classical theological texts.
  • Several meetings with the professor during the semester to discuss the paper and book review.
  • A minimum grade of B+ in the class as a whole.

Honors Track in elective courses

  • A twelve to fifteen page research/thesis paper of suitable quality in place of the regular course paper assignment (minimum grade of B+).
  • Appropriate additional readings in the subject matter of the course (primary source readings are encouraged). The manner by which this reading is evaluated is left to the discretion of the professor (review or conference).
  • Meet several times during the semester with the professor to discuss the paper and additional reading.
  • A minimum grade of B+ in the class as a whole.

Additional information on the Calvin College Honors Program may be found here.

Download a contract

Download the honors contract for core courses Religion 121 and 131.

Download the honors contract for elective courses.