Senior Capstone courses are designed to provide a culminating experience to the religion major. 

There are two paths to completing the capstone experience. One option is the RELG 401-402 sequence that is taken during the fall and spring semesters, respectively. This two-course sequence is designed for those who choose to research and write an extended research paper as a capstone experience.

The second option is RELG 405, Senior Readings Colloquium, which is only offered in the spring semester. This course is designed for students to have shared reflection about their academic work in the major through reading and writing reflections on common themes within the field of religion.


RELG 402 Senior Capstone - Projects 2017

Rachel Sacks
Fearless Foreign Women: Exploring Tamar and Ruth as Characters Within a Post-Exilic Debate on Intermarriage

Julia Murphy
The Construction of Female Identity in Premodern Japanese Buddhism

Isabelle Harari
Relative Prioritization of Catholic Ethics: A Critical Analysis of Boston Catholic Charities in 2006

Nora Catlin
Dual Design: The Value of Green Space in Urban America 

Noah Last
By Any Genes Necessary: Enlightened Self-interest in Kierkegaard’s Works of Love

Liam McMillin
Who is the “Scholar”? or, Looking for Truth with Emerson

Emma Snape
Goddess Killing: The Combat Myth and Politics in Revelation

Davidson Barsky
Framing Jihad: Islamic and International Conceptions of jus in bello in American Sniper

Hunter Zepeda
Gustavo Gutiérrez’s Liberation Theology: A Hermeneutic of Utopian Hope


RELG 405 Senior Capstone Seminar in Religious Studies - Presentations 2017

Victoria Ellington
In Search of the Bigger Sin: A Study of Sexuality in Black Gospel Music Performance Related to Issues of Power, Gender, and Representation

Nathalie Farmer
Food as Religious Identity: Fostering Community and Creating Otherness

Elizabeth Foster
Making Space for LGBTQ Identities in Buddhism

Gabe Weiland
Where Satan Meets Odinism: The Occult and Heathenism in Norwegian Black Metal

Julianne Hussman
Self-Care as a Bridge from Atomization to Social Connectedness: Engaged Buddhist and Feminist Contributions