Rarely, it may become necessary to arrange a special research project in order to complete graduate requirements. Except in rare circumstances, this reading course covers topics related to dissertation background research in the fall of the student's third year. Exceptions may be requested when faculty research leave falls in the student's third year. Permission is required in all instances. Please see below for a description of the process for obtaining approval for REL 5V00 Special Studies in Religion. To view examples of past REL 5V00 syllabi, please click here.
REL 5V00 allows for special research projects that are needed in the students’ graduate programs, but that are unavailable in the regular curriculum. The research will be individualized for the students and under the direct supervision of the professor. The course may be for up to three hours credit, with preference given to those in their final year of study. (Per 2017‐18 Graduate School Catalog).
If you wish to register for REL 5V00 (Special Studies in Religion) you must submit the following to the Religion Department Graduate Program Director for approval prior to registration:
A formal petition requesting permission to take 5V00 which must include the following:
These items should be brief. They are designed to ensure that the 5V00 course is being used wisely and infrequently. Additionally, they need to be approved so a specific course can be created to appear properly on your transcript.