Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I declare Religion as my major?
  2. How do I get an academic advisor?
  3. I am trying to register for classes. How do I get my Academic Advising Code?
  4. I took a class at another university similar to a class taught at Boston University. How do I find out if I can transfer those credits toward my degree?
  5. I need to drop off a paper for my professor. Where is the correct mail box?
  6. Where do I go to pick up a paper/exam from my class?
  7. What Can I do With a Major in Religion?

1. How do I declare Religion as my major?

STEP 1: Use the online form to declare your major or go to the CAS Advising Office located at 100 Bay State Rd, Rm 401 to fill out a  Declaration of Major form.  STEP 2: Fill out a Personal Info Sheet at the Religion Dept., Rm. 201 (at 145 Bay State Road). STEP 3: Meet with your advisor (to be assigned by the Religion Dept. after STEPS 1-2 are completed).

2. How do I get an academic advisor?

Based on your area of concentration, the Religion department will make a determination on which faculty member would make the best suitable advisor for you. Stop by BSR 145, Suite 201, and we will provide you with all the information you need.

3. I am trying to register for classes. How do I get my Academic Advising Code?

After meeting with your academic advisor, go to BSR 145, Suite 201, and Administrative Coordinator Wendy Czik will provide you with the Academic Advising Code that will grant you full registration privileges.

4. I took a class at another university similar to a class taught at Boston University. How do I find out if I can transfer those credits toward my degree?

Visit the Religion office at 145 Bay State Road and fill out a Transfer of Credit Form. Bring a copy of the course syllabus. Professor David Eckel, the Director of Undergraduate Studies  will decide if the credits can be transferred and if so grant the appropriate signature. You may leave the form with Wendy in room 201.

   Religion Department policies

  • The Religion Department does not grant credit for courses taught entirely or predominantly online. Courses mostly taught in-person but with a significant online component will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • The Religion Department may grant only elective RN credit for external courses and not grant divisional humanities credit. Most world religions classes that come to us for approval do not meet our standards for humanities credit. (For example, those where the only assessment is via quizzes and exams.) The Religion Department assigns humanities divisional credit to courses that emphasize not only critical reading and thinking but analytical writing and do so on a par with expectations for our department’s courses.
  • If you have questions about how these policies apply to a course you have taken or are considering taking, please contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor David Eckel (mdeckel@bu.edu).  CAS Transfer Credit Policy

5. I need to drop off a paper/exam for my professor. Where is the correct mail box?

Faculty mail boxes are located in BSR 145, Suite 203. These are the correct boxes for leaving materials with your professor.

6. Where do I go to pick up a paper/exam?

At 145 Bay State Road, on the first floor, there are mail boxes that correspond with each of the classes that are offered in the current semester. They are arranged in numerical order from top to bottom starting with the 100 level courses. Faculty and teaching assistants use these boxes to drop off papers and corrected materials for students to pick up between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. NOTE: DO NOT leave materials in the drop boxes on the first floor. Those boxes are for student pick-up only.

7. What Can I do With a Major in Religion?