The Religion Comps: What is It?

The Senior Integrative Exercise (Comps) in Religion involves proposing and writing a 25–30-page research paper in which you explore a topic of your choosing in the field of religion. You’ll receive regular feedback and guidance from the Religion faculty and will give an oral presentation on your paper in Spring Term of Senior year.

Quick Overview of the Religion Comps Process

The Religion Comps process unfolds over several terms. Specific deadlines are on the Religion Comps Moodle page, to which all Senior Religion majors are added.

TermCourseworkReligion Comps Deadlines (See Moodle for Specific Dates)
Junior SpringComps Proposal Worksheet due
Senior FallRELG 400 (1 credit*):
Senior Integrative Exercise
Comps Proposal due
--Chair and assigned Expert Reader give written comments.

Revised Comps Proposal due
--Chair and Expert Reader give written comments.
Senior WinterRELG 399 (6 credits):
Senior Research Seminar
Comps Paper due
--Chair and Expert Reader give written comments.
Senior SpringRELG 400 (2 credits*):
Senior Integrative Exercise
Revised Comps Paper due
--Chair and Expert Reader give written comments.

Comps Presentation during Common Time
*Classes of '24 and '25 may take 0 credits in Fall and 3 in Spring if they wish.