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Minor in Religious Studies

The minor in religious studies combines well with many majors, ranging from engineering and management to anthropology and history.

Minor Overview

The minor in religious studies is designed to expose students to three fundamental areas: historical methods, textual methods and critical/theoretical methods. 

Requirements

The minor consists of 15 credit hours, including 9 hours of required courses and 6 hours of elective courses.

  • REL 230: Asian Religions
  • REL 317: Christianity
  • REL/HI 320: Religion in American History
  • REL 331: The Hindu Tradition
  • REL 332: The Buddhist Traditions
  • REL 333: Chinese Religions
  • REL 334: Japanese Religions
  • REL 340: Islam
  • REL 350: Introduction to Judaism
  • REL/HI 402: Early Christianity to the Time of Eusebius
  • REL/HI 407: Islamic History to 1798
  • REL/HI 408: Islam in the Modern World
  • REL 311: Introduction to the Old Testament
  • REL 312: Introduction to the New Testament
  • REL 314: Introduction to Intertestamental Literature
  • REL 412: Advanced Readings in the Christian Gospels
  • REL 413: The Life and Letters of the Apostle Paul
  • REL/SOC 309: Religion and Society
  • REL 323: Religious Cults, Sects and Minority Faiths in America
  • REL 327: Issues in Contemporary Religion
  • REL 383: Religion, Globalism and Justice
  • REL 423: Religion & Politics in America
  • REL 424: Religion & Politics in Global Perspective
  • REL/STS 471: Darwinism and Christianity
  • REL/WGS 472: Women and Religion
  • REL 473: Religion, Gender and Reproductive Technologies
  • REL 482: Religion and Conflict
  • REL 489: Interpretations of Religion
  • Courses that fulfill the Western Religious Traditions requirement:
    • REL 311, 312, 314, 317, 320, 323, 350, 402, 412, 413 and 423
  • Courses that fulfill the Non-Western Religious Traditions requirement:
    • REL 230, 331, 332, 333, 334, 340, 343, 407, 408 and 424

Admission

Students can apply for admission to any university minor program in MyPack Portal. Admission will be based on the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review.