Minor in Religious Studies

The Minor in Religious Studies combines well with many majors, ranging from engineering and management to anthropology and history. For the nature and benefits of religious studies, see Religious Studies.

Students who take a minor program in religious studies are required to complete with a grade of C or better 15 credit hours of courses in selected fields of religious studies. In order to ensure a wide study of the field, students are required to select at least one course in each of the following categories: historical methods, textual methods, and critical/theoretical methods. At least one of the courses taken toward the minor must focus on Western religious traditions and at least one must focus on non-Western religious traditions.

The Minor Adviser will determine whether courses transferred from other institutions qualify for the minor. No more than two transferred courses may count toward the minor. Note also that no more than two courses may be "double-counted" toward both the minor and the departmental requirements of a major.

Courses for the Minor

Courses in Historical Methods (3 credit hours)

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

Courses in Textual Methods (3 credit hours)

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 491 Advanced Readings in Theological and Religious Literature

Courses in Critical/Theoretical Methods (3 credit hours)

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

Elective Courses: Any two REL courses (6 credit hours)

Courses that fulfill the Western Religious Traditions requirement:

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Courses that fulfill the Non-Western Religious Traditions requirement:

REL 230331332333334340, 343, 407, 408, and 424


  • As soon as you are ready to declare the minor, you should complete and sign the NC State “Declare a Minor” form (available here) and bring it to the department’s Student Services Associate, Ms. Joanna King, in Withers Hall, Room 340.
  • Ms. King will obtain the required departmental signatures and submit the form to Registration and Records on your behalf so that a minor degree audit can be added to your record.
  • You should consult with the Minor Adviser, Dr. Jason Bivins, during each registration period to ensure that you are making headway toward completing the requirements of the minor.