Religious Studies, Minor

Liberal Arts (Code 411-401)

Twenty-four semester credits, including:
Three credits from core courses (to be taken by all minors before the completion of six credits of Religious Studies coursework):3
Introduction to the Religions of the World
Basic Issues in Religion
Religion and Morality
Seminar course
Three credits taken in junior or senior year from the following:3
Seminar in Religious Studies
Special Topics
Independent Study - Seniors
Monotheistic Religions:
A minimum of six credits from:6
Early Christianity
Modern Christianity
Asian Religions:
A minimum of six credits from:6
Buddhism: Past and Present
Chinese and Japanese Religions
Asian Religious Philosophies
The remaining coursework may be taken from the two previous categories and any of the courses listed below:
Methodological Approaches:
A minimum of three credits from:3
Religion and Culture
Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
New Testament
Psychology of Religion
Philosophy of Religion
Topical and Historical Approaches:
Women and World Religions
Religion and Morality
Sacred Earth: Religion and Nature
Indigenous Religions of the Americas
Music in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
African American Religion
Religious Themes in Literature
The Holocaust, 1933-1945
Religion in America
Seminar in Religious Studies
Special Topics
Directed Studies 1
Research Apprenticeship in Religious Studies 1
Student Academic Apprenticeship in Religious Studies 1
Independent Study - Juniors 1
Special Topics
Internship in Religious Studies 1
Independent Study - Seniors 1

A maximum of three credits may be counted toward the minor from any combination of RELS 395, RELS 399, RELS 498, and RELS 499, and a maximum of three credits may be counted toward the minor from the combination of RELS 396 and RELS 397.

Program Learning Outcomes 

Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the history, beliefs, practices, and values of the major western and non-western religious traditions.
  • Deconstruct uniform conceptions of religious traditions through familiarity with the diversity of religious expression.
  • Display empathetic non-judgmental engagement with alternative religious viewpoints.