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Minor in Religious Studies

The Minor in Religious Studies is designed to introduce students to the study of religion in historical, sociological and philosophical context.

The Minor in Religious Studies is an 18-credit course of study that provides students with the opportunity to learn about religion in cross-cultural and trans-historical perspectives.

A core course introduces students to the study of world religions, while other courses range widely in their focus, allowing students to learn more about sacred texts, traditions, practices, philosophies, and material culture. Courses may focus on a single religious tradition, a region or period of history, or a concentrated approach to the analysis of religion and religious culture. Courses for the minor are drawn from such departments and programs as Anthropology, Art History and Archaeology, Classics, Government and Politics, History, Honors, Jewish Studies, Philosophy, and Women's Studies.

Minor Requirements

Note that lower-level courses are at the 100- and 200-levels and upper-level courses are at the 300- and 400-levels.

The 18 credits must be distributed in the following manner:

  • RELS271 What is Religion? - 3 credits
  • Select three courses at the 3xx-level or above - 9 credits
  • Select two additional courses at the 1xx, 2xx, 3xx, or 4xx-level - 6 credits