Religious Studies Minor
It is undeniable that religion is one of the major forces shaping human history and civilization. The Religious Studies minor offers students an opportunity to explore this significant area of human culture from a broad, interdisciplinary perspective.
This minor draws upon six disciplines to address religious issues from varying perspectives. The program makes substantial contributions to the intellectual development of students and contributes to the university's mission of expanding tolerance of diversity and helping students become responsible citizens in a world marked by increasing global and international connections.
The Religious Studies minor is particularly relevant for students interested in international studies in Political Science and Economics, majors in History, English, and Philosophy, and for those considering seminary after graduation. Double-counting of coursework in concert with students' majors and other minors is permitted by the minor in Religious Studies. Courses in the proposed curriculum either have no prerequisites or may be entered by permission of the instructor, except ENG courses which required ENG 1001G and/or 1002G or equivalent.
Total Semester Hours: 18
- Required Courses (6 Semester Hours)
|Course No.||Course Name|
|Introduction to Religious Studies
Introduction to Religious Studies, Honors
|PHI 3600||Philosophy of Religion|
- Elective Courses (12 Semester Hours from two or more disciplines)
|Course No.||Course Name|
|ANT 3696||Magic and Religion in Preliterate Societies|
|CMN 3240||Religion in the American Public Sphere|
|ENG 2603||Greek and Roman Mythology|
|ENG 3009G/3099G||Myth and Culture|
|ENG 3100G||Cultural Foundations I|
|ENG 3110G||Cultural Foundations II|
|ENG 3600||The Bible as Literature|
|HIS 1500G/1590G||Roots of the Modern World: Society and Religion|
|HIS 3175||History of Christianity|
|HIS 3700G/3790G||Turning Points in the History of Religion and Science|
|HIS 4785||Crusade and Jihad: Religious Violence in the Islamo-Christian Tradition|
|PHI 2010||Eastern Philosophies|
|PHI 3100G||Cultural Foundations I|
|PHI 3110G||Cultural Foundations II|
|PHI 3220||Medieval Philosophy|
|PHI 3310||Indian Philosophy|
|PHI 3320||Chinese Philosophy|
|RLS 3900||Special Topics in Religious Studies|
In addition, courses such as ANT 3960, ENG 3604, PHI 3980, HIS 4775, and other "special topics" or similar courses with variable content may be counted towards fulfilling the elective requirement for the minor with approval by the Chair of the Religious Studies Minor committee.