Minor in Religious Studies

Overview

Our diplomates need to be trained to know the religions of the countries where they're going.

Madeline Albright, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.

It seems almost too good to be true, but a minor in religious studies allows you to explore life's most enduring questions while acquiring some of the most desirable traits sought by employers. Here's why: As a religious studies student you develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures, a trait increasingly important in today's globalized and pluralistic workplace. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the minor, students learn to examine problems from many different perspectives. The study of religion immerses students in geopolitics, ethics, sociology, and history. Because of these traits, more and more employers are recognizing the value of religious studies graduates.

The minor in religious studies is a low-credit option to add these skills to your portfolio, and a philosophy minor complements almost any other program of study. Requirements for the minor are summarized below.

To learn more about minoring in religious studies, get in touch with our department chair or visit us in CHBS 4202

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Curriculum

The Religious Studies Minor consists of 18 hours of religious studies courses as outlined below:

Required Course

  • RELN 112 - Survey of World Religions

Foundational Literacies
Choose at least one of the following courses:

  • RELN 208 - Introduction to the Bible
  • RELN 209 - Christianity in Global and Historical Contexts
  • RELN 211 - Religion and Women

Topics and Issues
Choose at least one of the following courses:

  • RELN 313 - Religion and Culture
  • RELN 350 - Religion in India
  • RELN 360 - Religion in China and Japan

Electives

  • Any two additional RELN courses at the 200-level or above.

Faculty

Our religious studies faculty come from diverse backgrounds, have diverse interestes, and are internationally recognized in their areas of specialization.

  • Ryan Lytton specializes in offering courses about early Christianity and its scriptures.
  • Dr. Kay Jordan studies the religions and cultures of East and Southeast Asia.
  • Dr. Geoffrey Pollick is an expert on American religion and culture. 
  • Dr. Eric Rothgery's expertise focuses on Hinduism and Islam in Idia, specifically addressing healing rituals.
  • Dr. Paul Thomas is an expert on the use and impact of religious texts. 

Despite their specializations, they all enjoy teaching introducotry courses in religious studies.