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Religious Studies

What is Religious Studies?

Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary minor devoted to the academic study of religious thought and spiritual expressions of our ancient and modern world.

As a Religious Studies minor, you will:

  • explore different religious traditions
  • study of the continuities and changes of religious traditions
  • learn how religions function in particular social contexts

We want our students to cultivate an understanding of and respect for religious diversity cross-culturally and historically. We also want them to be informed, so that they can constructively engage in broader dialogue and debate the role of religion in our global communities.

Why minor in Religious Studies?

Given the world we live in at the present, it has never been more important to understand the nature and history of the world’s religion, philosophies, and belief systems.

A minor in Religious Studies enhances and supplements any major of the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. It also deepens your studies international business, political science, psychology, and/or nursing. 

What are the requirements for a minor in Religious Studies?

The Religious Studies minor is open to ALL students, including those majoring in Engineering, Business Studies or Nursing.  

To earn a minor, students are required to take a total of 18 credits, consisting of 2 core courses plus 4 electives. 

Religious Studies minor core courses:

REL 201: Introduction to Religious Studies

Introduction to the academic interdisciplinary study of religion, including the basic concepts and methodologies employed in understanding religion and interpreting religious beliefs, practices and artifacts. Topics covered may include historical and contemporary debates on religious issues, morality, the sacred and the profane and related themes.

REL 395: World Religions and Spirituality

This course will examine the response of several world religions to the following issues: human origins, purpose (teleology), evil, “redemption” and the “future estate.” We will also examine how new religions often sprang from attempts to reform preexisting religious structure, necessitating a radical reinterpretation of the older religion’s doctrines and institutions.
Students are invited to come to the Director during the academic year for advising and detailed information on the choices of elective courses from different disciplines that reflect their individual interests and academic goals.