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Religious Studies

Minor in Religious Studies

Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary minor devoted to the academic study, meaning critical study, of religious thought and spiritual expressions of our ancient and modern world. It also explores different religious traditions, providing a study of the continuities and changes within religious traditions, and the operation of religions in particular social contexts.

The goal of the Religious Studies Program is to cultivate understanding of and respect for religious diversity (and secular perspectives) cross-culturally and historically. Our faculty helps students become more reflective and better informed so that they can constructively engage in broader dialog and debate on the role of religion in our global communities.

Religious Studies supports research that involves interaction between peoples and groups from different social, class, gendered, economic, and cultural backgrounds, as religion seems to be a universal human enterprise. A Religious Studies minor enhances and supplements any major found within this university, even majors you may not have thought of, such as international business, political science, psychology, game development, and nursing.

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. Learn about the religions of the world, past and present, and be better informed.

The Religious Studies Minor is open to all students regardless of college or chosen major.

Career opportunities

Completion of this minor shows future employers that you possess the competencies associated with global/intercultural fluency, tolerance, and critical thinking. An education in religious studies prepares students to act as effective global citizens. Sample career fields include, but are not limited to: museums and historical preservation, international business, high school and university level educators, creating religious systems for TV shows/novels, institutional researchers, psychiatry, military chaplaincy, counseling, ministerial work, international politics, developing gaming narrative, and environmental/humanitarian activism.

Course work

For the minor, you'll complete a total of 18 credits, consisting of 2 core courses and 4 electives you'll choose based on your individual interests and academic goals.

Sample Courses

  • World Music
  • Mythology
  • Religious Studies
  • Islamic Art
  • World of the Hebrew Bible
  • Realm of Islam
  • History of Christianity
  • Early/Later Middle Ages
  • Reformation
  • Joseph Campbell/Star Wars
  • Holocaust
  • Islamic Politics
  • History of Terrorism in the Middle East
  • Buddhism
  • Witchcraft/Magic
  • World Religions
  • The Bible and its Influence
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Religious Ecology
  • New Testament
  • Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills

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Course Catalog

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