Religion Minor

The study of religion is designed to give students insight into the meaning of the religious dimension of human experience by exposing them to different cultural beliefs and practices and introducing them to the many methodologies in the comparative study of religion. Course work in religion introduces students to the various historical and contemporary expressions of the Judeo-Christian heritage as well as to the diverse religious traditions of humankind.

Many religion majors pursue graduate work in theology or religious studies. In addition, the religion major or minor is good preparation for seminary students, providing them with an academic and cross-cultural approach to religion that is often lacking in seminary training. It also can be beneficial for those seeking church-related careers. Students often combine and religion major or minor with a major in another field that is related to their career choice.

Required courses:

REL 280 Theorizing Culture and Interpreting Religion
REL 401 Senior Presentation 

Two of the following:

REL 120 Religious Diversity in America
REL 140 Encountering World Religions
REL 150 Encountering Other Religions
REL 240 Hindu Traditions
REL 241 Jewish Traditions
REL 242 Buddhist Traditions
REL 243 Christian Traditions
REL 244 Islamic Traditions

One of the following:

REL 200 Comparative Scripture
REL 202 Jewish and Christian Scripture
REL 204 Hindu Scripture

Two semesters of the following:

REL 285 Independent Reading Forum

One of the following:
REL 310 Themes in Religious Studies
REL 311 Interdisciplinary Seminar in Religion

 Note: To be credited for majors or minors in philosophy, cross-listed courses must be designated as religion courses at registration.

Requirements for Religion Minors declared before Fall 2009.