Through broad and diverse offerings, the program invites students to explore many of the world’s major religions, as well as the philosophical and theological questions that grounds faith in general. With faculty drawn from departments across campus, the minor encourages students to examine religion and religious phenomenon from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
To achieve a minor in Religious Studies a student must complete six RELS courses (18 semester hours). The six courses must include at least one foundational course (RELS 100, RELS 101, RELS 115, RELS 215, or RELS 241). In addition, three of their six courses (9 semester hours) must be at the 200-level or above. Finally, to ensure broad interdisciplinary perspective, three of the six RELS courses must be cross-listed with at least three distinct units outside Religious Studies, as selected from the following: African American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Architecture, Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, Central and Eastern European Studies, Classics, Economics, English, Gender and Women's Studies, Germanic Studies, International Studies, Italian, Latin American and Latino Studies, History, Native American Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology.
In addition, students who wish to focus on a single religious tradition may do so by taking at least three courses (nine semester hours) from a single tradition, including, but not limited to, Jewish Studies, Islamic Studies, or Catholic Studies.