The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Humanities

Minor in Religious Studies

The Minor in Religious Studies introduces students from any major to religion and religious issues in a scholarly environment, creating a much needed space for debate, growth and critical thought. It empowers students with a variety of thinking tools that prepare them to understand the phenomenon of religion as a subject for investigation and critique, not just for worship and belief or disbelief.

The minor will allow the students to discern for themselves religion’s assumptions and dimensions, the use and abuse of religion in today’s world and over the recorded human history, and the dynamic relationship between religion and cultures.

Program Objectives

After graduation, students are expected to:

  1. Foster a critical outlook towards religion, demonstrate accurate knowledge of the basics of various religious traditions, and appreciate the varied expressions of religious plurality in society.
  2. Help students to access the various components of religion from an intellectual scholarly perspective.
  3. Provide students with the interdisciplinary resources to understand the phenomenon of religion and its varied expressions in human life and society.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding of recurring themes in religious traditions.
  2. Write and speak in a critical and open-minded manner about religions and their role in human life.
  3. Apply all human faculties critically to religion and religious-related issues.

Curriculum

Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits, distributed as follows: 

Core Courses:

Students must choose at least 9 credits from the below courses:

Number Title Cr.
REL312 Religious Literature 3
REL318 Religious Thought and its Cultural Expressions 3
REL411 Myth, Ritual and Faith 3
REL412 Development of Religious Thought 3
REL413 Representatives of Christian Thought 3
REL414 Representatives of Islamic Thought 3

Elective Courses:

ARA327 Sufi Literature 3
HST241 History of Islam in the Middle East 3
HST342 Topics in the History of Religion 3
PHL202 Medieval Philosophy   3
PHL311 Philosophy of Religion 3
PHL327 Philosophy and Mythology 3
PHL328 Arabic and Islamic Philosophy 3
SOC304 Sociology of Religion 3

Suggested Study Plan (for current students)

Fall I

REL318

Spring I

Elective

Fall II

REL411

Spring II

Elective

Fall III

REL413

Spring III

Elective

 


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