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.
After graduation, students are expected to:
- 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.
- Help students to access the various components of religion from an intellectual scholarly perspective.
- Provide students with the interdisciplinary resources to understand the phenomenon of religion and its varied expressions in human life and society.
At the completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of recurring themes in religious traditions.
- Write and speak in a critical and open-minded manner about religions and their role in human life.
- Apply all human faculties critically to religion and religious-related issues.
Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits, distributed as follows:
Core courses (minimum of 9 credits)
Students must choose at least 9 credits from the below courses:
|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|
|HST241||History of Islam in the Middle East||3|
|HST342||Topics in the History of Religion||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)
This program requires 18 credits.
This program is offered in Beirut and Byblos.