The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Humanities

Minor in Religious Studies

The Minor in Religious Studies introduces you to religion and religious issues in a scholarly environment, creating a much needed space for debate, growth and critical thought. It empowers you with a variety of thinking tools that prepare you 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 you to discern for yourselves 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.

What Will I Learn?

Upon completion of the program, you will:


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 

Fall I

Spring I

Fall II

Spring II

Fall III

Spring III


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