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About Religious Studies

The Religious Studies Minor explores a broad spectrum of religious traditions and cultures, east and west, ancient and modern. Students will examine religion outside the framework of any particular belief system and negotiate the tension between the perspective of faith and the demands of scholarship.

To understand other cultures, as well as our own history, it is crucial to appreciate the religious influences that have shaped much of the world’s literature, politics, art, and economics. Consequently, the study of religion is an exciting intellectual endeavor – cross-cultural in content and multidisciplinary in approach – seeking to engage the critical issues of religion in their many facets: historical, textual, cultural, sociological, experiential, and philosophical. Because religious pluralism plays an important role in teaching the value of diversity, the Religious Studies Minor will bring a broad range of perspectives into the study.

The Minor is designed for students with a diversity of backgrounds and interests and will complement related coursework undertaken in a broad range of academic disciplines. The two required courses, Introduction to Religion and Perspectives on Religion, provide students with an appreciation of the variety of religious experiences and actions of humanity, and knowledge of the basic approaches used to study religion. Elective courses offered in several departments across campus permit students to further develop interests, by exploring particular religious traditions and ways of studying religion. The Senior Capstone Project integrates previous coursework and can be coordinated with work done in the student's major, through arrangement with an appropriate faculty sponsor and approval of the program coordinator.

For more information or if you are interested in the minor contact:

Dr. Joy Clay
Associate Dean
Interdisciplinary Studies
107 Scates Hall


Dr. Joy Clay Associate Dean Interdisciplinary Studies 107 Scates Hall 901-678-3370       


Dr. Robert Yelle
Department of History
125 Mitchell Hall

 *Dr. Yelle will be participating in a Research Fellowship during the 2013-2014 academic year.  Please contact Dr. Joy Clay, as noted above, for information Religious Studies.

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