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Religious Studies Minor

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The minor in Religious Studies is designed for students with a diversity of backgrounds and interests in religion. Just as religion in interrelated with many other aspects of society and culture, the minor in Religious Studies will complement coursework and research on religion undertaken in a broad range of disciplines and major departments. The required courses, Introduction to Religion, and Perspectives on Religion, provide students with an appreciation of the variety of phenomena that has characterized the religious experiences and actions of humanity, and with knowledge of the basic approached that have been used to understand such experiences and actions. Elective courses offered in several departments permit the student to develop his or her interest further, by exploring particular religious traditions and ways of studying religion. The Senior Capstone Project integrates previous learning and can be coordinated with work done in the student's major, if desired, through arrangement of an appropriate faculty sponsor.

The Minor: 18 semester hours of required courses and electives:

Lower Division Core (3 hours)

RLGN 1100 Introduction to Religion

Upper Division Core (3 hours)

RLGN 3100 Perspectives on Religion

Senior Capstone Project (3 hours)

RLGN 4990 Senior Capstone Project in Religious Studies

Electives (9 hours)

All courses listed below are 3 hours unless otherwise noted. Other courses, including special topics, individual study, and directed readings courses, may be counted with prior permission of the Program Coordinator.

Elective Course Listing:

AAAS 4251, African Religions/Diaspora; ANTH 3253, Magic & Relgion; ARTH 4031, Art/Iconoclasm/Images; CLAS 2481, Mythology; ENGL 4461, Bible as Literature; HIST 3273, Islamic Civilization; HIST 3275, History of Jewish People; JDST 2850, Religions of Abraham; JDST 3601, Judaism; JDST 3661, Old Testament; JDST 3801, Jewish Thought I; JDST 3802, Jewish Thought II; JDST 4511, Holocaust Studies; JDST 4801, Jewish Mysticism; JDST 4841, Biblical Archaeology; PHIL 3701, Human and the Divine; PHIL 3702, Philosophy of Religion; PHIL 3721, Chinese Philosophy; POLS 3102, Religion and Politics; RLGN 4010, Directed Readings; RLGN 4050-75, Special Topics in Religious Studies; SOCI 3860, Sociology of Religion; UNIV 3581, Faith, Reason and Imagination; UNIV 3585, Critical themes in the Old Testament; UNIV 3590, New Testament; UNIV 3565, Comparative Christianity.