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Department of Religious Studies

Undergraduate

The Minor in Religious Studies

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To declare a minor in religious studies, go to the Student Records Office in 140 Thackerary, then make an appointment to meet our director of undergraduate studies.

Course Requirements

The minor in Religious Studies requires five courses (15 credits).

Important: The same course may not fulfill more than one distribution requirement.

Introductory Courses

Two courses (6 credits)

Students select two courses from the following list of introductory courses:

  • 0025 Major Biblical Themes
  • 0090 Myth in the Ancient Near East
  • 0105 Religions of the West
  • 0115 Bible as Literature (not applicable beginning Fall 2017)
  • 0305 Classics of Christian Thought
  • 0405 From Witches to Walden Pond—Religion in Early America
  • 0415 Religion in Modern America
  • 0435 Religion, Film, and Literature
  • 0455 Introduction to Islamic Civilization
  • 0505 Religion in Asia
  • 0525 Religion and Culture in East Asia
  • 0715 Philosophy of Religion
  • 0735 Wisdom
Religion in the East

One course (3 credits)

Students select one course from the following list of 1000-level courses:

  • 1500 Religion in India 1
  • 1510 Religion in India 2: Storytelling as as Religious Form
  • 1520 Buddhism Along the Silk Road
  • 1540 Saints East and West
  • 1545 Mysticism East and East
  • 1550 East Asian Buddhism
  • 1552 Buddhist Meditative Traditions
  • 1554 Death and Beyond in Buddhist Cultures
  • 1557 Buddhist Lives
  • 1558 Buddhism and Psychology
  • 1560 Relgions of China
  • 1570 Religions of Japan
  • 1572 Popular Religion in a Changing Japan
Religion in the West

One course (3 credits)

Students select one course from the following list of 1000-level courses:

  • 1100 Israel in the Biblical Age
  • 1120 Origins of Christianity
  • 1130 Varieties of Early Christianity
  • 1132 Paul
  • 1135 Orthodox Christianity
  • 1140 Dualism in the Ancient World
  • 1142 Construction of Evil
  • 1143 Death in the Name of God
  • 1145 Greco-Roman Religions
  • 1150 Body and Society in Late Antiquity
  • 1151 Death in the Mediterranean World
  • 1160 Jerusalem—History and Imagination
  • 1210 Jews and Judaism—Ancient
  • 1220 Jews and Judaism—Medieval
  • 1222 Jewish Mysticism
  • 1228 Exodus and Passover
  • 1240 Jews and the City
  • 1241 Gender and Jewish History
  • 1250 Jews and Judaism—Modern
  • 1252 Holocaust History and Memory
  • 1372 Catholicism in the New World
  • 1400 Religion and Culture in America
  • 1405 Religion and Sexuality
  • 1412 Ethnicity in American Religion
  • 1425 Popular Religion in America
  • 1427 Religion and Law
  • 1438 Religion and Poitics
  • 1519 Religion, Nature and the Environment
  • 1450 Islam, Law and Politics
  • 1452 Hymns and HipHop—Sounds of Islam
  • 1540 Saints East and West
  • 1545 Mysticism East and East
  • 1610 Myth, Symbol, Ritual
  • 1642 Christian-Muslim Relations
  • 1644 Christians, Muslims, and Jews in the Middle Ages
  • 1645 The Historical Jesus
  • 1681 Inventing Israel—Zionism, Anti-Zionism, Post-Zionism
  • Death in the Healthcare Professions
  • 1760 Religion and Rationality
  • 1720 Gude for the Perplexed
  • 1770 Science and Religion
  • 1228 Exodus and Passover
Elective

One course (3 credits)

Students select one additional religious studies course at the 1000 level. With permission of the director of undergraduate studies, this course may include RELGST 1903: Directed Research Seminar offered in the fall term. See also Descriptions of Regularly Taught Courses.

Checklist for Religious Studies Minors

Important Regulations for Minors

All courses counted toward the minor must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a C or above.

At least three courses must be completed on the Oakland campus. Students transferring from other colleges or universities need to consult with the director of undergraduate studies about transferring courses and credits to be applied to the minor. See Transferring Credits.

All Arts and Sciences students must complete a related area requirement. Completing a minor in religious studies satisfies the related area requirement.

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