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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
  • 0305 Classics of Christian Thought
  • 0405 Religion in Early America
  • 0415 Religion in Modern America
  • 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
  • 1516 Temple, Icon, and Deity in India
  • 1520 Buddhist Civilization
  • 1530 Topics in Buddhist Civilization
  • 1540 Saints East and West
  • 1545 Mysticism East and East
  • 1550 East Asian Buddhism
  • 1552 Chan/Zen Buddhism
  • 1554 Death and Beyond in Buddhist Cultures
  • 1557 Buddhist Lives
  • 1558 Buddhism adn Psychology
  • 1560 Chinese Religious Traditions
  • 1562 Confucianism—Basic Texts
  • 1570 Japanese Religious Traditions
  • 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
  • 1110 Special Topics—Ancient
  • 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 Classical Judaism
  • 1220 Medieval Jewish Civilization
  • 1222 Jewish Mysticism
  • 1225 Jewish Culture in Medieval Spain
  • 1241 Gender and Jewish History
  • 1250 Modern Jewry
  • 1372 Catholicism in the New World
  • 1400 Religion and Culture in America
  • 1410 Religion in American Thought
  • 1412 Ethnicity in American Religion
  • 1425 Popular Religion in America
  • 1427 Religion and Law
  • 1540 Saints East and West
  • 1545 Mysticism East and East
  • 1640 Jews in the Islamic World
  • 1642 Christian-Muslim Relations
  • 1644 Jewish-Christian Relations
  • 1645 Jesus and Judaism
  • 1760 Religion and Rationality
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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