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The Religious Studies Interdisciplinary Minor permits students to use electives to complete 21 credits from a list of approved courses from at least three different subject codes.

The program encompasses the major religious traditions of humankind. It enables students to integrate a field of special interest from offerings in religious studies and related areas. Students can study religion as viewed by different disciplines, e.g., philosophy, history, psychology, sociology, and anthropology. In addition, the program encourages students to view religious phenomena in their cultural context through the media of music and the arts.

Effective Fall 2015

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

  • 21 credits, ordinarily seven courses in at least three disciplines are required.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.000 is required in courses selected for the program.
Required Courses
Two required courses designed to survey the religions of the world, and to introduce students to methods of studying and understanding religion:
PHIL 171Religions of the West3
PHIL 172Religions of the East3
Additional Courses 1
In consultation with a Religious Studies advisor, select fifteen credits, of which at least 12 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level), with at least three different subject codes from the Additional Courses list.15
Modern Indian Culture and Society
The Anthropology of Religion
Medical Anthropology
Cultural Psychiatry
Anthropology of Modernity
History of Medieval Art
Group Study: Art History 2
Western Mythology
The Islamic World: Late Antiquity to 1500
The Islamic World Since 1500
Asian Civilizations I (GT-HI1)
Ancient Christianity to 500 A.D.
Medieval Christianity, 500-1500
Medieval Europe
Renaissance and Reformation Europe
Russia Before 1700
Ancient Near East
Ancient Israel
Sacred History in the Bible and the Qur'an
Muhammad and the Origins of Islam
The Modern Middle East
Ancient China
Medieval China and Central Asia
China in the Modern World, 1600-Present
Tokugawa and Modern Japan, 1600-Present
Modern Jewish History
The Crusades
World Literatures to 1500 (GT-AH2)
World Philosophies (GT-AH3)
Philosophy of Traditional Judaism
Issues in the Study of Religion
Islam: Cosmology and Practice
Philosophies of East Asia
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Human Nature
Topics in Asian Philosophy
Contemporary Western Religious Thought
Contemporary Eastern Religious Thought
Meaning and Truth in Religion
Science and Religion
Mysticism East and West
Islamic Philosophy
Seminar in Religious Studies
Topics in Comparative Religions
Group Study 3
Psychology of Religion
Sociology of Religion
Program Total Credits:21