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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 2021

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 in at least three disciplines are required: PHIL 171, PHIL 172, and at least two subject codes besides PHIL from the Additional Course list.
  • 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 West (GT-AH3)3
PHIL 172Religions of the East (GT-AH3)3
Additional Courses
In consultation with a Religious Studies adviser, select 15 credits from the Additional Courses list. At least 12 credits must be upper-division (300- or 400-level). At least two subject codes besides PHIL are required.15
Modern Indian Culture and Society
The Anthropology of Religion
Medical Anthropology
Cultural Psychiatry
History of Medieval Art
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
The Holocaust in Historical Perspective
Ancient Israel
Sacred History in the Bible and the Qur'an
Muhammad and the Origins of Islam
Jihad in Islamic History
The Holy Land--Ancient to Modern
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
Music and Rites of Christian Liturgy
Psalms in Music and Liturgy
Contemporary Liturgical Music in America
World Philosophies (GT-AH3)
Philosophy of Traditional Judaism
World Religions (GT-AH3)
Issues in the Study of Religion
Medieval Philosophy
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
Psychology of Religion
Sociology of Religion
Program Total Credits:21