Minor in Religion

Undergraduate student in a Buddhist Philosophy class writing in a notebook

The religion minor encourages students to explore a variety of religious traditions and histories. With all 18 credits chosen from elective courses, the minor can be combined with a variety of other majors.

Courses are distributed among six major groupings: Buddhism, Christianity, East Asian Religions, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.

Course Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 18 credits in elective courses, of which no more than 9 credits may be taken in any one of the major religious traditions listed below:

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 18 credits in REL courses.

At least two courses must be taken at the 3000 level; REL 3901 is strongly recommended.
At least one course must focus on Abrahamic religions and one course on non-Abrahamic religions, selected from the lists below.
Remaining courses are selected in consultation with the advisor.
Abrahamic religions
REL 1009The Hebrew Scriptures
REL 1010The New Testament
or REL 1010W The New Testament
REL 2165The Gospels
REL 2169Lost Gospels
REL 2201Judaism
REL 2211Rabbinic Thought and Literature
REL 2301Christianity
REL 2401Islam
REL 2981Women in Western Religion
REL 3141Second Temple/Hellenistic Judaism
REL 3151The Historical Jesus
or REL 3151W The Historical Jesus
REL 3221Issues in Jewish Ethics
REL 3291Modern Jewish Thought
REL 3310Apocalypse and Social Change
REL 3321Christian Ethics and Modern Society
REL 3342Medieval Faith and Symbolism
REL 3343Religion in the Renaissance and Reformation
REL 3405Shi'ite Islam
REL 3414Islamic Philosophy and Theology
REL 3419Islamic Civilization and the West
REL 3425Islamic Political Thought
REL 3431Sufism/Islamic Mysticism
REL 3432Persian Sufi Literature East and West
REL 3475Islamic Religion and Art
REL 3481Women in Islam
REL 3482Gender and Piety in Islam
REL 3666The Book of Revelation and Other Apocalypses
REL 3701Religion in the United States
REL 3711Religion in Contemporary America
or REL 3711W Religion in Contemporary America
REL 3915Islam and Hinduism in South Asia
REL 3923Violence and Peace in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Non-Abrahamic religions
REL 2501Hinduism
REL 2562Mythologies of India
REL 2601Buddhism
REL 2802Introduction to Chinese Religions
REL 2811Confucian Literature in East Asia
REL 2814Religion and Philosophy in East Asia
REL 2831Introduction to Daoism
REL 3566Dharma in Hinduism and Buddhism
REL 3614Buddhist Philosophy
REL 3814WReligion and Philosophy in East Asia
REL 3831WDaoism in East Asia
REL 3832Myth, Ritual, and Popular Religion in China
REL 3841Religion and Politics in China
REL 3881Women, Gender, and Religion in China
REL 3915Islam and Hinduism in South Asia
REL 3989The Goddess in India and Beyond

Required Courses Schedule Notes

Students planning their schedules around the degree requirements for both the Religion Major and Minor should note that REL 3901 Thinking About Religion will only be scheduled during Spring semesters and REL 4101W Senior Capstone Seminar will only be scheduled during Fall semesters.