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Religious Studies
Department of History and Philosophy

Religious studies is an area of academic inquiry combining several disciplines in the critical and comparative study of religion as a basic constituent of human culture. Its purpose is to examine religion by methods of historical, literary and philosophical criticism and the behavioral and social sciences. Courses in religious studies seek to acquaint the students with the results of such an approach to religion; they are based on methods intentionally devoid of advocacy of particular theological views.

The academic study of religion contributes to the student's general understanding of human history, literature, thought, and behavior. Religious studies offers a minor and its courses can be used as humanities electives in almost any curriculum. In addition to the Religious Studies Minor, a student may also choose a Philosophy and Religious Studies option or a History and Religious Studies option.


The minimum number of credits required for a non-teaching minor is twenty-one, with nine of those being upper-division credits.

Select one of the following:
     RELS 105--Intro to Religions Studies   3
     RELS 110--Religion, Conflict & Politics   3
Select one of the following:
     RELS 202--Asian Religions-Hinduism & Buddhism   3
     RELS 203--Asian Religions:From Taoism to Zen   3
Select two of the following:
     RELS 204--Hebrew Bible   3
     RELS 205--New Testament   3
     RELS 206--Origins of God   3
     RELS 207--Images of Jesus   3
     RELS 217--Religion and Science   3
     RELS 220--Interpretations of Amer Religion   3
Select three of the following:
     RELS 320--Philosophy of Religion   3
     RELS 321--Gender and Religion   3
     RELS 325--Literature and Religion   3
     RELS 326--Mystics,Founders,Reformers   3
     RELS 330--Religion and Soc in Ancient Egypt   3
     RELS 335--'Isms'-Religious Backgrounds of Categories   3
     RELS 402--Natural,Unnatural,Supernatural   3
     RELS 405--Text and Image   3
     RELS 410--Psyche and the Sacred   3

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