* This website now provides more general information about Religious Studies and special events as the formal minor program ended in Fall 2017. *
Religion plays a central role in today’s world, exerting a profound influence on individuals, communities, and cultures as well as on politics, public policy, and international relations. As a result, the academic study of religion – deep knowledge of the world’s religious traditions, of how religion shapes social and political systems and motivates groups and individuals – is more important now than ever before. The interdisciplinary minor in Religious Studies fosters such an understanding of religious beliefs, practices, and systems, one that enables students to engage the world and its complex, often mysterious religious traditions in an informed and responsible way. In addition, it introduces students to great thinkers, artists, poets, fascinating religious figures, and the enduring questions that have long been central to the liberal arts.
The minor in Religious Studies is non-sectarian and interdisciplinary. It draws on the methods of history, psychology, literary criticism, philosophy, anthropology, and social science to achieve a multi-faceted approach to the discipline. It also equips students with the critical thinking and writing skills expected of a liberal arts education. Students minoring in Religious Studies must complete the core requirement, History of World Religions, and fifteen hours of approved electives. For a complete degree plan, click here.
To learn more about Religious Studies, contact the Program Coordinator or the Academic Advisor.
Dr. Jennifer Epley
Bay Hall 341
1 (361) 825-2554