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Religious Studies Minor

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Grow your knowledge of the past and present, multicultural, religious traditions with a minor in religious studies.

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Religion is a fundamental part of the human experience. It informs and shapes politics, literature, philosophy, art and science as well as the daily life of millions around the globe. An understanding of religious traditions is critical to understanding our shared past and present and navigating toward our shared future. Students who pursue the minor in religious studies from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, engage in a comparative, cross-cultural exploration of religions and cultures that complements a variety of undergraduate majors while promoting a deeper understanding of human nature and interaction.

Students may pursue the minor in religious studies with regional, national, hemispheric, global and a variety of thematic emphases. Religious studies students will find many opportunities for practical experience leading to careers in the academic study of religion, in public service, in governmental and non-governmental agencies and in professional careers in a variety of organizations, including all of the helping professions. Please note, students may only apply to a minor in combination with an existing degree program. Please speak with your academic advisor to ensure this minor is applicable with your major.

Requirements

A student wishing to pursue a specific minor should consult an academic advisor in the unit offering that minor to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. The student should also consult an academic advisor in the college or department of the major to make sure the college or department of the major allows the recognition of the minor.

Note: Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate either by the college or department of the major or minor. Courses taken as part of a minor may not count toward both the major degree and the minor. Please contact the department for more information.