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Interdisciplinary Minor in Religious Studies

The minor in Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary program offered by the departments of Art, Music, History and Political Science, Language Literature and Communication, and Criminal Justice, Sociology and Social Work. It is designed to:

  • complement the student's major including business, counseling, education, foreign service, or social work;
  • provide the prerequisites to continue to seminary study if the student chooses or to qualify for graduate school or seminary;
  • provide students the opportunity to broaden their educational experience;
  • enhance cultural awareness and help them to think critically and analytically;
  • broaden their understanding of American culture and community and its place in the world.

The overall course of study is designed to provide students the opportunity to concentrate in Religious Studies and to examine and investigate the impact of religious beliefs, texts, symbols and myths of religion on the Church in America while putting the church in a global context.

  • Any major can choose to minor in Religious Studies.
  • 21 semester hours are required.

12 hours of core courses taken by all students. The remaining 9 hours in one of four areas of concentration.

Major Core Courses

12 Semester hrs

RELG 200

Introduction to Religion


HIST 330

History of Christianity


HIST 331

African American Religion and the Church


HIST 332

Global Religion


Areas of Concentration

9 Semester hours in an area of concentration:

  • Art and Religion
  • Church Music
  • Bible as Literature
  • Religion and Social Work