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Religion Studies Minor

David Odell-Scott, Coordinator

iStock_000004709591XSmallThe Religion Studies program relates various approaches and topics to a study of religion and of the expressions and impact of religion within human societies and cultures. In addition to the required core courses, students must elect one of the two cognate options. In the general option, the student may choose from among a rich variety of courses ranging from fine arts to hard sciences. In the Catholic thought option, the student gains a more in-depth study of religion from an academic perspective.

No more than 6 hours of course work counted toward the student's major may be also counted toward the Religion Studies minor.

I. Core Studies. Student is to complete four courses (12 credits) selected from among at least three of the categories below:......

Judaeo-Christian Tradition:
*ENG 34075 The Bible as Literature (3)

Comparative Religion:
A&S 30095 Special Topics: Studies in the Eastern Christian World (3)
A&S 30095 Special Topics: Varieties of Religion (3)
PHIL 21020 Comparative Religious Thought I (3)
PHIL 21021 Comparative Religious Thought II (3)
PAS  30000 Intro. to African World View (3)

Social Patterns of Religion:
ANTH 38250 Religion: A Search for Meaning (3)
SOC  42561 Religion: Sacred and Secular Perspectives (3)

Philosophy of Religion:
PHIL 31065 Phil. of Religious Experience (3)
PHIL 41010 Problems in the Philosophy of Religion (3)

*Students selecting option B below must take this course.

II. Cognate Studies. A student selects either Option A (General) or Option B (Catholic Thought):......9-12

A. GENERAL (9 hours, at least two areas must be represented).

Religion and the Arts:
ART  22006 Art History I (3)
ART  22007 Art history II (3)
ART  42036 Medieval Art (3)
ENG 42038 Medieval Drama (3)
ENG 42048 Milton (3)
MUS 42271 Choral Literature: The Anthem (3)
MUS 42331 Music in Worship (3)
MUS 42111 African Music and Cultures (3)
MUS 42151 Asian Musics (3)

Religion and the Sciences:
GEOG 22061 Human Geography (3)
GEOL 11040 Earth Dynamics (3)
PHY 11030 Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe (3)

Religion and History:
HIST 31009 History of Byzantine Civilization (3)
HIST 31127 Ancient and Early Medieval Jewish History (3)
HIST 41012 Medieval Ideas and Institutions (3)
HIST 41016 The Protestant and Catholic Reformations (3)

Religion and the Classics:
CLAS 41301 Classical Mythology (3)
CLAS 41503 Greek Literature in Translation (3)
HIST 41004 Hellenic Cont. to Western Civ. (3)
PHIL 31001 Ancient Greek Philosophy (3)

B. CATHOLIC THOUGHT (11-12 hours, at least one course from each area).

ENG 31055 Literature and Other Disciplines (3)
A&S 3/40095 Special Topics: Classics of Christian Literature (3)
A&S 3/40095 Special Topics: Myth and Religion in Literature (3)

History/Arts and Sciences:
HIST 41016 The Protestant and Catholic Reformations (3)
A&S 3/40095 Special Topics: Modern Catholic Thought (3)

HEBR 12101 Elem. Hebrew I (4)
HEBR 12102 Elem. Hebrew II (4)
GRE 14201 Elementary Classical Greek I (4)
GRE 14202 Elementary Classical Greek II (4)
GRE 34351 New Testament in Greek (3)

21-24 Hours