Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

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How long does it take?

This minor is designed to be completed with any major in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in a religious studies minor?

The interdisciplinary minor in religious studies includes coursework from the departments of anthropology, art, dance, world languages, history, philosophy and sociology. Your classes will draw on the different perspectives offered in these fields to explore fundamental questions concerning the nature of religion and its continuing relevance to contemporary life in a rapidly globalizing world.

In the minor, you will:

  • Learn about religions around the world
  • Read religious texts, commentaries and analyses, and reflect on their meaning and importance
  • Discuss the concept of religion, its origin and construction
  • Think about religions as cultures with specific identities tied to language, region, bodily practices, texts and beliefs
  • Consider how religions are shaped by interaction and exchange with other cultures, by technological change, by changing conceptions of gender, and by globalization
  • Study contemporary religious movements and their relation to secularism, law, sovereignty and violence
  • Look at religious art and artifact and consider how they reflect and produce religion

The minor is offered by the Department of Gender, Race and Identity in the College of Liberal Arts. The department offers degree programs that explore inequality and social justice to prepare graduates for careers in public advocacy, politics, education and more. 

Professors in the Department of Gender, Race and Identity represent a variety of academic disciplines and bring and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research that focuses on better understanding the diverse range of human experiences. 

Careers with a minor in religious studies

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76% of students receive financial aid

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54% of all students graduate with no debt

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