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2008 - 2009 Catalog of Courses 
2008 - 2009 Catalog of Courses [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Religious Studies Minor

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Coordinator - Dr. Kenyon Bunch
Professors - Kenyon Bunch, Kathleen Fine-Dare, Reyes Garcia, David L. Kozak, and Neil McHugh
Associate Professors - Alane Brown, Robert R. Bunting, Dugald L. Owen, and Richard M. Wheelock
Assistant Professor - Kalin L. Grigg

Religion has been and remains one of the most powerful influences shaping individual and collective human world views and behavior. The minor in Religious Studies uses an interdisciplinary approach to explore various religious traditions, how those religious traditions have shaped history, and in-turn how those religious traditions have been acted upon by historical processes. The minor allows students to examine through texts, symbols, myths, rituals, ideas, values, and ethical systems how a variety of religious traditions have interacted with cultural systems to shape social, economic, political, class, ethnic, racial, and gender concerns. Since religious understandings are central to people and culture, then and now, Religious Studies courses offer students not only an opportunity for self-awareness but the basis for living in a global, multicultural world. In addition, course work in Religious Studies can prepare students for faith-based service in a church, synagogue, or mosque, activist civic engagement, social justice initiatives, as well as provide a solid foundation for graduate schools and careers in teaching, counseling, business, law, writing, the arts, and professional religious leadership positions.


No more than one course from a student’s major may count in any minor. A student majoring in any discipline may complete a minor in Religious Studies upon satisfactorily completing the following requirements:

  1. The Religious Studies minor requires the completion of at least 18 credits of work in courses from the class listing (found below).
  2. A minimum of 9 credits must be upper-division.
  3. Two courses must be taken from the World Traditions area. One course must be taken from each of the other two concentration areas in the minor: Religion, Society, and Culture; and Religion in America.



Additional courses may be added to this list from time to time; consult the Religious Studies coordinator for current listings.

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