Religious Studies Minor

Religion has played a major role in the human experience. Many of our core values, our conception of ourselves, our artistic expressions, our role in life and history originate in religious texts, traditions, and environments. For many, religion is where to turn to answer the ultimate questions of human existence. But what is religion? What do other religions believe? How does one evaluate religious claims?

Religious studies, or the academic study of religion, allows you to better understand religion in its many dimensions. In order to accomplish this feat, the study of religion is a truly interdisciplinary field drawing from fields as diverse as anthropology, history, philosophy, classics, near eastern studies, asian studies, literature, art history, political science, and sociology.

A religious studies minor will introduce you to world religions, provide you with the theoretical tools to analyze religious concepts, and allow you to investigate aspects of religion pertinent to your other studies. Indeed, a religious studies minor would help to prepare you for a future profession in a religious vocation, law, social service, international relations, and journalism among others.

The Religious Studies Program at Wayne State University offers undergraduate students the option of a Religious Studies Minor (to be noted on students' official transcripts). This is designed for undergraduates majoring in other areas or disciplines. It comprises a minimum of 21 credits to include the following:

1. One course in Comparative Religion (e.g. NE 1900: Comparative Religion [3 cr.])

2. A course on one of the following topics:

  • Philosophy of Religion (PHI 2400: Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion [3 cr.])
  • Anthropology of Religion (e.g. ANT 5370: Magic, Religion, and Science [3cr.])
  • Sociology of Religion (SOC 2100 Topics in Sociology [3 cr.] [when offered as The Sociology of Religion] or SOC 3350: Cults, Myths, and Religions in Society [3 cr.])

3. At least four additional religious-studies courses, either from the posted list or approved by consent of the Director of Religious Studies. Among these must be courses on least two different religious traditions, including at least one of the following: Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism or Hinduism.

4. A capstone research project, either done as a supervised independent study or in conjunction with an approved Religious Studies course. Consult director for approval. [3 cr.]

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