Minor

From a graduate:

"The critical thinking required in this department prepared me for the challenges of law school. It has allowed me to interact more effectively with people on the other side of issues and with clients from different backgrounds."

Amy Tumey
Trial attorney

If you are majoring in a field that prepares you to work in business, government, health services, education, media, or non-profit work, consider adding a minor in Comparative Religion to your career preparation.

Completing a minor in religion lets you market yourself as someone with additional skills you can bring to your work: familiarity with religious diversity, intercultural experience, and an ability to think critically about religious issues that relate to your field.

What does the religion minor give you for the job market?

  • Exposure to a diversity of religious traditions.
  • A deeper introduction to two religious traditions (or religions from two regions of the world).
  • An introduction to theories and methods for the study of religion.
  • Opportunities to apply those theories and methods to specific questions about religion in society and culture.
  • 18 credit hours of coursework designed to develop your skills in writing, critical reading, critical thinking, analysis, and intercultural competence.

How does the minor compare with a major or Thematic Sequence in the study of religion? Compare them side by side.

Requirements for the religion minor

Descriptions for these courses are available in the General Bulletin.

Breakdown of required hours
3 hours REL 201 - Methods for the Study of Religion
3 hours

One course from List A:

  • REL/HST 233 - History of Christianity
  • REL/AMS 241 - Religions of the American Peoples
  • REL 275 - Introduction to the Critical Study of Biblical Literature
  • REL 286 - Global Jewish Civilization
3 hours

One course from List B:

  • REL/AAA 203 - Global Religions of India
  • REL 223 - Introduction to Buddhism
  • REL 226 - Introduction to Islam
9 hours

Selected from these courses:

(Note: With approval of the Chief Departmental Advisor, 3 of these hours may be filled with a course in a cognate department.)

  • REL 312 - Religions of the Hebrew Bible
  • REL 313 - Marriage Across Cultures
  • REL 314 - Social and Religious History of the Jewish People
  • REL 316 - The Age of the Reformation
  • REL 331 - Paul and the Beginnings of Christianity
  • REL 332 - The Development of Christianity, 100-451
  • REL 333 - Religion, Dress, and Status
  • REL 334 - Women's Religious Experiences in the Ancient Mediterranean World
  • REL 335 - Women in the Bible
  • REL 336 - Jesus and the Gospels
  • REL 337 - Religions of Russia and Eurasia
  • REL 338 - Eastern Christianity
  • REL 341 - Protestantism and the Development of American Culture
  • REL 342 - Religious Pluralism in America
  • REL 343 - African-American Religions
  • REL 345 - Women, Religion, and Social Change in America
  • REL 346 - Issues in the Study of Native American Religions
  • REL 355 - Religion and Law
  • REL 360 - Interdisciplinary Special Topics
  • REL 376 - Global Militant Islamisms
  • REL 385 - The Religious Roots of Anti-Semitism
  • REL 399U - Arab Gulf Economies in Social Transition
  • REL 392 - Philosophy of Religion
  • REL 402 - Basic Structures in the History of Religions (Miami Plan Capstone course)
  • REL 413 - American Religious Thought and Spirituality
  • REL 430 - Early Christian Literature and Religion (Miami Plan Capstone course)
  • REL 470 - Problems in Western Religious Thought
  • REL 470A - Havighurst Colloquium
  • REL 480 - Independent Reading for Departmental Honors
18 hours TOTAL