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Religious Studies Minor

Abington - contact: C. Pierce Salguero,
University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (RL ST)

The minor in Religious Studies requires 18 hours of course work in RL ST. It (1) acquaints the student with the methods for studying religion (how one studies a religion), (2) provides an elementary introduction to the world's main religious traditions (names, dates, ideas, similarities and differences), and (3) offers the opportunity to investigate a particular topic or religion in greater detail. Students are required to take one survey course (either RL ST 1, RL ST 3, or RL ST 4), which provides a broad historical overview of several religions, from their foundation to the present day.

The interaction between religions and their cultural contexts is emphasized, as is the evolution of an individual religion. After this introduction, the student is free to choose from a broad array of courses on the psychological, sociological, historical, and textual aspects of religions, both living and dead, both familiar and foreign. For example, a student may study Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Norse religion, Greco-Roman religion, or the sociological aspects of religions. Reading skills and critical thinking skills are important and will be further developed in the courses.

The minor is excellent preparation for a career in the professions (law, medicine), and many students use this classical humanities topic to augment a major in the pure sciences.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


Select 3 credits from RL ST 1 GH;US;IL(3), RL ST 3 GH;US;IL(3), or RL ST 4 GH;US;IL(3) (Sem: 1-6)

Select 15 credits (at least 6 credits at the 400-level) in Religious Studies (Sem: 3-8)


Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 1995

Blue Sheet Item #: 23-06-147

Review Date: 3/11/03



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