Religious Studies (Minor)

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The minor in religious studies introduces students to the world's religious traditions and how these are used by humans to interpret experiences and find meaning. Students learn to think critically about religious worldviews and presuppositions.

The minor program in religious studies introduces students to the world's religious traditions and how these are used by humans to interpret experiences and find meaning. Students learn to think critically about religious worldviews and presuppositions and to explore the relation to contemporary challenges in the world.

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Religious Studies (Minor)

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Program requirements

The minor in religious studies consists of 18 credit hours, including a minimum of 12 upper-division credit hours. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the minor must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better. A minimum of six upper-division credit hours must be completed through courses offered by the School of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies. Coursework taken to fulfill the requirements of the minor may not be used to fulfill requirements for your major. Consult with an academic advisor prior to enrollment.
Select six courses (minimum 12 upper-division credit hours) -- 18 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

The minor in religious studies consists of 18 credit hours of religious studies course work, of which 12 must be upper-division hours (300 or 400 level). Only courses in which the student earns a minimum grade of "C" (2.00) can be counted toward the minor. Courses are to be selected in consultation with a program advisor to create a coherent and complete program of study for the minor.

Courses are to be selected from the following list, in consultation with an advisor, to create a coherent and complete program of study:

REL 200 Exploring the World's Religions, L or HU, G (3)
REL 201 Religion and the Modern World, L or HU (3)
REL 202 Religion and Popular Culture, HU, C (3)
REL 203 Saints and Sinners: Explorations in Sacred Biography, HU, H (3)
REL 205 Life, Sex and Death, HU (3)
REL 207 Ritual, Symbol and Myth, L or HU (3)
REL 300 The Future of Religions, L or HU (3)
REL 310 Western Religious Traditions, HU, H (3)
REL 320 American Religious Traditions, HU, C, H (3)
REL 321 Religion in America, L or HU, C, H (3)
REL 345 Asian Religious Traditions, HU, G (3)
REL 381 Religion and Moral Issues, L or HU (3)
REL 390 Women and Religion, HU, G (3)
REL 391 Historical Perspectives on Philosophy and Religion (3)
REL 401 Sacred Scriptures and Social Choices, HU, G (3)

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: None

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

The minor in religious studies is open to all ASU undergraduate majors.

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

Students with a minor in religious studies seek employment in a variety of professional areas, including:

  • chaplaincy
  • diversity management
  • education
  • foreign service
  • health care
  • journalism
  • mental health and counseling
  • nonprofit organizations
  • nongovernmental organizations
  • public service

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