Religious Studies Minor - RELS

This minor is only available to students who matriculated prior to Fall 2019.

The Religious Studies minor introduces students to an interdisciplinary approach to the phenomenon of religion. The minor is designed to provide a comparative perspective on world religions, an opportunity to study special topics in religion and to develop an appreciation of both the origins and contemporary expressions of different religions. This minor will appeal to students in the humanities and social sciences as well as students in other disciplines who want to deepen their understanding to the role of religion in contemporary life. For further information, contact the Religious Studies office, 10 Schumacher, 607.436.3512.

*revised Sociology Department course codes effective Fall 2016. Previous course codes in parentheses.

Core Course 3 s.h.

  • ANTH/PHIL/RELG 115 Survey of World Religions

Selections 6 s.h.

Select two of the following:

  • ANTH 211 Religion, Magic and Myth
  • GEOG 231 Geography of Religion and Sacred Space
  • PHIL 214 Philosophy of Religion
  • POLS 279 Religion and Politics
  • RELG 201 Religious Experience
  • RELG 202 Spirituality and Healing
  • RELG 211 Buddhism
  • RELG 212 Intro to Judaism
  • RELG 213 The Christian Tradition
  • WLIT 231 Mythology

Select two of the following:

  • ARTH 212 History of European Medieval Art
  • HIST 235 History of the Holocaust
  • HIST 281 The Islamic World to 1800
  • INTD 220 Science and Religion
  • PHIL 250 Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism
  • PHIL 251 Mysticism and Meditation in Indian and Chinese Tradition
  • PSYC 264 Topics in Social Psych: Belief & Commit. In Groups
  • SOC 214 Sociology of Islam (SOCL 229 Islamic Faith and Society)
  • WLIT 260 The Bible as Literature
  • WLIT 280 The Catholic Imagination

Select one of the following (all courses from above may be applied here):

  • ALIT 255 20th Century Irish American Literature
  • ANTH 210 Anthropological Folklore
  • ANTH 219 Anthropology of Death
  • ARTH 109 Survey of Visual Arts I
  • ARTH 213 History of Italian Renaissance Art
  • ARTH 214 History of Northern Renaissance Art
  • HIST 215 History of the Modern Middle East & North Africa
  • HIST 240 American Colonial History
  • HIST 294 Special Topics: The Middle Ages
  • MUSC 307 Western Music to 1750: Part I
  • PHIL 102 Ethics PHIL 205 Philosophy and Psychology of Yoga
  • PHIL 206 Philosophy of Life and Death
  • WMST 214 Archetypes of the Wild Woman

TOTAL 18 s.h.


1. College rules pertaining to curriculum majors also apply to curriculum minors

  • Minor GPA of at least 2.0
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade unless offered Pass/Fail only
  • One-half (1/2) of the minor coursework must be completed in residence
  • No more than two courses may overlap between/among all majors/minors; any excess requires additional coursework

2. Check proper course selection, sequence and prerequisite requirements with the department of the minor

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