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Religion Studies Minor

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Philosophy
320 Bowman Hall
Tel: 330-672-2315
David Odell-Scott, Coordinator, 320 Bowman Hall

The Religion Studies minor is interdisciplinary and focuses on (1) the theories and methods of the academic study of religion, in relation to (2) religious thought and practice evident in the diversity of religions and religious phenomenon in the world.  The curriculum prepares students for critical inquiry in religion with advanced course work drawn from a variety of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences and the arts.

Course    Title    Credits    
Core Studies     
Choose from at least three of the following four categories:    12   
Comparative Religion      
AS    30095    Special Topics: Studies in the Eastern Christian World (3)     
30095    Special Topics: Varieties of Religion (3)     
PAS    34000    Introduction to African World View (3)     
PHIL    21020    Comparative Religious Thought I (3)      
21021    Comparative Religious Thought II (3)      
Judeo-Christian Tradition     
ENG    35201    The Bible as Literature (3)*     
Philosophy of Religion     
PHIL     31065    Philosophies of Religious Experience (3)     
41010    Problems in the Philosophy of Religion (3)     
Social Patterns of Religion     
ANTH    38250    Religion: A Search for Meaning (3)      
SOC    42561    Sociology of Religion (3)      
Cognate Studies: choose either A. General or B. Catholic Thought
A. General (9)
Choose three courses in at least two areas.

Religion and the Arts     
ARTH    22006    Art History I (3)      
22007    Art History II (3)      
42036    Medieval Art (3)      
MUS     42111    African Music and Cultures (3)      
42151    Asian Musics (3)      
42271    Choral Literature: The Anthem (3)      
42331    Music in Worship (3)      
Religion and the Sciences     
GEOG     22061    Human Geography (3)      
GEOL     11040    Earth Dynamics (3)      
PHY     11030    Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe (3)      
Religion and History     
HIST     31009    History of Byzantine Civlization (3)      
31127    Ancient and Early Medieval Jewish History (3)      
41016    The Protestant and Catholic Reformations (3)      
41097    Colloquium: Saints, Monks and the Medieval Community (3)      
Religion and The Classics     
CLAS    41301    Classical Mythology (3)      
41503    Greek Literature in Translation (3)      
HIST     41004    Hellenic Contributions to Western Civilization (3)      
PHIL     31001    Ancient Greek Philosophy (3)      
B. Catholic Thought (11-12) Choose three to four courses, minimum one from each area.

AS     30095    Special Topics: Classics of Christian Literature (3)      
40095    Special Topics: Myth and Religion in Literature (3)      
ENG     31055    Literature and Other Disciplines (3)      
History/Arts and Sciences     
AS     30095    Special Topics: Modern Catholic Thought (3)      
40095    Special Topics: Modern Catholic Thought (3)      
HIST     41016    Protestant and Catholic Reformation (3)      
GRE     14201    Elementary Classical Greek I (4)      
14202    Elementary Classical Greek II (4)      
34351    New Testament in Greek (3)      
HEBR     12101    Elementary Hebrew I (4)      
12102    Elementary Hebrew II (4)      
TOTAL    21   

*Course is mandatory for students selecting B. Catholic Thought.

Minimum cumulative 2.00 GPA required for graduation.

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