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Religious Studies Undergraduate Program

The Religious Studies minor consists of a required course, distribution requirements, and electives. The required introductory course focuses on theoretical and methodological issues in the study of religion. Distribution requirements encourage students to approach the study of religion from a variety of angles, from a focus on individual religions to the interaction between religions in specific regions to the exploration of comparative issues and themes. Electives allow students to tailor their course of study to their specific interests and pursue a depth of knowledge in particular aspects of the study of religion.

Requirements for the Minor

Students interested in declaring a minor in Religious Studies should schedule an appointment with the Religious Studies Undergraduate Director.

Religious Studies Minor Course Requirements

Students selecting this minor must complete a course in each of the following areas:

Introduction to Religious Studies (3)  
Satisfied by one of the following: 3
Introduction to Religious Studies  
Introduction to Religious Studies, Honors
Specific Religious Traditions (3)  
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following: 3
Jews, Christians, Muslims  
Jews, Christians, Muslims, Honors  
Understanding the Bible  
Understanding the Bible, Honors  
Religion of Ancient Israel  
Introduction to Judaism  
The Talmud: Its Origins, Nature, and Evolution  
Native American Religions  
Native American Religions, Honors  
The Buddhist Tradition in Asia  
Studies in Early Christian Literature and History  
The Dead Sea Scrolls  
Ancient Egyptian Culture and Religion  
Jews and Christians  
Christian Origins: from the Beginnings to Augustine  
Hindu Epics, Past and Present  
Modern Islamic Reform Movements  
Modern Jewish Thought  
Religion in Specific Regions (3)  
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following: 3
Asian Religions  
Asian Religions, Honors  
Religion in American Society  
Religion in American Society, Honors  
History of Religion in America  
Religion in India  
Religion in China  
Religion in Japan  
Religion in Korea  
Gods and Goddesses of South Asia  
Buddhists and Buddhism in China  
Religion in Kansas  
New Religious Movements (Western)  
New Religious Movements (Nonwestern)  
Thematic Approaches to Religion (3)  
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following: 3
Religious Zionisms  
Women and Gender in Islam  
Religion and Society in Tension  
The Supreme Court and Religious Issues in the United States  
Religious Perspectives on Selfhood and Sexuality  
The Supreme Court and Religious Issues in the United States, Honors  
Religious Ethics and Moral Decisions  
Religion and Moral Decisions, Honors  
Reading Asian Religious Classics  
Religion and Film  
Visions in Art and Literature  
Gender and Religion  
Studies in Ritual: _____  
Yoga in Theory, Practice, and History  
Judaism and Political Theology  
Judaism and Sexuality  
Religious Studies Minor Required Elective (6)  
Satisfied by completing 6 additional hours in REL courses at the 300 level or above. 6


Religious Studies Minor Hours & Minor GPA


While completing all required courses (above), minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of major courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor. 

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses in the minor. GPA calculations include courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

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