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Religious Studies Undergraduate Program

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Requirements for the Minor

Students interested in declaring a minor in Religious Studies should schedule an appointment with the Religious Studies Advising Specialist.

Religious Studies Minor Course Requirements

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

  • Introduction to Religion. Satisfied by REL 104/105. 
  • Overview of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following:

REL 107 Living Religions of the West
REL 109 Living Religions of the West, Honors
REL 311 Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament in English)
REL 315 History and Literature of Early Christianity
REL 325 Introduction to Judaism
REL 345 Christianity
REL 350 Islam
REL 570 Studies in Judaism

  • Overview of Religious Tradition other than Judaism, Christianity, or Islam. Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours)chosen from the following:

REL 106 Living Religions of the East
REL 108 Living Religions of the East, Honors
REL 360 The Buddhist Tradition in Asia/EALC 331 Studies in the Buddhist Tradition in Asia
REL 507 Religion in India
REL 508 Religion in China
REL 509 Religion in Japan
REL 510 Religion in Korea

  • Religion of North America. Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following:

REL 171 Religion in American Society
REL 172 Religion in American Society, Honors
REL 330 Native American Religions
REL 339 History of Religion in America
REL 373 The Supreme Court and Religious Issues in the United States
REL 375 The Supreme Court and Religious Issues in the United States, Honors
REL 585 New Religious Movements (Western)
REL 586 New Religious Movements (Nonwestern)
REL 671 American Communes

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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