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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:

Religious Studies Core Knowledge and Skills (3)
Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:
Introduction to Religion. Satisfied by:
REL 104 Introduction to Religious Studies
or REL 105 Introduction to Religious Studies, Honors
Specific Religious Traditions (3)
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following:
Jews, Christians, Muslims
Jews, Christians, Muslims, Honors
Understanding the Bible
Understanding the Bible, Honors
Introduction to Judaism
The Talmud: Its Origins, Nature, and Evolution
Native American Religions
Native American Religions, Honors
The Buddhist Tradition in Asia
Jews and Christians
Modern Jewish Thought
Religion in Specific Regions (3)
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following:
Asian Religions
Asian Religions, Honors
Religion in American Society
Religion in American Society, Honors
REL 310  Religion in Korea
History of Religion in America
Religion in Japan
Thematic Approaches to Religion (3)
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following:
REL 100 Introduction to Religious Ethics
REL 102 Violence and Religious Ethics
REL 137 Religious Ethics and Moral Decisions
Religious Zionisms
Women and Gender in Islam
REL 362 Studies in Yoga & Meditation
REL 370 Judaism & Sexuality
REL 372 Religion & the Environment in the United States
The Supreme Court and Religious Issues in the United States
Religious Perspectives on Selfhood and Sexuality
Gender and Religion
Judaism and Political Theology
Religious Studies Required Electives (6)

Satisfied by 2 courses (6 hours) at the 300 level or above. within, or cross-listed with, the Religious Studies Department course offerings.

*Contact undergraduate Director Dr. Sam Brody (samuelbrody@ku.edu) or Undergradate Advisor J.D. Smith (jdsmith@ku.edu) for information about this requirement.




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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