Religious Studies, Minor

The religious studies minor provides a short form of the religious studies major that can be tailored to the needs of the student’s major.

The program in religion offers students the opportunity to acquire an understanding of religious experience within its social, historical, literary, and political context. Students study specific religious traditions such as Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism, and using a comparative approach they explore themes across faith traditions. Through the minor, a student will have the opportunity to study a range of religions and a variety of methods of understanding the key dimensions of religious life.

The religious studies minor is designed to provide the student with an introduction to a variety of religious traditions along with the analytical tools necessary to explore religious theology and praxis across five categories: comparative religion, traditions that emerge from the ancient Mediterranean and African worlds, traditions that emerge from Asia, religion and culture, and texts. Through this minor, students are exposed to the basic features of the world’s religions and the ethical systems that accompany them. They also have an opportunity to explore diverse methodological approaches to the study of religions in general. This minor is designed to help students enhance their abilities in any career that requires a liberal arts education.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Required Courses

Complete four of the following:16
Introduction to World Religions
Understanding the Bible
The Meaning of Death
Apocalypticism in Film
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
Chinese Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism
Cults and Sects

Elective Course

Complete one of the following:4
Goddesses, Witches, Saints, and Sinners: Women in Western Religions
Introduction to Religion
Introduction to World Religions
Understanding the Bible
Ethics: East and West
The Meaning of Death
Sound, Music, and Religion
Image and Icon in South Asia
Jesus in the Gospels, American Culture, and the Movies
Apocalypticism in Film
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam: Abrahamic Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Ethics in the World’s Religions
Hinduism, Buddhism, and Beyond: Eastern Religions
Indian Religions
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Islam, Gender, and Fashion
Jewish Religion and Culture
American Judaism
Modern Judaism
Chinese Philosophy and Religion
Religious Perspectives on Health and Healing
From Vodou and the Rastas to Afro-Islam: African Religions in the Americas
The Problem of Evil in Film
The Religious Worlds of Boston: Faith and Devotion in Urban Life
The Kabbalah: Jewish Mysticism from the Zohar to Madonna
Exploring the Jewish Diaspora—From Mountain Jews to Crypto-Jews
Biblical Prophets and Their Interpreters
Adam and Eve and Their Interpreters
Interpreting the Bible
Responses to the Holocaust
Chinese Buddhism
Japanese Buddhism
Religion and Culture in Indian Cinema
Religion, Nation, and Identity in Modern Jewish Thought
Religion and Spirituality in the African Diaspora
Cults and Sects
Asian Religions in the United States
Religion and Politics in South Asia
Advanced Biblical Studies: Hebrew Bible
Seminar: Apocalypticism
Seminar: Theories and Methods in Religious Studies
Seminar in Religion
Major Figures in Religious Studies
Topics in Religious Studies
Directed Study
Comparative Religious Ethics

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor