Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Religious Studies

Undergraduate Program
Minor in Religious Studies

The Minor in Religious Studies, which is administered by the Department of Religious Studies, provides students with a foundational understanding of religious traditions around the world.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious Studies or the Minor in Religion in the Americas.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in Religious Studies.

Requirements for the Minor in Religious Studies

Complete 15 to 19 credits from the following:

1. One of the following courses (3 credits):
REL 101 Exploring Religion 3
REL 150 Introduction to Biblical Literature 3
REL 185 Introduction to Religion and Nonprofits 3
REL 220 Religion in America 3
2. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
REL 306 Native American Religions 3
REL 310 Judaism 3
REL 320 Christianity 3
REL 325 East Asian Buddhism 3
REL 330 Islam 3
REL 335 East Asian Religions 3
REL 340 Hinduism 3
REL 345 Religions of South Asia 3
REL 350 Buddhism in South Asia 3
REL 355 Southeast Asian Religions 3
REL 360 African Religion 3
REL 380 New Religions 3
3. Complete one 400-level Religious Studies course as approved by the student's academic advisor 3 or 4
4. Complete an additional 3 to 6 credits in Religious Studies as approved by the student's academic advisor.