Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Religious Studies

Undergraduate Program
Minor in Religion in the Americas

The Minor in Religion in the Americas, which is administered by the Department of Religious Studies, provides students with the development of critical awareness, appreciation of cultural difference and diversity as well as a structured empathy for the “other.”

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 Religious Studies.  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 Religion in the Americas

Complete 15 credits from the following:

               
1. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  REL 101 Exploring Religion 3
  REL 220 Religion in America 3
2. Three of the following courses (9 credits):  
  REL 221 Islam in North America 3
  REL 240 Music and Spirituality in North America 3
  REL 275 Magic and Mysticism: Western Esoteric Traditions and Practices 3
  REL 306 Native American Religions 3
  REL 365 Evangelicalism in the U.S. 3
  REL 375 Religion and U.S. Literature 3
  REL 380 New Religions 3
3. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  REL 465 Advanced Readings in American Religion (W) 3
  REL 491 Special Topics in Religious Studies (W) 3