Undergraduate Minor - Minor in Religious Studies

Minor in Religious Studies
Program Code:
5693 Religious Studies
Program Level:
Award Type:
Minor Undergraduate
Start Term:
Department of Religious Studies
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Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

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 307 Shamanism 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.

Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

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Religious Studies, MNUN (5693)

Required Credits: 15    Program Version: FS19

Requirement 1: Minor - Religious Studies - Introduction to Religion
Minor - Religious Studies - Introduction to Religion: 1 course from REL101, REL150, REL220, REL185

Requirement 2: Minor - Religious Studies - World Religions
Minor - Religious Studies - World Religions: 2 courses from REL306, REL310, REL320, REL330, REL335, REL340, REL345, REL350, REL355, REL360, REL325, REL380, REL307

Requirement 3: Minor - Religious Studies - 400 Level
Minor - Religious Studies - 400 Level: 1 course from a 400 level Religious Studies course as approved by the student's academic advisor.

Requirement 4: Minor - Religious Studies - Required Elective
Minor - Religious Studies - Required Elective: 3 credits from a Religious Studies course as approved by the student's academic advisor.

Requirement 5
15 credits required to complete this degreeThe specified coursework in this program may not equal this total. The difference must be made up of open options which must be acceptable within the limits of this program. In cases of doubt, please consult an academic advisor.