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Minor in Religious Studies


The Minor in Religious Studies is available to any non-Religious Studies major. It requires coursework in at least two of the following four areas of study. Religious Texts examines texts from the world's religious traditions and their historical and cultural contexts. Religious Traditions (Group A) includes coursework in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and Religious Traditions (Group B), coursework in Buddhism, the religions of Japan, the religions of South Asia, the religions of Southeast Asia, and indigenous religions. The fourth area of study is Religion in the Contemporary World.

A minimum of 18 units is required as follows:

Lower Division:

A minimum of six units selected from the following:

  • R/ST 100, R/ST 101, R/ST 111, R/ST 200, R/ST 201, R/ST 202, R/ST 208, R/ST 210, R/ST 230, R/ST 240

Upper Division:

A minimum of 12 upper-division units selected from at least two of the following four areas:

Area Courses:

Religious Texts:

  • R/ST 311, R/ST 312, R/ST 313A, R/ST 313B, R/ST 318, R/ST 319, R/ST 320A, R/ST 320B, R/ST 322, R/ST 375, R/ST 376, R/ST 490*

Religious Traditions (Group A):

  • R/ST 314, R/ST 315, R/ST 317, R/ST 331, R/ST 337, R/ST 383, R/ST 460, R/ST 467, R/ST 471, R/ST 472, R/ST 490*

Religious Traditions (Group B):

  • R/ST 313A, R/ST 313B, R/ST 341, R/ST 344, R/ST 351, R/ST 352, R/ST 353, R/ST 358, R/ST 490*

Religion in the Contemporary World:

  • R/ST 301, R/ST 302, R/ST 303, R/ST 308, R/ST 362, R/ST 383, R/ST 391, R/ST 402, R/ST 410, R/ST 457, R/ST 458, R/ST 490*

Courses with a subject focus on religion that are offered by other departments can be articulated into the minor (up to 3 units).

*When the subject matter of a special topics or directed studies course is applicable, the course may be used.

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