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Religious Studies

Minor in Religious Studies

Religious Studies explores the diversity and history of the world's religions from the perspectives of the academic study of religion. The history of religions is marked by remarkable change and variety. Studying religions reveals people's deepest desires and beliefs. Our courses explore how religious communities perform worship, shape moral norms and gender roles, wage war and make peace, influence what people eat, how they dress, and how they live and die. Studying religions is also personally meaningful as students and faculty reflect together on big ethical and philosophical questions.

A minor in Religious Studies is flexible to fit students' interests. It complements many areas of study. Students can complete Concentrations in (1) Religion and Health, (2) Religion and International Studies, (3) Religion, Gender, and Sexuality, (4) Religion, Ethics, and Politics, (5) American Religious History and Diversity, and (6) Christianity and Culture. With a minor in Religious Studies, students will develop their skills of critical thinking, cultural analysis, moral imagination, and persuasive writing and oral communication, along with an ability to understand and work with people from different backgrounds.

A minor in Religious Studies (REL) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • completion of properly distributed credit hour requirements for the baccalaureate degree in effect when the student was admitted to their home school,
  • completion of 15 credit hours of Religious Studies courses, with a minimum grade of C in each course,
  • to declare the minor, complete the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/admissions/update-major-form.html

Minor Requirements:

  • 3 credits at the 100/ 200 level
  • 6 credits at the 300/ 400 level
  • 6 credits of any level

Accelerated Second Degree: The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are waived for undergraduate students whose first major is outside the School of Liberal Arts and whose second major is a Bachelor of Arts degree from the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Students are only required to complete the courses in their major of choice in Liberal Arts. The IUPUI General Education Core or the Indiana transferable general education core must be successfully completed. Students must complete the degree outside Liberal Arts in order to have the Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies waived for degree completion. The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are only waived for students who actively pursue and complete another degree program outside of Liberal Arts.