This program explores the religious traditions of those around the world while also examining human interaction. Enriching viewpoints allow you to develop critical-thinking skills and an understanding of various cultures, which accompany any degree you are currently pursuing.
The minor in religious studies encourages students to engage in a comparative, cross-cultural exploration of religions and cultures that complements a variety of undergraduate majors while promoting a deeper understanding of human nature and interaction.
Students may pursue the minor in religious studies with regional, national, hemispheric, global and a variety of thematic emphases.
The minor in religious studies consists of 18 credit hours, at least 12 of which must be in the upper division. At least six upper-division hours must be in courses offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. All courses must be passed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale).
The course REL 207 Ritual, Symbol, and Myth, L or HU (3) is required.
The remaining 15 credit hours will be chosen from courses available under the REL course prefix. For verification of the minor and assistance in course selection, students must consult an academic advisor in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies.
Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.
GPA Requirement: None
Incompatible Majors: BA in religious studies; BA in religious studies (religion, culture and public life); BA in religious studies (religion, politics and global affairs)
Other Enrollment Requirements: None
Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.
ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.
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