Stephen F. Austin State University

Religious Studies

Religious Studies Minor Information and Requirements

Religious Studies Minor (18 hours)
Owen Smith, Coordinator
Paul R. Boynton Building, Room 208 B
(936) 468-2367

Advisory Committee
Kelly Salsberry (Philosophy), Jill Carrington (Art)

The minor in Religious Studies intends to acquaint students with the rich history and continuing relevance of the world's religious traditions. As an interdisciplinary minor, Religious Studies interrogates the interactions between religion and other spheres of human activity, such as art, music, literature, and politics. Students pursuing the Religious Studies minor will gain a deeper understanding of religion as an impulse, as a practice, and as a historical force.

Required Courses (9 Hours)
REL 300 Introduction to Religious Studies.
PHI 360 Philosophy of Religion
SOC 341 Sociology of Religion

Elective Courses (9 hours)
(a maximum of 9 hours of the entire minor may come from one discipline).
ANT 277, 477 (when topically appropriate); ART 491, 497 (when topically appropriate); ENG 211, 383, 390, 405; HIS 310, 312, 313; LAT 495; PHI 390, 400, 490; PSC 399; PSY 498; SOC 305, 477; THR 471.

Courses in Religious Studies (REL)

300. Introduction of Religious Studies - Introduction of the study of religious traditions, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Besides examining the world views, tenets, and practices of these religions, a key goal of the course is developing awareness of the tools used in religious studies.

All substitutions for required and elective courses must be approved by the director of the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs.