What Is the Theology and Religious Studies Minor?
After completing a minor in theology and religious studies, students will be equipped to:
- Understand the nature and language of academic theological inquiry
- Develop a critical appreciation for the historical development of and chief differences between at least two different religious traditions
- Articulate key ethical implications that arise from the study of theology and religion
Theology and religious studies minors are eligible to participate in related programs such as ancient cultures, faith-justice studies, gender studies, health care ethics, Latin American and Latinx studies and medieval renaissance and reformation studies.
Students majoring in other disciplines often choose to minor in theology and religious studies as the history and current practices of many religious traditions continue to inform business, politics, public health policies and the communications and entertainment industries.
Ways to Study Theology and Religion
A minor in theology and religious studies can be fulfilled by taking any six courses taught within the department. A third of the minor will be completed by required GEP courses: every student must take Faith, Justice and the Catholic Traditions (THE 154) and a Religious Difference course. Students could then complete the minor by taking their first-year seminar, ethics intensive, faith and reason and writing intensive courses within the department. Alternatively, students can complete the minor with any six courses, including general education program (GEP) courses, electives or integrative learning courses for other majors. While this program is only available as a minor, the study of theology and religious studies complements majors such as psychology, art history, english, education or any major if you have an interest in theology and religion.