The undergraduate minor in the Department of Religious Studies is a research, analysis, and writing intensive program that features close work with faculty in small classroom settings. It seeks to develop a foundational knowledge of the world’s diversity of religious cultures and critical awareness of the ways in which religion shapes how we see and act toward ourselves, others, and the environment around us. Through the study of specific religious traditions and settings, students come away with a background that is invaluable to understanding and working with people of other cultures, whether in international business or simply as an informed global citizen.

Career Opportunities

Religious studies majors and minors develop expertise and skills that serve them well wherever life takes them. Our graduates have been successful in many different areas. Studying religion provides a solid foundation for work in fields as diverse as journalism, law, politics, nongovernmental organizations, ministry, and education. No matter what their intended careers, students benefit from the critical reading, writing, and analytical skills that the academic study of religion instills.

Requirements for the Minor

Religious Studies Minor Course Requirements

Students selecting this minor must complete a course in each of the following areas:

Introduction to Religion (3)
Satisfied by one of the following:
REL 104Introduction to Religious Studies3
or REL 105 Introduction to Religious Studies, Honors
Overview of Judaism, Christianity, or Islam (3)
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following:3
Living Religions of the West
Living Religions of the West, Honors
Religion of Ancient Israel
History and Literature of Early Christianity
Introduction to Judaism
Studies in Judaism
Overview of Religious Tradition other than Judaism, Christianity, or Islam (3)
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following: 3
Living Religions of the East
Living Religions of the East, Honors
The Buddhist Tradition in Asia
Religion in India
Religion in China
Religion in Japan
Religion in Korea
Buddhists and Buddhism in China
Religion of North America (3)
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following:3
Religion in American Society
Religion in American Society, Honors
Native American Religions
History of Religion in America
The Supreme Court and Religious Issues in the United States
The Supreme Court and Religious Issues in the United States, Honors
Religious Ethics and Moral Decisions
Religion and Moral Decisions, Honors
New Religious Movements (Western)
New Religious Movements (Nonwestern)
American Communes
Religious Studies Minor Required Elective (6)
Satisfied by completing 6 additional hours in REL courses at the 300 level or above.6

Religious Studies Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses (above), minors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of major courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 9 junior/senior (300+) hours of KU resident credit in the minor. 

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses in the minor. GPA calculations include courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.