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.

Religious Studies Minor 

The Religious Studies minor consists of a required course, distribution requirements, and electives. The required introductory course focuses on theoretical and methodological issues in the study of religion. Distribution requirements encourage students to approach the study of religion from a variety of angles, from a focus on individual religions to the interaction between religions in specific regions to the exploration of comparative issues and themes. Electives allow students to tailor their course of study to their specific interests and pursue a depth of knowledge in particular aspects of the study of religion.

Religious Studies Minor Course Requirements

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

Introduction to Religious Studies (3)
Satisfied by one of the following:3
Introduction to Religious Studies
Introduction to Religious Studies, Honors
Specific Religious Traditions (3)
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following:3
Jews, Christians, Muslims
Jews, Christians, Muslims, Honors
Understanding the Bible
Understanding the Bible, Honors
Religion of Ancient Israel
Introduction to Judaism
The Talmud: Its Origins, Nature, and Evolution
Native American Religions
Native American Religions, Honors
The Buddhist Tradition in Asia
Studies in Early Christian Literature and History
The Dead Sea Scrolls
Ancient Egyptian Culture and Religion
Jews and Christians
Christian Origins: from the Beginnings to Augustine
Hindu Epics, Past and Present
Modern Islamic Reform Movements
Modern Jewish Thought
Religion in Specific Regions (3)
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following: 3
Asian Religions
Asian Religions, Honors
Religion in American Society
Religion in American Society, Honors
History of Religion in America
Religion in India
Religion in China
Religion in Japan
Religion in Korea
Gods and Goddesses of South Asia
Buddhists and Buddhism in China
Religion in Kansas
New Religious Movements (Western)
New Religious Movements (Nonwestern)
Thematic Approaches to Religion (3)
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following:3
Religious Zionisms
Women and Gender in Islam
Religion and Society in Tension
The Supreme Court and Religious Issues in the United States
Religious Perspectives on Selfhood and Sexuality
The Supreme Court and Religious Issues in the United States, Honors
Religious Ethics and Moral Decisions
Religion and Moral Decisions, Honors
Reading Asian Religious Classics
Religion and Film
Visions in Art and Literature
Gender and Religion
Studies in Ritual: _____
Yoga in Theory, Practice, and History
Judaism and Political Theology
Judaism and Sexuality
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.