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Minor in Religious Studies

A Religious Studies minor is a complement to many majors throughout the University. Students contemplating the minor are invited to consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies. The undergraduate student services associate in Bldg. 70 can also field questions regarding the declaration procedure within the department.

Requirements—A minor in Religious Studies requires a minimum of 30 graded units. Students are encouraged to focus their program of study either in a religious tradition or in a theme that cuts across traditions. In consultation with their advisers, students may design the minor in Religious Studies to complement their major. The minor must be declared no later than the last day of the quarter, two quarters before degree conferral.

Required Courses for the Minor—

  1. Two introductory courses. To satisfy this requirement, students take either:
    1. IHUM 68A,B. Ultimate Meanings (Winter/Spring sequence), or
    2. one course in each of the following categories: introduction to religious traditions (courses numbered 11-50) and introductory topics in the study of religion (courses numbered 51-99). In consultation with the Undergraduate Director, one Stanford Introductory Seminar in Religious Studies may be applied to this introductory requirement.
  2. At least 22 units in courses at the intermediate and advanced level (above 100), including at least one 200-level seminar.
  3. Diversity requirement: Students may not take all courses in one religious tradition.
  4. One course in directed reading (RELIGST 199) may count towards the minor.
  5. With approval of the Undergraduate Director, one language course related to the student's program of study (such as Arabic, Biblical Hebrew, New Testament Greek, Chinese, or Japanese), but not counted towards the University language requirement, may be counted toward the minor.
  6. Courses from other departments may not count towards the minor. (Exception: language courses covered by point 5.)

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