College of Arts and Sciences

Minor in Religious Studies

Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary program housed in the Department of Philosophy. 

The Religious Studies program seeks to provide a basic level of competency in the academic study of religion as well as to deepen students' knowledge of particular faith traditions. As an academic unit of IPFW, we do not advocate belief in any one tradition, but instead encourage a broad multi-disciplinary investigation of faith traditions.

Students may earn a minor in religious studies by completing the following 18 credits with a grade of C or better in each course and earning at least 9 credits as resident credit at IPFW. Substitutions for these courses may be made with the approval of the department program coordinator.

Core Courses:  9 credits
All of the following:

REL 11200:  Religion and Culture
REL 23000:  Religions of the East
REL 32100:  Religions of the West                    

Religious Traditions:  3 credits
One of the following:

REL 30000:  Religions of the Ancient World
REL 30100:  Islam
REL 30200:  Christianity
REL 30500:  Judaism
REL 30600:  Hinduism
REL 30700:  Buddhism
REL 31100:  African Traditional Philosophy & Religion

Thematic And Comparative:  3 credits
One of the following:

REL 29300:  Topics in Religious Studies
REL 31200:  The Black Religious Experience
REL 31400:  Religion and Violence
REL 31500:  Religion and Women
REL 32100:  Religion and the Civil Rights Movement
REL 32300:  Religion and Popular Culture
REL 38100:  Islam and Modernity
REL 40100:  Studies in Sacred Texts
REL 40200:  Mysticism
REL 49300:  Undergraduate Seminar
REL 49500:  Readings in Religious Studies

Cognate:  3 credits
One of the following:

ANTH E455:  Anthropology of Religion
ANTH E462:  Anthropological Folklore
CLAS C205:  Classical Mythology
CLAS C405:  Comparative Mythology
FOLK F252:   Folklore and the Humanities
FOLK F305:   Asian Folklore
FOLK F352:   Native American Folklore
HIST C392:   History of the Modern Near East
HIST C393:   Ottoman History
PHIL 20600:  Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 30200:  History of Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 43100:  Contemporary Religious Thought
SOC S313:    Religion and Society

For more information, please contact Dr. Erik Ohlander

E-mail: ohlandee@ipfw.edu
Phone: 260-481-0504