Requirements for Minor

Advisor: Dr. Keith Green

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The Religious Studies Minor is a 21-credit hour interdisciplinary program of study hosted by the Philosophy Department, and including faculty and courses from the departments of History, Sociology and Anthropology, English, Appalachian Studies, and other fields. The program is designed for students interested in the historical, social, scientific, and philosophical study of religions and religious thought throughout the world. It may be elected as preparation for professional graduate education in theology or ministry. Students specifically interested in critical and philosophical issues in the study of religions may also concentrate in religious studies within the philosophy major (see Philosophy Major [PHIA] Philosophy and Religious Studies Concentration [RELI]).


Religious Studies Minor .............................................. 21 Credit Hours


RELI 2210 Introduction. to the Study of Religion ..................................... 3


SOAA 3800 Religion, Society, and Culture ............................................ 3


At least one (1) course in Judaism, Christianity, or Islam at the 3000-4000
level ................................................................................................... 3


At least one (1) course in the religious traditions of
Asia , Native America or
Africa at the 3000-4000 level ................................................................ 3


PHIL 4047 Philosophy of Religion .........................................................
3


Other courses in philosophy do not count toward a minor in religious studies without the approval of the department. The following courses from other departments, in addition to other courses at ETSU and in study-abroad programs approved by the Director of the Religious Studies Program may also be taken for credit for the minor.


ENGL
/RELI 3280 Mythology ................................................................. 3


ENGL
/RELI 3700 The Bible as Literature ............................................... 3


ANTH 4250 Ethnomedicine .................................................................. 3


APST/RELI 3530 Religion in Appalachia ................................................ 3


HIST
/RELI 3910 History of Christianity .................................................. 3


HIST
/RELI 3920 History of Islam ........................................................... 3


HIST
/RELI 4207/5207 Ancient Religions ................................................ 3


HIST
4387/5387 History of the Holocaust ............................................... 3



Note: Preparation for seminary or divinity
school, professional

graduate education in theology or ministry

Many students major in philosophy with a religious studies concentration, or minor in religious studies as a way to prepare for seminary or divinity school. (The MDiv—Master of Divinity—is the standard professional degree for students preparing for a career requiring ordination to the ministry or rabbinate.) The American Association of Theological Schools advises students to major in any humanities or social science field. While previous study in the area of religious studies and philosophy is recommended, it is not required for admission to programs of professional study leading to the MDiv. RELI 3240 (“Hebrew Scriptures”) and RELI 3250 (“Greek Scriptures”) are relevant for students interested in the Christian and Jewish traditions. Students aiming to apply to university divinity schools, or whose interest in the study of religions is primarily academic (as opposed to vocational) are strongly advised to earn a B.A. degree with at least a minor in religious studies, including SOAA 3800 (“Religion, Society, and Culture”). It is also important to complete at least 6 hours in German, French, or in a classical language at the 3000 level.