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Religious Studies Minor

Description

Religions are at the core of cultures, and the study of religions is integral to the understanding of any human society. A deeper understanding of religious phenomena is thus a useful and enabling complement to virtually any course of study or career path. At the same time, however, due to the multi-traditional scope and multi-disciplinary nature of religious studies, a major in Religious Studies can seem very challenging. The minor in Religious Studies, by contrast, is comprised of only 18 credits (six courses) and is easily attainable since students at University of Detroit Mercy are already taking one to two courses in the fulfillment of their Core Curriculum requirements.

Given the multi-disciplinary and multicultural nature of Religious Studies, students who minor in Religious Studies will enjoy much flexibility in terms of course selection. The minor does not consist of one specific set of required courses, and students can easily tailor the minor program to suit their individual interests and to complement their majors.

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    Program Requirements (18 credits)

    Religions are at the core of cultures, and the study of religions is integral to the understanding of any human society. A deeper understanding of religious phenomena is thus a useful and enabling complement to virtually any course of study or career path. At the same time, however, due to the multi-traditional scope and multi-disciplinary nature of religious studies, a major in Religious Studies can seem very challenging. The minor in Religious Studies, by contrast, is comprised of only 18 credits (six courses) and is easily attainable since students at University of Detroit Mercy are already taking one to two courses in the fulfillment of their Core Curriculum requirements.

    Given the multi-disciplinary and multicultural nature of Religious Studies, students who minor in Religious Studies will enjoy much flexibility in terms of course selection. The minor does not consist of one specific set of required courses, and students can easily tailor the minor program to suit their individual interests and to complement their majors.

    This minor requires 18 credits including one course from the following:

    Additionally, you must also have five electives in Religious Studies from at least three different areas listed below.

    Three of these five electives must be upper-division (RELS 3000/4000 level) courses:

    World Religions

    Biblical Studies

    • RELS 2230 Prophets and Visionaries (3 credits)
    • RELS 2240 Jesus and Gospels (3 credits)
    • RELS 2250 Paul and Revelation (3 credits)
    • RELS 2290 The Bible as Religious Literature (3 credits)
    • RELS 3220 Wisdom Literature (3 credits)
    • RELS 3240 Feminist Biblical Interpretation (3 credits)
    • RELS 4220 Torah and Historical Writings (3 credits)
    • RELS 4230 Prophets, Wisdom and Apocalyptic (3 credits)
    • RELS 4240 The Four Gospels (3 credits)
    • RELS 4250 Acts, Letters and Revelation (3 credits)

    Christian Theology and Spirituality

    • RELS 2000 Catholicism: Spirit and Methods (3 credits)
    • RELS 2150 The Rise of Christianity (3 credits) / CAS 2150 Rise of Christianity (3 credits)
    • RELS 2160 Reformation Era (3 credits)
    • RELS 2240 Jesus and Gospels (3 credits)
    • RELS 2300 Catholic Theology Today (3 credits) / CAS 2300 Roman Catholic Theology Since Vatican II (3 credits)
    • RELS 2310 Introduction to Theology (3 credits)
    • RELS 2350 Christ in Faith Fiction and Film (3 credits)
    • RELS 2440 Love and Sexuality in Modern Christian Thought (3 credits)
    • RELS 2500 / CAS 2500 The Quest for God Today (3 credits)
    • RELS 2510 Theology and Literature (3 credits)
    • RELS 2550 Theology of Christian Marriage (3 credits)
    • RELS 2560 / CAS 2560 God and The Human Condition (3 credits)
    • RELS 3310 The Christian God (3 credits)
    • RELS 3340 Theology of Death and Resurrection (3 credits)
    • RELS 3530 Dynamics of Spiritual Growth (3 credits)
    • RELS 3550 Poets, Mystics and God (3 credits)
    • RELS 3570 Spiritual Autobiographies (3 credits)
    • RELS 3580 Theology of the Imagination (3 credits)
    • RELS 3755 On the Divine (3 credits)
    • RELS 4320 Classical and Contemporary Catholicism (3 credits)
    • RELS 4440 Sexuality and Love in Contemporary Christian Thought (3 credits)

    Contemporary Issues in Religion

    • RELS 2140 Women and Religion (3 credits)
    • RELS 2170 Religion in the United States of America (3 credits)
    • RELS 2360 Religion and Film (3 credits)
    • RELS 2420 / CAS 2420 Religion and Science in the West (3 credits)
    • RELS 2490 Violence, Nonviolence and Religion (3 credits)
    • RELS 3000 Philosophy of Religion (3 credits)
    • RELS 3500 Religion and Psychology (3 credits) / PYC 3500 Psychology of Religion (3 credits)
    • RELS 3590 Religion, Health and Healing (3 credits)
    • RELS 4132 Religions and Global Wellbeing (3 credits)
    • RELS 4140 Gender and Religion (3 credits)
    • RELS 4141 Gender in Asian Traditions (3 credits)

    Ethics

    • RELS 2340 Introduction to Christian Ethics (3 credits)
    • RELS 2400 / CAS 2400 Social Ethics (3 credits)
    • RELS 3470 Catholic Social Thought (3 credits) / CAS 3470 Christian Social Thought (3 credits)
    • RELS 3480 / CAS 3480 Justice: Contemporary Issues and Theories (3 credits)
    • RELS 4132 Religions and Global Wellbeing (3 credits)
    • RELS 4340 Christian Ethics (3 credits)
    • RELS 4450 Sex, Race and Class: Feminist/Womanist Ethics (3 credits)
    • RELS 4680 Catholic Health Care Ethics (3 credits)

Program Contact Information

Associate Professor and Department Chair: Todd Hibbard, Ph.D.
Briggs Building, Room 332
McNichols Campus

Email: hibbarja@udmercy.edu
Telephone: 313-993-1088
Fax: 313-993-1166

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