Minor in Religious Studies

Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary minor for undergraduate students to critically investigate world religions from prehistory to the present day.

The requirements listed below apply for students entering Murray State University at the present time. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. See the Undergraduate Bulletin at the time of enrollment for more information.

Religious Studies Minor: (21 hours)

Required Courses: (6 Hours) 

  • Complete one of the following: RGS 209 - World Religions or RGS 221 - Philosophy of Religion
  • Complete the following: RGS 305 - Studying Religion

Electives: (15 Hours)

  • ANT 140 - Exploring World Cultures (3)
  • ANT 329 - North American Indians (3)
  • ARC321 - Ancient Civilizations (3)
  • ARC 345 - Ancient Mexico, Central America, & the Caribbean (3)
  • ARC 389 - Archaeology and Political Ecology of Empires (3)
  • ART 211 - A Survey of Art from Antiquity to the Baroque (3)
  • ART 213 - Art of Global Cultures (3)
  • ART 316 - Medieval Art (3)
  • PHI 260 - Death (3)
  • PHI 332 - History of Philosophy: Global Comparisons (3)
  • PHI 333 - History of Philosophy: Faith and the Divine (3)
  • RGS 209 - World Religions (3)
  • RGS 221 - Philosophy of Religion (3)
  • RGS 251 - The Bible as Literature (3) (not currently offered)
  • RGS 252 - Literature and Religion (3)
  • RGS 300 - Foundations of Judaism and Christianity (3)
  • RGS 301 - Western Religious Thought in the Modern World (3) (not currently offered)
  • RGS 302 - Medieval Europe (3)
  • RGS 306 - Europe in Renaissance and Reformation (3)
  • RGS 322 - History of Religion in the United States (3)
  • RGS 324 - Science and Religion (3)
  • RGS 354 - Ancient Near East (3)
  • RGS 355 - A Global History of Islam to 1800 (3)
  • RGS 359 - Early India (3)
  • RGS 362 - Ancient Egypt (3)
  • RGS 363 - Ancient Greece (3)
  • RGS 364 - Ancient Rome (3)
  • RGS 395 - Archaeology of Religion (3)
  • RGS 400 - Seminar (3)
  • RGS 410 - Directed Study (1 - 3)

At least nine hours must be upper-level courses. Other courses may be substituted as approved by the religious studies coordinator.

Statement on Studying Religion at Murray State University

Religious Studies (RGS) courses introduce students to the academic study of religious beliefs, practices, institutions and texts. In keeping with the mission statement of the American Academy of Religion, which emphasizes “a context of free inquiry and critical examination” in order to foster “disciplined reflection on religion,” RGS courses refrain from endorsing, advocating or espousing any particular belief system or worldview. Instead, RGS courses draw upon a range of scholarly methods including the arts, humanities, social sciences and physical sciences so that students can critically examine the origins, practices, historical transformations and cultural implications of the world’s many religious and spiritual traditions.

If you are interested in adding a Religious Studies minor, or have questions, please email the Religious Studies minor coordinator, Dr. Matthew Robertson at mrobertson13@murraystate.edu.

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